Committee Communiqué

Issue 1-7 February 2019

From the CEO

Dear Friends and Supporters of the Committee 

Happy New Year and Year of the Pig to all of you.

We are excited about launching into another year committed to Shaping Melbourne’s future with an active program of events, research and advocacy which promises to make 2019 a bumper year.

2019 will be a significant year for Melbourne and Victoria as the Andrews Government prosecutes its ambitious infrastructure agenda.  While the disruption will no doubt be a cause of some frustration for Melburnians it is also a healthy sign of Melbourne planning for growth. There is also a federal election looming (in case you had not noticed), the outcome of which will also have a significant impact on Greater Melbourne.

We look forward to working with the State and Federal governments in advancing Melbourne’s economy and liveability and welcome your ideas for how we can shape those discussions. 

In that context, our readers will recall that last year, ahead of the Victorian election, the Committee published its statement of priorities for the new Victorian Government.  We will be doing the same with the main political parties ahead of the Federal Election.  

With our 9 Melbourne 4.0 Taskforces and our Transport, Arts and Culture and Not for Profit Taskforces, we have a series of forums, briefings, events large and small planned for you and your organisation through your collaboration with the Committee.

This first bulletin is an opportunity to introduce you to our augmented Secretariat Team, many of whom joined us just in the last month.

This is also an opportunity to say a special thanks and farewell to our Director of Policy and Research, Sander van Amelsvoort.  

Sander joined the Committee in 2014 and was the driving force behind our Melbourne 4.0 Taskforce which put the Committee’s work right at the forefront of understanding how Melbourne needs to prepare actively for the accelerating speed of innovation and disruption which has catapulted us to the early stages of the ‘Fourth Industrial Revolution’.

The Committee’s contemporary agenda illustrates why we must build Melbourne’s capacity to thrive in this challenging new environment and we thank Sander for leading the charge.  We wish Sander all the very best with his new business venture.  He is certainly “walking the walk” in becoming a part of Melbourne’s vibrant startup ecosystem.  

All of us here in the Committee’s Secretariat Team look forward to making 2019 a fully engaging year as we work to secure Melbourne’s success as one of the great global cities in this metropolitan age.

Committee for Melbourne Secretariat Team

Policy and Research:
Brett van Duppen, Policy and Research Officer
David Prior, Project and Research Officer

Engagement Team:
Clive Dwyer, Director of Engagement
Laura Kerr Melvin, Communications and Stakeholder Engagement Manager
Vibeke Pedersen, Events Manager
Tarryn Adepoju, Events and Membership Coordinator
Claire McLaverty, Marketing and Digital Services Coordinator 

Future Focus Group:
Matt Gaffney, General Manager, Future Focus Group

Corporate Services:
Chrissie Heyn, Office Manager and EA to the CEO and Directors
Joanna Cimino, Finance Manager
Tilley Byrne, Office Administrator

In the next Issue: we will introduce you to the Committee’s Board!
Happy reading!

2019 Annual Dinner

Wednesday 22 May, 2019, 6:30pm 
Goldfields Room, Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre

The Committee’s Annual Dinner is Melbourne’s premier black-tie business networking event. Held in some of the city’s most iconic venues, this year at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre, the Committee will host more than 500 members, guests, and dignitaries for a spectacular evening celebrating our achievements and great city.

We are excited to announce that we will be joined by our patron, Her Excellency the Honourable Linda Dessau AC, Governor of Victoria, accompanied by Mr Anthony Howard QC. Mr Joshua Puls MVO and the Chair of the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Trust (MCET) and former Premier of Victoria, the Hon John Brumby AO will also be accompanying Her Excellency. Once again the Committee will recognise significant contributions to our city by presenting the Melbourne Achiever Awards.
We look forward to welcoming you to our Annual Dinner on Wednesday 22 May.
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

For advance preference table and ticket bookings, please RSVP 
For sponsorship opportunities, to host a VIP table and information regarding our Not for Profit profiling strategy please contact us or call us on 03 9667 8141

CfM Melbourne Achiever Awards 2019

2019 Melbourne Achiever Awards 

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. 

The selection criteria and submission processes are outlined below. We look forward to celebrating the outstanding achievement of the winner(s) who will be our special guest(s) at our 2019 Annual Dinner on Wednesday 22 May in presence of our Patron, Her Excellency the Honourable Linda Dessau AC, Governor of Victoria.

View our previous winners.

Selection criteria
The criteria for nomination is: significant, and sustained, contributions to our city that will leave a lasting legacy.

Your nominee can be either an individual and/or organisation. You are welcome to nominate your own company, another organsiation or individual you feel is worthy of this recognition.

The following should also be taken into consideration when submitting your nomination: 

  • Relevance to the Committee’s four policy pillars: Future Economy, Urban Optimisation, Infrastructure and Livability
  • Relevance to our Melbourne 4.0 agenda
  • Inspirational achievement 
  • Reflects the spirit of Committee for Melbourne

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. 

Please note, we do not need extensive background on the reasons behind your nomination as we conduct our own research.

