The Review Panel
The Review Panel comprised:
- Dr Ken Henry AC, Chair (Secretary to the Treasury)
- Dr Jeff Harmer (Secretary of FaHCSIA)
- Professor John Piggott (University of New South Wales)
- Mrs Heather Ridout (Australian Industry Group), and
- Mr Greg Smith (Adjunct Professor, Australian Catholic University)
As a component of the Review, Dr Harmer also investigated measures to strengthen the financial security of seniors, carers and people with disability (the Pension Review). For more information visit Department of Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs.
Dr Henry was appointed Secretary to the Treasury in 2001, after holding a number of other senior positions within the Treasury, including Minister (Economic and Financial Affairs) in the Australian Delegation to the OECD in Paris, head of the microeconomic modelling unit, head of the taxation policy division and Executive Director (Deputy Secretary) of Treasury's Macroeconomic Group.
Dr Jeff Harmer, Secretary, Department of Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs
Dr Harmer was appointed Secretary of the Department of Family and Community Services in late 2004, and led the department through the changes associated with the addition of the Office of Indigenous Policy Coordination in 2006 and post 2007 election resulting in the department being renamed as Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs. Prior to that Dr Harmer was the Secretary of the Department of Education, Science and Training (2003–2004) and before that Managing Director of the Health Insurance Commission (1998–2003).
Professor John Piggott, Professor of Economics and Associate Dean, Research, Australian School of Business, University of New South Wales
Professor Piggott is Professor of Economics and Associate Dean Research in the Australian School of Business, University of New South Wales, where he also heads up the Australian Institute for Population Ageing Research. He has published extensively in the fields of Public Finance and Pension Economics, and has consulted on pension policy and related issues to various governments, especially in the Asian region.
Mrs Ridout is Chief Executive of the Australian Industry Group, a leading industry association representing a broad spectrum of Australian industry. She has a deep interest in public policy and is a member of a number of the Australian Government's key policy setting and consultative groups including the National Workplace Relations Consultative Committee; Infrastructure Australia; and Skills Australia. Her other appointments include Director of Electrolux Home Products, Trustee of AustralianSuper and Director of the Australian Research Alliance for Children and Youth.
Mr Smith consults and teaches in economic and social policy, public policy, advising and leadership. He worked as a tax adviser to the then Treasurer in the mid-1980s and has held senior positions in the Treasury, including Executive Director Budget Group and Revenue Group. He was also Secretary to the Financial System Inquiry, which reported to government in 1997.