Professor David Gilchrist

Helping the community’s most vulnerable through economic policy

Professor David Gilchrist is an accountant and economic historian within the UWA Business School. He undertakes practical, industry-ready research in the area of policy and practice of human services delivery in Australia. Along with his academic work, he has held senior roles in all three sectors of the Australian economy, including as the Assistant Auditor General for Western Australia, and has taught at the London School of Economics.

The focus of Professor Gilchrist's research is the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS), its pricing and sustainability. The NDIS will support 450,000 people with disability in Australia along with their families and supporters. His work is a longitudinal study which has been undertaken for four years and has developed national recognition. Professor Gilchrist's work on the NDIS has helped shape national policy. His research was recognised by the Productivity Commission in 2018 when it recommended the work be continued due to its positive impact. Professor Gilchrist is also working on a National Outcomes Research Agenda project, examining the problems associated with measuring outcomes in the Australian human services sector and developing responses to those challenges.


  • BA
  • BBus
  • PhD

External positions

  • Member, Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission Advisory Board
  • Member, Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand Not-for-profit Advisory Board
  • Member, Academic Panel, Australian Accounting Standards Board
  • Member, Greater China-Australia Public Sector Dialogue
  • Chairman, Nulsen Disability Services

Notable achievements

Publication of three books, 2016, 2017 and 2018

Developed the first national report on charities in Australia

Established the Curtin Not-for-profit Initiative, 2011



National Disability Services

  • National Disability Performance Benchmark Study
  • Professor David Gilchrist

Northern Territory Council of Social Service

  • Value for the Not-for-Profit Sector Report
  • Professor David Gilchrist


National Disability Services

  • Market Design and Evolution for Better Outcomes
  • Professor David Gilchrist

Teaching and supervisor opportunities

Contact Professor David Gilchrist

map marker big Created with Sketch.


Find us on campus