Stephen Bartos begins number crunch in NSW Budget Office

Former Finance deputy secretary Stephen Bartos has moved to Macquarie Street, overseeing election promises ahead of the NSW state election next year.

Stephen Bartos

Stephen Bartos

Two decades after walking away from the senior ranks of the public service, consultant and commentator Stephen Bartos jumped back into the frying pan this week in the high-stakes role of budget officer in New South Wales.

Bartos, a former deputy secretary at the Commonwealth level, began the role as Parliamentary Budget Officer on Monday, scrutinising party promises ahead of the state election next year.

Bartos was responsible for national budgeting and financial management at the Department of Finance, rising to deputy after a decade as a senior executive in the department. Since quitting he’s been a fellow at the Australian National University, a professor at the University of Canberra and a director at Allen Consulting Group based in Canberra. He’s also been a regular commentator in The Canberra Times and at Crikey.

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