Australian Statistics Advisory Council

The Australian Bureau of Statistics Act (1975) provides that the Australian Statistics Advisory Council (the Council) shall consist of a part-time Chairperson, the Australian Statistician (ex officio), and between ten and twenty-two part-time members, including a senior official from each State and Territory if nominated by the Premier or 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.

The Council represents a broad cross-section of perspectives, covering government, business, academia, and community interests. Council members are appointed for their ability to identify emerging issues and needs, and to be able to assist in promoting greater coordination of the statistical system nationally.

Membership as at 8 September 2021

Professor Gary Banks AO (Chairperson )
Dr David Gruen, Australian Statistician (
ex officio)
Professor Deborah Cobb-Clark, The University of Sydney
Dr Luci Ellis, Reserve Bank of Australia

Professor Lisa Jackson Pulver AM, The University of Sydney
Mr Adam McKissack, Business Council of Australia
Professor A. Abigail Payne, Melbourne Institute of Applied Economic and Social Research
Dr Matthew Steen, Minerals Council of Australia
Mr Luke Yeaman, The Treasury
Mr Stephen Walters, New South Wales Treasury

Mr Chris Barrett, Victorian Department of Treasury and Finance
Mr Antony Skinner, Queensland Treasury
Mr Stuart Hocking PSM, South Australia Department of Treasury and Finance
Mr Alistair Jones, Western Australian Department of Treasury

Ms Fiona Calvert, Tasmanian Department of Treasury and Finance
Mr Mick Butler, Northern Territory Department of Treasury and Finance
Mr Stephen Miners, Australian Capital Territory Representative