Philip Lowe

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Philip Lowe
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Governor of the Reserve Bank of Australia
Assumed office
18 September 2016
Nominated byScott Morrison
DeputyMichele Bullock
Preceded byGlenn Stevens
Personal details
Born1961 (age 60–61)
Wagga Wagga, New South Wales, Australia
Alma mater

Philip Lowe (born 1961)[1] is an Australian economist who is the current Governor of the Reserve Bank of Australia, having succeeded Glenn Stevens on 18 September 2016. He was previously deputy governor under Stevens from February 2012 to September 2016.[citation needed]

Early life and education[edit]

Lowe was born in Wagga Wagga, New South Wales,[2] as the eldest of five children in the family.[3] He attended St Michael's High School and Trinity Senior High School.[4] Lowe later moved to Sydney[5] and was hired by the RBA straight out of high school. He was initially employed as a clerical worker in 1980 at the age of 17,[5][6] while completing his undergraduate commerce degree at the University of New South Wales by attending night classes.[7] He was awarded first-class honours and the University Medal on his graduation in 1985.[8]

Lowe later completed a doctorate in 1994 at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), with Paul Krugman as his adviser.[9]


In 1997, Lowe was appointed head of the RBA's Economic Research Department. He later headed the bank's Financial Stability Department (from 1999 to 2000), the Domestic Markets Department (from 2002 to 2003), and the Economic Analysis Department (from 2003 to 2004). From 2000 to 2002, Lowe worked at the Bank for International Settlements in Switzerland, as head of its Financial Institutions and Infrastructure Division. He was made Assistant Governor (Financial System) at the RBA in 2004, and Assistant Governor (Economic) in 2009, eventually becoming Deputy Governor in 2012.[10] In May 2016, Scott Morrison (the Treasurer of Australia) announced that Lowe would succeed Glenn Stevens at the head of the RBA at the end of his term in September 2016.[11] Phillip Lowe reportedly made $1 million AUD in 2021 from his job at the RBA.

Personal life[edit]

Lowe is married and has three children.[7] He met his wife, Jocelyn Parker, who works at the Australian Prudential Regulation Authority, while working at the RBA.[12]


  1. ^ "Subscribe to The Australian | Newspaper home delivery, website, iPad, iPhone & Android apps". Retrieved 28 October 2021.
  2. ^ "Lowe says Reserve Bank addressing secrecy", The Daily Advertiser, 15 July 2010. Retrieved 9 September 2016.
  3. ^ "From Wagga Wagga to MIT, new RBA chief prepares for tougher test". Business Times. 19 September 2016.
  4. ^ "Wagga's Philip Lowe new Reserve Bank of Australia governor", The Daily Advertiser, 7 May 2016. Retrieved 9 September 2016.
  5. ^ a b Wade, Matt (6 May 2016). "Philip Lowe: From teen recruit to central bank chief". The Sydney Morning Herald.
  6. ^ Martin, David (5 May 2016). "RBA names Philip Lowe as next governor". The Sydney Morning Herald.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  7. ^ a b "Lowe groomed to take over the governor's chair at Reserve Bank". The Sydney Morning Herald. 10 December 2011.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  8. ^ "Philip Lowe, the new RBA governor, and the global economy puzzle", "Australian Financial Review", Retrieved 13 October 2016.
  9. ^ "Lowe groomed to take over the governor's chair at Reserve Bank", Sydney Morning Herald, 10 December 2011. Retrieved 9 September 2016.
  10. ^ Philip Lowe, Reserve Bank of Australia. Retrieved 9 September 2016.
  11. ^ "RBA names Philip Lowe as next governor", Sydney Morning Herald, 5 May 2016.
  12. ^ Meet Philip Lowe, the new RBA Governor Retrieved 14 July 2019.
Business positions
Preceded by Governor of the Reserve Bank of Australia