Robert Marsh was born in Melbourne and grew up in Park Orchards. After completing his secondary education at Yarra Valley School in Croydon, he commenced tertiary Valuations studies at RMIT. In 1982 he joined the City of Melbourne as an Assistant Valuer. In December 1986, following qualifying as a Valuer, he transferred on exchange to Auckland City Council as a District Valuer. Upon his return to Australia in 1988, Robert left to work in Property Finance and then in 1989 went to Arthur Anderson as a Senior Valuer. In 1991, Robert returned to the City of Melbourne where he held a variety of Valuation roles, finally as Manager Property Services with responsibility for Rates, Valuations, GIS, Property Services and Facilities Management.
In October 2007 he was appointed as the Valuer-General for Victoria with responsibility for Victorian Government statutory valuation requirements. In this role he has made significant changes to valuation policy and practice most recently by providing the policy and valuations for the introduction of the fire services property levy.
On 26 January 2019, Robert was awarded a Public Service Medal (PSM) for outstanding public service to the property sector in Victoria, and to the development and standards of the valuation profession. He has driven significant expansion, and scope of responsibility, of the Office of the Valuer-General in Victoria. Undertaking the role of the state’s Valuer-General for over ten years, he has delivered statutory valuation services to the Victorian government and to the broader community. Robert has been responsible for leading the development and implementation of major enhancements to the delivery of valuation services and has strongly supported the development of the valuation profession.
Robert is a Fellow of the Australian Property Institute and Chair of the Institute’s Panel of Examiners. He is a member and past president of the Municipal Group of Valuers and regularly presents at Universities and industry forums on statutory valuations. His tertiary qualifications are Assoc Dip Valuations – RMIT, MBA – Swinburne and Company Directors Course Dip – AICD.
In his spare time, Robert Marsh is a Brigadier in the Army Reserve and a graduate of the Australian Army Command and Staff College. In his Army capacity he has commanded Infantry and University regiments and commanded Victoria’s 4th Brigade. He is currently Director General Reserves – Army. Robert and his wife Victoria have two daughters, Lucy and Sophie. He lives in Woodend and is actively involved in the local community through his children’s activities and as a member of the Braemar College Board.
Over summer, Robert uses his valuation and leadership skills in supporting Victoria’s fire fighting efforts most recently by leading multidiscipline teams in Bushfire rapid risk assessment to help communities and government prioritise recovery efforts.
His leisure interests include renovating, farming, skiing and golf, none of which he is particularly good at.