About Michael Carman Consulting

Michael Carman has been assisting organisations to develop and implement strategy, define and improve results, and analyse and solve problems since 2000.


Michael has been engaged by ANSTO, Broadspectrum, the NSW Department of Justice, the NSW Land & Housing Corporation, Lend Lease, the Australia Council for the Arts, Sydney Trains and NSW Trustee & Guardian. He has run workshops and addressed seminars, delivered a guest lecture to Masters students at the University of NSW, and was interviewed on Sky TV’s Money Makers program in July 2008. Michael has written articles for Management Today, Australian Property Investor, the Australian Financial Review and Government News. His work has been cited in the Sydney Morning Herald and the Australian.

Aside from being a highly literate and numerate strategist and communicator, Michael's most significant skills - and those particularly valued by clients - are his ability to crystallise seemingly vague and unformed issues, and to assimilate and present complex ideas in a digestible form that can be used to make decisions.

Michael is a full member of the Institute of Management Consultants and the Institute of Public Administration Australia.


'How to Use Analytics to Prevent the Deferral of Critical Maintenance' The Asset Journal December 2017

'The Key to Successful Public Sector Reform' Training & Development February 2014.

'The Power of Simulation-Based Learning' Training & Development August 2013.

‘Hitting the Mark: Using Training Needs Analysis to Improve Customer Satisfaction’ Training & Development February 2013.

‘Strategic Change Management Explained’ Training & Development in Australia December 2011.

'Avoid the Traps' Management Today September 2011.

'How to Make Strategy Stick' Training & Development in Australia June 2011.

'Platform for Change' Management Today April 2011.

'Why Bad Things Can Happen to Good Learning Strategies - And What to Do' Training & Development in Australia December 2010.

'Six Guiding Principles for Performance' Training & Development in Australia October 2010.

'The Strategic Plan: A User's Guide' Management Today October 2010.

'Four Ways to Use Learning and Development to Support Business Strategy' Training & Development in Australia June 2010.

'Creative Solutions' Management Today June 2010.

’15 Truths About Strategy’ Management Today March 2010.

‘Four Tips for Improving Your Problem Solving Ability’ Training & Development in Australia February 2010.

‘Keys to Better Performance’ Management Today October 2009.

‘Should I Pay Off My Home Loan Before I Invest?’ Australian Property Investor February 2009.

‘Breakthrough Way to Your First Home’ Australian Property Investor December 2008.

‘Following the Strategic Plan’ Government News November 2008.

‘Tips and Traps for a Smooth Retirement’ Australian Property Investor September 2008.

’10 Ways to Protect Your Portfolio’ Australian Property Investor July 2008.

‘Wielding the Two-Edged Sword of Tax’ Australian Property Investor April 2008.

‘6 Retirement Nightmares and How to Avoid Them’ Australian Property Investor March 2008.

‘How Late is too Late to Invest for Retirement?’ Australian Property Investor February 2008.

‘Super and Property: Working Together in Retirement’ Australian Property Investor January 2008.

‘3 Ways to Retire on Property’ Australian Property Investor December 2007.

‘How Long Does it Take to Retire?’ Australian Property Investor November 2007.

‘How Many Properties Does it Take to Retire?’ Australian Property Investor October 2007.

‘6 Success Factors for Every Investor’ Australian Property Investor July 2007.

‘Nothing Down Property Investing: Profits or Pitfalls?’ Australian Property Investor June 2007.

‘Hot 5 Postcodes’ Australian Property Investor May 2007.‘Future Homes: Where Will We Live?’ Australian Property Investor February 2006.

‘Drive Your Property’s Performance’ Australian Property Investor May 2005.

‘Negative Gearing: A User’s Guide, Part 2’ Australian Property Investor November 2004.

‘Negative Gearing: A User’s Guide, Part 1’ Australian Property Investor October 2004.

‘Just Can’t Get Enough’ Australian Property Investor August 2004.

‘A Global Look at the Local Property Boom’ Australian Property Investor July 2004.

‘Negative Gearing: Is it Only Positive for Investors?’ Australian Property Investor June 2004.

‘Population and Profits: How Demographic Trends Can Build Your Wealth’ Australian Property Investor Oct/Nov 2003.

