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Access Economics joins Deloitte


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2 March 2011: The directors and staff of Access Economics have joined Deloitte to create Australia’s leading economics advisory practice to be known as Deloitte Access Economics.

Deloitte CEO Giam Swiegers said, “We are seeing a growing demand for expert knowledge and industry experience in economic consulting, modelling and forecasting for both the public and private sectors.

“This is driven not only by the pace of regulatory change but also by the critical role that corporate knowledge and expertise is playing in addressing challenging public policy areas including those that will help shape Australia’s future, such as economic policy, healthcare, financial services, infrastructure development and the delivery of public services.

“It establishes Deloitte Access Economics as Australia’s leading provider of economic advisory services, and reinforces Deloitte’s vision to build a better Australia by the way we help shape key national policies.”

Access Economics’ Chris Richardson said, “The directors and staff of Access share Deloitte’s desire to work with governments and industries across the country to build a prosperous and fair future for Australia as this nation responds to the challenges posed by the rise of emerging economies, an ageing population, rapid technological change, healthcare reform, climate change and the need for ongoing infrastructure renewal.

“Deloitte share our vision that good advice to governments and the provision of leading edge business insights to corporates can help build a better Australia. Our decision to join Deloitte allows us to make a far more significant contribution to these areas by bringing complementary skill sets together and providing the opportunity to leverage the broader consulting and advisory capability of Deloitte in Australia and globally.”

The move comes only two months after the directors and staff of SAHA Australia, a highly regarded economic and infrastructure advisory firm in the transport, logistics, energy, water and resources sectors, joined Deloitte.

According to Ian Thatcher, Deloitte’s Head of Financial Advisory Services, the union with Access Economics is another important step in building the advisory services of Deloitte and positions the firm to provide a more expansive and integrated set of offerings to address client needs.

"It deepens and widens the Deloitte economic and regulatory advisory footprint and expands our modelling and forecasting services. We now have a range of new capabilities to offer Deloitte clients which are unmatched by our competitors.”

“The integration of such highly regarded professionals with the existing Deloitte economics team will create not only a powerful advisory capability but also a very strong platform for Deloitte and its clients to participate in key national policy debates. It is a union that will enable us to advise the public and private sector on the challenges of today and tomorrow in areas such as healthcare, energy and resources, financial services and infrastructure delivery,” said Mr Thatcher.

The team of 60 highly talented economists are led by seven experienced partners and a support team of 17, working across Canberra, Sydney and Melbourne. They will join Deloitte’s existing Economics & Infrastructure Advisory division of 131.

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Name:
Vessa Playfair
Company:
Deloitte Australia
Job Title:
Head of Corporate Affairs
Phone:
Tel: +61 2 9322 7576, Mobile: +61 4 1926 7676
Email
vplayfair@deloitte.com.au
Name:
Ian Thatcher
Company:
Deloitte
Job Title:
FAS Lead Partner
Phone:
Tel: +61 2 9322 7640, Mob: +61 4 1425 7640
Email
ithatcher@deloitte.com.au
Name:
Chris Richardson
Company:
Access Economics
Job Title:
Director
Phone:
Tel: +61 2 6175 2000
Email
chris.richardson@accesseconomics.com.au

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