Deloitte Australia has acquired leading
economics advisory practice Access Economics.

Access Economics has 60 economists, 17 support
staff and seven partners. It will now trade as Deloitte Access
Economics and joins Deloitte’s economics and infrastructure
advisory division, which has 131 staff in Canberra, Sydney and

The acquisition comes two months after
Deloitte acquired SAHA Australia, an economic and infrastructure
advisory firm that serves the transport, logistics, energy, water
and resources sectors.

Deloitte chief executive Giam Swiegers said
there is a growing demand for expert knowledge and industry
experience in economic consulting, modelling and forecasting for
public and private sectors.

“This is driven not only by the pace of
regulatory change but also by the critical role that corporate
knowledge and expertise is playing in addressing challenging public
policy areas, including those that will help shape Australia’s
future, such as economic policy, healthcare, financial services,
infrastructure development and the delivery of public services,”
Swiegers explained.

Queensland suffered one of the worst floods in
its history this year, causing damage to much of the state. As a
result, the demand for infrastructure advisory services could
rapidly grow as the government and private sector rebuilds
destroyed roads and buildings.