Join Australia’s most influential policy experts and thought leaders at the national forum that has been shaping economic and social policy for the past 20 years.
The Melbourne Institute and The Australian are proud to present the 2022 Economic and Social Outlook Conference. The theme at this year’s conference is ‘Opening Doors of Opportunity’ and will feature discussions that explore how policy and economic innovation can help achieve this vision for the nation.
This is the only conference of its kind where you can tackle the critical issues facing Australia today alongside state and federal government, academia and industry experts.
Hear from Australian political leadership at this highly-anticipated conference and dinner, held at Sofitel Melbourne on Collins on Wednesday 2 November.
Look back at the highlights from the 2018 conference featuring speakers including:
- Former Prime Minister Scott Morrison MP, former Leader of the Opposition, Bill Shorten MP, and Lord Mayor Sally Capp.
- Academic experts in economic policy, urban planning and law at the University of Melbourne.
- Industry experts from Reserve Bank of Australia, Deloitte Access Economics, a2Milk, Energy Australia and SEEK Ltd.
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About the Melbourne Institute
The Melbourne Institute is Australia’s pre-eminent economic and social policy research institute that is a part of the Faculty of Business and Economics at The University of Melbourne. We undertake high-quality, independent and impartial economic research and build data and analytical capacity for undertaking this research to enhance understanding of issues affecting Australia today. We are well known for the creation of data sets such as the long-running Household, Income and Labour Dynamics in Australia (HILDA) Survey and Consumer Attitudes, Sentiments and Expectations in Australia (CASiE) Survey, and more recently Taking the Pulse of the Nation which provides timely insight into Australians' sentiments and behaviours related to current economic and social issues.
Our work with government, business and community groups has been powering effective change for 60 years, and through our research we play an important role in creating fundamental policy and practice.
About The Australian
The Australian is Australia’s national news brand. In a world of sound bites and spin, we keep Australians fully and accurately informed about the issues that matter. For over half a century, we have been the nation’s most trusted source of news, insight, analysis and opinion. We tell the stories that need telling, hold those in power to account, provoke national debate and spare no effort in pursuing the truth according to the very highest standards of journalistic rigour. Ultimately, we help Australians know where they stand.
2022 Economic & Social Outlook Conference sessions
Session times and a full list of speakers will be announced shortly
What is needed for bold policy innovation?
We're not starting from scratch. We have developed a strong evidence base for understanding what is and is not working. We are set up for sharing and using government data assets as well as working with industry data. What are the key issues facing Australia? How are we (or should we be) using the power of data to understand and test ideas?
What are the challenges with housing?
With the challenges of affordability, housing crisis shortage and higher interest rates, how can we reform and innovate to create a better housing market?
Where do we stand on Closing the Gap?
The national agreement on Closing the Gap was focused on overcoming the entrenched inequality faced by too many Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people so that their life outcomes are equal to all Australians. The framework was established in 2008. Where are we today? What has improved? What remains on the table? Is a Voice to Parliament a distraction or a key requirement for progress?
The share of population requiring aged care services is increasing, accompanying which have been growing concerns about quality of care and ability to attract aged care workers. What are the roles of the state and federal governments? Who's responsible for funding and service provision? Should we be expecting aged care recipients to contribute more to the financial cost? Is the structure of the sector fit for purpose? How do we ensure high quality yet affordable care?
Enabling economic opportunities for all
With higher prices, inflation, and other macroeconomic challenges how can we empower social change to leave no Australian behind and to enable opportunities that will break cycles of disadvantage?
A bigger Australia?
The pandemic has left Australia’s population smaller and older, businesses can’t get the workers they need, but there is popular pushback against more people because of urban infrastructure pressure. How do we restart a sustainable migration program?
Wages and inflation
Real wages are under pressure, cost of living is top of mind for voters, how do we strike the balance between stability and sharing the pie, and avoiding a wage-price spiral?
Our living standards are under immense pressure. What is the fresh wave of microeconomic reform that will improve competitiveness, competition and innovation?
How can the NDIS be made to work better? Are state governments carrying their weight? Are people with disability ineligible for the NDIS being left behind?
Confirmed speakers include:
- Professor Bruce Bonyhady AM, Director, Melbourne Disability Institute
- Mr Michael Brennan, Chair, Productivity Commission
- Mr Nathan Dal Bon, CEO, National Housing Finance and Investment Corporation
- Professor Peter Dawkins AO, Emeritus Professor of Economics, Mitchell Institute, Victoria University, and former Director of the Melbourne Institute
- Dr David Gruen AO, Australian Statistician, Australian Bureau of Statistics
- Ms Michelle Gunn, Editor, The Australian
- Ms Michele Levine, Chief Executive Officer, Roy Morgan
- Mr Travers McLeod, Executive Director, Brotherhood of St. Laurence
- Mr Romlie Mokak, Productivity Commission Commissioner
- Associate Professor Viet Nguyen, Principal Research Fellow, Melbourne Institute: Applied Economic & Social Research
- Professor A. Abigail Payne, Director and Ronald Henderson Professor, Melbourne Institute: Applied Economic & Social Research
- Dr Cain Polidano, Senior Research Fellow, Melbourne Institute: Applied Economic & Social Research
- Dr Brendan Rynne, Partner and Chief Economist, KPMG Australia
- Mr Peter Scutt, Co-Founder and CEO, Mable
- Associate Professor Sam Tsiaplias, Principal Research Fellow, Melbourne Institute: Applied Economic & Social Research
- Ms Jennifer Westacott AO, Chief Executive, Business Council of Australia
- Professor Roger Wilkins, Deputy Director, Melbourne Institute: Applied Economic & Social Research
- Associate Professor Jongsay Yong, Principal Research Fellow, Melbourne Institute: Applied Economic & Social Research
(and more to be announced)
Sponsorship opportunities at the 2022 Economic and Social Outlook Conference
The Economic and Social Outlook Conference is the premier forum for debate on Australia’s economic and social policy. Since 2002, it has gathered key thought leaders from across government, academia, business and non-government to debate cutting-edgy policy thinking and research findings.
Attended by an array of 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.
We invite you to join us in a special partnership with four opportunities to connect with our audience
- Brand awareness
Premium positioning at Australia's leading economic and social policy conference will be seen by our 350+ delegates
- Online engagement
Direct links from the Outlook Conference website will provide a new source to drive traffic to your own web assets
- Audience exposure
Media engagement and online activity will connect you to a national and international audience
- Network opportunity
Network with policy influencers, academics and business leaders in formal and informal settings at the conference and dinner
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