The Treasury Sydney Office celebrates its one year anniversary today.
'By any measure, the Sydney Office has been a great success. It has established a visible presence in Sydney and is, we hope, an increasingly useful point of contact for a broad range of business and other groups,' Treasury Secretary, John Fraser said.
Head of Treasury's Sydney and Melbourne Offices Christine Barron noted the success of the Sydney Office in developing strong relationships with stakeholders and attracting leading expertise from the private sector.
'In the past 12 months the Sydney Office has achieved major milestones in building Treasury's organisation capability' said Ms Barron. 'Our team has built networks across agencies and the private sector to draw upon wide-ranging perspectives and experiences.'
'A key outcome of the Sydney Office is that we have been able to deepen and broaden our recruitment of senior and less senior people. This has enabled us to recruit people who, for family or other reasons, would not have been able to relocate to Canberra. That, of course, also applies to our Melbourne Office,' Ms Barron said.
There are currently 38 staff located in the Sydney Office, including secondees from the private sector and Government agencies. In the past twelve months, 14 new staff – largely from the private sector – have joined Treasury in the Sydney Office. Additionally, since opening the Sydney Office, Treasury has engaged 15 secondees, including five from the private sector.
Treasury will further enhance this strength with today's announcement of the appointment of Warren Hogan as a Principal Adviser in our Sydney Office.
'We are delighted to welcome Warren's breadth of experience to Treasury's Sydney Office, where he will work across our Markets, Macroeconomic and Revenue Groups,' said John Fraser.
Warren has extensive private-sector experience in the Australian financial markets. Most recently he was Chief Economist for ANZ where he made a prominent contribution to the economics debate in Australia and supported ANZ's local and international businesses.
Warren will join the Treasury on 17 October.
The Sydney Office has truly created the opportunity for Treasury to more easily collaborate with multiple stakeholders, sending a positive signal to the private sector.
'Joining the Sydney Office has been a great way for me to return to public policy after a career in the financial markets. The Sydney Office has a unique mix of private and public-sector expertise which has clearly contributed to improve Treasury's policy advice,' said Warren Tease, who joined the Sydney Office in 2015 after 20 years' experience in financial markets.
'I would like to thank the businesses and organisations who have welcomed Treasury to Sydney and have committed the time and resources to make it a success,' said Ms Barron.
'I would also like to thank all of the Treasury staff in Sydney for a successful first year of operation,' Ms Barron said. 'I congratulate them for all their hard work and dedication.'