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Professor Gary Banks AO

BEc(Hons) (Monash), MEc (ANU)

Elected: 2010

Discipline: Economics

Specialisation: Regulation, Public policy institutions and processes, Trade and industry policy, Economic policy, Productivity trends and drivers, Public choice, Public governance, Australian politics and public administration

Profile

GARY BANKS commenced as Dean and CEO of ANZSOG in January 2013.  Gary was formerly Chairman of the Productivity Commission, since its inception in 1998.  He is a Professorial Fellow at the Melbourne Institute of Applied Economic and Social Research within Melbourne University, where he is also a member of the Advisory Board.  He is also an Adjunct Professor at the Australian National University, where he is a Public Policy Fellow.   In addition to overseeing the Commission’s development and activities, he personally headed national inquiries on key policy issues such as research and development, infrastructure, greenhouse, gambling, housing affordability and executive remuneration.  For many years he chaired the COAG Steering Committee for the Review of Government Services and was the initial convenor for the Review’s Working Group on Indigenous Disadvantage. In 1997-98 he was a member of the Commonwealth’s Committee of Review of Higher Education Financing and Policy.  In 2006 he headed the ‘Regulation Taskforce’ for the Prime Minister and Treasurer.  In 2013 he was appointed to the Prime Minister’s Business Advisory Council.

In earlier years Gary Banks worked at the Centre for International Economics, Canberra, and was a consultant to the OECD and World Bank.  He was previously a Senior Economist with the GATT Secretariat in Geneva, and Visiting Fellow at the Trade Policy Research Centre, London.

Appointments

  • Chief Executive and Dean, The Australia and New Zealand School of Government
  • Professorial Fellow, Melbourne Institute of Applied Economic and Social Research within Melbourne University
  • Adjunct Professor, Australian National University
  • Non-executive Director, Macquarie Group
  • Chair, OECD’s Regulatory Policy Committee

Awards

  • National Fellow, Institute of Public Administration Australia
  • ANU Economics Department’s ‘Hall of Fame’
  • ANU Chancellor’s Medal
  • Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences in Australia
  • Monash University Fellowship
  • Alan McGregor Fellow of the Centre for Independent Studies
  • Economic Society’s inaugural Distinguished Public Policy Fellow Award
  • Centenary Medal
  • Officer of the Order of Australia
  • Doctor of the University, University of South Australia

Publications

  • ‘Could Academic Research be More Policy Influential?’, Public Administration Review, Vol 76, Iss 1, Jan/Feb 2016, pp 33-34.
  • ‘Institutions to Promote Pro-productivity Policies:  Logic and Lessons’; OECD Working Papers, No. 1, November 2015.
  • ‘Public Inquiries, Public Policy and the Public Interest’; in Royal Commissions and Public Inquiries – Practice and Potential,  Helen Tracey and Scott Prasser (co-eds), Connor Court Publications, June 2014.
  • ‘The Governance of Public Policy:  Lectures in Honour of Eminent Australians, ANZSOG, Melbourne, 2014.
  • ‘Restoring Trust in Public Policy:  What Role for the Public Service?’, The Australian Journal of Public Administration, Vol. 73, No 1,  March 2014, pp 1–13.
  • ‘Return of the Rent-Seeking Society?’, Economic Papers, Vol 32, No 4, December 2013.
  • ‘Innovation in the Public Sector: Challenging Opportunities and Risks, Public Sector Journal, The Institute of Public Administration New Zealand, July 2013, pp 6-8.
  • ‘Advancing the Reform Agenda:  Selected Speeches’, Productivity Commission, Canberra, 2012.
  • ‘Competition Policy’s Regulatory Innovations: quo vadis?’, Productivity Commission, Canberra, July 2012.
  • ‘Independent Policy Advice and the Productivity Commission’, Australian Institute of Administrative Law (AIAL) Forum No 69, July 2012.
  • ‘Economics, Economists and Public Policy in Australia’, Agenda, Vol 18, No 3, December 2011.
  • ‘Successful Reform: Past Lessons, Future Challenges’, Productivity Commission, Canberra, 2011.
  • ‘Gambling policy in Australia’, International Gambling Studies, Vol 11, No 1, April 2011.
  • ‘Advancing Australia’s ‘Human Capital Agenda’, Public Administration Today, Issue 23, July – September 2010.
  • ‘An Economy-wide view: speeches on structural reform’, Productivity Commission, Melbourne 2010.

Contact

Contact Information

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