2017 Economic and Social Outlook Conference
The Melbourne Institute and The Australian are pleased to be hosting the 11th Economic and Social Outlook Conference on Thursday, 20th and Friday, 21st July 2017 at the Grand Hyatt Melbourne.
This year’s theme is New Directions in an Uncertain World.
The rise of nationalist populism and the fracturing of the global policy consensus on the benefits of globalisation presents policy-makers with some of their biggest challenges since the end of the Second World War. And yet with weak productivity, rising inequality and technology racing ahead, new policy directions must be forged.
Confirmed keynote presenters include:
- The Hon Malcolm Turnbull MP, Prime Minister of Australia
- The Hon Scott Morrison MP, Treasurer
- The Hon Bill Shorten MP, Leader of the Opposition
- The Hon Chris Bowen MP, Shadow Treasurer
The Melbourne Institute/The Australian Economic and Social Outlook Conference is the premier forum for debate on Australia's policy development. It has, since 2002, brought together leaders from the political, academic, business and non-government worlds to air the latest policy thinking and research findings.
The 2017 Economic and Social Outlook Conference will be held from 8.45am, Thursday 20 July to 4.00pm, Friday 21 July 2017.
Thursday, 20 July 2017
|8.45–9.15am||Session 1: Opening|
Aunty Diane Kerr, Wurundjeri Elder
Dr Paul Kelly, Editor-at-Large, The Australian
Professor Glyn Davis AC, Vice-Chancellor, The University of Melbourne
Professor A. Abigail Payne, Director and Ronald Henderson Professor, Melbourne Institute, The University of Melbourne
|9.15–10.40am||Session 2: The challenges of an uncertain world|
Australia’s prosperity has drawn on its embrace of globalisation over the past 30 years. But there is a voter backlash around the world in the wake of the global financial crisis that is shifting political sentiment. How should government manage the challenges of the post-crisis world?
Chair: Professor A. Abigail Payne, Director and Ronald Henderson Professor, Melbourne Institute, Applied Economic & Social Research, The University of Melbourne
Dr David Gruen, Deputy Secretary, Economic, Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet
Mr Peter Harris AO, Chair, Productivity Commission
Professor Bob Gregory AO, Emeritus Professor, Research School of Economics, The Australian National University
|10.40 - 11.00am||Morning Tea|
|11.00am–12.30pm||Session 3: Fiscal stimulus in an age of debt|
Massive fiscal stimulus in 2009 left a legacy of debt, but fiscal policy is back in fashion as monetary policy is seen to be exhausted.
Chair: Mr Innes Willox, Chief Executive, Australian Industry Group
The Hon Chris Bowen MP, Shadow Treasurer
Professor Guay Lim, Professorial Research Fellow, Melbourne Institute, Applied Economic & Social Research, The University of Melbourne
Professor John Daley, Chief Executive Officer, Grattan Institute
|Chair: Dr Paul Kelly, Editor-at-Large, The Australian|
|Keynote speaker: The Hon Malcolm Turnbull MP, Prime Minister of Australia|
|2.00–3.30pm||Session 4: Concurrent|
|Session 4A: Investment approach towards welfare service provision|
How are Australia’s policies affecting the delivery of human services socially and fiscally sustainable? NZ implemented a priority investment approach towards service delivery. What lessons can Australia learn from New Zealand?
Chair: Professor David Ribar, Professorial Research Fellow, Melbourne Institute, Applied Economic & Social Research,The University of Melbourne
The Hon Christian Porter MP, Minister for Social Services
Mr Roland Manderson, Deputy Director, Anglicare Australia
Mr Richard Spencer, Commissioner, Productivity Commission
|Session 4B: Migration meets resistance|
Migration is delivering half Australia's population growth, with new routes to permanent residency through student and temporary visas. Calls for a smaller intake arguing the labour market is too weak and social cohesion threatened are growing louder, while economists argue the intake boosts growth and eases problem of ageing.
