2015 Budget Briefing

Events - 20 May 2015

This year we continued the tradition of bringing you authoritative sources to inform your thinking in hosting the Hon. Dr Mike Nahan, Treasurer of Western Australia to deliver the 2015 Budget Briefing.

Dr Nahan holds a PhD in Economics from the Australian National University and was awarded a Centenary Medal by the Australian Government in 2000 for his contribution to public policy. He has been Treasurer of Western Australia since March 2014 and this year will hand down his second budget.

The State Budget is arguably the single most important instrument for the government of the day to direct the efforts of the public service.  For both the public and the public service it clearly indicates areas of service priority. In recent years the state budget has controlled annual expenditure of approximately $30 billion dollars towards serving Australia’s largest jurisdiction.

The Treasurer went beyond individual agency funding allocations and provided the all important contextual information. In attending this session participants heard an assessment of the current state of public finances, the most important factors in the today’s economic environment shaping the future, and importantly the underlying assumptions behind this year’s budget.

Participants also had the opportunity to engage the Treasurer in conversation with a Q&A session to follow his presentation.

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Topics Included

  • Analysis of the 2015/16 State budget.
  • Impacts of changes in expenditure upon public service delivery.
  • Commentary on the current and predicted economic conditions facing Australia and Western Australia.


Sven Bluemmel
President, IPAA WA;  Information Commissioner,
Office of the Information Commissioner




Keynote Presenter

Hon. Dr Mike Nahan MLA
Treasurer; Minister for Energy; Citizenship and Multicultural Interests

Dr Nahan was initially appointed to Cabinet as Minister for Energy; Finance; Citizenship and Multicultural Interests following the Liberal National Government’s electoral win in March 2013.  He was then elevated to the position of Treasurer in March 2014.

He was first elected as the Member for Riverton in the 2008 State Election and in 2012 was appointed to the position of Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Education, Energy and Indigenous Affairs.

Dr Nahan chaired the Economics and Industry Standing Committee and has undertaken important inquiries into big issues affecting the State, including  domestic gas prices.

The Minister migrated to Australia in 1978 from the United States and arrived in  Western Australia in 1982. Prior to becoming a State politician he was Executive Director of the Institute of Public Affairs, a leading national conservative think tank.

He brings to the Ministerial role a lifetime of experience, leadership and values as a parent, a State public servant, an economist and a proven champion for the local community.

Mike holds a PhD in Economics from the Australian National University and was awarded a Centenary Medal by the Australian Government in 2000 for his contribution to public policy.

A keen sportsman himself, Mike is proud to be the Patron of the Riverton Football Club Inc. Mike also has a strong involvement in the Riverton RSL.

Mike is married to Dr Nyuk Nahan, who is originally from Malaysia and they have two children, a daughter Keavy who has completed her masters in the USA and a son Key, who has completed podiatry at the University of Western Australia.

MC / Presenter

Dr Simon Avenell
Partner & PwC WA Government Leader
Simon has worked with a wide range of clients in Government and the private sector. His recent clients include the WA Treasury, the Department of Transport, UWA, BHPB and Woodside. Simon's projects often focus on organisational performance improvement and optimisation. Prior to joining PwC Simon worked for strategy boutique Mainsheet Corporate which was acquired by PwC in 2009.  Simon holds a PhD in economics from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst.

Who Should Attend and Why?

  • Anyone who wants to find out about what’s in the 2015/16 State budget.
  • Anyone who wants the chance to ask questions of experts in the field about what the impact of the budget might be.
  • Those wanting to find out more about the budget’s specific impact on the public sector.


Left to right: Dr Simon Avenell (Partner, PwC), Hon. Dr Mike Nahan MLA (WA Treasurer), Sven Bluemmel (IPAA WA President), Gavin Lewis (IPAA WA CEO)