Australian Statistics Advisory Council


The Australian Bureau of Statistics Act (1975) provides that the Australian Statistics Advisory Council shall consist of a part-time Chairperson, the Australian Statistician (ex officio), and between ten and twenty-two part-time members, including one nominee from each State Premier or Territory Chief Minister. The Chairperson and members are appointed by the responsible Minister for periods of five years and up to three years respectively, and are eligible for reappointment.

Professor Gary Banks AO commenced as the new Chairperson of ASAC on 28 February 2017. A media release from the Hon Michael McCormack MP, Minister for Small Business announcing Professor Banks' appointment can be found here.

All state and territory governments are represented on ASAC. The other Council members are chosen to represent a broad cross-section of perspectives, covering government, business, academia, and community interests.

The Australian Statistics Advisory Council and senior ABS staff with the Australian
Statistician, David W. Kalisch, at the meeting in Canberra on 14 February 2018.
Membership as at June 2018

Professor Gary Banks AO (Chairperson )
Mr David W. Kalisch, Australian Statistician (ex officio)
Mr David Byers, Minerals Council of Australia
Professor Deborah Cobb-Clark, School of Economics, University of Sydney
Dr Luci Ellis, Reserve Bank of Australia
Ms Lisa Gropp, Business Council of Australia
Professor Lisa Jackson Pulver, Western Sydney University
Professor Abigail Payne, Melbourne Institute of Applied Economic and Social Research, University of Melbourne
Mr Nigel Ray PSM, Australian Treasury
Professor Judith Sloan, Melbourne Institute of Applied Economic and Social Research, University of Melbourne
Mr Stephen Walters, Australian Institute of Company Directors
Dr Caralee McLiesh PSM, New South Wales Treasury
Ms Amy Auster, Victorian Department of Treasury and Finance
Mr Antony Skinner, Queensland Treasury
Mr Kurt Sibma, Western Australian Department of Treasury
Mr Chris McGowan, South Australian Department of the Premier and Cabinet
Mr Anton Voss, Tasmanian Department of Treasury and Finance
Vacant, Northern Territory Department of Treasury and Finance
Mr Stephen Miners, Australian Capital Territory, Department of Treasury