Chair: Associate Professor Jongsay Yong, Principal Research Fellow, Melbourne Institute, Applied Economic & Social Research, The University of Melbourne
Professor Peter McDonald, Professor of Demography, Melbourne School of Population and Global Health, The University of Melbourne
Dr Barbara Broadway, Senior Research Fellow, Melbourne Institute, Applied Economic & Social Research, The University of Melbourne
Professor Judith Sloan, Professorial Fellow, Melbourne Institute, Applied Economic & Social Research,The University of Melbourne and Contributing Editor, The Australian
|Session 4C: Cities and productivity|
Cities provide clusters of industry and expertise that are ingredients of productivity. How can they be made to work better?
Chair: Professor Allan Fels AO, Professorial Fellow, The University of Melbourne
The Hon Angus Taylor MP, Assistant Minister for Cities and Digital Transformation
Professor John Haisken-DeNew, Professorial Research Fellow, Melbourne Institute, Applied Economic & Social Research, The University of Melbourne
Ms Sarah Hill, Chief Executive Officer, Greater Sydney Commission
|3.30 - 4.00pm||Afternoon Tea|
|4.00–5.20pm||Session 5: Carbon and energy|
The switch from coal to renewables no longer seems so relentless, after the election of climate sceptic President Trump and the South Australian blackout.
Dr David Byrne, Senior Lecturer, Department of Economics, The University of Melbourne
The Hon Josh Frydenberg MP, Minister for the Environment and Energy
The Hon Mark Butler MP, Shadow Minister for Climate Change and Energy
|7.00 for 7.30pm||Conference Dinner, Zinc @Federation|
Welcome: Professor Paul Jensen, Deputy Dean, Faculty of Business and Economics, The University of Melbourne
Chair: Professor Margaret Sheil AO, Provost, The University of Melbourne
Keynote Address: The Hon Scott Morrison MP, Treasurer
Friday, 21 July 2017
|8.30 – 10.00am||Session 6: President Trump and Asia - What does this mean for Australia?|
Assumptions long made about Australia’s relations with the region and with the United States have been thrown into question by the rise of President Donald Trump.
Chair: Professor Andrew Walter, Interim Director, Melbourne School of Government, The University of Melbourne
The Hon Julie Bishop MP, Minister for Foreign Affairs
Professor Ross Garnaut AC, Professorial Research Fellow in Economics, The University of Melbourne
Professor Michael Wesley, Professor of International Affairs and Dean, College of Asia and the Pacific, The Australian National University
|10.00 - 10.20am||Morning Tea|
|10.20am – 12.00pm||Session 7: Concurrent|
|Session 7A: School funding and returns from schooling and pre-schooling programs|
What is the intersection between the financing of schools and child development? How can good practices from early on in life result in positive outcomes for children when they reach adulthood?
Chair: Professor Lisa Paul AO PSM, Independent Non-Executive Director and Melbourne Enterprise Professor - Public Policy, Faculty of Arts, The University of Melbourne
Ms Gill Callister, Secretary, Department of Education and Training
Professor Chris Ryan, Associate Professor, Melbourne Institute, Applied Economic & Social Research, The University of Melbourne
Professor Jeff Borland, Professor of Economics, Department of Economics, The University of Melbourne
|Session 7B: Equity and the people’s revolt|
Around the world we're observing an alienation from the political system and part of this stems from concerns around economic prosperity and getting beyond basic income needs. Some argue for measures to guarantee basic income. Do we need to go beyond what was established over 50 years ago through the Henderson Poverty Line. What are the income issues facing Australia?
