Connecting people with progress: population

Connecting people with progress: population

Nov 13
CEDA’s latest research Connecting people with progress: securing future economic development, explores ideas and thinking about how economic growth has made the lives of Australians better and how we can make the lives of Australians better in the face of rapid change and the changing expectations of the community.
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Jarrod Ball, Chief Economist, CEDA
Nigel McBride, Chief Executive Officer, Business SA

Event Overview

CEDA research has identified five priority areas essential to Australia’s future prosperity: population, technology, workforce, critical services and institutions.

With population a key challenge for South Australia, noting that the recent ABS figures highlight SA’s population growth being the lowest in more than a decade (0.7 per cent pa), the SA launch will focus on population and the economic and policy levers we can pull locally and nationally.

Event presentations

Jarrod Ball, CEDA MP3 | PDF

Nigel McBride, Business SA MP3 

Moderated discussion MP3

Delegate handout PDF


Meet the speakers

Jarrod Ball
Chief Economist, CEDA

Jarrod Ball joined CEDA as Chief Economist in 2017 with over 15 years of experience as an economist across the public and private sectors. He has held senior roles at the Business Council of Australia, in EY’s advisory services practice and more recently at BHP. Jarrod also worked in the Federal Government and was a lead adviser on microeconomic reform for the Victorian Departments of Premier and Cabinet and Treasury and Finance. He is a member of CEDA’s Council on Economic Policy and the Melbourne Economic Forum. Jarrod holds a Masters degree in Economics from Monash University and undergraduate degrees in Business (Economics) and Arts from the University of Southern Queensland.

Nigel McBride
Chief Executive Officer, Business SA

Nigel McBride began at Business SA having been the Chief Executive and Managing Partner of Minter Ellison Lawyers SA/NT. The firm grew under Nigel's 12-year leadership to be South Australia's largest commercial legal services provider.

His previous work was reflected by a number of national awards including the "BRW / St George Best Professional Services Firm" in SA (two years' running). He also launched, and was a director of Australian Credit Management (a successful SA-based credit and portfolio management business) and lift, an award winning technology start up. He also launched and oversaw Minter Ellison’s fast-growing Darwin office.

He is a past Chairman of Advantage Adelaide (formerly SA Great).

Before private practice and leadership roles in Minter Ellison in Perth and then Adelaide/Darwin, Nigel was the Director, Legal Administration of the Health Department, Western Australia.

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