State of the Nation 2018



State of the Nation 2018 was held on 25 and 26 June 2018. Catch up with conference highlights below. 

How can we “shift the dial” on Australia’s economic and social reform agenda? How do we build resilience and lay the foundations for future prosperity? Drawing on CEDA’s network and latest research, the annual State of the Nation brings together business, government and community leaders for important conversations on the issues that matter. 

In 2018 we discussed: The current and future policy agenda in Canberra and across the nation; How to build consensus on a new economic reform agenda; Case studies of what works to improve economic and social outcomes; and  Opportunities for new thinking and approaches in the digital age.
Community pulse 2018: the economic disconnect research launch
Read: CEDA research shows the growth equals prosperity message not cutting through

Keynote address: Federal Treasurer, the Hon. Scott Morrison
Read: Strong economy the driver of social resilience: Morrison

Keynote address: Federal Leader of the Opposition, the Hon. Bill Shorten
Read: Fairness and growth can go together: Shorten

Keynote address: Deputy Prime Minister and Federal Minister for Infrastructure and Transport, the Hon. Michael McCormack
Read: Economic growth will come by extending corporate tax relief to all businesses: McCormack

Panel discussion: Creating a resilient workforce for the future
Read: 1.1 million kids growing up in poverty in Australia today

Keynote address: Infrastructure Australia CEO, Philip Davies
Read: Call for new era of infrastructure reform

Keynote session: Collaboration and innovation for social change
Read: Need to better understand how social and economic systems are connected

Keynote address: National Cyber Security Adviser at the Department of Home Affairs and Head of the Australian Cyber Security Centre, Alastair MacGibbon
Read: Cyber security: future will be about integrity and availability of information

Panel discussion: Creating resilient regions
Read: Strategies behind strong communities

Keynote session: State Treasurers' panel
Read:  Seize the opportunities from population growth, or risk slowing the economy, 

Keynote address: Federal Minister for Urban Infrastructure and Cities, the Hon. Paul Fletcher
Read: Infrastructure investment and cities agenda important tool in achieving national economic policy objectives: Fletcher

Keynote address: Lateral Economics CEO Dr Nicholas Gruen
Read: Prediction competitions needed to improve economic forecasting

Panel session: Empowering consumers in the new economy
Read: The digital economy provides both enormous opportunities as well as some risks for consumers

Keynote address: Federal Minister for Social Services, the Hon. Dan Tehan 
Read: NDIS will change Australian society

About State of the Nation

For more than 35 years CEDA has hosted its annual State of the Nation conference in Canberra. Each year the conference brings together the best public policy minds from politics, business, academia and community organisations for open discussions on the key issues facing Australia's economic and social development. Described in the media as "Australia's premier policymaker conference", State of the Nation attracts ministers and shadow ministers, public servants, commentators and industry analysts for an insider's view of the Federal Government's policies. Participants discuss issues directly with speakers and other attendees, and engage in networking opportunities. 

We acknowledge the Traditional Owners of country throughout Australia and recognise their continuing connection to land, waters and culture. We pay our respects to their Elders past, present and emerging.

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