Chair: Professor Lisa Cameron, Professorial Research Fellow, Melbourne Institute, Applied Economic & Social Research, The University of Melbourne
Professor Roger Wilkins, Professorial Research Fellow and Deputy Director, Melbourne Institute, Applied Economic & Social Research, The University of Melbourne
Mr Sean Innis, Special Adviser, Productivity Commission
Ms Ruth Weston, Assistant Director (Research), Australian Institute of Family Studies
|Session 7C: New directions in public policy|
New tools are being developed to help shape public policy. Examples of how we use data and tools to inform policy
Moderator: Professor A. Abigail Payne, Director and Ronald Henderson Professor, Melbourne Institute, Applied Economic & Social Research, The University of Melbourne
Professor Mark Wooden, Professorial Research Fellow and Director, HILDA Survey, Melbourne Institute, Applied Economic & Social Research,The University
Dr Alex King, Director, Behavioural Insights, NSW Department of Premier and Cabinet
Dr Yi-Ping Tseng, Senior Research Fellow, Melbourne Institute, Applied Economic & Social Research,The University of Melbourne
|12.00 – 1.30pm||Lunch, Mayfair Ballroom|
Chair: Professor Margaret Sheil AO, Provost, The University of Melbourne
Keynote speaker: The Hon Bill Shorten MP, Leader of the Opposition
|1.30 – 3.00pm||Session 8: Concurrent|
|Session 8A: Future of Medicare|
Labor put Medicare at the heart of its election campaign in 2016, but more than 30 years after its introduction, is it time for reform? Is its fee-for-service model contributing to escalating costs? What are reforms that can assist in keeping costs under control whilst improving population health?
Professor Anthony Scott, Professorial Research Fellow, Melbourne Institute, Applied Economic & Social Research, The University of Melbourne
The Hon Catherine King MP, Shadow Minister for Health
Dr Jeremy Sammut, Senior Research Fellow and Director, CIS Health Innovations Project, The Centre for Independent Studies
Dr Michael Gannon, President, Australian Medical Association
|Session 8B: Are the banks too big?|
Four big banks each pursuing similar strategies looks like a concentration of risk. Is the four pillars policy obsolete? Does Labor have a case for a Royal Commission?
Chair: Professor Bruce Preston, Professor of Economics, Department of Economics, The University of Melbourne
Senator Katy Gallagher MLA, Shadow Minister for Financial Services
Ms Michele Bullock, Assistant Governor (Financial System), Reserve Bank of Australia
Professor Kevin Davis, Professor of Finance, Department of Finance, The University of Melbourne
|Session 8C: Innovation and the workplace|
Much of the debate about innovation centres on support for entrepreneurs, researchers and the CSIRO. Is this too narrow? Is the key to innovation raising the productivity of the workforce? What progress are we making?
Chair: Ms Dee McGrath, Managing Partner, IBM Global Business Service, Australia and New Zealand
Mr Mark Cully, Chief Economist, Economic and Analytical Service Division, Department of Industry, Innovation and Science
Professor Paul Jensen, Deputy Dean, Faculty of Business and Economics, The University of Melbourne
Ms Lisa Gropp, Chief Economist, Business Council of Australia
|3.00 - 3.10pm||Short break|
|3.10– 4.00pm||Session 9: Policy in a post-globalisation world|
Voters and political parties are rejecting the economic propositions that supported globalisation since the 1980s. Should policy-makers retreat? How should they respond?
Mr David Uren, Economics Editor, The Australian
Dr Paul Kelly, Editor-at-Large, The Australian
Professor Gary Banks AO, Professorial Fellow, Melbourne Institute, The University of Melbourne
Mrs Jennifer Westacott, Chief Executive, Business Council of Australia
Professor A. Abigail Payne, Director and Ronald Henderson Professor, Melbourne Institute, Applied Economic & Social Research, The University of Melbourne
Professor Glyn Davis AC, Vice-Chancellor, The University of Melbourne
|4.00 - 6.00pm||Women in Economic Network and Melbourne Institute Cocktail Event|
|The Courtyard, The Residence, Grand Hyatt Melbourne|
The Women in Economics Network and the Melbourne Institute, Applied Economic and Social Research are pleased to be hosting a cocktail event at the conclusion of the conference.
This event is open to those attending the conference and members of the Women in Economics Network.
Pre-registration is essential to participate in the reception. Please register online.
Registrations are now closed. Please contact us at 03 8344 2100 or email@example.com if you have any queries.
Discounts are available for academics (including teachers) and the welfare sector or non-profit sector. Check with us if you are not sure whether you fall into this category.