‘Who Will Feel the Pinch? Investors at Risk at a Time of Falling Yields…’ Australian Property Investor Aug/Sep 2003.

‘On the Rebound: Construction Hotspots in the Wake of the GST’ Australian Property Investor June/July 2003.

‘Accommodating Changes: Housing Australia in the New Millennium’ for Jones Lang LaSalle Residential Investor website, May 2003.

‘Property Trusts: A Guide for the Perplexed’ for Jones Lang LaSalle Residential Investor website, April 2003.

‘A Tale of Three Cities: Property in Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane’ for Jones Lang LaSalle Residential Investor website, April 2003.

‘Property Investing in Times of Turbulence’ for Jones Lang LaSalle Residential Investor website, March 2003.

‘Benchmarking Your Property’s Performance: A Primer’ for Jones Lang LaSalle Residential Investor website, February 2003.

‘The Increasing Impact of Property Investors in Australia’s Housing Market’ Australian Property Investor Feb/Mar 2003.

‘Twin Peaks? The Last Property Boom and the Current One Compared’ Australian Property Investor Dec 2002/Jan 2003.

‘Housing Indicators: A Plain English Guide for Property Investors’ for Jones Lang LaSalle Residential Investor website, October 2002.

’What Drives Property Prices?’ for Jones Lang LaSalle Residential Investor website, September 2002.

'An Unyielding Commitment? Property Investment in 1997 and 2002' Australian Property Investor Oct/Nov 2002.

'How Have Rents Performed?' Australian Property Investor Aug/Sep. 2002.

'Urban Myths? Population Growth in Australia's State Capitals' Australian Property Investor June/July 2002.

'The Australian Property Cycle City by City' Australian Property Investor Feb/Mar. 2002.

'The Price of Leverage: What Determines Interest Rates?' Australian Property Investor Feb/Mar. 2002.

'Property Investing in Changing Times' Australian Property Investor Oct/Nov. 2001.

Out of the Rut (co-edited with Ian Rogers) Allen & Unwin, 1999 and ‘Marginal Gains: Microeconomic Reform under Labor’ (with John Quiggin) in same volume (pp.161-184).

‘Multiplying Benefits: The Economic Impact of Public Spending’ PSRC Paper No.56, (University of NSW) 1999.

‘Fiscal Policy in a Global Economy’ PSRC Paper No.52, (University of NSW) 1998.

‘Fiscal Stance and Public Savings: Australia and the OECD Compared’ PSRC Paper No.53, (University of NSW) 1998.

‘Contradictions in Competition’ Australian Financial Review 15 August 1994.

‘A Credit Rating’s Irresistible Lure’ Australian Financial Review 18 July 1994.

‘Fiscal Crisis or Capital Crisis?’ PSRC Working Paper University of NSW June 1994.

'Consulting for Corporatisation' Directions in Government February 1993, p.40.

Media Citations

Interviewed by Margaret Lomas on Sky News Business Channel’s Money Makers program on how to use property to retire. Went to air: 7 July 2008.

Cited as one of a panel of experts to select the API ‘Hot 100’ property hotspots, Australian Property Investor November and December 2007 issues.

Property research on NSW property performance cited in The Land 5 July 2007 (‘Go Bush for Housing Cash’).

Property research on NSW property performance cited in The Land 10 August 2006 (‘Bush Values Outstrip City’).

Property research on NSW property performance cited in The Daily Telegraph 26 July 2006 (‘Greed is Stifling Property Market’).

Advice re. personal finances and budgeting cited by The Sydney Morning Herald 1 November 2004 (‘Put Future Savings on the Drawing Board’).

Property research on population growth cited in The Sunday Times 9 November 2003 (‘Head Count Helps Investors’).

Property research on investor at risk of cash pressures cited in The Sunday Times 24 August 2003 (‘Lower Rent Yields Hit Investors’).

Interviewed by Terry Lane on Radio National to discuss co-authored book Out of the Rut. February 1999.

Economics research on the impact of public expenditure cited in The Australian 20 October 1999 (‘Search for Big Tickets to Ride in Romancing the Voters’).

Economics research on the impact of public expenditure cited in The Sydney Morning Herald 2 September 1999 (‘Money Spent on Services Drives the Dollar Further’).


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