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Michael Daffey

Michael brings nine years of public policy and economic policy experience from Nous Group, the Australian Treasury and the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet.

He has an aptitude for leading teams and managing projects, harnessing the strengths of all team members to deliver high quality projects. He guides teams to combine data analysis and stakeholder engagement to derive robust and actionable insights that help clients to extend their influence.

Influential work

  • Prepared several business cases for government, including options analysis and cost-benefit modelling, to secure investment for strategic priorities
  • Managed program evaluations, service reviews and regulatory practice reviews for government clients, culminating in reform packages designed to increase effectiveness
  • Managed a project with the Australian Treasury and a bank, co-designing reminder messages sent to consumers and conducting a randomised controlled trial to evaluate their impact on reducing credit card balances
  • Managed the development of a parliamentary bill regulating financial service providers involving industry and government consultation, regulatory impact analysis and legislative drafting instructions
  • Managed a project with the Australian Treasury and five superannuation funds, co-designing and evaluating several disclosure options through a framed field experiment completed by fund members.

Outside of Nous

Prior to joining Nous, Michael spent five years at the Australian Treasury where he worked on budget policy on the National Disability Insurance Scheme and Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme. He also spent two years at the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet in the Behavioural Economics Team, designing consumer-centric policy interventions and randomised controlled trials. He holds a Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Laws from the University of Melbourne and a Master of Public Policy in Economic Policy from the Australian National University.

In his spare time...

Michael enjoys spending time with his partner, young son and two dogs.

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