Members are Associate or Gold Members of the Melbourne Institute. For more information about Membership of the Melbourne Institute, please see our Membership Page. If you are unsure of your organisation’s membership arrangement, please contact us.
A special price is available for group bookings with three or more people. To obtain a group discount, all registrations in the group must be received at the same time, with a group leader or administrator as a point of contact and only one invoice will be issued per group registration. Once the members of the group have been identified, no one else may be added to the group at a later date, but substitutions are possible. Group discounts only apply to Full Conference registrations (not single days). Further details can be obtained from the Melbourne Institute, telephone +61 3 8344 2100.
Conference registrations cannot be shared and individual sessions cannot be purchased separately.
Cancellation and Substitution Policy
Delegates who find themselves unable to attend the conference after submitting a registration form are most welcome to nominate a substitute.
All cancellations requests must be made in writing to the Functions Manager at the Melbourne Institute. Cancellations received on or prior to Friday 7 July 2017 will receive a full refund.
Cancellations received from Saturday 8 until Thursday 13 July 2017 will incur a $100 administration fee.
Cancellations received on or after Friday 14 July 2017 will not receive a refund. However, your registration may be transferred to another name at no cost prior to 4.00pm, Tuesday 18 July 2017. Non-payment does not constitute cancellation.
Due to the security arrangements required for this conference, substitutions must be received by 4.00pm, Tuesday 18 July 2017. Substitutions after this date or on the days of the conference will not be allowed except at the discretion of the Functions Manager.
Payment Terms and Conditions
All conference and dinner payments must be received prior to the conference, unless alternative arrangements have been made with the Functions Manager at the Melbourne Institute.
Payment may be made by cheque or credit card. MasterCard and Visa are accepted, either on receipt of invoice or through the online registration system, Eventbrite.
Cheques should be made payable to “The University of Melbourne”. Your name and full address should be typed or printed clearly on the back of the cheque. Cheque payments from overseas must be a bank cheque in Australian Dollars drawn on an Australian Bank. No other currency will be accepted.
We are happy to provide a separate invoice if required. Please contact us directly at firstname.lastname@example.org or +61 3 8344 2100.
Acknowledgement of Registration
Your registration and payment will be acknowledged via email or post with confirmation of your requirements according to your registration form. Your letter of acknowledgment will include any further advice necessary prior to your arrival at the conference and this website will be updated regularly in the lead up to the conference.
Further information may be sent out by email prior to the conference, especially if there have been major changes to the program or venue. At the conference you will receive the final program and a list of delegates.
Every effort will be made to ensure people with special requirements are catered for. Should you require any specific assistance, catering or arrangements to be made on your behalf, please include a notation on your registration form under the section "Special Requirements".
Photography and Filming
Please note that there will be representatives from the media present at the conference, including photographers and television cameras recording and filming conference sessions.
We would prefer if delegates did not use recording devices in the conference sessions, as all recordings will be made available to delegates after the conference.
Conference Catering and Dietary Requirements
Morning tea and afternoon tea will be served each day of the conference. Lunch will be seated and will include a two course meal.
We are happy to provide special catering, so if you have indicated special dietary requirements on your registration form and depending on your type of requirement, catering will be provided for you in a specially marked section. Please make yourself known to either catering or conference staff.
The Conference Dinner will be held in the ZINC at Federation and is included in the Full Registration. Delegates may attend the Conference Dinner only and guests are welcome. The cost for the dinner only is $150.00.
Corporate Tables may also be purchased at a cost of $1125.00. Tables fit a maximum of 10 people.
The dress for the conference dinner is 'business attire' and will include a three-course meal, drinks and speaker.
Registration for the conference will commence on Thursday 20 July at 8.15am and will be open for both days of the conference.
Due to security arrangements for the conference, please ensure that you bring your conference registration confirmation and/or personal ID. If you have misplaced your conference confirmation or have not received one, please contact us at email@example.com and we will send you another prior to the day of the conference.
