Committee Communiqué

Edition 14


Asian-Australian Leadership Summit | AsiaLink

Committee for Melbourne is a proud supporter of The Asian-Australian Leadership Summit (AALS) which aims to put cultural diversity in leadership firmly on the agenda. The two-day national summit will look at why Australia has relatively few Asian-Australians in senior leadership positions, and what needs to happen to break through the so-called “bamboo ceiling.” The AALS will also explore the significant role our Asian-Australian diaspora can play in Australia’s future, including our engagement with Asia. 

Hosted at the State Library of Victoria, the AALS will bring together senior industry leaders, early and mid-career professionals, and key partners to create momentum for change, with the ultimate goal of greater representation of Asian-Australian across the country. 

In addition to the main summit on Friday 13 September, there will be a NextGen event for young Asian-Australians on 12 September, and a Gala Dinner to launch the Summit and announce the “40 Under 40: Most Influential Asian-Australians” Awards on 12 September. 

For further information on the Committee’s involvement as a Presenting Partner for the Asian-Australian Leadership Summit, please contact Laura Kerr Melvin


Employers Chase Top Talent to Melbourne's hottest office precincts | JLL

Future Skills | Employers chase top talent to Melbourne’s hottest office precincts, JLLreport.

Melbourne’s highly educated workforce has propelled the city into the world’s Top 10 talent hubs, leading to an unprecedented demand for office space in three key precincts across six Melbourne postcodes. The city is predicted to have Australia’s largest workforce by 2046.   

Committee member JLL’s latest global study of more than 100 European, American and Asia Pacific cities, Innovation Geographies, ranks Melbourne 10th for talent concentration, reflecting the city’s strong tertiary education sector and population growth. Melbourne is home to seven universities and hosts campuses for five more, accounting for 277,000 students including 91,000 from overseas. 

For more information on our Future Skills Taskforce, please contact David Prior. 

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Meet the Minister | The Hon Alan Tudge

On 14 August Committee for Melbourne is holding a special event with The Hon. Alan Tudge, Minister for Cities, Urban Infrastructure and Population in its Meet the Minister Series. 

Minister Tudge has been the Minister for Cities, Urban Infrastructure and Population since August 2018, holding that portfolio following the Liberal Coalition’s success at the most recent Federal election.   Alan Tudge was first elected to the Federal Parliament in the seat of Aston in Melbourne’s outer east in 2010.     

Kindly hosted by Foundation Member, Deakin University, Minister Tudge will brief Committee for Melbourne members on federal policy initiatives relevant to Melbourne, including:    

·        City Deal projects in North West and South-East Melbourne.   

·        Major infrastructure projects earmarked for Greater Melbourne, and Victoria.     

·        Managing and adapting to rapid population growth.   

Members will have the opportunity to engage with Mr Tudge in a moderated Q&A session after his keynote.  

Members and Non-members, please click here to register.  


6th Annual Parliamentary Drinks

Committee for Melbourne’s Annual Parliamentary Drinks event provides a rare opportunity for members of all sides of politics and senior representatives of our Foundation member organisations to gather together and discuss issues of importance to Melbourne in an informal, non-party political setting.  It is always well attended by leaders from the government, opposition and other Parliamentarians alongside leaders from the Committee’s Foundation membership. 

The Committee thanks Foundation members GHDIFM Investors and Telstra for supporting and making our flagship event possible.   

We look forward to welcoming our Foundation Members and Parliamentarians at our sixth Parliamentary Drinks on Thursday 17th October.  


27 August is Artificial Intelligence Day

Don’t miss our Policy Review Executive Roundtable!  

The ethical implications of AI is arguably one of the greatest challenges of our modern era, affecting the future of humanity.  

The Committee for Melbourne in collaboration with the British Consulate General in Melbourne is honoured to host two leading international AI ethics experts in Melbourne in August who will share their insights and research at the Digital AI Summit on 27 August.  

Dr Mariarosaria Taddeo is a Research Fellow at the Oxford Internet Institute, and Deputy Director of the Digital Ethics Lab, University of Oxford and a Fellow at the Alan Turing Institute of Technology. Dr Taddeo will be joined by Roger Taylor - Chair, of the Centre for Data Ethics and Innovation (United Kingdom).  

Committee for Melbourne’s AI Taskforce is preparing its own Melbourne Report on AI which it will share with industry, government and community in the coming months. Don’t miss the opportunity to provide feedback on the Taskforce’s work at our free Policy Review Executive Roundtable between 1:30 - 3:30 pm at the AI Summit. Please register here.  

The AI Summit will conclude with a Cocktail Reception kindly sponsored by Lime and the British Consulate General Melbourne.  



