Budget 2023-24


From: Wednesday May 24, 2023, 5:45 pm

To: Wednesday May 24, 2023, 7:00 pm

On 23 May the Victorian Government will deliver its 2023-24 Budget. What are the policy priorities for this Budget, and what does it say about the current and future state of the Victorian economy?

Please join us at the Treasury Theatre as we welcome Chris Barrett, Deputy Secretary of Economic Division at the Victorian Department of Treasury and Finance, to present an overview of the Budget, followed by a question and answer session.

Arrive at 5.45pm for a 6pm start - expected end time is 7.00pm

About the Speaker

Chris Barrett is Deputy Secretary of Economic Division in the Department of Treasury and Finance which is responsible for economic policy, revenue and service delivery. Chris was previously CEO of Invest Victoria, where he led both the Victorian Government’s approach to investment attraction and the Economic Recovery Mission in response to COVID-19. Chris’ career includes two decades in public service in both Canberra and Melbourne, including as Deputy Secretary, Policy and Cabinet in the Victorian Department of Premier and Cabinet.

In 2011, he was appointed Australian Ambassador to the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) in Paris, where he led Australia’s engagement with the OECD and contributed to global best-practice public policy. Following on from his role with the OECD, Chris spent four years with the European Climate Foundation in Berlin, where, as Executive Director, Finance and Economics, he led an international philanthropic strategy on the economic and financial implications and opportunities of the low-carbon transition.

He started his career as a management consultant with the Boston Consulting Group’s Melbourne office. He has degrees in economics and politics from the University of Melbourne and a Master of Public Policy from the Princeton School of Public and International Affairs.






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