Rebooting the Economy

Presented by the Australian Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering (ATSE) NSW Division

Event details

Tuesday 15 November 2022

12.00pm-2.00pm AEDT – In-person
12.30pm-2.00pm AEDT – Online


Union, University & Schools Club Sydney (UUSC) 25 Bent St, Sydney – in-person and online


In-person – $50
Online – Free


> Peter Achterstraat AM, NSW Productivity Commissioner

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Rebooting the economy
Improved productivity requires improved education, innovation and smarter infrastructure

Increased demand for government services is in many ways the modern zeitgeist, manifested most remarkably in recent times by demands on our health system from increased health impacts from COVID-19 and climate disasters.

Investing in human capital, making it easier to do business to create new job opportunities, best practice STEM teaching. a modern vocational education and training (VET) system and a coordinated, technology-driven transition away from fossil fuels are all needed. And these initiatives must to be supported by smarter infrastructure which underpins modern economies.

Hear recommendations from NSW Productivity Commissioner and former NSW Auditor General Peter Achterstraat AM who has recently released a detailed white paper Rebooting the Economy addressing many of these issues.

Please note: To attend in person, you must be an ATSE Fellow, *guest of an ATSE Fellow, or a member of the UUSC.

*Guests must indicate during registration the Fellow they are a guest of. If you would like us to connect you to a Fellow, please contact events@atse.org.au

Pter Achterstraat
Peter Achterstraat AM

NSW Productivity Commissioner

Peter Achterstraat AM, is the inaugural NSW Productivity Commissioner having been appointed to that key role in May 2018.

Peter was the Auditor-General of NSW from 2006 to 2013. Prior to this, he was the Chief Commissioner State Revenue for New South Wales from July 1999.Previously, Peter was the Deputy Commissioner of Taxation with the ATO.

He holds an honours degree in Economics as well as degrees in Law and Commerce from the ANU. Peter was admitted to the Bar of the NSW Supreme Court in 1983 and a Barrister in the High Court of Australia in 1985. He has University Prizes in Company Finance and in Accounting. In 2006 Peter was admitted into the ANU College of Business and Economics Hall of Fame.

Peter served as an Adjunct Professor at the University of Sydney’s Graduate School of Government (2013 -2017) and was a Principal (Infrastructure Advisor) at WorleyParsons from 2013-2016. He was awarded an Order of Australia in 2014 for his Financial Management and Governance roles.

Peter was appointed by all State and Territories and the Commonwealth as the Administrator of the National Health Funding Pool from 2016 – 2018.He was the President of the NSW Division of the AICD from 2015 -2020.He is the Chair of Bankstown Airport Ltd and Chair of the Sydney Financial Forum.