CEDA member profile: Deloitte




Richard Deutsch, CEO, Deloitte Australia


What does your organisation do?

Deloitte Australia employs thousands of professionals who collaborate across a network of offices in Australia to provide audit, economics, financial advisory, human capital, tax and technology services to a range of public and private sector clients. With a globally connected network of member firms in more than 150 countries, Deloitte brings world-class capabilities and high-quality service to our clients, delivering the insights they need to address their most complex business challenges.

What is your role with the organisation?

As the CEO for Deloitte Australia, I am responsible for leading our 800 partners and over 9,000 people to make an impact that matters for our clients, our people and the communities in which we live and work.

I’m also a member of Deloitte’s Asia Pacific Executive and since June 2016 have been a Board Member of The Deloitte Foundation, which spearheads our charitable contributions and community partnerships – something I’m personally passionate about.

Throughout your experience with CEDA, what have you enjoyed the most?

CEDA is an important partner for Deloitte. We have a shared purpose around creating rigorous, informed debate on the issues that help to build a stronger economic future for Australia. Personally I enjoy the opportunity to collaborate with like-minded leaders who help me provide a different perspective to our clients.

How does CEDA help your company to achieve its agenda?

CEDA provides high level networking and relationship building opportunities to enable us to debate Australia’s most important economic issues with both the government and private sector. Deloitte is proud to be a member of CEDA and to be involved in those conversations and events that help shape the national economic agenda.
CEDA connects us to the people and insights that help us to make an impact that matters. From working together on the issues that face the transport sector, to improving digital healthcare, to advancing women in leadership positions – we are both committed to addressing issues that matter to everyday Australians.

How does CEDA help your company understand and meet challenges and opportunities you or your clients face?

CEDA provides robust insights and policy perspectives into many of the key economic and social issues affecting Australia today. The calibre of its events and speakers is second to none and provides Deloitte with a valuable network to sense-check our perspectives.

CEDA helps to generate debate on key issues in an independent way which is key to driving topical agendas or business and government forward.

Why does Deloitte choose to be a member of CEDA and how does the firm get involved?

For all the reasons mentioned above – and ultimately, to make Australia an even better place to live and work. This all contributed towards our ability to share knowledge and network.

Specifically, we’ve enjoyed being keynote speakers at a number of recent events, including:
  • Transport Infrastructure Series in NSW – Mark Siddall
  • CEDA Energy Series in South Australia – Darren Hall
  • Behavioural insights and gender equality in Victoria – Juliet Bourke
  • Digital Health in Victoria – Rohan Hammett
  • Social licence to operate: the future for business in WA – Leeora Black
In addition, both Ellen Derrick and Ursula Brennan have had keynote and host roles as part of the Women in Leadership series.

These events bring like-minded people together – spending important time together to collectively drive important agendas.

Finally, did a particular speaker or event resonate with you?

I personally really appreciate that CEDA helps to generate debate on key issues. A recent event I attended was the CEO national member dinner, which was attended by industry peers. It was great spending quality time with other leaders and CEDA, raising the level of discussion and debate on the economic, political and social issues impacting Australia and Australians.