ESOC 2012

Securing the Future: How Australia can Thrive in a Volatile World

The Melbourne Institute and The Australian hosted their eighth Economic and Social Outlook Conference at the University of Melbourne on Thursday, 1st and Friday, 2nd November 2012.

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About the Conference

Australia has weathered the global shocks of the past decade better than most, but can we build on the model to meet the challenges of the future?

Pursuing policy reform

The consistent thread running through our previous conferences has been that continued policy reform can enrich Australia’s overall well-being while providing opportunities for all.

ESOC is Australia’s premiere economic and social outlook policy event, a unique forum that brings together leading politicians, bureaucrats, academics and representatives from non-government organisations.

Themes and issues

Issues explored during the two-day conference included ageing, population, economic growth, health reform, education and homelessness.

The Asian economy, financial stability in Europe, fiscal choices, tax, trade, industry policy and innovation were also key themes.

Confirmed speakers

Please see the Conference Program for a list of confirmed speakers and chairs.


Faculty of Business and Economics Building (The Spot),
The University of Melbourne
198 Berkeley Street, Carlton
Victoria 3010

Previous conferences

The Economic and Social Outlook Conference is held by the Melbourne Institute and The Australian every 18 months.