Prof Peter Whiteford

BA (Hons) Qld; Litt. B. ANU; D. Phil. York
Professor, Crawford School of Public Policy
College of Asia & the Pacific
T: 61254295

Areas of expertise

  • Policy And Administration 1605
  • Social Policy 160512

Research interests

Peter Whiteford's research has concentrated on international comparisons of systems of social protection and comparisons of poverty and income distribution, and his areas of interest include: Child poverty; family policy; international comparisons of income inequality and poverty; comparative social policy and the welfare state; reconciliation of work and family life; lone parenthood and joblessness among families with children; social policy and the life course; social assistance policies; pension policies; social policy and income disparities in China; Australian social policy, especially social security policy; tax-transfer policies.


Peter Whiteford is a Professor in the Crawford School of Public Policy at the Australian National University, Canberra.  Between 2008 and 2012 he worked  at the Social Policy Research Centre at the University of New South Wales (UNSW) in Sydney. He previously worked as a Principal Administrator in the Directorate of Employment, Labour and Social Affairs of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development in Paris.

His work at the OECD encompassed pension and welfare policies in OECD countries, Eastern Europe and China.  He also worked on child poverty,  family assistance policies, welfare reform, and other aspects of social policy, particularly ways of supporting the balance between work and family life. He has published extensively on various aspects of the Australian system of income support.

In July 2008, he was appointed by the Australian government to the Reference Group for the Harmer Review of the Australian pension system. He was an invited keynote speaker at the Melbourne Institute-Australia's Future Tax and Transfer Policy Conferenceheld in June 2009 as part of the Henry Review of Australia’s Future Tax System, and he participated in the Tax Forumheld in Canberra in October 2011.

He is an Associate Investigator with the ARC Centre of Excellence in Population Ageing Research(CEPAR).

Researcher's projects

He is Chief Investigator (with Gerry Redmond) of an Australian Research Council (ARC) funded linkage project on “Supporting Families: Equity in the Australian Tax-Transfer System”.

GINI Growing Inequalities, Impacts:

Recent projects include for UNICEF (Pacific) on child poverty and disparities in Kiribati and Vanuatu.


Projects and Grants

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