State of the Nation 2021

State of the Nation 2021

ACT
Jun 23
How can we take what we have learnt in 2020 and build back strong? CEDA’s 2021 State of the Nation forum, under the theme of ‘Conversations for the future’ will bring Australia’s top decision makers and experts for must have discussions on the most pressing policy issues facing our nation.
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Event Overview

CEDA's State of the Nation policy forum has been driving quality debate about Australia's economic development for more than 40 years.

This year's forum will focus on key topics for our future prosperity:
 
Australia and Asia  ·  Securing economic dynamism  ·  Future proofing exports and working with China  ·  Rethinking tertiary education  ·  Getting the cyber balance right  ·  Defence funding and capability  ·  Sustainable infrastructure  ·  Reforms to drive the circular economy  · State Treasurers’ panel – big reform  ·  View from the Opposition

The 2021 conference will see CEDA return to Canberra for face-to-face sessions at Parliament House, together with the digital forum:
  • Conference dinner – 23 June 2021, Canberra and interactive livestream
  • Conversations for the future part 1 – 24 June 2021, Parliament House Canberra and interactive livestream
  • Conversations for the future part 2 – 25 June 2021, interactive livestream
State of the Nation has been described in the media as “Australia’s premier policymaker forum”. Don't miss this opportunity to participate. Register now.

Ticket Pricing

Conference Dinner Face to Face - Single seat
Member - $275 Non Member - $375
 
Conference Dinner Face to Face - Table of 8
Member - $2090 Non Member - $3500
 
Conference Day 1 Face to Face - Single seat
Member - $1450 Non Member - $2450
 
Conference Dinner plus Day 1 Face to Face - Single Seat
Member - $1625 Non Member - $2625
 
Full Conference - Livestream
Member - Complimentary Non Member - $150

Meet the keynote speaker

The Hon. Josh Frydenberg
Federal Treasurer

Meet the speakers

Hon. Anthony Albanese
Federal Leader of the Opposition

Hon. Karen Andrews
Federal Minister for Home Affairs

Ian Bailey
Managing Director, Kmart Group

Jane Coram
Director, Land and Water Business Unit, CSIRO

Gabby Costigan
Chief Executive Officer, BAE Systems Australia

Prof. Peter Dawkins AO
Professor of Economics, Mitchell Institute for Education and Health Policy

Hon. Peter Dutton
Federal Minister for Defence

Stephen Halmarick
Chief Economist and Head of Global Economic & Market Research, Commonwealth Bank

Keith Howard
Chief Information Security Officer, Commonwealth Bank

Julie Hunter
Managing Director, Banks, Government and Education, Commonwealth Bank

Richard Kirkman
Managing Director and CEO, Veolia Australia and New Zealand

Marie Lam-Frendo
Chief Executive Officer, Global Infrastructure Hub

H.E. Y Kristiarto S Legowo
Ambassador for Indonesia

Megan Lilly
Executive Director, AI Group Centre for Education and Training

Romilly Madew AO FTSE
Chief Executive Officer, Infrastructure Australia

Prof. Mariana Mazzucato
Author, Chair in the Economics of Innovation and Public Value and, Founding Director, Institute for Innovation and Public Purpose, University College London

Su McCluskey
Commissioner, National Covid-19 Commission Advisory Board ( concluded May 2021)

Zoe McKenzie
Principal, Trade and Investment Advisory

Ashleigh Morris
Chief Executive Officer and Co-Founder, Coreo

Sam Mostyn AO
President, Chief Executive Women, Chairman, Citibank; and Chair, The Foundation for Young Australians

Natalie Muir
General Manager Water and Environment, Cardno, Vice Chair, International Federation of Consulting Engineers Sustainable Development Committee

Tim Pallas MP
Treasurer of Victoria, Minister for Economic Development, Minister for Industrial Relations

The Hon. Dominic Perrottet MP
Treasurer of NSW

Vandita Pant
Chief Commercial Officer, BHP

Michelle Price
Chief Executive Officer, AustCyber

Zahra Rezai
Service Desk Support, VicTrack, Graduate, Victoria University VET-Higher Education Pathways Program

Sam Roggeveen
Director, International Security Program, Lowy Institute

Rosemary Sinclair AM
Chief Executive Officer, auDA, the .au Domain Administration

H.E. Manpreet Vohra
High Commissioner of India to Australia

H.E. Shingo Yamagami
Ambassador of Japan to Australia

Additional participants to be confirmed.

