About us

Australia is home to some two million businesses and 11.5 million workers. Along with the public sector, they combine to produce $1.6 trillion of output each year. The economy has enjoyed 25 years of continued economic growth despite significant economic and demographic challenges.

In the face of these challenges, our economy has adapted and evolved into a highly skilled, knowledge-based economy. The willingness of Australian businesses and workers to embrace change and seize upon opportunities is a key reason behind our success.

Led by the department’s Chief Economist, Mark Cully the Office of the Chief Economist provides economic advice, analysis and statistics on topics of interest to the department and our Ministers. Our expertise rests in industry policy, innovation, sectoral analysis, energy and resources, programme evaluation and macroeconomic issues that affect business.

In addition, the Office produces major publications, research papers and statistics on topics of interest to the department and our Ministers. Findings are intended to elicit comments, stimulate debate and contribute to providing a strong evidence base for the department’s programmes.

The Chief Economist is available to discuss the contents of publications with media outlets, and to present the findings at industry events. The Chief Economist does not comment of government policy.

Chief Economist - Mark Cully

Mark Cully commenced as Chief Economist for the department in September 2012.

Mark has a first-class Honours degree in Economics from the University of Adelaide. From 1992-95 he was a British Council Commonwealth Scholar at the University of Warwick obtaining a Master of Arts in Industrial Relations, while working at the Warwick Business School.

He has had a varied career in applied economic research at the intersection of government and academia.

In 1995 he was appointed head of research on employment relations for the UK Government, where he ran what was the world's largest survey of working life. He returned to Australia in 1999 to join the National Institute of Labour Studies as Deputy Director, and was then General Manager at the National Centre for Vocational Education Research for six years, running its statistical then research operations.

In 2009 he was appointed Chief Economist at the Department of Immigration and Citizenship and in that role chaired the OECD’s Working Party on Migration. He is a member of the CEDA Council on Economic Policy.

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