Australia maintains a Permanent Delegation to the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) in Paris. The delegation is currently led by Mr Alexander Robson, Ambassador and Permanent Representative of Australia to the OECD (details below). Australian agencies represented are:
Deputy Permanent Representative
Counsellor (Development Cooperation)
Australian Taxation Office
Minister-Counsellor based in Rome
Locally-engaged delegate based in Paris
Counsellor based in Brussels
Counsellor based in Geneva
Locally-engaged delegate based in Geneva
The OECD, based in Paris, was established in 1961. The Organisation provides independent and evidence-based analysis to help improve the economic and social well-being of citizens in its member countries and globally. The OECD does not have executive or financial powers; it relies on persuasion and consensus, and derives its relevance to member countries from its high quality analysis of economic, social and environmental policy.
Australia has been an active member of the OECD since 1971, although initial links to the OECD were established through the OECD’s Development Assistance Committee (DAC) in 1966. In 2011, Australia celebrated its 40th anniversary of membership. This was the same year that the OECD, established in 1961, celebrated its 50th anniversary. In 2016, Australia also celebrated 50 years of membership in the DAC. Australia is one of a group of 35 like-minded countries working toward a more harmonious functioning of the world economy.
Australia takes a strong interest in a wide range of OECD activities and the OECD's analysis plays an influential role in policy debates in Australia. Australia adheres to OECD instruments and conventions and experts from the Australian Government, academia, non-government organisations and the private sector regularly attend specialist committee meetings to put forward Australia’s views and hear other members’ views.
You can follow the Delegation on Twitter: @AusOECD
For further information on Australia and the OECD, visit the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade's Australia and the OECD page.
For further information on the OECD, visit the OECD website.
Dr Alexander Robert William Robson
Ambassador and Permanent Representative of Australia to the OECD
Immediately prior to his appointment to the post of Ambassador and Permanent Representative of Australia to the OECD, Dr Robson held the position of Managing Director at FTI Consulting.
Prior to this, he was Chief Economist and Senior Economic Adviser in the Prime Minister’s Office; Director, Economic Policy Analysis Program, Griffith University (2011-2015); Director, Deloitte Access Economics (2009-2011); Senior Economic Adviser, Office of the Leader of the Opposition (2008-2009); Lecturer in Economics, Australian National University (2001-2007); and Graduate Economist, Treasury (1994-1995).
Dr Robson holds a Master of Arts and Ph.D in Economics from the University of California (2001) and a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Economics from James Cook University (1994).