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State of the Nation will be held on 25 and 26 June 2018.
Register for State of the Nation 2018.

For more than 35 years CEDA has hosted its annual State of the Nation conference in Canberra. Each year the conference brings together the best public policy minds from politics, business, academia and community organisations for open discussions on the key issues facing Australia's economic and social development.

Described in the media as "Australia's premier policymaker conference", State of the Nation attracts ministers and shadow ministers, public servants, commentators and industry analysts for an insider's view of the Federal Government's policies. Participants discuss issues directly with speakers and other attendees, and engage in networking opportunities.

How can we “shift the dial” on Australia’s economic and social reform agenda? How do we build resilience and lay the foundations for future prosperity?

Drawing on CEDA’s network and latest research, the annual State of the Nation brings together business, government and community leaders for important conversations on the issues that matter. 

In 2018 we will discuss:

  • The current and future policy agenda in Canberra and across the nation;
  • How to build consensus on a new economic reform agenda;
  • Case studies of what works to improve economic and social outcomes; and 
  • Opportunities for new thinking and approaches in the digital age.

Session themes and speakers

The Hon. Paul Fletcher, Federal Minister for Urban Infrastructure and Cities
The Hon. Michael McCormack, Deputy Prime Minister, Federal Minister for Infrastructure and Transport
The Hon. Bill Shorten, Federal Leader of the Opposition
The Hon. Ken Wyatt, Federal Minister for Aged Care and Minister for Indigenous Health

Session themes and confirmed speaker

Community attitudes to growth

This session will discuss how to re-engage all Australians in the critical issues and policy challenges that will shape our future prosperity, informed by the findings of the research into community attitudes.
  • Melinda Cilento, Chief Executive, CEDA
  • Tim Gartrell, Partner, Collins | Gartrell
  • Jane Halton AO PSM, Chair, Council of the Ageing; and Non-Executive Director, ANZ Banking Group
  • Jan Owen AM, Chief Executive Officer, Foundation for Young Australians

Creating a resilient workforce for the future

How do we ensure that we have the right skills, training and regulatory frameworks to adopt new technologies to make jobs more productive, safer and more meaningful, while realising opportunities in emerging industries?
 
  • Jeff Connolly, Chief Executive Officer, Siemens
  • Dr Lisa O’Brien, Chief Executive Officer, The Smith Family
  • Lisa Paul AO PSM, Non-Executive Director, Navitas and Programmed Group
  • David Thodey AO, Chair, CSIRO and Jobs for NSW

Resilient regions: the regional communities that are working and why 

This session will discuss the key ingredients of successful regional economic development with those who have been most effective at delivering it on the ground including local mayors and entrepreneurs.
 
  • Jack Archer, Chief Executive, Regional Development Institute 
  • Cr Catherine Marriott, Shire of Broome and WA Project Manager, CRC for Developing Northern Australia>Cr Catherine Marriott, Shire of Broome and WA Project Manager, CRC for Developing Northern Australia
  • Professor Caroline McMillen, Vice Chancellor and President, University of Newcastle
  • John Wagner, Director, Wagners and Chair, Toowoomba Surat Basin Enterprise 

Collaboration and innovation for social change 

How can technology, innovative social ventures and cross-sectoral collaboration solve entrenched social issues that have challenged traditional government policy and program approaches?
 
  • Rosemary Addis, Chair, Impact Investing Australia and OECD Expert Group on Impact Investing
  • Cath Brokenborough, Justice Reinvestment Project Bourke NSW, Lendlease
  • Professor Kristy Muir, Chief Executive Officer, Centre for Social Impact
  • Michael Traill AM, SVA Leadership Council and Chair, Goodstart Learning

Keynote dinner - State Treasurers' Panel

Delivering policy outcomes for the community across a range of areas requires more effective Commonwealth-State collaboration and healthy budgets. This session will involve a discussion between Australia’s Treasurers on how governments face up to these challenges across the federation.
 
  • Tim Pallas, Treasurer of Victoria
  • The Hon. Dominic Perrottet, Treasurer of NSW 

Empowering consumers in the new economy 

From the different perspectives of regulators, consumer advocates, business and technology firms, what are the critical tools to empower consumers in the digital age? What are the respective roles of technology and regulation?
 
  • Jarrod Ball, Chief Economist, CEDA
  • Gerard Brody, Chief Executive Officer, Consumer Action Law Centre
  • Amanda Hagan, Chief Customer Officer and Group Executive Digital, Australian Unity
  • Delia Rickard, Deputy Chair, ACCC                                                                      

Additional participants to be confirmed

Supported by CEDA members: 

Major sponsors    

 
   
     

Past conferences:

2016 State of the Nation - Innovation, growth and the future economy

The 37th annual State of the Nation was held at Parliament House, Canberra, on the 10th and 11th of October 2016, with the theme, A new policy agenda: innovation, growth and the future economy.

2015 State of the Nation - New economy, old economy

The 36th annual State of the Nation conference was held at Parliament House Canberra on 22 and 23 June 2015 and discussed the changing economy as Australia transitions from old to new.

View the 2015 conference program

2014 State of the Nation: Australia – Open for Business?

 

The 35th annual State of the Nation conference was held at Parliament House Canberra on 23 and 24 June 2014, under the banner Australia – Open for Business?

2013 State of the Nation: Adjusting Australia

 

The 2013 conference was aligned with CEDA's major research project for 2013, Australia Adjusting: Optimising national prosperity, and focused on key public policy areas which impact Australia's economic growth.

2012 State of the Nation: Australia Abound

 

CEDA's 2012 State of the Nation provided insight from experts on critical issues for Australia including the transition of our energy sector, the role of the business community in economic reforms and Budget implications.

Learn more about State of the Nation 2018 including sponsorship opportunties, registration and accommodation options.


Past conferences

2017 State of the Nation - New thinking for new challenges
The 38th annual State of the Nation was held at Parliament House, Canberra, on 31 May and 1 June 2017 and discussed asked with increased global competition, geopolitical uncertainty, industry upheaval, rising inequality and stifled economic reform, will Australia be able to continue its golden run?

2016 State of the Nation - Innovation, growth and the future economy 
The 37th annual State of the Nation was held at Parliament House, Canberra, on 10 and 11 of October 2016, with the theme, A new policy agenda: innovation, growth and the future economy. 

2015 State of the Nation - New economy, old economy
The 36th annual State of the Nation conference was held at Parliament House Canberra on 22 and 23 June 2015 and discussed the changing economy as Australia transitions from old to new.   

2014 State of the Nation: Australia – Open for Business?
The 35th annual State of the Nation conference was held at Parliament House Canberra on 23 and 24 June 2014, under the banner Australia – Open for Business?   

2013 State of the Nation: Adjusting Australia
The 2013 conference was aligned with CEDA's major research project for 2013, Australia Adjusting: Optimising national prosperity, and focused on key public policy areas which impact Australia's economic growth.   

2012 State of the Nation: Australia Abound 
CEDA's 2012 State of the Nation provided insight from experts on critical issues for Australia including the transition of our energy sector, the role of the business community in economic reforms and Budget implications.