 

Session themes and confirmed speakers

Panel sessions

Conference dinner - Securing Australia’s economic recovery
Wednesday 23 June 6:00pm
  • The Hon. Josh Frydenberg, Federal Treasurer
  • Additional participants to be confirmed
View from the Opposition – what should the Government priorities be through to 2025?
Thursday 24 June 8:40am
  • Hon. Anthony Albanese, Federal Leader of the Opposition
  • Additional participants to be confirmed
Risk and opportunity – how do we get the cyber balance right?
Thursday 24 June 9:40am
  • Hon. Karen Andrews, Federal Minister for Home Affairs
  • Keith Howard, Chief Information Security Officer , Commonwealth Bank
  • Michelle Price, Chief Executive Officer , AustCyber
  • Rosemary Sinclair AM, Chief Executive Officer , auDA, the .au Domain Administration
  • Additional participants to be confirmed
How do we future proof our trading relationships?
Thursday 24 June 11:10am
  • Ian Bailey, Managing Director , Kmart Group
  • Zoe McKenzie, Principal , Trade and Investment Advisory
  • Vandita Pant, Chief Commercial Officer , BHP
  • Additional participants to be confirmed
Risk and opportunity - defence funding and capability
Thursday 24 June 12:10pm
  • Gabby Costigan, Chief Executive Officer , BAE Systems Australia
  • Hon. Peter Dutton, Federal Minister for Defence
  • Sam Roggeveen, Director, International Security Program , Lowy Institute
  • Additional participants to be confirmed
Economic outlook – have we got the right policies to secure economic dynamism and future prosperity?
Thursday 24 June 1:50pm
  • Stephen Halmarick, Chief Economist and Head of Global Economic & Market Research , Commonwealth Bank
  • Su McCluskey, Commissioner , National Covid-19 Commission Advisory Board ( concluded May 2021)
  • Sam Mostyn AO, President, Chief Executive Women , Chairman, Citibank; and Chair, The Foundation for Young Australians
  • Additional participants to be confirmed
Australia and Asia – what does a mutually beneficial relationship look like?
Thursday 24 June 2:50pm
  • H.E. Y Kristiarto S Legowo, Ambassador for Indonesia
  • H.E. Manpreet Vohra, High Commissioner of India to Australia
  • H.E. Shingo Yamagami, Ambassador of Japan to Australia
  • Additional participants to be confirmed
Exclusive opportunity to hear from world renowned economist Professor Mariana Mazzucato hosted by Commonwealth Bank
Thursday 24 June 4:15pm
  • Julie Hunter, Managing Director, Banks, Government and Education , Commonwealth Bank
  • Prof. Mariana Mazzucato, Author, Chair in the Economics of Innovation and Public Value and , Founding Director, Institute for Innovation and Public Purpose, University College London
  • Additional participants to be confirmed
Treasurers’ panel – Where can the biggest reform benefits be had?
Friday 25 June 10:10am
  • Tim Pallas MP, Treasurer of Victoria , Minister for Economic Development, Minister for Industrial Relations
  • The Hon. Dominic Perrottet MP, Treasurer of NSW
  • Additional participants to be confirmed
Sustainable infrastructure – how are events of the past 18 months shaping infrastructure thinking and planning?
Friday 25 June 11:10am
  • Marie Lam-Frendo, Chief Executive Officer , Global Infrastructure Hub
  • Romilly Madew AO FTSE, Chief Executive Officer , Infrastructure Australia
  • Natalie Muir, General Manager Water and Environment, Cardno , Vice Chair, International Federation of Consulting Engineers Sustainable Development Committee
  • Additional participants to be confirmed
How do we rethink tertiary education?
Friday 25 June 12:10pm
  • Prof. Peter Dawkins AO, Professor of Economics , Mitchell Institute for Education and Health Policy
  • Megan Lilly, Executive Director , AI Group Centre for Education and Training
  • Zahra Rezai, Service Desk Support, VicTrack , Graduate, Victoria University VET-Higher Education Pathways Program
  • Additional participants to be confirmed
What policy reforms are required to better support, drive and enable the circular economy?
Friday 25 June 1:10pm
  • Jane Coram, Director, Land and Water Business Unit , CSIRO
  • Richard Kirkman, Managing Director and CEO , Veolia Australia and New Zealand
  • Ashleigh Morris, Chief Executive Officer and Co-Founder , Coreo
  • Additional participants to be confirmed

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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 and staff.

CEDA is currently delivering a digital program of public events, podcasts and virtual Trustee roundtable discussions; hybrid events with both a livestream and audience in attendance; and face-face events, where there is member demand and they can be delivered in accordance with government health advice for a specific state.

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