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State of the Nation 2017 will be held on Wednesday 31 May and Thursday 1 June 2017.

For more than 35 years CEDA has hosted its annual State of the Nation conference in Canberra. Each year the conference brings together the best public policy minds from politics, business, academia and community organisations for open discussions on the key issues facing Australia's economic and social development.

Described in the media as "Australia's premier policymaker conference", State of the Nation attracts ministers and shadow ministers, public servants, commentators and industry analysts for an insider's view of the Federal Government's policies. Participants discuss issues directly with speakers and other attendees, and engage in networking opportunities.

Australia has enjoyed 25 years of consecutive economic growth. But with increased global competition, geopolitical uncertainty, industry upheaval, rising inequality and stifled economic reform, will Australia be able to continue its golden run?

In CEDA’s 2017 State of the Nation conference we will examine:

  • How our high-performing companies compete in the global marketplace;
  • How we can set up our growth sectors for success; and
  • How to improve economic security in times of change and uncertainty.

Session themes and confirmed speakers

Opening keynote address

The Hon. Malcolm Turnbull, Prime Minister of Australia

Keynote speakers

John Fraser, Secretary, Department of the Treasury

The Hon. Josh Frydenberg, Federal Minister for the Environment and Energy

Senator the Hon. Fiona Nash, Federal Minister for Regional Development

The Hon. Christian Porter, Federal Minister for Social Services

The Hon. Christopher Pyne, Federal Minister for Defence Industry

The Hon. Bill Shorten, Federal Leader of the Opposition

Session themes and confirmed speakers

Australia: leader or laggard in the race to secure our future industries?

  • Jeff Connolly, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Siemens
  • Elizabeth Lewis-Gray, Chair and Managing Director, Gekko Systems, Chair, METS Ignited
  • Adrian Turner, CEO, Data61 and Co-Chair, Cyber Security Growth Centre
  • Dr Alex Zelinsky, Chief Defence Scientist and Head, Defence Science and Technology Group, Federal Department of Defence

Job security, disadvantage and Australia’s rustbelt: where to from here?

  • Dr Fiona Haslam McKenzie, Co-Director, Centre for Regional Development, University of Western Australia
  • The Hon. Dr Andrew Leigh, Federal Shadow Assistant Treasurer
  • Renée Leon PSM, Secretary, Federal Department of Employment
  • Chris Sutherland, Managing Director, Programmed

Trade in the Trump era: a new risk or a new opportunity?

  • Justin Brown, Deputy Secretary, Federal Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade
  • Dr Stephanie Fahey, Chief Executive Officer, Austrade
  • Grant King, President, Business Council of Australia
  • Dr Geoff Raby, Former Australian Ambassador to China

Innovation and collaboration: what matters and what can be done?

  • Andrew Charlton, Director, AlphaBeta
  • Professor Eeva Leinonen, Vice Chancellor, Murdoch University
  • Dr Larry Marshall, Chief Executive, CSIRO

State Treasurers' Panel

  • The Hon. Tom Koutsantonis, Treasurer of South Australia
  • The Hon. Tim Pallas, Treasurer of Victoria

The Senate Crossbench

  • Senator Sarah Hanson-Young, The Australian Greens
  • Senator David Leyonhjelm, Liberal Democratic Party
  • Senator Nick Xenophon, Nick Xenophon Team

                                                                       Register for State of the Nation 2017

Supported by CEDA members: 

Major sponsors  
Keynote session sponsor  

 

Highlights from State of the Nation 2016

The 37th annual State of the Nation was held at Parliament House, Canberra, on the 10th and 11th of October 2016, with the theme, A new policy agenda: innovation, growth and the future economy. See the full program for State of the Nation 2016.
 

State of the Nation 2016 videos and news



Keynote address and Q&A with Federal Shadow Treasurer, the Hon. Jason Clare

Read: Digitisation key for growing economy.

 

Keynote address and Q&A with Minister for the Environment and Energy, the Hon. Josh Frydenberg

Read: Commonwealth and states need to find common ground on energy.
 
   
 

Keynote address and Q&A with Minister for Industry, Innovation and Science, the Hon. Greg Hunt

Read: Innovation drives productivity and better living standards.
 
 
 

Keynote address and Q&A with Minister for Health and Aged Care, the Hon. Sussan Ley
 
 
   
 


Keynote address and Q&A with Dr Martin Parkinson PSM

Read: Global economy dependent on innovation.
 
   
 

Keynote address and Q&A with Federal Leader of the Opposition, the Hon. Bill Shorten

Read: Australians need to know where they fit in the future economy.
 
   
 

Balancing the budget: Address by  Paul McClintock AO

Read: Budget deficit still grave problem.
 
 

 

Working together on economic reform - State Treasurers panel


Read: Economic restraint delivering for States.

The Hon. Gladys Berejiklian MP, Treasurer of New South Wales

The Hon. Tom Koutsantonis MP, Treasurer of South Australia

The Hon. Tim Pallas MP, Treasurer of Victoria
 

 

Megatrends and the innovation imperative


Read: Policy must change in digital age.

