Committee Communiqué

2nd Edition


2019 Annual Dinner



We are thrilled to announce the signing of Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre as Principal Partner for the upcoming Committee for Melbourne’s Annual Dinner on 22 May.

The event will provide a wonderful opportunity for those who have not yet seen this venue to experience it at one of Melbourne’s most iconic C-suite dinners. This new event space offers complete versatility and is equipped with the latest technology and rigging facilities, as well as adjustable soundproof walls. With a menu inspired by this city’s world famous dining scene, MCEC’s Executive Chef, Peter Haycroft is bound to delight you with a truly exceptional menu.





We are proud to provide a special rate for our Not-for-Profit members and Future Focus Group.
For enquiries, please contact our Engagement Team:

D 03 9667 8141


Melbourne Achiever Award



Since 1993, Committee for Melbourne has recognised the outstanding achievements of both individuals and organisations by awarding them with the Melbourne Achiever Award at our Annual Dinner. As a Committee for Melbourne member, you have the opportunity to nominate an outstanding contributor to our future – an organisation and/or individual. 

View the selection criteria and past winners here
Please submit your nomination by COB Wednesday 20 March via email.

Our Communications and Stakeholder Engagement Manager, Laura Kerr Melvin, will then follow up by contacting you directly.  

Good News Is...


Congratulations to BioMelbourne Network, which has been recognised for 12 years of membership with the Committee.  BioMelbourne plays an active role in connecting clinicians, researchers, finance and industry, promoting growth of the sector’s infrastructure and facilitating the development and commercialisation of new drugs, devices, diagnostic and digital health technologies in Melbourne.


BioMelbourne Network CEO, Dr. Krystal Evans and Martine Letts.


Royal Botanical Gardens | New Vision


Committee for Melbourne long time Not for Profit member, Royal Botanic Gardens Victoria could soon be attracting thousands more visitors, with the Victorian Government to provide a $5 million kickstart to a proposed new nature and science precinct.

Minister for Environment Lily D’Ambrosio recently announced funding for a feasibility study for a new Nature and Science Precinct that includes the redevelopment of the National Herbarium of Victoria, and the creation of a new nature gallery and learning and participation centre.
Under the plan, the original 1934 Herbarium building will be fully restored and expanded to include a plant identification service. The much beloved Ian Potter Foundation Children’s Garden (a 1998 Committee for Melbourne Future Focus Group project) will also be expanded, and the Great Melbourne Telescope returned to its home at the Melbourne Observatory.

Click here to read the full media release

Royal Botanical Gardens Victoria Director and Chief Executive, Professor Tim Entwisle with CEO Martine Letts

FFG Induction Week


Members of the Class of 2018-2019 had their first Workshop of 2019 last week, kindly hosted by Grant Thornton at the firm’s new Collins Square premises.  A “Perspectives on Leadership” panel featuring Tony Macvean (Managing Partner, Hall and Wilcox and Committee for Melbourne Board Member), Raymond O’Flaherty (CEO, Metro Trains Melbourne) and Claire Spencer (CEO, Arts Centre Melbourne) were the feature of the workshop.  Tony, Raymond and Claire shared their perspectives on leading successful teams through transformation, which was followed by enthusiastic questioning from participants. 


The new Future Focus Group Class of 2019-2020 commenced earlier this month at an induction weekend at the Mantra St Kilda Road.  20 participants from 17 Committee for Melbourne member organisations are taking place with a balanced gender mix.

The participants have been put into three project teams.  Their Future Focus Group Projects will be confirmed in the coming months.


Victoria's Royal Flying Doctor Service

Artificial Intelligence driving efficiencies at Victoria’s Royal Flying Doctor Service

One of Australia’s most admired organisations, the Royal Flying Doctor Service (RFDS), is utilising the latest advancements in Artificial Intelligence (AI) to optimise their processes and procedures; helping to reduce time, costs, and safety risks. 
Operating a fleet of ambulances across Victoria is an enormous logistical challenge. With approximately 50% of jobs known at the beginning of the day, the combined call centre and control centre must manage multiple operations, and continuously engage with customers and crews while simultaneously making judgements about the levels of patient care required, and coordinating resources accordingly. 
To provide additional decision support capability, including a more systemised approach to the complex task of deciding which staff to despatch and to what jobs, the RFDS engaged with a local, Melbourne-based organisation – Opturion – for twenty-first century optimisation technology.
The system optimises and re-optimises the routes and schedules for the ambulances to take account of new jobs coming in, traffic and hospital delays, actual travel times and job completion times, driver meal breaks and fleet dispersal. Based on the available data, the results have been very positive:
Productivity has increased by 9%.
Late arrivals (for all jobs) has reduced by 8%.
Late arrivals (for jobs booked on the day) have reduced by 25%.

View more information about the software utilised by the RFDS.

To get involved with the Committee’s NFP Taskforce, please contact Brett Van Duppen

Scott Chapman, CEO, Royal Flying Doctors Service will feature as a panellist at the Volunteer Victoria2019 State Conference.


