New South Wales

CBA Forum 2020

ESA NSW Branch 

Virtual Cost Benefit Analysis Forum

This event was held online via Zoom on Wednesday 2 December


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Program

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Danielle Wood, Grattan Institute

Welcome Address and Open

Danielle Wood is the CEO of the Grattan Institute. She believes in the power of public policy to make Australia a better place. Danielle has published extensively on economic reform priorities, budget policy, tax reform, generational inequality and reforming political institutions. She is a sought-after media commentator and speaker on policy issues.

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Michael Gadiel, NSW Treasury

Outcomes Budgeting, Evidence Bank and Ex post CBA

Michael Gadiel is currently the Executive Director of Economic Strategy in NSW Treasury. He leads five teams including the Centre for Evidence and Evaluation, Productivity Reform, Regulatory Improvement, Microeconomic Policy and Aboriginal Economic Wellbeing. He has worked in, and led, a range of teams across treasury, including justice, fiscal strategy, credit ratings, wages policy, budget strategy, modelling and economic forecasting. He led the teams delivering the 2016 and 2011 NSW Intergenerational Reports.

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John Daley, Grattan Institute

CBA: The good, the bad, and the ugly

John Daley is one of Australia’s leading public policy thinkers. He was the inaugural Chief Executive of the Grattan Institute for its first 11 years, and led it to become the leading domestic policy think tank in Australia. He continues to work there on institutional reform as a Senior Fellow.

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Peter Abelson, Applied Economics

CBA - Looking back, looking forward: the view from the long experience

Peter Abelson has a PH.D in Economics from London University.  Peter started life as a professional economist working in London, Lusaka, Bangkok and Kingston Jamaica. Peter taught economics at Macquarie University from 1974 to 2005, holding a Chair in Economics from 2001 to 2006, and taught public finance at Sydney University from 2007 to 2012.  Peter's text, "Public Economics: Principles and Practice" (McGraw-Hill) is the main Australian public economics text. Peter has published over 50 refereed articles on public economics and related areas.

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Leo Dobes, ANU

CBA - Looking back, looking forward: the view from the long experience

Leo Dobes completed his DPhil at Oxford University before joining the Department of Foreign Affairs.  His 30-year Public Service career included intelligence analysis in the Office of National Assessments and policy roles in Defence, Treasury, and Transport and Regional Services.

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Anna Chau, Anna Chau Enterprises, formerly Infrastructure Australia

Anna Chau is one of the leading infrastructure economists and senior infrastructure executives in Australia, covering both economic and social infrastructure.  As the former Acting CEO and Executive Director (Project Advisory) of Infrastructure Australia, Anna led the evaluation of over 50 business cases for major projects around the country over four years.

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Sarah Close, PwC

Panel Discussion: Fit for Purpose - what makes good CBA?

Sarah Close is a Partner in PwC's Infrastructure Strategy Team. She has spent 15 years specialising in the feasibility studies and economic analysis of major city shaping infrastructure across Australia. As a Committee Member for the Economics Society of Australia's NSW Women in Economics Network, Sarah is also passionate about encouraging gender diversity in economics.

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Geoff Rumble, Infrastructure NSW

Panel Discussion: Fit for Purpose - what makes good CBA?

Geoff Rumble is an Executive Director at Infrastructure NSW leading assurance across projects in the Education, Stronger Communities and Planning, Industry and Environment clusters. Prior to joining Infrastructure NSW he was an Executive Director at NSW Treasury with policy and budget responsibilities for transport, planning, industry and the environment. 

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Robert Smith, TfNSW

Panel Discussion: Fit for Purpose - what makes good CBA? (Chair)

Robert Smith is council member/ former vice president of the ESA NSW branch and currently a Director of Economic Evaluation and Assurance with Transport for NSW. With a background in banking and finance, management consulting, energy and currently transport, Robert is a proponent of "used and useful" applied economics including pragmatic and robust cost benefit analysis for informed decision making.

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Gigi Foster, UNSW

CBA and Covid Response

Gigi Foster is a Professor with the School of Economics at the University of New South Wales, having joined UNSW in 2009 after six years at the University of South Australia.  Formally educated at Yale University (BA in Ethics, Politics, and Economics) and the University of Maryland (PhD in Economics), she works in diverse fields including education, social influence, corruption, lab experiments, time use, behavioural economics, and Australian policy.

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Ben Cebuliak, TfNSW

Challenges of marrying CBA and Place making

Ben Cebuliak is the Manager Movement and Place at Transport for NSW where he leads the development of a whole of NSW Government framework for planning, assessing and operating roads and streets across NSW. Ben has more than a decade of experience in urban planning and policy development. He has worked as an urban planner within the public, private and research sectors at the federal, state and local levels in both Australia and Canada.

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Kris Funston, Deloitte

Regulation

Kris Funston is a microeconomist with a PhD in access pricing and economic network regulation who also has expertise in competition economics, the cost of capital, regulatory finance, and market and regulatory design for the utility sector.

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Brita Pekarsky, SA Health

Health

Brita Pekarsky is an applied economist with more than 30 years experience in Health. She is Principal Adviser in Health Economics and Analytics at SA Health, and currently working mainly with the SA Ambulance Service.

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Daniel Masters, NSW Department of Premier & Cabinet

Topic: TBA

Daniel Masters is an applied economist with almost two decades of experience in the public and private sectors.

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John Rose, UTS

Topic: TBA

Dr. John Rose is Professor and founding Director of the Business Intelligence & Data Analytics (BIDA) Research Centre in the UTS Business School. 

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Ophelia Cowell, NSW Treasury

Panel Discussion: Growing the evidence base

Ophelia Cowell directs the Centre for Evidence and Evaluation at NSW Treasury which provides economic analysis and advice to the NSW Government to put evidence based policy into practice. By working with agencies to improve the evidence base, the Centre helps inform Government decisions so that public funds can be directed to the initiatives and social policies that deliver the greatest outcomes and public value.

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Neil Perry, Western Sydney University

Panel Discussion: Growing the evidence base

Neil Perry is a Senior Research Lecturer in Corporate Social Responsibility and Sustainability. He specialises in progressive economics approaches to environmental economics and policy and in ecological economics, an interdisciplinary field of research emphasising the interdependence of economic and ecological values.

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Kirsten Jensen, The New Zealand Treasury

Panel Discussion: Growing the evidence base

Kirsten Jensen is a principal advisor economist at the New Zealand Treasury, where she focuses on public finance and leads CBAx. CBAx is Treasury’s cost-benefit analysis tool, which is publicly available. Kirsten is responsible for the design and implementation of CBAx.

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