About CEDA

Independence, informed debate, policy influence and reach.

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

CEDA’s purpose is to improve the lives of Australians by enabling a dynamic economy and vibrant society.

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

Through independent research and frank debate, we influence policy and collaborate to disrupt for good, and are currently focused on tackling five critical questions:  

  • How can Australia develop and grow a more dynamic economy? 
  • How can we build vibrant Australian communities?
  • How can Australia develop leading workforces and workplaces?
  • How can Australia leverage the benefits of technology?
  • How can Australia achieve climate resilience and regain our energy advantage?

Led by Chairman Diane Smith-Gander AO and Chief Executive Melinda Cilento, CEDA carries on the legacy of renowned economist Sir Douglas Copland, who founded CEDA in 1960. His work in applying economic analysis to practical problems to aid the development of Australia continues to drive our purpose today. 

OuR COMMITMENT TO RECONCILIATION


CEDA's Reflect Reconciliation Action Plan was officially endorsed by Reconciliation Australia in July 2022. 

The Reflect RAP marks an important step in CEDA’s journey to support the achievement of a just, equitable and reconciled Australia and demonstrates the commitments and ambition of the CEDA team in advancing reconciliation for the benefit of all Australians. 

Most importantly, the RAP demonstrates CEDA’s firmly held belief that building better relationships, respect and trust between the wider Australian community and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples will contribute positively to Australia’s economic and social prosperity.

Read more about CEDA's Reconciliation Action Plan.

INTERNATIONAL NETWORK


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:

Australia
Committee for Economic Development of Australia
China  
Institute for Reform and Development
Finland  
Finnish Business and Policy Forum (EVA)
France  
Institut de l'Entreprise
Germany
Centre for Economic Studies - IFO Institute
Japan  
Keizai Doyukai
Latin America
Consejo Empresario de América Latina
Portugal  
Forum de Administradores de Empresas
South Africa
National Business Initiative
Spain
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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