State of the Nation



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CEDA's annual State of the Nation has pivoted to an online forum, and will include political commentary from federal and state leaders, and business roundtable discussions across a range of sectors, all through the Covid19 lens.

 15-16 June 2020
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CEDA's State of the Nation will be headlined by Prime Minister, the Hon. Scott Morrison and will deliver two days of interactive discussions with leaders from federal and state politics, government, business and the community.

The 2020 State of the Nation will be delivered digitally over two half days and will provide a timely update on the economy, critical policy priorities and the path to recovery. 

Day one will deliver presentations and discussions with political leaders and policy experts on priorities for Australia.

Day two will provide a series of panel discussions with business leaders and decision makers focused on four areas key to Australia’s recovery:

  • supply chains
  • workforce
  • critical services
  • at risk communities

A second face-to-face conference focused on long-term recovery is still in planning for later in the year subject to social distancing requirements.  

Please note all livestream events will be recorded and registered participants will receive exclusive access to the recording following the event, ahead of the general public. Substitutions for the livestream can be made at any time. Please forward details to the event coordinator.

Cost:
Member livestream price: $0
Non member livestream price: $200

Livestream start times:
NSW/ACT/VIC/TAS/QLD: 9.00am
SA/NT: 8.30am
WA: 7.00am

Meet the keynote speaker








The Hon. Scott Morrison
Prime Minister of Australia

The Hon. Anthony Albanese
Federal Leader of the Opposition

Meet the panel

The Hon. Andrew Barr
Chief Minister, Australian Capital Territory

Dr Andrew Charlton
Director, AlphaBeta

Dr Gordon de Brouwer PSM
Board Member, CEDA

Kareem El-Ansary
2019 Australian Youth Representative to the UN

Dr Stephanie Fahey
Chief Executive Officer, Austrade

Dr Cassandra Goldie
Chief Executive Officer, Australian Council of Social Service

Christine Holgate
Group Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director, Australia Post

Sally McManus
Secretary, Australian Council of Trade Unions

Su-Lin Ong
Managing Director and Head of AU/NZ Economics & Fixed Income Strategy, RBC Capital Markets

Tim Pallas MP
Treasurer of Victoria

The Hon. Dominic Perrottet MP
NSW Treasurer

The Hon. Christian Porter
Federal Attorney-General and Minister for Industrial Relations

Brett Redman
Managing Director and CEO, AGL

Stephen Rue
Chief Executive Officer, NBN Co

Glenn Thompson
Group Chief Executive Officer, Programmed Group

Rajiv Viswanathan
Chief Executive Officer, Indigenous Business Australia


Additional participants to be confirmed.

 

State of the Nation is supported by CEDA members

Livestream sponsors

About State of the Nation

For 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.

Reflections on 40 years of State of the Nation - long standing CEDA members Emeritus Professor John Nieuwenhuysen AM and M A (Tim) Besley AC share their experiences of the conference. 
 

State of the Nation 2019 highlights

Catch up with all discussion panels and keynote addresses as well as blogs from State of the Nation 2019 here.

   
      

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.