Peter Bennett

“Working for Treasury I enjoy the exposure to the huge range of topics that impact on the Tasmania economy, and the ability to have an input into a variety of different policy issues.”


Staff - Peter Bennett

I currently work as the Principal Research Officer in a policy-oriented role in the area of economic policy which ranges from reviewing legislative amendments and subordinate legislation to commentary on foreign investment applications from the Foreign Investment Review Board, Ministerial briefings, and comments on Cabinet Minutes. The branch also shares a lot of the work on providing economic data releases, and we now have an involvement in energy policy issues.


By way of background, I completed an Honours Degree in Economics and spent a couple of years in the Department of Treasury in Canberra. After returning to Hobart, I studied for my Master's Degree while tutoring at the University and lecturing part-time at the (then) College of Advanced Education. I worked with the Advisory Council for Inter-Government Relations and as an advisor to a former Minister for Education. I joined Treasury in 1983 for a short time, but decided on a career as a private sector consultant in my own business, which I did for 12 years.


I re-joined Treasury as Assistant Director in IGFP (after working for a Tasmanian Senator) and then gained experience in DPAC, Economic Development, OTTER (as consultant) Aurora and TasNetworks. Then returned to Treasury in 2015 in an internal 'roving role' capacity!!


I have learned a lot along the way through experience in various agencies, in the private sector through my consulting experience, and through the political positions I have held.


Working for Treasury I enjoy the exposure to the huge range of topics that impact on the Tasmania economy, and the ability to have an input into a variety of different policy issues. I also love the traditional sandstone building I work in!


My career has taken me full circle within a Treasury environment - in Canberra and Hobart - and I believe that experience outside Treasury in other agencies, and elsewhere, is an important 'string to your bow' in terms of career development. It is important to absorb the views of other people from a range of different policy perspectives. Then come back to Treasury and use that knowledge and experience!


When I'm not working I enjoy the usual relaxing things - reading, gardening, music and travelling. I have dabbled in abstract painting and currently have a part ownership in two race horses - one in Hobart and one in Sydney. I also enjoy walking and a bit of training at home.​


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