Addressing inequality - maximising opportunity

Addressing inequality - maximising opportunity

Apr 20
Profiling CEDA’s latest research, this event will examine key ideas and concepts of inequality, including inequality of opportunity and the future of inequality.


Tracy McLeod Howe, Chief Executive Officer, NCOSS
Dr Kirsty Nowlan, Executive Director, Strategic Engagement, Research and Advocacy, The Benevolent Society
Jarrod Ball, Chief Economist, CEDA

Event overview

How do we ensure that all of society has access to opportunity presented by economic growth?

CEDA’s latest research, How unequal? Insights on inequality  seeks to better understand inequality as an economic concept and potential inequality challenges facing Australia as it relates to education, geography, employment, and intergenerational challenges.

Coinciding with the release of this research, this event will examine:

  • The relationship between inequality and fairness and challenges in measuring inequality;
  • The future of inequality in Australia and the impact of failure to break intergenerational inequality; and
  • Policy settings that seek to reduce inequality and provide opportunity for all.

Meet the panel

Tracy McLeod Howe
Chief Executive Officer, NCOSS

Tracy McLeod Howe is Chief Executive Officer of the NSW Council of Social Service (NCOSS). Previously, Tracy has worked in both government and non-government settings, including with Domestic Violence NSW as Chief Executive Officer and as a senior legal advisor in federal government. Tracy currently sits on many advisory boards in government and community including the NSW Government’s Social Impact Investment Expert Advisory Group, the NSW Domestic and Family Violence Council and the NSW Premier's Council on Homelessness.Tracy has also been a delegate at the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) at the United Nations in New York over the past 6 years. Tracy is an Ambassador of the Australian Centre for Leadership for Women and is proud to sit on the NSW Council for Women's Economic Opportunity (CWEO).

Dr Kirsty Nowlan
Executive Director, Strategic Engagement, Research and Advocacy, The Benevolent Society

Dr Kirsty Nowlan is the Executive Director, Strategic Engagement, Research and Advocacy at The Benevolent Society. In that role, she is responsible for consumer engagement, brand and communications, research and the oversight of two emerging national campaigns: tackling ageism and improving the wellbeing and safety of Australian children. Previously, Kirsty was Global Director of Public Policy at World Vision International where she oversaw global policy across almost 100 countries from middle income economies to fragile and conflict affected states. She has led advocacy initiatives in areas including child mortality and child protection, food security, the Sustainable Development Goals and The New Deal for Fragile States. Kirsty holds a PhD in international law and politics. Her thesis explored the evolution of new forms of power through citizen activism around international trade negotiations.

Jarrod Ball
Chief Economist, CEDA

Jarrod Ball joined CEDA as Chief Economist in 2017 with over 15 years of experience as an economist across the public and private sectors. He has held senior roles at the Business Council of Australia, in EY’s advisory services practice and more recently at BHP. Jarrod also worked in the Federal Government and was a lead adviser on microeconomic reform for the Victorian Departments of Premier and Cabinet and Treasury and Finance. He is a member of CEDA’s Council on Economic Policy and the Melbourne Economic Forum. Jarrod holds a Masters degree in Economics from Monash University and undergraduate degrees in Business (Economics) and Arts from the University of Southern Queensland.

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