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Professor Andrew Podger AO

BSc(Hons2A) (Sydney)

Elected: 2011

Discipline: Economics

Specialisation: Public administration, social policy (social security, tax and transfers, health and health insurance), China


Andrew Podger is Professor of Public Policy at ANU, and Adjunct Professor at Xi’an Jiao-tong University in China.

He was Secretary of the Australian Department of Health and Aged Care from 1996 to 2002, and previously headed the Departments of Housing and Regional Development and Administrative Services. He was Public Service Commissioner from 2002 to 2004.

Before he retired from the Public Service in 2005 he headed a task force on the delivery of health and aged care services for Prime Minister John Howard.

Since retiring from the APS, Andrew Podger has advised governments in Australia and Asia on various aspects of public administration, particularly on social policies and public sector management, and published extensively on these subjects, including in recent years in occasional pieces in the Australian Financial Review.

Since joining ANU, he has coordinated and contributed to many workshops of academic experts and practitioners on issues of contemporary relevance to government, including through the China Australia Dialogue on Public Administration, the Academy of Social Sciences in Australia and the HC Coombs Policy Forum. These have focused on such issues as inter-governmental relations, public service reform, citizens-centred services, tax and social security and economic growth and well-being. Each workshop has led to publications in academic journals or equivalent, and include articles authored by Podger. He is also frequently invited to present to international forums such as the International Institute of Administrative Studies and the American Society for Public Administration.

He holds a Bachelor of Science in pure mathematics from Sydney University, is a Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences in Australia, a National Fellow of the Institute of Public Administration Australia and a Fellow of the Australia New Zealand School of Government. He was made an Officer in the Order of Australia in 2004.


ANU Professor of Public Policy (since 2011)

National President, IPAA (2004-2010)

Public Service Commissioner (2002-2004)

Secretary, Department of Health and Aged Care (and name variants) (1996-2002)

Secretary, Department of Housing and Regional Development (1994-1996)

Secretary, Department of Administrative Services (1993-1994)

Deputy Secretary, Department of Defence (1990-1993)

SES positions in Finance (1982-1990), Social Security (1978-1982)


Podger, A, Trewin, D (eds) (2014) Measuring and Promoting Wellbeing: How Important is Economic Growth. ANU Press, Canberra.

Podger, A, Yan, B (2013), Public Administration in China and Australia: Different Worlds but Similar Challenges, in Australian Journal of Public Administration, Volume 72, Issue 3, September 2013, pp 201-219

Podger, A (2013), Mostly Welcome, but are the Politicians Fully Aware of What They have Done? The Public Service Amendment Act 2013, in Australian Journal of Public Administration, 72(2), June 2013, pp77-81

Wanna, J, Vincent, S, Podger, A (eds) (2012) With the benefit of hindsight: Valedictory reflections from departmental secretaries, 2004-11, ANU Press, Canberra.

Podger, A (2009) The Role of Departmental Secretaries: Personal Reflections on the Breadth of Responsibilities Today, ANU Press, Canberra

Podger, A (2007) What Really Happens: Departmental Secretary Appointments, contracts and Performance Pay in the Australian Public Service, in Australian Journal of Public Administration, Volume 66 Issue 2, June 2007, pp131-147

Podger, A (2006), ‘A Model Health System for Australia’, The Inaugural Menzies Centre Lecture on Public Health Policy, the Menzies Centre for Public Health Policy, 3 February 2006, in Asia Pacific Journal of Health Management, 2006 (Volume 1 Issues 1 and 2, and Volume 2 Issue 1).


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