Parliamentary Budget Officer appointed

Parliamentary Budget Officer Anthony Close The Governor in Council has appointed Anthony Close as the Parliamentary Budget Officer.

Mr Close becomes Victoria’s first Parliamentary Budget Officer, appointed for a five-year term.

The appointment was made on the recommendation of the Special Minister of State, following a competitive recruitment process conducted by the Public Accounts and Estimates Committee.

Mr Close was Queensland’s Acting Auditor-General between 2016-17 and Deputy Auditor-General for three years. He has substantial experience across all facets of financial audit, performance audit, strategic audit planning and investigations.

Mr Close also worked in the private sector at BHP Billiton Mitsubishi Alliance and SMS Management & Technology. He is a Fellow Certified Practising Accountant and holds a Bachelor of Business (Management Accounting) from Queensland University of Technology.

The Parliamentary Budget Officer is an independent officer of the Parliament, with primary responsibility for:

  • preparing election policy costings, pre-election reports and post-election reports
  • preparing costings of other policies or proposed policies at the request of a Member of Parliament
  • providing advisory services to Members of Parliament on financial, fiscal or economic matters (including in relation to the costing of proposals included in the State Budget).


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