First Automated Vehicle to hit the road


Victoria prepares for first autonomous car to hit the road

Cutting-edge automated vehicle technology will be tested in rural Victoria this year in the first on-road trial approved under the new Automated Driving System (ADS) permit scheme.
Acting Premier Jacinta Allan announced last week that Bosch Australia has been awarded $2.3 million in grants in the state’s first ADS permit for on-road testing of highly automated driving systems.
In total, the Connected and Automated Vehicle Trial Grants Program has been allocated $9 million under the larger $1.4 billion Towards Zero Action Plan aimed at eliminating fatal accidents in Victoria.
“Victoria is leading the nation in the future of on-road technology and this trial is an exciting step towards driverless vehicles hitting the road,” Ms Allan said.


Committee for Melbourne contributed to Infrastructure Victoria’s report on the infrastructure required to enable the implementation of automated and zero emission vehicles in Victoria.

Read our submission to Infrastructure Victoria.



New Member


The Committee is excited to announce our newest Not for Profit member Ardoch!



Here is a short description of Ardoch’s service to the community: 
For 30 years, Ardoch has been working to address the issue of educational disadvantage.  Its mission is to increase the engagement, build the aspirations and enhance the learning outcomes of children in disadvantaged communities by mobilising volunteers and connecting partners to build the capacity of schools and early years in these communities and advocating for, and influencing policy change to reduce inequity in education.  Our programs focus on literacy, STEM and activities that aim to broaden the horizon and connections for students at the schools and early years centres we work with.  With 93 percent of its revenue coming from non-government sources and with just a small staff team of 19, partnerships are central to Ardoch’s work and impact.  Ardoch works with over 100 partner education sites, mobilises over 1700 volunteers from communities and workplaces and supports more than 15,000 children and young people through its programs.


'Breaking Point' book launch synopsis


Former CEO of the Victorian Planning Authority (and Committee for Melbourne member organisation), Peter Seamer, last week launched his book: ‘Breaking Point: The Future of Australian Cities’. Peter’s book describes how the way we plan and build our cities must change.   
Committee for Melbourne CEO, Martine Letts and fellow panellists Infrastructure Victoria CEO, Michel Masson, Professor Billie Giles-Corti from RMIT University and Max Shifman, COO of Intrapac Property,  discussed Peter’s argument that we should be cultivating cities that are more localised and organised around technological, commercial, cultural, and residential hubs.  The proposition is that this localisation would resolve traffic congestion, reduce transport expenditure, and extend amenity access to all parts of our city beyond Melbourne’s CBD. 
“Peter Seamer’s book is a very timely reminder of the importance of integrated planning for city growth which takes a longer view, transcending the political cycle”, Martine said.
In the context of this timely critique of our nation’s urban development and planning culture, the Victorian government announced on Friday more than 50,000 new homes will be built on newly released land on Melbourne’s urban fringe, read the full release. Allotments in these 12 new suburbs will be released over the next four years, with the aim to provide more affordable housing. 
Infrastructure Australia suggested last year that 1.4 million Melbournians in existing outer suburbs did not have access to adequate public transportation – with new greenfield developments to compound the problem. In the spirit of Peter’s book, the challenge for the State Government will be to provide appropriate employment and infrastructure in Greater Melbourne’s outer suburban areas so they do not get left behind. Concurrently, there needs to be further exploration of the opportunities presented by densification, build-to-rent, unlocking the middle ring and other levers to promote more affordable housing.
The Committee looks forward to continuing working with members and stakeholders to have these important debates. 


For more information on the Housing Mix Taskforce please contact David Prior

Read the full Outer Urban Public Transport Infrastructure Australia Report


Future Skills Survey

Future Skills Taskforce Submission to the Australian Qualification Framework Review 
The ‘Future Skills Taskforce’ revealed that many members value life-long learning and a broad set of future skills. The formal recognition of micro-credentials, skills often learnt in non-recognised training environments, was suggested as a way to promote life-long learning. The Australian Qualification Frameworks (AFQ) review is currently requesting submissions on the benefits of micro-credentials.

Committee for Melbourne, in conjunction with Foundation for Young Australians (FYA), are preparing a submission on this question (TO WHOM?). The Committee request individuals in member organisations to spend 5 – 10 minutes completing this survey, which will inform the submission.

The survey will end on Thursday 28 February and the submission will be completed by March 15, following which t will be shared with members.
Please feel free to share this survey with other relevant employees in your organisation.

The Committee and Foundation for Young Australia appreciates your ongoing and vital contribution to shaping Melbourne’s Future skills.

Begin Survey



Upcoming Events


Members Only
Tuesday 26th February 
John Alexander OAM,
Standing Committee on Infrastructure, Transport and Cities

Tuesday 5th March
Meet the Minister Series:
Dr Jim Chalmers

Thursday 14th March
Airport Link Forum: AirRail Melbourne

Wednesday 22 May
2019 Annual Dinner

Thursday 17 October
2019 Parliamentary Drinks
(Foundation Members only)

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Member hosting events
If you are interested in hosting an event, contact us

Recap on last year's activities

12-14 March
Cities and Regions 4.0 Summit 
(Members use CFM15 code when booking for 15% off) 

Tuesday 19th March
Melbourne Design Week  

1-3 April 2019
Creative Innovation 2019 Conference 
(Members use 'collective' code when booking for 10% off) 

Wednesday 15 May 2019
Future of Work Summit


From the Secretariat



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