Walter is Chief Statistician for Eidos Institute, advising on statistical and information management issues. He is also Director of Hunter Robb Pty Ltd, offering specialized advice on the management and use of information, particularly statistical information requirements, statistical and demographic analysis, data collection and management, planning models, performance measurement and information governance.
Walter spent over 30 years in Queensland government, in a range of planning and statistics roles in health, education, and criminal justice. He is an accredited statistician with the Australian Statistical Society.
Prior to establishing his own business, Walter was Senior Director, InfoInvestment, Information Division, Queensland Health, responsible for customer and vendor engagement, IM policy and strategy, coordination of input to whole-of-Government IT, investment in IM/ICT, clinical information strategy, input to National eHealth agenda, information security, IM/ICT services planning and performance, service level management, quality assurance and continuous improvement.
Walter is a former Deputy Government Statistician, Office of Economic and Statistical Research, Queensland Treasury, responsible for statistical and strategic information management policy; advice on State/Commonwealth statistical issues to the Government Statistician; surveys and mathematical statistics; social statistics; performance data collections; state-wide statistical coordination; and strategic oversight of the State’s demographic research agenda.
He was Director, Qstats, a fee for service unit of Queensland Treasury: responsible for client management, business opportunities and high level statistical consultancies, and revenue of $1.5m.
He established the Crime Statistics Unit, Government Statistician’s Office and was responsible for establishing a unit to advise on standards for collection and dissemination of crime statistics, disseminate crime statistics, review data quality of statistical systems, and coordinate advice to National crime statistics groups.
Walter held a range of statistics and information management positions in Queensland Education including Manager, Management Information Services, Department of Education, Queensland (DEQ): with state-wide responsibility for the Information Management sub-program comprising $11m and 125 staff covering all aspects of information and information technology centrally and in 11 regions.
He was also Manager, Statistics, Department of Education, responsible for the collection of statistics on schools, students, teachers and the population; development of policies on statistical collections, sale of information; dissemination of statistics in reports fact sheets, floppy disk; preparation of enrolment forecasts for schools, regions and the state; preparation of environmental scans for strategic planning; supervision of the Commonwealth Finance Unit in forecasting, monitoring and advising on the expenditure of specific-purpose grants.
As Senior Education Officer, Demography and Manpower Branch, Department of Education, Walter is responsible for preparation of planning advice on the need for new schools; evaluation of the impact of town planning applications on the amenity of State schools; preparation of enrolment forecasts for schools, collecting schools and enrolment data; maintenance of a central database of key data for each education location; production of enrolment forecasts at the school, regional and state levels; statistical advice to planning projects; demographic analysis; and representing the Department on statistical matters.
He commenced his career as a Health Planning Officer, Division of Research and Planning, Department of Health, Queensland where he supervised the activities of officers and developed; computerised systems for the analysis of hospital morbidity data; facilities planning to optimise the configuration of the acute hospitals system; manpower planning models to provide projections of the characteristics of the health work force; and analysis of hospital costs to identify differences among hospitals and among States taking account of case-mix differences; and dealt with demographic projections.