Parliamentary Budget Officer announces departure

Parliament of Australia

Today, Dr Stein Helgeby has advised the Presiding Officers that he will not seek reappointment as the Parliamentary Budget Officer when his term expires in November 2024.

Senate President, Senator the Hon Sue Lines, and the Speaker of the House of Representatives, the Hon Milton Dick MP, thank Dr Helgeby for his contribution and his stewardship of this important institution over the past four years.

Under Dr Helgeby’s leadership, the department has upheld a reputation for providing independent and non-partisan economic and fiscal analysis to Parliament. The demand for Parliamentary Budget Office (PBO) services has continued to grow, which is testament to the quality of its modelling and analysis and approach to client service.

“We extend our gratitude to Dr Helgeby for his outstanding service and contribution to the role,” said Senator Lines. “His expertise will be missed”.

Dr Helgeby was appointed to the role on 18 November 2020 after serving as a Deputy Secretary in the Commonwealth Department of Finance and in several roles within the Commonwealth and Victorian public service.

“The PBO plays a very important role within the Australian Parliament and contributes to Australia’s great democracy. We thank Dr Helgeby for his professionalism and dedication and wish him all the best,” Speaker Milton Dick said.

After advising the Joint Committee of Public Accounts and Audit, the Parliamentary Services Commissioner, Dr Gordon de Brouwer, will undertake a merit-based recruitment process to appoint a new Parliamentary Budget Officer.

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