Mr Barry Burgan


Barry Burgan has extensive consulting and research experience in issues of public economics and financial assessment, including the economics of the arts and recreational activities.  He is a Director of Economic Research Consultants Pty Ltd and in this capacity has undertaken a range of financial and economic evaluations, with particular skills and high level experience in quantitative modelling techniques and cost benefit evaluation, and an interest in the cultural sector and in the impacts and use of technology.  He has an extensive background in investigating and modelling the economy wide impacts of projects and policy changes using input –output and CGE modelling techniques.

He has management experience in public institutions (eg as chair of the SA Community Housing Authority for 6 years), and has been involved in reviews of government programs (including economic support) and of public institutions.

He is also a Senior Lecturer in the School of Commerce at the University of Adelaide, where he specialises in the teaching of Corporate Finance and Quantitative Methods and is Associate Dean-International for the Faculty of Professions (undertaking negotiations with off-shore partners and fostering international relationships for the University of Adelaide.

Projects Barry has been involved in of relevance to this project include:

Program and Market Reviews

  • State Library of SA – development of recommendation s for the development of commercial services by the library (for the Library – 2000)
  • Review of performance of SA Business Vision 2010 – an industry policy group (for Dept of Industry and Trade in SA – 2001)
  • Review of outcomes achieved by the Government Services Export Group (for Dept of Industry and Trade in SA – 2000)
  • Sydney Wine Centre - preliminary feasibility study in 1999
  • National Wine Centre - evaluation conducted with Ernst and Young, and economic impact update with Beston Pacific (1997 and 1998/99)
  • Feasibility study and options evaluation of an Export Centre - for SA Dept of Premier and Cabinet - 1998

Cost Benefit Studies

  • Cost Benefit Evaluation of Festival Centre Upgrade (2002/03)
  • Cost Benefit Evaluation of Riverbank Precinct Redevelopment (2002/03), with KBR
  • Cost benefit study of impacts of Outer Harbor channel (Port Adelaide) deepening on international trade prospects (2003)
  • Review of economic modelling on trade impacts and outcomes of Alice Darwin railway (1999)
  • Evaluation of the economic contribution of defence projects and programs on the South Australian economy, including preparation of a response to the Industry Commission report on Defence Procurement

Financial Evaluation Projects of Relevance

  • Assessment of financing options for regional tourism marketing (for Tourism SA and Fleurieu Regional Tourism Board – Sept-Dec 2004)
  • Assessment of impacts of a bed tax on SA tourism (1994)
  • Evaluation of impacts on costs of new Food Safety Legislation for local government (2003)

Film Industry projects

  • Project for Arts SA, SA Dept of Trade and Economic Development and Premiers Dept on the contribution and make up of the SA creative industries (Sept-Dec 2004) – with Simon Molly, Kathy Hayter and Andrew Doust
  • Chief Investigator in the Creative Industries Mapping Project – a University of Adelaide ARC linkage funded academic project to trace social and economic interactions of the creative industry sector in SA (current)
  • Preparation of a working paper and presentation at workshop on the use of multipliers and CGE models in considering the impacts of investment in film (for the Australian Film Commission with Simon Molloy, 2005)
  • “Evaluation of State Government Support of Film Industry Projects – Issues and Options re Methodologies” – for DTED, 2004
  • Evaluation of changes to taxation concession arrangements for investment in film (undertaken for the Screen Producers Association of Australia)
  • Investigation of opportunities for attracting international students to AFTRS (for AFTRS, 2005  – with Simon Molly)
  • Project for the SA Department of the Arts to establish future strategic directions for the SA Film Corporation – 1st phase in conjunction with Price WaterhouseCoopers, second phase with Bruce Moir (1999-2000).  The second phase included a special investigation of interlinkages between film and multi-media opportunities for development in the state
Worked with the Australian Film Commission and the Australia Council of the Arts in managing research projects to assess the potential impacts of the US Australian Free Trade Agreement on the cultural and film sector (2003)