30 years driving eonomic policy

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30 years driving Australia’s key economic and policy debates

Celebrating our ongoing commitment to building a better Australia

Celebrating ongoing commitment to building a better Australia.

23 October 2018: In 2018, Deloitte Access Economics celebrates its ongoing commitment to building a better Australia.

Thirty years ago, the then Access Economics was established by ex-Treasury officials Geoff Carmody and David Chessell in 1988, and quickly became known as the ‘Treasury-in-exile’ based on its understanding of government budgets and the work it did costing and developing governments’, and potential governments’, policy platforms.

The Access Economics team joined the Deloitte economics team in early 2011. From that time, Deloitte commenced using the brand Deloitte Access Economics and has since grown the team to 170 professional economists, including 19 partners, working across microeconomic and macroeconomic consulting, economic theory, econometrics, and economy-wide and business modelling – in Australia and New Zealand.

Deloitte CEO, Richard Deutsch, said: “It’s impossible to underestimate just how much the Deloitte Access Economics team has contributed to our firm.

“We dedicate our energies to understanding the challenges confronting our clients, as well as the opportunities available to them, and then delivering solutions that drive success and growth. The Deloitte Access Economics team provides deep economic expertise and associated advisory capabilities that have become integral to our offerings and to our market presence.

“As a respected alternative voice, they have always been at the forefront of driving the economic and social policy debates that are so important to the future prosperity of Australia.”

Deloitte Access Economics Lead Partner, Stephen Smith, said: “Since its proverbial humble beginnings as Access Economics in 1988 to today, our people have been at the forefront of making a difference by applying the most rigorous economic analysis to some of the most important issues.

“It’s an amazing legacy. We’ve built a team of unparalleled talent that doesn’t just influence client decisions, but that so often influences the national agenda.

“Whether it’s making pointed observations about the federal budget, delivering compelling numbers and narratives around the value of icons such as the Great Barrier Reef and the Sydney Opera House, or informing future critical macro and micro policy development, we remain committed to making a difference for our clients, and on the issues of greatest significance to Australia’s economic and social wellbeing and prosperity.”

Thirty years of commitment, contribution and achievement include:

  • Budget and tax
    Providing fearless analysis and commentary
  • Indigenous affairs
    Advising governments on a range of measures, both proposed and introduced, to bridge the gap between outcomes for Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians 
  • Health
    Estimating the economic impacts of diseases and conditions – from various cancers, arthritis and eating disorders, to cardiovascular diseases, obesity and diabetes
  • Aged care
    Providing forward-looking capability around aged care funding and informing policy reform across associated areas including dementia
  • Domestic violence
    Estimating and reporting on the cost of domestic violence to the Australian economy, and informing policy development
  • Superannuation
    Contributing to the development and implementation of Australia’s employer contribution superannuation scheme
  • Migration
    Developing a model that looks at the economic contribution of international migrants to Australia to inform migration policy
  • Education
    Advising the Gonski review into school funding and education outcomes and pioneering new methods for capturing efficiency and educational need in schools funding models
  • Valuing Australia’s icons
    Including the Great Barrier Reef and the Sydney Opera House
  • Cities
    Driving Deloitte thought leadership on shaping the future of Australia’s cities.

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