Delegates will be issued with name tags upon registration. Name tags must be clearly visible at all times during the conference for security reasons. If you misplace your name tag, please go to the conference registration desk and the staff will provide you with another. Please be aware that if you are not wearing a name tag, you may be denied entry to conference sessions.
The information collected in the registration form or on the online registration is being collected by the Melbourne Institute. You can contact us on +61 3 8344 2100 or firstname.lastname@example.org
The information collected is for your registration for this event.
On registering for this conference, relevant details will be incorporated into a delegate list for the benefit of all delegates (name and organisation only), and may be used by us to send out further information about the conference and the Melbourne Institute. Your details will not be sent to any other party.
If you do not provide all the information that is requested in registering for this event, we may not be able to register you. However, should you not wish for your details to be included in the delegate list, please tick the relevant box in the registration form or contact the conference registration desk as soon as possible.
Media Support and Media Registration
Although the 2017 Economic and Social Outlook Conference is co-hosted by The Australian, other media are very welcome to be onsite for the conference to directly access sessions and presentations and to interview speakers.
Registered journalists can use the dedicated Media Centre, which will be set up at the conference venue.
The Media Centre opens at 8.00am on Thursday 20 July 2017 and will be open for the duration of the conference. Media Centre staff can provide help coordinating interviews with conference speakers and accessing additional information.
Registration is complimentary for registered media, however it is strongly preferred that you register prior to the conference, especially for any of the conference meals, because of venue and security arrangements. This also helps us with arrangements for equipment and venue set up and will make it quicker for you to get into the venue on the day.
Registered journalists receive a media pack with the program and access to all sessions.
To register for the conference, seek pre-conference information or enquire about your eligibility to register as a media delegate, contact:
Media and Content Manager
Faculty of Business and Economics, The University of Melbourne
Telephone: +61 3 9035 7729
Melbourne Institute, The University of Melbourne
Telephone: +61 3 8344 2151
Grand Hyatt Melbourne
123 Collins Street
Melbourne Victoria 3000
The Grand Hyatt Melbourne is located in Melbourne's CBD on Collins Street. The hotel is within walking distance of the Princess Theatre, Federation Square and all transport options.
Please contact us at email@example.com or +61 3 8344 2151 if you are interested in booking accommodation at the Grand Hyatt Melbourne for the conference.
ZINC Federation Square
Melbourne CBD, VIC 3000
The dinner venue is located approximately 500 metres walk down Russell Street from the conference venue. Parking can be accessed from Russell Street and Batman Avenue.
The Grand Hyatt is approximately 23 km from Melbourne Tullamarine Airport. Taxis to and from the airport take approximately 30-35 minutes and cost between $50.00-$60.00 AUD each way.
The closest train stations are Flinders Street Station (500m from the Hotel) or Spencer Street station (2km from the hotel).
Skybus Super Shuttle
Skybus is an airport transfer coach that operates 7 days a week, including public holidays. On average it takes 25 minutes between the airport and the Southern Cross Terminal. Skybus departs every 10-15 minutes between 6:00AM and 9:30PM and half hourly or hourly at other times. No booking is required. The cost is about $18.00 each way.
The car park located beneath the Grand Hyatt Melbourne is privately operated by Wilson Parking. To view the most current parking rates and terms, please see Wilson Parking's website.
The Melbourne Institute/The Australian Economic and Social Outlook Conference is the premier forum for debate on Australia’s policy development. Since 2002, it has brought together leaders from the political, academic, business and non-government worlds to air the latest policy thinking and research findings. The 2017 conference will focus on forging new policy directions in a challenging time of weak productivity, rising inequality and fast moving technology.
Headline speakers include the Prime Minister of Australia, Malcolm Turnbull MP, Treasurer Scott Morrison MP, and the Leader of the Opposition Bill Shorten MP.
Attended by over 350 delegates from federal and state government, professional bodies, the business community, and academia, the Economic and Social Outlook Conference provides conference partners with a unique opportunity to raise their brand profile and positioning to a highly targeted and engaged audience.
Talk to us about sponsorship options by contacting:
Sponsorship and Events Manager
Tel: +61 3 8344 8179
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