Peter McDonald is a Chief Investigator of the Australian Research Council’s Centre of Excellence in Population Ageing Research. From 1995 to 2016, he was Professor of Demography at the Australian National University. He was a Member of the Ministerial Advisory Council on Skilled Migration for 2012 to 2014 and, in 2014, a Member of the Independent Review of Integrity of the Subclass 457 Programme. In 2017, he was a member of the Independent Assurance Panel for the 2016 Census of Australia. He was awarded the 2015 Irene B. Taeuber Award by the Population Association of America, only the fourth non-American to receive this award. He was President of the International Union for the Scientific Study of Population (IUSSP) for the years, 2010-13. McDonald was awarded an Order of Australia in 2008. He is the coordinating author of the United Nations State of World Population Report 2018.