Sustainable budgets: underwriting Australia's social compact

Sustainable budgets: underwriting Australia's social compact

Mar 19
Has Australia done enough to secure its long-term fiscal position and fund the strong social compact between community and government? Join CEDA to discuss findings and recommendations from our newly released report, Sustainable budgets: underwriting Australia’s social compact.
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Jarrod Ball, Chief Economist, CEDA
Amy Auster, Deputy Secretary, Economic Division, Victorian Department of Treasury and Finance
Cherelle Murphy, Senior Economist, ANZ Banking Group

Event Overview

CEDA’s 2018 Community Pulse report showed Australians are sharply focussed on the provisioning of core services that help keep them healthy, comfortable and safe – and they expect government to provide them. 

Sustainably funding this social compact relies on balanced budgets, paying down debt and an efficient and robust tax base. In advance of the 2019 Federal Budget and election and the 2020 Intergenerational report, CEDA’s report provides analysis, articulates the long-term fiscal pressures Australian governments will be met with and makes recommendations to expenditure programs, the tax base and budget transparency.

CEDA Trustees are invited to join this event as guests of CEDA. Please click here for more information.

Event presentations

Jarrod Ball, CEDA Chief Economist, Presentation MP3
Moderated panel discussion MP3


Meet the speaker

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.

Meet the panel

Amy Auster
Deputy Secretary, Economic Division, Victorian Department of Treasury and Finance

Amy commenced as Deputy Secretary, Economic in September 2016. Amy is responsible for the provision of high-level economic and policy advice to Government on productivity, taxation and regulation, along with social, environmental and development issues.

Cherelle Murphy
Senior Economist, ANZ Banking Group

Prior to joining ANZ Banking Group, Cherelle worked at the Reserve Bank of Australia. At ANZ Banking Group her public sector economic impact analysis focussed on changes to governments, policies and budgets. As Senior Economist for Industry Economics and Research she provides macroeconomic analysis on industry developments.
Additional participants to be confirmed.

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