The role of telecommunications commissioner has been advertised, with the appointment likely to take effect in September.
Ross Patterson, the incumbent, has indicated he will reapply for the job, which he took on in 2007 for a five-year period.
During his tenure, he presided over such important issues as the regulation of mobile termination rates, monitoring of the broadband and telecommunications market, and the operational and structural separation of Telecom.
In September 2008 Patterson took nine months off, for what was described as alcohol-related medical leave.
Patterson was previously a lawyer partner in law firm Minter Ellison, based in Sydney. He worked for Minter Ellison for 18 years.
The role of telecommunications commissioner is a full time position. The commissioner has statutory decision-making responsibilities and also, along with other Commerce Commission members, participates fully in the governance of the commission. While the telecommunications commissioner oversees the work of the commission's telecommunications team, the position is not a managerial appointment.
Applications for the job close on April 27.