Regional Australian growth

Regional Australian growth

Jul 19
CEDA Vic/Tas welcomes Regional Australia Institute, Co-Chief Executive Officer, Liz Ritchie to address Trustees on the institute's recently released National population plan for regional Australia.


Liz Ritchie, Co-Chief Executive Officer, Regional Australia Institute

Event overview

Join Regional Australia Institute's Liz Ritchie in discussing key recommendations from their recent paper, including:

  • Rebalancing of national and state infrastructure spending to enhance liveability in regional centres;
  • The need for further analysis of the economic impacts of increasing urbanisation focusing on cities only;
  • Targeted programs to support economic diversification and jobs in slow growing regional areas;
  • Improvements in education and training to help workers living in regional areas with high workforce demands; and
  • Removing barriers to secondary migration of international migrants wanting to relocate to regional areas, and funding to support community initiatives to assist with the successful settlement of migrants.

This briefing is by invitation only to CEDA Trustees. Trustees are senior leaders nominated by CEDA member organisations. At CEDA boardroom briefings Trustees hear from an informed, expert guest speaker in a private, small group setting. Invitations to boardroom briefings are a valued benefit of CEDA membership. Chatham House Rule applies.

Meet the speaker

Liz Ritchie
Co-Chief Executive Officer, Regional Australia Institute

In February 2019, Liz Ritchie became the co-CEO of the Regional Australia Institute, after joining in 2018 as the General Manager Strategy and Partnerships. For almost 20 years, Liz has worked across the corporate, government and the not for profit sector, and she specialises in leading organisational transformation to build a sustainable future. Liz is a change agent, a marketer, a researcher and an extremely passionate advocate for regional Australia, heralding from Deniliquin, in NSW.

Most recently Liz has held leadership role of Regional General Manager with Westpac Commercial Bank (2016-18) where she managed a team of 20 people. Previously, Liz was the State Director for CEDA, in Western Australia from late 2011, and before that, held a range of leadership roles with CEDA since 2008 in Victoria. In October 2018, Liz was appointed by The Hon David Littleproud MP, Minister for Agriculture and Water Resources to be a non-government independent member of the Indonesian – Australia partnership on Food Security in the Red Meat and Cattle Sector (Partnership).

Liz is also a gender advocate promoting the significance of women in our society, as such she was a founding Director of the Australian Gender Equality Council (AGEC) and has recently stepped down but remains a National Ambassador. In 2015, Liz was a Business News 40 Under 40 Winner in WA, recognised for her contribution to business and the community. In the same year, Liz became a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. Liz also holds a Master of Applied Science (Organisational Dynamics) from RMIT, and a Bachelor of Public Relations, RMIT. Most recently, Liz has completed the Institute of Executive Leadership and Coaching Certificate in 2017.

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