Murray Baird served as Assistant Commissioner General Counsel at the Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission (ACNC), the government regulator of charities in Australia. In that role, he is responsible for Legal, Policy, Registrations, Compliance, and Reporting functions of the ACNC. He was part of the leadership team responsible for establishing the Australian charity regulator from its inception. He regularly gives evidence on charity law and regulation to government enquiries and participates as a speaker in national and international conferences on charity law, governance, and regulation.
Prior to appointment to the ACNC, he was Chair of an Australian law firm and led the not-for-profit law and governance team at that firm for 30 years. In that time, he was engaged in several leading cases defining the law of charity in Australia.
He was a foundation director of the Charity Law Association of Australia and New Zealand and is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.