It is with great sadness that we mourn the passing of Ted Evans, one of Australia’s great public servants.
Ted began his working life as a linesman with the Postmaster-General’s Department in Ipswich, Queensland. For a decade, he balanced the physical rigours of his work with earning a Honours Degree in Economics from the University of Queensland.
Ted joined the Australian Treasury in 1968 and devoted the next 43 years of his working life to public service, including eight years as Treasury Secretary from 1993 until 2001. He then served ten years on the Board of Westpac from 2001 until his retirement in 2011, including four years as Chairman.
Ted has left an indelible mark on Australia. As Treasury Secretary, Ted advised the Keating and Howard governments on balancing the budget, major tax reforms, including introduction of the GST, and establishment of the key economic frameworks that continue to serve Australia well to this day.
He was renowned for his sharp intellect, modesty, integrity and the quiet fearlessness and forcefulness of his advice, earning the respect of Prime Ministers and Treasurers on all sides of politics.
Ted was made a Companion of the Order of Australia (AC) in 1999 in recognition of service to Australian economic policy development.
On behalf of the Australian people, I wish to express gratitude for the enormous contribution that Ted Evans made to Australia through his lifetime of distinguished public service and our deep condolences to his wife Judith and the Evans family for their loss.