2016 Budget Briefing

Events - 31 May 2016

This year we continued the tradition of bringing you authoritative sources to inform your thinking by hosting the Hon. Dr Mike Nahan, Treasurer of Western Australia for our 2016 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 third 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. Participants will 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 following his presentation.

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Topics Included

  • Analysis of the 2016/17 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





Greg Dobson
Partner, Transactions and WA Government & Public Sector Leader
Ernst & Young

Greg is a Partner and leader of EY’s Government and Public Sector practice in Western Australia.  His early career was spent in the rail sector agencies of the New South Wales Government.  He then moved into the advisory space where for the past 15 years he has advised Government and private sector clients in Australia and the UK on economic development, infrastructure transactions and procurement.  He moved to Perth in 2012 and leads EY’s infrastructure and economics team.

Greg holds a Bachelor of Engineering and a Masters of Commerce from the University of New South Wales.  He sits on the Board of the Fremantle Press, a not for profit book publisher which is celebrating its 40th Anniversary in 2016.

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.