Ted Evans (public servant)

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Ted Evans
Secretary of the Department of the Treasury
In office
24 May 1993 – 26 April 2001
Personal details
Born Edward Alfred Evans
(1941-03-04) 4 March 1941 (age 77)
Ipswich, Queensland, Australia
Nationality Australian
Spouse(s) Judith[1]
Alma mater University of Queensland
Occupation Public servant

Edward Alfred Evans AC (born 4 March 1941) is a retired Australian senior public servant.

Career and public life[edit]

Evans first studied at Ipswich High School in Queensland in the late 1950s and trained as a technician in the 1960s, working in the Ipswich branch, of the Postmaster-General's Department.[1][2] Studying economics while working, Evans graduated with a Bachelor of Economics from the University of Queensland in 1969 with first class honours and a University Medal.[2][3] One of his colleagues in his student honours group in the University of Queensland in 1967 was Adrian Pagan who later became a well-known Australian academic economist. Upon graduation, Evans joined the Department of the Treasury and moved to Canberra.[2]

Throughout the 1970s and 1980s, Evans held various positions in the Australian Treasury in Canberra and in several overseas posts. Between 1976 and 1979 he was posted as a Treasury representative to the OECD in Paris. In 1984, he was promoted to one of the Deputy Secretary positions and later, between 1989 and 1993 he was posted as an Executive Director to the IMF in Washington.

Evans was appointed Secretary of the Treasury in March 1993[4] having previously been offered the job in 1991 and having turned it down.[5] During the time he was Secretary of the Treasury, he gave various public talks including discussions of economic challenges in Asia following the Asian financial crisis in 1998.[6].

He retired from the public service in April 2001, having served eight years as Treasury head.[1] Evans said that one of his proudest achievements as Secretary of Treasury was introducing the Taxation Review Board.[7]

After retiring from the public sector, Evans joined the Westpac board. He served as a board member between 2001 and 2011, and as chairman between 2007 and his retirement.[8]

In 2013, Evans was outspoken over the sacking of Martin Parkinson and three other public service Secretaries, saying that the Abbott Government was wasting good people and politicising the bureaucracy.[9]


In June 1999, Evans was made a Companion of the Order of Australia (AC) in recognition of service to Australian economic policy development.[10]


  1. ^ a b c Howard, John (26 April 2001). "Retirement of Ted Evans as Secretary to the Treasury" (Press release). Archived from the original on 25 February 2014. 
  2. ^ a b c Costello, Peter (26 April 2001). "Retirement of Edward Evans AC - Secretary to the Treasury" (Press release). Archived from the original on 29 March 2012. 
  3. ^ Mr Ted Evans AC, Chairman of Westpac, University of Queensland, 2010, archived from the original on 30 April 2013 
  4. ^ Keating, Paul (24 March 1993). "Statement by the Prime Minister, the Hon P.J. Keating MP" (Press release). Archived from the original on 25 February 2014. 
  5. ^ Burgess, Verona (1 February 1991). "Top Treasury job is offered, rejected". The Canberra Times. p. 3. Archived from the original on 28 February 2014. 
  6. ^ Ted Evans. 1998. Asia, the IMF and Australia., address to the Sydney Institute, 17 February,
  7. ^ Durie, John (1 December 2011). "The world according to Westpac chairman Ted Evans". The Australian. 
  8. ^ "Westpac chairman Ted Evans to retire at general meeting in December". News.com.au. News Corp Australia. 11 May 2011. Archived from the original on 25 February 2014. 
  9. ^ Tingle, Laura; Greber, Jacob; Burgess, Verona (18 September 2013). "Ted Evans slams public service chief sackings". The Australian Financial Review. Fairfax Media. Archived from the original on 25 February 2014. 
  10. ^ Search Australian Honours: EVANS, Edward Alfred, Australian Government, archived from the original on 25 February 2014 
Government offices
Preceded by
Tony Cole
Secretary of the Department of the Treasury
Succeeded by
Ken Henry