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Adjunct Fellow, Macquarie University

Robert is an experienced executive with a track record of research, innovation and achievement in financial literacy and consumer protection.

Robert led the creation of MoneySmart - one of the world's leading financial literacy websites. His vision and project implementation have helped consumers and investors to make smart financial decisions that improve their lives.

Since 1987, Robert has been active in consumer protection, especially to improve government policies and industry practices so consumers get a fair deal.

His work has covered diverse areas including public policy, law, social research, financial planning, consumer communication and evaluation. He has long experience in both community and government sectors.


  • 2018–present
    Adjunct Fellow, Macquarie University
  • 2014–present
    Director, SmartSteps
  • 2014–present
    Senior Financial Capability Specialist (P/T), World Bank
  • 2014–2018
    General Manager – Grants (P/T), Financial Literacy Australia
  • 2012–2014
    Senior Executive, Financial Literacy, Australian Securities & Investments Commission
  • 2008–2012
    Senior Manager , Consumer team, ASIC
  • 2001–2008
    Special Adviser, Consumer protection team, ASIC
  • 1997–2001
    Manager, Policy Division, NSW Department of Fair Trading
  • 1994–1997
    Member (P/T), Superannuation Complaints Tribunal
  • 1995–1997
    Deputy Director - Policy, Council of Social Service of NSW
  • 1987–1995
    Senior Policy Officer, Australian Consumers' Association (CHOICE)
  • 1986–1987
    Co-ordinator, NSW Community Legal Centres Secretariat


  • 2005 
    Financial Services Institute of Australasia , Graduate Diploma of Financial Planning
  • 1982 
    Australian National University, Bachelor of Arts (1st class honours)

Professional Memberships

  • Member, Australasian Evaluation Society