Ross Milbourne completed his B.Com and M.Com(Hons) from the University of NSW and Ph.D in Economics from the University of California, Berkeley.
He was Assistant then Associate Professor at Queen’s University Canada, before being appointed chair of Economics at UNSW.
He was a member of the Board of the Australian Research Council and chair of the Large Grants Committee and chair of the Indigenous Researcher Development Program.
He was Vice-Chancellor of the University of Technology Sydney from 2012–14. He is a member of the Academy of the Social Sciences and Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.