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About CEDA

Independence, informed debate, policy influence and reach.

CEDA – the Committee for Economic Development of Australia – is an independent, membership-based think tank formed in 1960.

For 60 years, CEDA has identified the policy issues that matter for Australia’s future and pursued solutions that deliver better economic and social outcomes for the greater good. 

CEDA’s independence and a membership base that spans across Australia and all sectors makes us unique in the Australian policy landscape, and enables us to bring together and harness the insights and ideas of a broad cross-section of industry, government, community and academia.

Working with our members, we deliver on our purpose by:

Our work is focused on three key themes: supporting a more dynamic economy, the provision of world class essential services, and enabling economic and social participation and opportunity. These are fundamental drivers of individual and community wellbeing.  

Our research agenda is currently focused on better understanding the drivers of economic dynamism in Australia, and identifying key challenges, opportunities and policy solutions across five key areas:

Our member network

CEDA has almost 700 members.
Our cross-sector membership spans every state and territory and includes Australia's leading businesses, community organisations, government departments and academic institutions.

At the helm of CEDA is Chairman Diane Smith-Gander AO and Chief Executive Melinda Cilento


The concept for CEDA was based on US think tank the Committee for Economic Development (CED). Today, CEDA's reach goes beyond Australia as a member of an international network of counterpart organisations. 

CEDA uses these international affiliations to inform our agenda and provide international perspectives and knowledge to our members. Member organisations of the international network of counterpart organisations include:

Committee for Economic Development of Australia
Institute for Reform and Development
Finnish Business and Policy Forum (EVA)
Institut de l'Entreprise
Centre for Economic Studies - IFO Institute
Keizai Doyukai
Latin America
Consejo Empresario de América Latina
Forum de Administradores de Empresas
South Africa
National Business Initiative
Círculo de Empresarios
The Netherlands
SMO Society and Enterprise Foundation
United States
Committee for Economic Development

World Competitiveness Yearbook 

In addition to the international network of counterpart organisations, CEDA is also the Australian partner for the Switzerland-based IMD World Competitiveness Center's annual World Competitiveness Yearbook. 

Released annually, it compares and ranks over 60 countries on a range of business competitiveness criteria.

2019/20 Annual report

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