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In 2019, CEDA will hold the 40th State of the Nation conference in Canberra at Parliament House on 19-20 September. 

For almost 40 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.

State of the Nation 2019 conference - change of date.

Please note: due to a change in Parliamentary sitting days the conference dates have been moved from August to 19-20 September.

Join CEDA at State of the Nation in Canberra at Parliament House in 2019. See confirmed speakers, program details and registration options here.

Confirmed speakers:

The Hon. Julia Gillard AC, Chair, beyondblue and former Prime Minister of Australia
Jean-Sébastien Jacques, Chief Executive, Rio Tinto
Kathryn Campbell AO CSC, Secretary, Federal Department of Social Services
Nicole Dwyer, Chief Executive Officer, Workskil Australia
Romilly Madew AO, Chief Executive Officer, Infrastructure Australia
Sally McManus, Secretary, Australian Council of Trade Unions
Karen Mundine, Chief Executive Officer, Reconciliation Australia
Jordan O'Reilly, Chief Executive Officer, Hireup
Dr Martin Parkinson AC PSM, Secretary, Federal Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet
The Hon. Dominic Perrottet, NSW Treasurer

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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.
Past conferences

Previous State of the Nation conferences

2018 State of the Nation - Building Australia's economic and social resilience
At the 39th annual State of the Nation conference we asked 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? State of the Nation was held in Canberra on 25 and 26 June 2018.
 

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.