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

Professor Banks recently stepped down after four years as Chief Executive and Dean of the Australia and New Zealand School of Government. He was Chairman of the Productivity Commission from its inception in 1998 until 2012. In 2000, he also headed the Regulation Taskforce for the Prime Minister and Treasurer. Professor Banks currently chairs the Regulatory Policy Committee of the OECD. He is an independent director of Macquarie Group and has been a member of the Prime Minister’s Business Advisory Council.

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, academic and community interests.

Membership as at March 2017

    Professor Gary Banks AO (Chairperson )
    Mr David W. Kalisch, Australian Statistician (ex officio)
    Professor Deborah Cobb-Clark, School of Economics, University of Sydney
    Dr Luci Ellis, Reserve Bank of Australia
    Ms Lisa Gropp, Business Council of Australia
    Mr Stephen Walters, Australian Institute of Company Directors
    Mr Nigel Ray PSM, Australian Treasury
    Professor Judith Sloan, University of Melbourne and the Lowy Institute for International Policy
    Dr Caralee McLiesh, New South Wales Treasury
    Mr Antony Skinner, Queensland Treasury
    Mr Chris McGowan, South Australian Department of the Premier and Cabinet
    Mr Kurt Sibma, Western Australian Department of Treasury
    Mr Craig Graham, Northern Territory Department of Treasury and Finance
    Ms Kathy Goth, Australian Capital Territory Chief Minister, Treasury and Economic Development Directorate
    Mr Anton Voss, Tasmanian Department of Treasury and Finance
    Ms Amy Auster, Victorian Department of Treasury and Finance (member designate)