Pearcey Oration


Each year, the Pearcey Oration is presented by an eminent Australian reflecting on critical technological issues impacting on our nation's future.   

Following the AI Summit this year, The Hon. Michael Kirby will deliver the 2019 Pearcey Oration at The Woodward Centre, Melbourne Law School where he will discuss the ethics surrounding the application of AI in our society, and how these might be codified to reflect its rapidly emerging significance. 

Committee for Melbourne International Leading Thinker, Roger Taylor will present the ‘Entrepreneur of the Year’ award during the evening.  

For more information or to attend, please click here.


The Observership Program

Founded in 2014 in Sydney and based on a successful model in the USA, the Melbourne Program launched in 2017. The Program places talented, mid-career professionals aged between 25-40 on not-for-profit boards for a period of 12 months as Observers.

The Program’s vision is to create an active and engaged diverse network of socially aware emerging leaders, equipped to embark on NfP directorships following a year-long practical exposure to a range of decision making via their board placements, alongside a structured training program in good governance delivered by Strategic Partners, AICD and The Ethics Centre. 

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Member News

FFG FareChange Project | MCEC

Access to public transport is vital for escaping poverty. Imagine trying to attend a private rental inspection, a job interview, an educational class, or simply get the grocery shopping done with your children if you can’t hop on a train, tram or bus.  

The FareChange project was developed to address a need that the Committee for Melbourne’s 2018-19 Future Focus Group  (FFG) identified: reliable access to public transport for low-income people, especially those at risk of or experiencing homelessness. The FFG facilitated partnerships with two critical charities in this area, Launch Housing and Travellers Aid, which both provide access to public transport by assisting with the cost of fares. 

The FFG found sponsors for six donation tap machines and are working with the charities to install them in high visibility and high traffic sites at partner locations-including at Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre, a Committee for Melbourne member. Whilst in the early stages of operation, these machines are proving a successful way to raise awareness of, and funding for, this disadvantaged group of people. Funds raised from these donation tap machines will go towards the purchase of Myki cards and PTV Travel Passes.  

Pictured:  Neil Mather of the MCEC with one of the machines. Neil was a member of the Committee for Melbourne’s 2018-19 Future Focus Group.

Melbourne and Olympic Parks Introduces new CEO

Congratulations to top sports business and major events leader John Harnden AM on his appointment as the new Chief Executive of the Melbourne and Olympic Parks Trust (MOPT). 

Our thanks and congratulations go to outgoing CEO Brian Morris, who will step down after 14 years in the role.  Under Brian Morris’ leadership, the Australian Open was locked in at Melbourne Park until 2036.  Brian oversaw a $972 million upgrade at the precinct to ensure it remains a world-leading sport and entertainment destination. 

John Harnden was chief executive of the Melbourne 2006 Commonwealth Games Corporation and cricket’s 2015 World Cup hosted by Australia and New Zealand.  He also currently chairs the Australian Grand Prix Corporation.  

Committee for Melbourne congratulates Mr Harnden and looks forward to working with him on the ongoing Sport 4.0 agenda.  


What's on our Radar

Melbourne Girls Grammar | Learning for Tomorrow

The Committee for Melbourne is delighted to be partnering with our members Melbourne Girls Grammar, the National Bank of Australia and the Centre for Educational Enterprise (CEE) to deliver the 2019 Learning for tomorrow Digital imperative conference on August 15 and 16. 

This conference is a unique opportunity where people who share a common interest and commitment to the future of learning can engage, exchange ideas and explore transformational educational practices to prepare our students for the future.  

The conference will explore challenges and opportunities of the digital era including ethical approaches to supporting young people's technology use, emerging technologies in industry and the rapidly changing workforce needs. 

As part of the committees Melbourne 4.0 program, our members have identified that linear careers are becoming become less common and traditional learning models are struggling to respond to student’s career needs.   

The challenge is how educators design and organise learning for the future and to empower students to flourish in a rapidly changing world.  

Committee for Melbourne Board member Kee Wong and Director of Engagement Clive Dwyer will be joining conference panel sessions discuss these issues and you are welcome to access the special delegate access and more information here. 

Fisher Leadership Expansion

Fisher Leadership and Niche Executive Search under Jo Fisher’s leadership are joining forces with HR advisory and leadership specialist Michelle Loader of Advancity to expand the reach and services of the firm.  

The Executive Search business will remain a core competency strengthened by the new CogNative advisory and Gig Executive practices offering wrap-around solutions for executives impacting the future of work. Former Chandler Macleod CEO, Michelle Loader, will assume the role of MD across the three businesses.  

Jo Fisher says they are driven to face disruption in the industry head on, sharpening their focus on bringing more diversity to the decision-making table at Board level. Read more here. 

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