Tony Webster

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Tony 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.

Tony is also Managing Director of Policy Partners Pty Ltd, a Canberra-based policy and management consultancy.

Qualifications, awards and affiliations

Bachelor of Economics (ANU)

Master of Public Policy (ANU)

Graduate Australian Institute of Company Directors


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 brings a broad experience to bear on 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.

Selected projects

Organic Industries of Australia—Developing a new national peak industry body for Australia’s organic industries

Organic Industries of Australia—Pilot export market access project

Centre for Invasive Species Solutions—National Weeds Research Development & Extension Investment Plan

Duxton Asset Management—Assessment of water resources required for expanded irrigated cotton production in Azerbaijan

Department of Defence—Business process performance review of the Property Management Branch

Department of Defence—Improving the use of economics for strategy and reporting for the Joint Strike Fighter program

Department of the Treasury—Post-implementation review of the reduction in the tobacco duty free concession

Defence Materiel Organisation—Review of forecasting the benefits to Australian industry from the Joint Strike Fighter program for PwC

Department of Social Services—Designing an evidence based policy capability and knowledge management strategy

Chicken Meat Federation of Australia—Prepared a submission to the White Paper on Agricultural Competitiveness

Attorney-General's Department—Performance review of departmental security arrangements

Tony Webster


Applications for grant funding
Community and stakeholder engagement
Cross-border partnerships
Monitoring and evaluation
NRM program design and management
Regional and agricultural economics
Regulation impact statements
Social and economic impact assessment