As Western Australia continues to battle the COVID-19 pandemic (and hopefully is enjoying the aftermath of lockdown) the government has faced the most unpredictable of times in drafting its 2020-21 State Budget.

We are pleased to welcome back the Hon. Ben Wyatt MLA Treasurer of Western Australia to provide the keynote address at the 2020 IPAA WA Budget Briefing.

The State Budget is 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 directed annual expenditure of approximately $30 billion dollars towards serving Australia’s largest jurisdiction.

The Treasurer will go beyond individual agency funding allocations and provide the all-important contextual information. In attending this session participants will hear 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 will also have the opportunity to engage the Treasurer in conversation with a Q&A session following his presentation.

Topics Include

  • Analysis of the State budget.
  • Impacts of unpredictable state revenue upon public service delivery.
  • Commentary on the current and predicted economic conditions facing Western Australia.

Keynote Speaker

The Hon. Ben Wyatt MLA 
Treasurer of Western Australia; Minister for Finance; Aboriginal Affairs; Lands
Government of Western Australia

Ben Wyatt is Australia's first Indigenous Australian Treasurer and was appointed in March 2017.

Testament to his capability, capacity and strong work ethic, he also holds the position as Minister for Finance, Lands and Aboriginal Affairs.

As a leader of the state his priority is to focus on his pronounced Ministerial portfolio, his obligation to his constituents and to make a difference to the lives of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people across the state and the nation. As such Ben is deeply committed to the principles of closing the gap in Australia.

Elected to the Legislative Assembly in 2006 after by-election for the seat of Victoria Park, Ben has now been serving the State for more than 10 years from an area in which he lived for more than 20.

Prior to his appointment as a senior Minister in the current Government, Ben held the positions of Shadow Treasurer and Shadow Minister for Federal State Relations, Aboriginal Affairs, Native Title and Government Accountability.

Ben holds a Masters Degree with distinction from the London School of Economics, Bachelor of Laws from the University of Western Australia and has also served on the National Board of Indigenous Business Australia as an officer in the Australian Army - following his graduation from the Royal Military College, Duntroon.

The father of two's career in earnest began in Western Australia as a barrister and solicitor where he served as counsel for the Director of Public Prosecutions.