The Committee for Melbourne Board of Directors will select this year's recipient(s) who will be notified prior to our 2019 Annual Dinner.

2018 Melbourne Achiever Award Winner Naomi Milgrim AO

The good news is...

Congratulations to Swinburne University of Technology for being identified as an organisation the Committee recognises for its thirteen-year membership with the Committee for Melbourne – a sustained commitment to shaping our city’s future, taking ideas to outcomes.

This week Director of Policy and Research, Sander van Amelsvoort presented a silver award to Vice-Chancellor, Prof Linda Kristjanson and also recognised Swinburne University of  Technology's contribution to the Melbourne 4.0 report and passion for Melbourne. 

Swinburne University of Technology Vice-Chancellor, Prof Linda Kristjanson and Sander van Amelsvoort at the trophy presentation.

Future Focus Group

Future Focus Group update
Members of the FFG Class of 2018-2019 had their final Workshop for the year in late November, with AECOM kindly hosting and Paul McAllister of QED Business Development helping participants build their business development skills.  Progress has been made on all four projects of this Class and we are looking forward to seeing those projects take more shape in 2019 – and sharing information on them with you.
Monash University kindly hosted Welcome Drinks in December for some members of the new FFG Class of 2019-2020 that commences with an Induction Weekend in St Kilda Road this coming weekend, and for some of the leaders who had nominated them.
Plans are also coming together for an initial FFG Alumni Network gathering for the year.  For those of you who are members of the Network, stay tuned!

2018 Future Focus Group

CfM Skilled Migration Submission

The right skills to successfully navigate the Fourth Industrial Revolution in a highly competitive Asian region is a primary strategic need identified by the Committee’s Melbourne 4.0  Taskforce.   To benefit from the range of economic opportunities in the coming years, Greater Melbourne must develop local people with the necessary skills and attract and retain the best talent from around the world.  

The Committee for Melbourne recently tabled a submission to the Senate inquiry into “the effectiveness of the current temporary skilled visa system in targeting genuine skills shortages” in which we argue that the abolition of the subclass 457 visa program, and the policy uncertainty which has followed, impede our capacity to attract and retain skilled foreign talent critical to help drive our economy. 

The Committee’s submission encourages the Federal Government to consider a number of factors when updating or formulating skilled migration policy: Australia’s national brand; the impact on trade negotiations; how expansion of the Global Talent Scheme can assist our transforming economy; the benefits of lowering the threshold to achieve accredited sponsor status, and easing the rules for the intra-company transfer of employees. 

Greater policy certainty and consistency will help ensure Australia can maximise the opportunities the attraction and retention of talent offers our economy and international competitiveness. 

For further information contact Committee for Melbourne Policy and Research Officer, Brett Van Duppen 
Read our submission.

Cater Bovard from PwC presenting at the Skilled Migration workshop

Melbourne 4.0 Taskforces update

Housing Mix Taskforce

Further to our update in the last edition of Communique for 2018, the Housing Mix Taskforce will be working on a report giving an overview of different levers for affordable housing. If there are members who would be interested to write a section, please express your interest. 
The Committee is also on the lookout for individuals who have experience in completing or financing a ‘Build to Rent project’, either in Australia or abroad. 

For further information contact Committee for Melbourne Project and Research Officer, David Prior

Competitive internet

It is with great pleasure that The Committee announce the Chair of the Competitive Internet Taskforce, Aaron Belbasis. 
An internationally recognised innovator in both Research and Design Engineering, Aaron currently works with Committee for Melbourne member, Aurecon Group, as a Digital Technology Lead. Previous roles include founder and consultant at BuildBasis, academic at RMIT, Head of Design and Engineering at Versus Fitness and research engineer at Daimler in Germany. 
Aaron holds degrees and advanced training in Aerospace Engineering and Business Management disciplines has completed the Venture Capital Executive Program at the University of California, Berkeley, and is nearing the completion of his Ph.D. research at RMIT University. 
The Committee looks forward to working with Aaron and encourages any members interested in the task force to contact David Prior. To find out more about the Competitive Internet Taskforce, click here.

Chair of the Competitive Internet Taskforce, Aaron Belbasis

Tackling housing affordability

How can councils, community housing providers, developers, and financiers work more effectively together and with government to help deliver the social and affordable housing Australia needs? This was the key question addressed when our member Hall and Wilcox hosted clients, academics and key stakeholders from the public and private sectors in a special forum in Melbourne late last year.
There was widespread support for shifting the dialogue from ‘housing’ to ‘social economic infrastructure’ as an investment in human capital with the health and economic benefits that directly flow from housing society’s most vulnerable.
Robert Pradolin, founding chair of Housing All Australians, a private sector advocacy group on social and affordable housing, stated that “housing is the fundamental economic building block of every society. We need high profile business leaders (the private sector) collaborating and speaking together with one voice about the long-term cost implications to society of not providing housing for all.” 
Committee for Melbourne understands that expensive cities make self-employment and entrepreneurship more difficult and that without affordable housing, emergency and public service workers will be unable to live near their place of work.
Our Housing Mix Taskforce has decided to tackle this question by leveraging the collective knowledge of our members to create a policy framework based on the multifaceted approach required to tackle housing affordability, consolidating and augmenting the positive work already underway in the affordable housing ecosystem.  