 
Catherine Caruana-McManus, Director, Giant Ideas, Non-Executive Director, Meshed; Advisory Council Member, SMART Infrastructure Facility

Dr Nicholas Gruen, Chief Executive Officer, Lateral Economics

Dr Stefan Hajkowicz, Principal Scientist, Strategy and Foresight, Data61 | CSIRO
 


Thinking long-term: can industry seize the innovation opportunity?  

Read: Can industry seize the innovation opportunity?     

Andrew Bassat, Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer, SEEK

Jillian Broadbent AO, Chair, Clean Energy Finance Corporation and Chair, Swiss Re Life; Director, Woolworths

Christine Holgate, Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director, Blackmores
 

Strategic choices: Australia's national innovation system

Read: Industry and university links will drive innovation.
 
Bill Ferris AC, Chair, Innovation and Science Australia

Professor Margaret Gardner AO, Vice-Chancellor and President, Monash University

Dr Katherine Woodthorpe, Non-Executive Director, ARENA, Fishburners; Sirtex Medical; Capital Markets CRC; former Chief Executive, AVCAL; former Commercialisation Australia Board Member
 

Funding future infrastructure

Read: Community consideration essential in funding future infrastructure.
 
Phil Davies, Chief Executive Officer, Infrastructure Australia

Mark Delaney, Deputy Chief Executive and Chief Investment Officer, AustralianSuper

Matina Papathanasiou, Deputy Head of Global Infrastructure, QIC   
 

Social innovation and competition in human services

Read: Why we need competition in human services.
 
Bessi Graham, Co-Founder and Chief Executive, The Difference Incubator

Professor Stephen King, Commissioner, Productivity Commission and Adjunct Professor, Monash University

Rohan Mead, Group Managing Director and CEO, Australian Unity   
 

Breaking the rules: policy disruption in the new economy

Read: Disruption and regulation in the new economy.
 
Lara Olsen, Regional Manager, Business Development, Tesla Energy

David Rohrsheim, General Manager, Uber Australia and New Zealand

Andrew Walduck, Executive General Manager, Trusted eCommerce Solutions, Australia Post
 

State of the Nation blogs

 

State of the Nation 2016: VET must be supported through transition or face skill shortages

Our future economy, and the skills needed, is a key topic at CEDA’s State of the Nation conference this year and it is timely given the announcement last week of a long needed overhaul of the vocational education sector. However, the old adage ‘be careful not to throw the baby out with the bath water’, comes to mind at present given predictions of at least another year of turmoil for the sector as changes are implemented.

Read more | Professor the Hon. Stephen Martin | October 2016

State of the Nation 2016: Infrastructure funding - how to pay for the solutions we need

Infrastructure funding and financing are frequently discussed concepts, but getting to the bottom of what they mean can help policymakers find direct and effective ways to meet our future infrastructure needs. The 2015 Australian Infrastructure Audit found that current levels of infrastructure spending in Australia will be insufficient to support our growing population and harness the benefits of our close proximity to the booming economies of China and South-East Asia.

  Read more | Philip Davies | October 2016

State of the Nation 2016: R&D needs policies and initiatives that facilitate collaboration  

Following her appearance at CEDA's State of the Nation, Professor Margaret Gardner AO discusses R&D and collaboration in Australia. 

Read more | Professor Margaret Gardner AO | October 2016
 

State of the Nation gallery



  

Panel: Megatrends and the innovation imperative Catherine Caruana-McManus, Meshed The Hon. Jason Clare, Federal Shadow Treasurer The Hon. Greg Hunt, Federal Minister for Industry, Innovation and Science Panel: Thinking long term - can industry seize the innovation opportunity? Panel: Strategic choices - Australia's national innovation system Bill Ferris AC, Chair, Innovation and Science Australia
See the full program for State of the Nation 2016.


 

Past conferences:

2016 State of the Nation - Innovation, growth and the future economy

The 37th annual State of the Nation was held at Parliament House, Canberra, on the 10th and 11th of October 2016, with the theme, A new policy agenda: innovation, growth and the future economy.

2015 State of the Nation - New economy, old economy

The 36th annual State of the Nation conference was held at Parliament House Canberra on 22 and 23 June 2015 and discussed the changing economy as Australia transitions from old to new.

View the 2015 conference program

2014 State of the Nation: Australia – Open for Business?

 

The 35th annual State of the Nation conference was held at Parliament House Canberra on 23 and 24 June 2014, under the banner Australia – Open for Business?

2013 State of the Nation: Adjusting Australia

 

The 2013 conference was aligned with CEDA's major research project for 2013, Australia Adjusting: Optimising national prosperity, and focused on key public policy areas which impact Australia's economic growth.

2012 State of the Nation: Australia Abound

 

CEDA's 2012 State of the Nation provided insight from experts on critical issues for Australia including the transition of our energy sector, the role of the business community in economic reforms and Budget implications.

Panel: Megatrends and the innovation imperative
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Panel: Megatrends and the innovation imperative
Catherine Caruana-McManus, Meshed
The Hon. Jason Clare, Federal Shadow Treasurer
The Hon. Greg Hunt, Federal Minister for Industry, Innovation and Science
Panel: Thinking long term - can industry seize the innovation opportunity?
Panel: Strategic choices - Australia's national innovation system
Bill Ferris AC, Chair, Innovation and Science Australia