Rebecca Cassells

Commonwealth Treasury

Government, Academia

I am currently Assistant Secretary, Macroeconomic Analysis and Policy Division. Previously I held the  position of Principal Research Fellow with the Bankwest Curtin Economics Centre and oversee the Centre’s Research Impact and Engagement Strategy, Focus on the States and Gender Equity Insights Research Programs. These roles involve initiating, designing and managing research programs, overseeing staff and making sure that our research outputs are of the highest quality whilst maintaining accessibility to a broader audience.

I have a diverse research portfolio that combines complex quantitative research methods with policy evaluation. My principal areas of research expertise focus on economic and social issues that encompass aspects of inequality and disadvantage. Prior to my role at BCEC, I worked as an independent consultant, working with state and federal government departments on a number of major economic evaluations on child protection and mental health interventions in Australia. Previously spent many years with the National Centre for Social and Economic Modelling (NATSEM), where I led the Women, Children and Families team and oversaw the AMP.NATSEM Income and Wealth Series.

I’ve led major commissioned research projects for a number of organisations including the Department of Health, Department of Defence, NSW Department of Premier and Cabinet, Office for Women, CPA, The Smith Family and the Commonwealth Bank. My work has been influential in driving public debates and influencing policy and legislation, particularly on issues related to women in the workforce. I’ve provided evidence to numerous parliamentary inquiries and have a strong media presence providing regular commentary on issues related to labour markets and gender inequality.

I completed a double degree in Applied Economics and Social Sciences at the University of Canberra with majors in Law and Geography. I sit on a number of panels including the Workplace Gender Equality Agency’s Data Consultation Group and I’m also currently Chair of the ACT Women in Economics Network. 

I have two daughters who are making their way through high school and university and I’m passionate about making sure the workforce they enter is an equitable one.