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Linda Ward is the First Assistant Parliamentary Budget Officer responsible for leading the Fiscal Policy Analysis Division of the Parliamentary Budget Office. A key role of her division is conducting and publishing analysis that enhances public understanding of the budget and fiscal policy settings. Prior to this, she was a senior executive at the Commonwealth Treasury, working in the Individuals and Indirect Tax Division of Revenue Group and International Policy and Engagement Division of Macroeconomic Group. Her responsibilities included overseeing Treasury’s engagement with the IMF and multilateral development banks, and representing Australia at the G20 Working Group on International Financial Architecture. Linda began her public service career at the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet where she worked for several years in a range of economic policy roles. She worked as an economist at Treasury for 12 years across three Groups – Revenue Group, Fiscal Group and Macroeconomic Group. She has also worked as an economic adviser to a senior Cabinet minister and as a senior macroeconomist at BHP Billiton’s Singapore Office.Linda holds a Graduate Certificate in Public Policy and Finance from the University of Canberra, Master of Public Policy degree from Japan’s National Institute for Policy Studies (GRIPS), and a Bachelor of Economics (Honours) from the University of Sydney/University of Western Australia. Linda is Deputy Chair of the Women in Economics Network committee (Canberra).


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