Speakers Profile - Dr Martin Parkinson AC PSM


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Dr Martin Parkinson AC PSM was a senior Australian public servant. He was Secretary of the Department of the Treasury between March 2011 and December 2014.On 3rd December 2015 it was announced that he would return to the public service as Secretary of the Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet. He retired from the position on 30 August 2019.

He graduated with honours from the University of Adelaide with a Bachelor of Economics completiing his Masters in Economics at the Australian National University in 1983 and his Masters in Arts in 1988, also at the Australian National University. He completed his Ph.D in 1990 at Princeton University.

Martin has previously served as the inaugural Secretary of the Department of Climate Change, Deputy Secretary of the Department of the Treasury, an International Monetary Fund official, and an advisor to former Australian Treasurer, John Dawkins.

Martin was awarded the Public Service Medal on 26 January 2008.He was also a recipient of the inaugural Australian National University Alumnus of the Year Award on 9 March 2013.In 2017 Parkinson was appointed a Companion of the Order of Australia for eminent service to the Australian community through leadership in public sector roles, to innovative government administration and high level program delivery, to the development of economic policy, and to climate change strategy.