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Dr Martin Parkinson AC, PSM

BEc (Hons) (Adelaide), MEc (ANU), MA (Princeton), PhD (Princeton), AC, PSM, FASSA

Elected: 2016

Discipline: Economics


Dr Martin Parkinson AC, PSM is the Secretary of the Australian Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet.

Dr Parkinson has previously held the position of Secretary of the Australian Treasury, the Department of Climate Change and Energy Efficiency and was the inaugural Secretary of the Department of Climate Change.

As Secretary of PM&C, Dr Parkinson is chief adviser to the PM and the Cabinet and leader of the 155, 719 (June 2016) staff of the Australian Public Service.  He leads a staff of over 2000 in PM&C with direct responsibility for advising the Prime Minister, the Cabinet, Portfolio Ministers, Assistant Ministers, and the Government as a whole and ensuring government decisions are implemented.  PM&C also coordinates cross-portfolio efforts to advance Australia’s interests, prosperity and success.  PM&C aims to help develop the capabilities of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people to improve their living standards.

Key appointments in the last 10 years: Secretary, Australian Treasury; Secretary of the Department of Climate Change and Energy Efficiency; Secretary of the Department of Climate Change; Member of the Board of the Reserve Bank of Australia (RBA); Chair, Australian Office of Financial Management (AOFM) Advisory Board.


Secretary, Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet, since 2016.

Secretary, Department of the Treasury, 2011-2014;

Secretary, Department of Climate Change and Energy Efficiency, 2010-2011;

Secretary, Department of Climate Change, 2007-2010.

Deputy Secretary, Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet, 2007.

Deputy Secretary, Department of the Treasury, 2001-2007.

Chair, Prime Minister’s Task Group on Energy Efficiency, 2010.

Head, Prime Minister’s Task Group on Emissions Trading, 2006-2007.

Senior Advisor to Federal Treasurers John Kerin, 1991; Ralph Willis, 1991; John Dawkins, 1991-1993.

Policy Development and Review Department, International Monetary Fund (IMF), 1997-2000.

Australian G20 Deputy Finance Minister, Finance Ministers and Central Bank Governors Meetings, 2002-2006.

Non-Executive Director, ORICA Limited, 2015.

Non-Executive Director, O’Connell Street Associates, 2015.

Non-Executive Director, German-Australian Chamber of Industry and Commerce, 2015.

Member, Policy Committee, Grattan Institute, 2015.

Member, Advisory Board, Future Directions Project, Australian Federal Police, 2015-2016.

Board Member, Reserve Bank of Australia, 2011-2014.

Chair, Advisory Board, Australian Office of Financial Management, 2011-2014.

Ex-officio Member, Board of Taxation, 2011-2014.

Chair, Standard Business Reporting Board, 2011-2014.

Board Member, Infrastructure Australia, 2012-2014.

Member, Council of Financial Regulators, 2011-2014.

Former Member, Advisory Board, Centre for Applied Macroeconomic Analysis (CAMA), College of Business and Economics, Australian National University.

Former Member, Australian Statistics Advisory Council.

Former Member, Advisory Board, School of Economics, University of Adelaide.

Former Member, Advisory Board, Centre for Business Cycle Analysis, Melbourne Institute.

Committee Member, Review of the Australian National Accounts Program, 1994-1995.

Member, Male Champions of Change, since 2012.

Member, Board of the Cranlana Program – current.

Fellow, Institute of Public Administration Australia (IPAA).

Fellow, Australian National Institute of Public Policy, Research School of Social Sciences, Australian National University.

Life Member, Australian Business Economists.


Public Service Medal – 2008.

Inaugural Alumnus of the Year, Australian National University, 2013.

Institute of Governance Public Sector Excellence Award, Australian and New Zealand School of Governance, 2013.

Fellow, Institute of Public Administration Australia, 2014.

Doctor of Philosophy (Honoris Causa), University of Adelaide, 2015.

Companion (AC) of the Order of Australia, 2017


“Regional Financial Arrangements – What Role in the International Financial Architecture”, with Phil Garton and Ian Dickson, published in de Brouwer, G.J. and Y. Wang (ed), Financial Governance in East Asia: Policy Dialogue, Surveillance, and Financial Cooperation, Routledge, London, 2003.

“The IMF and the Challenge of Relevance in the International Financial Architecture”, with Adam McKissack, Treasury Working Paper, 2003-01, October 2003.

“Review of Structural Slumps: The Modern Equilibrium Theory of Unemployment, Interest and Assets by Edmund S Phelps”, Agenda, No 3, February 1995.

“Some Evidence on Hysteresis in Unemployment Rates”, with Albert Jaeger, European Economic Review, June 1994.

“Inflation and Uncertainty”, Treasury Research Paper, 3, October 1991.

“Procyclical Productivity and Competing Theories of the Business Cycle: Some Evidence from Interwar US Manufacturing Industries”, with Ben Bernanke, Journal of Political Economy, June 1991.

“A Measure of Hysteresis in Unemployment Rates”, with Albert Jaeger: presented to the 6th World Congress of the Econometrics Society, Barcelona, August 1990, and published in Modelling the Labour Market, Daniele Meulders (ed.), Applied Econometrics Association, 1991.

“Testing for Hysteresis: An Unobserved Components Approach”, with Albert Jaeger, Empirical Economics, 1990, reprinted in Hysteresis Effects in Economic Models, Wolfgang Franz (ed.), Physica-Verlag:Heidelberg.

“Unemployment, Inflation, and Wages in the American Depression: Are There Lessons for Europe?”, with Ben Bernanke, American Economic Review, May 1989.


Website: http://www.pmc.gov.au
Work Phone: 02 6271 5200

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