Mr Phil Bowen, the inaugural Parliamentary Budget Officer, will be retiring from the position on 22 July this year and he will be succeeded by senior Treasury officer Jenny Wilkinson.

Mr Bowen commenced his four year term as the inaugural Parliamentary Budget Officer on 23 July 2012. He was reappointed for a further term of one year ending 22 July 2017. Before that, Mr Bowen had a long and distinguished Public Service career, for which he was awarded the Australian Public Service Medal in 2006.

In his statement to the Senate, the Senate President Stephen Parry thanked Mr Bowen for his service.

In establishing and leading the Parliamentary Budget Office for five years, Mr Bowen has done an outstanding job undertaking his duties at all times with complete impartiality. The PBO‘s rigorous independent modelling and analysis has been of great assistance to members of both houses of the parliament and has improved the budget process.

I gratefully acknowledge his having remained in the role for longer than he originally intended, upon the request of the Speaker and I, continuing to provide a great service to senators and members, particularly during the costing of policy proposals in the lead-up to the last election.

Ms Wilkinson is currently the division head, Retirement Income Policy Division in the Treasury. Ms Wilkinson’s term will begin on Monday, 24 July 2017.

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