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Terry Rawnsley

Principal and Partner
BEc (Hons)
+ 61 3 8616 0331

Terry is a renowned economist who provides advice to all tiers of government, not for profit organisations and the private sector. He is Australia’s leading thinker on the link between the urban productivity and the macroeconomy and is a regular media commentator on the functioning of our cities and regions. He is a prolific writer, producing regular research papers and contributing to academic debate across a broad range of topic. Terry was co-author to a chapter in the book ‘Australia’s Unintended Cities’ looking at the link between urban structure and productivity. Terry is also the National Leader at SGS for Economic and Social Analysis.

His experience also includes public policy development, economic modelling, examining social exclusion, strategy development, detailed economic appraisal and statistical analysis. Terry’s advice is highly sought after for economic development, land use and transport strategies and individual infrastructure projects.

Some of the strategies Terry has helped develop include the acclaimed Eddington Review, Brunei Land Optimisation Strategy, Christchurch Central Recovery Plan, the Transport Plan for South Australia and the Jobs and Industry Strategy for Melbourne’s West.

He has worked on the economic and land use aspects of many transport projects including Regional Rail Link, EastLink, Melbourne Metro, Auckland Rail Link, the Second Harbour Crossing, MAX Light Rail, Newcastle Light Rail and East West Link.

He has assessed projects for Infrastructure Australia and has been involved in the review of the National Guidelines for Transport System Management.

Terry was an essential part of the team that delivered the report ‘Productivity and Agglomeration Benefits in Australian Capital Cities’. This report addressed the information gap in the COAG Reform Council’s study of empirical research on productivity and agglomeration benefits in capital cities. Read more about this project here.

Terry acted as an expert advisor for a broader team on the Integrated Transport and Land Use Plan developed for South Australia. He provided technical analysis on urban development in Adelaide and its rate of growth, dwelling density, accessibility, employment and the density of employment, travel catchments and travel time analysis. Underlying this analysis was that improving connectivity provides productivity benefits. The Plan proposes a range of public transport improvements including a return of trams to the CBD and inner Adelaide and integrated planning solutions to increase accessibility and reduce reliance on cars. Click here to view the ITLUS Report.

Terry was employed at the Australian Bureau of Statistics in a number of roles prior to joining SGS. These included overseeing the compilation of the National Accounts where he gained invaluable experience relative to this project on the measurement of productivity statistics. Terry worked in the Analytical Services Branch where his research covered a wide range of topics. These included labour market economics, crime and justice research, wealth statistics and Indigenous issues.

In 2017, Terry was awarded the National Planning Champion Award by PIA, which is presented to a non-planner who promotes good planning and raises awareness of planning issues to the wider community.

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