Tony Webster is Managing Director of Policy Partners Pty Ltd.
He specialises in public policy and economics, impact analysis, complex reform frameworks, policy and program evaluation, and policy advising capabilities in public sector agencies. He also conducts professional development training in policy advising, policy writing and the management of policy projects.
Previously, Tony was a Commonwealth public servant for 24 years, principally as an economist and policy adviser in the Commonwealth Treasury. He was also Chief Economist at the Murray-Darling Basin Authority where he played a key role in the Basin Plan being adopted in 2012, by redefining the socioeconomic evaluation framework to acknowledge the agricultural impacts of reform and adopting a participatory approach to the management of stakeholders.
Tony has experience with complex economic and policy issues. His expertise covers diverse subjects such as revenue and expenditure aspects of Commonwealth budgeting, federal finances, competition policy, financial and performance frameworks, regulatory economics, taxation design, comparative economics and information systems. In 2008, Tony designed the current federal financial relations framework, including the system of financial transfers to and through the States and the associated performance framework, and he led the financial and budgetary aspects of the wider COAG Reforms.
Tony provides management consulting services to public sector and not-for-profit organisations. He is also Non-Executive Director and Treasurer of the Molonglo Catchment Group, an NRM not for profit business operating in the wider ACT region, where he has been reforming business planning, governance systems and business processes.