State of the Nation



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Running for over 35 years, CEDA's State of the Nation provides a day and a half of briefings and discussions of topics and policy issues on the national agenda.

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

The following themes will be discussed:

  • Australia's national innovation system and strategic industry policy;
  • Business investment in innovation and knowledge-based capital;
  • Social innovation and competition in human services; and
  • Investment in productivity-enhancing infrastructure.

To see all session themes and confirmed speakers, and to register for State of the Nation 2016, click here.

About State of the Nation:

Each year in June CEDA hosts an annual State of the Nation conference in Canberra. CEDA's State of the Nation is an intensive day and a half of briefings with government and shadow ministers, public servants, commentators and industry analysts, offering an insider's view of the Federal Government's policies. Participants discuss issues directly with speakers and other attendees, and engage in networking opportunities.

Past conferences:

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.