Dr Dobes has worked for almost 30 years in Australian Public Service positions, much of it as a Senior Executive Service officer. His experience includes the diplomatic service, the Office of National Assessments, Defence, the Australian Treasury, telecommunications reform, regional programs, and a secondment to Ernst & Young. In 1992, he established an Environment Branch within the Australian Bureau of Transport Economics, publishing a series of reports on the costs and benefits of mitigating greenhouse emissions in the transport sector. He was appointed to the College of Experts of the Australian Research Council just before retiring from the Public Service in 2007.
Dr Dobes’ key areas of expertise include cost-benefit analysis, transport economics, government procurement, and adaptation to climate to change.