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2019 IPAA WA State Budget Briefing - With WA Treasurer, the Hon. Ben Wyatt MLA

Institute of Public Administration Australia WA

Event outline

As the State is starting to show tentative signs of a turn-around in its financial fortunes, this year's budget will now be under pressure from competing demands of increased spending and continued fiscal constraint.

The Hon. Ben Wyatt MLA, Treasurer of Western Australia joins us in May to discuss more on the 2019/20 State Budget.

Ably MC’d by Mr Bill Scanlan, this year we bring you a national perspective with EY Chief Economist (Oceania) Jo Masters joining the Treasurer on a panel following the keynote presentation.

Most importantly, and unlike any other briefing on the budget, the session will zero in on what the budget means for the public sector.


Bill Scanlan
Director, Infrastructure Advisory

Panel Member

Jo Masters
Chief Economist
EY Oceania

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.

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Provider information

Western Australia's Institute of Public Administration is a not-for-profit professional association for the public sector. We offer opportunities for sharing and learning through our range of events, training courses and networking opportunities.