Michael Barnes PSM


Mr Barnes assumed the role of Chairperson when he became Acting Under Treasurer in the Department of Treasury in 2014.

Mr Barnes was appointed Under Treasurer in 2015. As Under Treasurer, he is the principal economic and financial policy adviser to the Government of Western Australia. He is also the Chairperson of WATC’s People and Remuneration Committee.

Prior to joining the Department of Treasury in 1997, Mr Barnes worked in the Commonwealth Treasury, where he commenced his career as a graduate in 1992. Mr Barnes holds a Bachelor of Business degree with Honours in Economics, and was awarded a Public Service Medal in the June 2020 Queen’s Birthday Honours for outstanding public service to State government finances in Western Australia.