CEDA events explore the future of the Australian education system.

The education system is a critical contributor to Australia's economy. As one of Australia's biggest exports there are many questions that need addressing including:

  • What is the future of the education system in Australia?
  • How can unique individual requirements be met?
  • Where does funding come from – government, public, private?
  • Does the online environment change how people are educated, and if so, how?
  • What is the role for business and industry?

Further to the education system itself, discussions also need to centre on workforce reform and the future of work.

Essential for the progress and growth of Australia as well as for millions of individuals, CEDA drives discussion on education examining these complex questions with cross-sector speakers and influencers.

Upcoming events

State of Western Sydney | Parramatta | 23 August 2019
At this event CEDA welcomes NSW Minister for Jobs and Investment, Tourism, and Western Sydney, the Hon. Stuart Ayres as we examine the state of Western Sydney across urban development, infrastructure and education, as well as growth opportunities to maximise business investment. Joined by Western Sydney University Vice-Chancellor and President, Prof. Barney Glover AO and Westpac Institutional Bank Chief Executive, Lyn Cobley.

Future workforce: technology and people | Brisbane | 23 August 2019
Hear how new technologies and automation are changing job design; how and where education and skills will be delivered in the future and why regulation and policy must keep up. Joined by McKinsey & Company Managing Partner, Brisbane, Thomas Carlsen; Department of Employment, Skills, Small and Family Business Secretary, Kerri Hartland; Recruitment, Consulting and Staffing Association (RCSA) President, Sinead Hourigan and AECOM Chief Digital Innovation Officer, Asia Pacific Region, Colette Munro.

2019 Vice-Chancellors' Panel | Perth | 4 September 2019
The annual CEDA WA Vice-Chancellors’ panel returns to examine drivers of our higher education sector and priorities to enhance graduate outcomes, research strengths, greater collaboration with industry and overall competitiveness. Joined by Edith Cowan University Vice-Chancellor and President, Professor Steve Chapman; University of Western Australia Vice-Chancellor, Professor Dawn Freshwater; Murdoch University Vice-Chancellor, Dr Eeva Leinonen and Curtin University Vice-Chancellor and President, Professor Deborah Terry AO.

Vice-Chancellors' panel | Sydney | 12 September 2019
The annual CEDA Vice-Chancellors' panel returns to examine drivers of the Australian higher education sector and priority areas to enhance graduate outcomes, research strengths, and international competitiveness. Joined by University of Technology Sydney Vice-Chancellor and President, Prof. Attila Brungs; Macquarie University Vice-Chancellor and President, Prof. S Bruce Dowton; The University of Sydney Vice-Chancellor and Principal, Dr Michael Spence AC; Australian Catholic University Vice-Chancellor and President, Professor Greg Craven AO and Western Sydney University Deputy Vice-Chancellor and Vice President (Academic), Prof. Denise Kirkpatrick.

International competitiveness: economic driver for WA | Perth | 25 September 2019
CEDA brings together leaders across agriculture, resources and education to examine WA’s competitiveness on the global stage. Joined by CBH Group Chief Executive Officer, Jimmy Wilson; Legend Media Group Chair, Bronwyn Barnes; StudyPerth Chairman, Rod Jones and Tianqi Lithium Australia General Manager, Phil Thick.

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