Michael has a long and distinguished career in publishing, communication, arts and rights management, and education, working in senior management positions in the publishing industry and in academia as a senior lecturer at RMIT University where he is now an adjunct professor. He has also served on a range of industry and community service boards. A member of the literature board of the Australia Council in the 1980s, he was on the board of Copyright Agency Limited (CAL) and was its chair from 1999–2002. In 2000 he introduced Booktrack (now Nielsen Bookscan) and managed its successful integration into the Australian and New Zealand book trades where it revolutionised the electronic data collection and analysis of sales. A recipient of the George Robertson Award for services to the book industry, he has consulted on various aspects of publishing and communications, and also served on many industry committees. These include the Foundation Committee that led to Melbourne becoming UNESCO’s second City of Literature. Michael was MWF chair from 2009 to 2017.