State of the Nation Digital Forum

State of the Nation Digital Forum

NAT
Jun 15
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.

Event overview

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.

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

Meet the keynote speakers

The Hon. Scott Morrison
Prime Minister of Australia

The Hon. Anthony Albanese
Federal Leader of the Opposition

Meet the panel

The Hon. Andrew Barr
ACT Chief Minister and Treasurer

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
Treasurer of Victoria

The Hon. Dominic Perrottet
NSW Treasurer

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

Brett Redman
Managing Director and CEO, AGL

Alexandra Riha
Chair, Australasian Supply Chain Institute

Stephen Rue
Chief Executive Officer, NBN Co

Glenn Thompson
Managing Director and Group Chief Executive Officer, Programmed Group

Rajiv Viswanathan
Chief Executive Officer, Indigenous Business Australia

Meet the facilitators

Jarrod Ball
Chief Economist, CEDA

Melinda Cilento
Chief Executive, CEDA

Ming Long
CEDA Board of Directors

Diane Smith-Gander AO
National Chairman, CEDA

Additional participants to be confirmed.

 

Panel sessions

State economic outlook
Monday 15 June 10:45am
  • The Hon. Andrew Barr, ACT Chief Minister and Treasurer,
  • Tim Pallas, Treasurer of Victoria,
  • The Hon. Dominic Perrottet, NSW Treasurer,
  • Diane Smith-Gander AO, National Chairman, CEDA
  • Additional participants to be confirmed
State and territory Treasurers will join a panel discussion on the state economic outlook and priorities in the next phase of the crisis.
Day 1 analysis and wrap up
Monday 15 June 12:15pm
  • Dr Andrew Charlton, Director, AlphaBeta
  • Melinda Cilento, Chief Executive, CEDA
  • Dr Gordon de Brouwer PSM, Board Member, CEDA
  • Su-Lin Ong, Managing Director and Head of AU/NZ Economics & Fixed Income Strategy, RBC Capital Markets
  • Additional participants to be confirmed
Australian trade and supply chains
Tuesday 16 June 9:15am
  • Jarrod Ball, Chief Economist, CEDA
  • Dr Stephanie Fahey, Chief Executive Officer, Austrade
  • Alexandra Riha, Chair, Australasian Supply Chain Institute
  • Additional participants to be confirmed
CEDA's panel will examine: 
  • trends in Australia’s trading relations pre-pandemic and the current state of play;
  • how global supply chains have been disrupted and what is required to enhance the resilience of Australian supply chains and supply of critical goods; and
  • long-term implications for global trade and Australian industry policy.
Australia's evolving labour market
Tuesday 16 June 10:00am
  • Sally McManus, Secretary, Australian Council of Trade Unions
  • The Hon. Christian Porter, Federal Attorney-General and Minister for Industrial Relations,
  • Diane Smith-Gander AO, National Chairman, CEDA
  • Glenn Thompson, Managing Director and Group Chief Executive Officer, Programmed Group
  • Additional participants to be confirmed
Join key decision makers to discuss the:
  • current state of the labour market;
  • effectiveness of government response through JobKeeper and JobSeeker payments;
  • implications of policies related to skills development and talent attraction; and
  • likely longer-term impacts and the future of Australia’s labour market.
Critical services in times of crisis
Tuesday 16 June 10:45am
  • Melinda Cilento, Chief Executive, CEDA
  • Christine Holgate, Group Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director, Australia Post
  • Brett Redman, Managing Director and CEO, AGL
  • Stephen Rue, Chief Executive Officer, NBN Co
  • Additional participants to be confirmed
CEDA's business panel will discuss:
  • the social and economic importance of service delivery during the pandemic;
  • how critical services have pivoted to respond to community needs; and
  • how this experience might inform the design and implementation of future service delivery to meet evolving challenges.
Supporting vulnerable and at risk communities
Tuesday 16 June 11:30am
  • Kareem El-Ansary, 2019 Australian Youth Representative to the UN,
  • Dr Cassandra Goldie, Chief Executive Officer, Australian Council of Social Service
  • Ming Long, CEDA Board of Directors,
  • Rajiv Viswanathan, Chief Executive Officer, Indigenous Business Australia
  • Additional participants to be confirmed
Community leaders will discuss:
  • what have been the particular impacts on different groups;
  • the response by Government – has it been appropriate to support an agile and effective social safety net; and
  • how the corporate and community sectors can work with governments at all levels to build resilient communities.

Supported by CEDA members

Livestream sponsors

Further sponsorship available:

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Public event advice – Coronavirus

We at CEDA are proud to regularly convene and engage speakers and audiences as an essential element of our efforts to broaden discussion and debate of the most important policy issues facing Australia. In doing so, our first priority is always the safety and wellbeing of our guests and staff.

With that in mind CEDA has suspended all public and trustee events. However CEDA remains true to its purpose of providing platforms to inform and promote debate of critical issues and driving policy solutions and are continuing critical discussions for Australia’s economic, social and environmental development through a digital events program including exclusive livestreams, podcasts and video, as well as our virtual Trustee roundtable discussions.

CEDA will continue to closely monitor government advice regarding public gatherings and act on relevant health advice from the Australian government in relation to COVID-19.