Leonie is the Chief Economist at the Department of Communications and the Arts. Throughout her career, she has led the production of influential research and advice to government and policy implementation across industry-specific and whole-of government issues in areas including communications, taxation, workplace relations, fiscal and macro-economic policy and competition law.
Leonie heads up the Bureau of Communications and Arts Research (BCAR) in the Department, leading a team of economists and data scientists to produce economic, statistical and geospatial analysis and modelling. The BCAR publishes research of policy relevance to business and the community. This includes analysis of how the affordability of communications goods and services has changed for households; assessing the impacts of 5G mobile technology on productivity and economic growth; and forecasting how household demand for data and bandwidth will change over the next decade.
Leonie previously held economic policy and research roles at the Productivity Commission and Commonwealth Treasury and lectured at the Australian National University on economic policy.
Leonie holds a Bachelor of Economics (Hons) from the Australian National University and a Bachelor of Arts (Communication Management) from Deakin University.