Broad alignment and enormous goodwill exist to take this collective initiative forward. Your participation is most welcome and encouraged.
Read the Hall and Wilcox story
Read more on the Committee for Melbourne Housing Taskforce here

Welcome new member

We are thrilled to welcome our new foundation member Greater Metropolitan Cemeteries Trust

We asked Service and Engagement Director, Deb Ganderton about her organisation and why they decided to join us:
Established by the Victorian Government in 2010, The Greater Metropolitan Cemeteries Trust (GMCT) is a community-focussed organisation operating 21 cemeteries in the north, east and west of Melbourne contributing more than 650 hectares of open public space to local communities. In less than 10 years GMCT has built a financially robust organisation. We are investing judiciously and planning carefully to ensure we provide a variety of burial, interment and memorialisation options to meet the diverse needs of Melbourne’s communities now and into the future. 
Our healthy perpetual maintenance reserve, which provides for the ongoing maintenance and preservation of our sites, ensures the long-term sustainability of our cemeteries and our organisation. However, we know that to maintain such a position, we need to increase our productivity and grow our business while continuing to build relationships with business partners, government, community groups and the community at large. The opportunity to participate in ‘debate and inform government policy to make Melbourne a better place and meet tomorrow’s challenges today’ is right for us at this time. We look forward to being an active member.

What's on our radar

Game, Set, Match 

Melbourne farewells the International Tennis community for another year, having ‘served up’ a wonderful two weeks of tennis.  It is timely to reflect on the importance of the Australian Open and our broader investment in Melbourne’s Major Events infrastructure. This investment provides a significant return amplifying Melbourne’s global brand, stimulating the economy and proving a truly unique Melbourne experience. 

Each year the Australian Open injects more than $290 million into the Victorian economy and creates more than 1000 jobs, making it one of the most significant annual events in the Asia Pacific region.

The 2019 event celebrated a record 796,000 visitors and achieved amazing national and global broadcast and social media audiences.  Japan alone had over 20 million viewers tune in for Naomi Osaka’s historic win over Petra Kvitova.  The reach in China and Europe tells a similar story, in fact, over a billion viewers worldwide tune in. 

It worth going back 30 years to reflect on Melbourne’s investment in the Rod Laver Arena (RLA). 
An investment in a unique multipurpose venue; shaping Melbourne’s future.  The RLA was officially opened January 11, 1988, and three decades have seen the renowned venue welcome millions of patrons to be entertained and inspired by an amazing list of artists, athletes, and performers, as well as the tennis.
This ongoing investment in Melbourne and Olympic Park by government and community should be celebrated.

In 2018 The Melbourne and Olympic Park Trust won the Committee's Melbourne Achiever Award for their vision and commitment to shaping Melbourne’s future and the investment continues. 

MOPT's Brian Morris accepting the Melbourne Achiever Award presented by Committee for Melbourne Chairman, Scott Tanner. 

Work on the final stage of the upgrade at Melbourne Park now commences start includes a new multi-purpose 5,000 seat show court and a new function and media centre...To continue reading click here.

Taylor Swift, stalkers, and Microsoft
How are these related you might ask? Well, last year Taylor Swift held a concert in California’s Rose Bowl and at the venue, there was a kiosk that displayed highlights of her rehearsals. Unbeknownst to the onlookers, attendees who looked at the kiosk were scanned, with the data sent to a ‘command post’ in Nashville, Tennessee on the other side of the country where their images were being matched against a database of her stalkers. 

This is not the first time this technology is being deployed, in fact, Ticketmaster is investing in the technology to replace tickets with a facial scan for seamless access to music and sports venues. However, the rapid advances in this technology is increasingly raising privacy concerns, and in Taylor Swift’s case particularly around notice and consent. 

As such, one of the leaders in the development of this technology – Microsoft – has attempted to kick-start a public debate on the technology when it recently released its six principles for facial recognition; fairness, transparency, accountability, non-discrimination, notice and consent, and lawful surveillance. 

The convergence of this and many other powerful technologies, such as artificial intelligence, robotics, and genomic editing, just to name a few, is bringing to the fore debates that we can no longer hold off on. What do you think, should venues be allowed to use your biometric information? And if so, who owns ‘your’ data, and how long can it be held for?  

Read more on the Committee for Melbourne Innovation Ecosystem Taskforce here.

Upcoming events, check your diaries

Members only

Wednesday 22 May
2019 Annual Dinner

Thursday 17 October
2019 Parliamentary Drinks
(Foundation Members only)

Request more information

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

Recap on last year's activities

Tuesday 12 February 
Peter Seamer book launch 
Members, enquire here

Tuesday 19 February 
Swinburne Space Tech

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

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

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Global city of choice for people and organisations, due to its distinct blend of prosperity, opportunity and liveability.