WA State of the State 2019

WA State of the State 2019

Dec 4
CEDA's State of the State address provides an annual opportunity to invite your colleagues and guests to hear directly from the Premier of Western Australia, the Hon. Mark McGowan detailing the Government’s plans to continue leading the State’s economy for 2020 and beyond.


The Hon. Mark McGowan, WA Premier; Minister for Public Sector Management; State Development; Jobs and Trade; and Federal-State Relations
Michelle Andrews, Director General, WA Department of Communities
Anthony Kannis, Project Director, METRONET
Nicole Lockwood, Independent Chair, Westport Taskforce

Event overview

The Premier will be joined by Western Australian major project leaders Westport Taskforce, Independent Chair, Nicole Lockwood; Department of Communities, Director General, Michelle Andrews and METRONET, Project Director, Anthony Kannis.
The 2019 State of the State presents a rare opportunity to engage directly with the Premier and project leaders to hear firsthand on activities, commitments and priorities for the Government and the state.
As an independent national organisation, CEDA hosts State of the State addresses across the country each year. Gather your colleagues and guests to hear the West Australian Premier's annual major keynote economic address and the projects driving the direction for our State.

Event presentation

The Hon. Mark McGowan MLA, Premier of Western Australia MP3

Moderated discussion MP3

Delegate handout PDF

Meet the keynote speaker

The Hon. Mark McGowan
WA Premier; Minister for Public Sector Management; State Development; Jobs and Trade; and Federal-State Relations

Premier Mark McGowan studied at the University of Queensland and began his career in public service in the Royal Australian Navy. When Mark first moved to Western Australia, he had an ambition to do what he could to make his local community, and WA, a better place to live for all Western Australian families. This led to his work in local and state government.

In the years since his election to the Western Australian Parliament, Mark has held many senior portfolios in both Government and Opposition. He was elected Leader of the Opposition on 23 January 2012 and chose to retain responsibility for the portfolios of Regional Development, Economic Reform and Public Sector Management.

In the 2017 State Election, WA Labor won 41 Legislative Assembly seats and Mark became the 30th Premier of Western Australia.

Meet the panel

Michelle Andrews
Director General, WA Department of Communities

Michelle Andrews was appointed Director General of the Department of Communities on 1 May 2019. Michelle previously led the Policy and Reform Division in the Department of the Premier and Cabinet, and was also Secretary to the State Government’s independent Service Priority Review that delivered a wide-ranging blueprint for reform of the public sector. 

Prior to commencing at DPC, Michelle was a senior executive at the former Departments of Mines and Petroleum and State Development, in which she focused on major projects, resource development policy and strengthening relationships across government, industry and the community. Michelle is an environmental scientist with 30 years’ experience in the public sector, and has also worked as a senior policy advisor for several State Government Ministers. She has served as Deputy Chair of the Minerals Research Institute of Western Australia and on the Boards of the Western Australian Biodiversity Science Institute and the Institute of Public Administration Australia.

Anthony Kannis
Project Director, METRONET

Throughout an over two-decade strong career, Anthony Kannis has worked for State Government agencies, the Western Australian Treasury, and as Executive Director of WA Police. Anthony has led significant business improvement projects during these roles, advising on infrastructure prioritisation and investment, operational change, and strategic governance.
Appointed as Project Director of METRONET in June 2017, Anthony leads a team comprising officers from the Departments of Transport; Planning, Lands and Heritage; and Communities, Public Transport Authority, LandCorp and Metropolitan Redevelopment Authority.

Nicole Lockwood
Independent Chair, Westport Taskforce

Nicole Lockwood is the Independent Chair of the Westport Taskforce, the cross-agency project team charged with planning the infrastructure to drive the freight future of Perth and surrounding regions for the next 50 years and beyond.
Nicole is also the Chair of the Freight and Logistics Council of Western Australia, Deputy Chair-designate for Infrastructure WA and a member of the National Freight Supply Chain Enquiry’s expert panel. She sits on the Boards of the Water Corporation and Infrastructure Australia; chairs MNG Surveying and the Sienna Wood JV; and is the Deputy Chair of Leadership WA.

Meet the facilitator

Jenna Clarke
Assistant Editor, The West Australian

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