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CEDA events: Coronavirus update

At CEDA we 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, venue and CEDA staff.

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 interactive livestreams, podcasts and video as well as the virtual Trustee roundtable discussions.
CEDA is also moving to deliver hybrid events that include a livestream and a small audience in attendance. CEDA has worked with venues to ensure that social distancing can be maintained and facilities and equipment have been properly sanitised. Attendance numbers adhere to government guidelines. 

In line with government advice we request people that are unwell with cough or fever or other respiratory symptoms do not attend CEDA events. We also ask that you follow government advice and maintain social distancing by refraining from shaking hands or exchanging physical greetings, and wherever possible, staying at least 1.5 metres away from others.
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.

About CEDA events

CEDA events take place around Australia on the policy issues facing local, regional and national development. CEDA events provide an opportunity to be informed, to engage and to discuss the economic development of Australia. That’s why CEDA has more than 50,000 event attendances annually, including more than 22,000 at face-to-face events and more than 25,000 online participants.


Interactive Livestream events

CEDA's Interactive Livestream digital events program sees speakers from across Australia come together to discuss the critical issues for Australia's economic, social and environmental development. Registered guests gain access to the livestream events, can participate in the conversation and submit questions for Q&A as well as receive exclusive access to presentations and videos ahead of the public. 

Public events

From the Prime Minister and Opposition Leader, State Premiers, CEOs of the ASX Top 200 to leading academics, CEDA events deliver top speakers looking at the critical issues for business at over 100 public events annually.

Trustee only boardroom briefings

CEDA delivers exclusive CEDA Trustee only boardroom briefings across Australia throughout the year. Trustees are senior executives from member organisations.

A valued membership benefit, these briefings provide a unique opportunity for peer-to-peer knowledge exchange and for speakers and attendees to talk candidly about key policy issues. Chatham House Rule applies at these events. During this time, the Trustee briefings have transitioned to virtual roundtable discussions. 

Member only events

CEDA hosts a range of special member only events each year across Australia where registration is available exclusively for CEDA members and their guests.

See a complete list of CEDA's upcoming events and register online. 

Flagship and signature annual events


Running for more than 30 years, CEDA’s annual Economic and Political Overview (EPO) events are held in each capital city in February and March to coincide with the release of CEDA’s annual EPO publication. The events and publication provide analysis to inform on the economic and political environment which we will be operating in for the year ahead.

Sir Douglas Copland Lecture

Sir Douglas Copland’s legacy of international cooperation is acknowledged through CEDA’s Sir Douglas Copland Lecture. Held annually, it delivers a high calibre international speaker. 

State of the Nation

Running for over 30 years, CEDA has hosted the annual State of the Nation in Canberra in June. This two day forum delivers briefings and discussions with senior government ministers and shadow ministers, public servants and leading business commentators. 
Annual Dinner

CEDA's Annual Dinner is an end-of-year celebration that features an address by a prominent Australia leader. Each November, CEDA hosts its Annual Dinner with a biennial keynote address by the Reserve Bank of Australia Governor.

State of the State

Each year on the CEDA stage, State of the State events are held around the country, providing an opportunity for the Premiers in each state to outline their forward agenda and vision.

Event series

As part of CEDA's event program, CEDA runs a diverse range of event series that focus on national and state issues including transport and infrastructure, energy and resources, regional development and women in leadership.

Professional development

The Copland Leadership program, offered by CEDA in conjunction with leading education and management institutions, provides a challenging development environment for emerging leaders from business, academia, community and government sectors.

Register for a CEDA event today

See all of CEDA's upcoming events including member only and Trustee events. 

If you are from a CEDA member organisation and would like more information about attending Trustee and member only events, please contact your CEDA state office.

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