Melissa commenced in her current position as head of the Economic Advice Service in the Department of Industry, Innovation and Science in April 2018. Her responsibilities include providing provide objective, robust and high quality economic advice and analysis, information and statistics to government and external stakeholders. Publications from Melissa’s branch, including the Resources and Energy Quarterly and Industry Insights are available on the website of the Office of the Chief Economist www.industry.gov.au/oce
Over the last 10 years Melissa has worked in a variety public policy roles. Most recently, she spent 18 months at the Productivity Commission working on the first five-yearly Productivity Review ‘Shifting the Dial’ and then the Inquiry into Competition in the Financial System.
Previously, as a senior adviser at the Commonwealth Treasury, Melissa specialised in taxation, superannuation and budget policy. Melissa was a member of the Harper Competition Policy Review secretariat in 2014-2015 and she spent 15 months working as an adviser to Federal Ministers in the Treasury portfolio in 2015-16.
Melissa commenced her career in the private sector with a small economic consultancy firm and also has experience working for other Federal and Western Australian public service agencies.
Melissa completed her undergraduate studies in economics at ANU and she holds a Master of Taxation Law from the University of NSW.
Away from work Melissa enjoys exercise classes and regular walks up Canberra’s mountains.