Committee Communiqué

Minister Jennings

Acknowledged by many as one of Premier Andrews’ closest Cabinet confidants, Victoria’s Special Minister of State, The Hon. Gavin Jennings MLC, is accountable for overseeing Victoria’s public sector, ensuring government transparency and governance for long-term infrastructure planning.

Kindly hosted by Foundation member Bank of Melbourne, last week Minister Jennings addressed Committee members reflecting on the establishment and work of Infrastructure Victoria and sharing elements of the government’s digital strategy, including its engagement with key stakeholders as they seek to build systems for data sharing.

The Hon. Gavin Jennings MLC

Westpac Digital Security Senior Manager, Josh Nast, and Digital Innovation Lead at GHD, Jacyl Shaw, joined the Minister on stage to share their views on workforce digital ecosystems, digital connectivity, cyber-security and risk.

Panellists Jacyl Shaw, Josh Nast, Minister Jennings and Committee for Melbourne CEO Martine Letts

Committee for Melbourne CEO closed the event highlighting the importance of physical as well as data infrastructure and emphasising that trust, collaboration and knowledge are key. 

L to R: Jacyl Shaw; Martine Letts; Minster Jennings; Bank of Melbourne Head of Business Banking Anna McLiesh; Josh Nast; Bank of Melbourne Chief Executive Michelle Winzer

View the event photos

Arcadis' Urban Reboot

Last month, Committee for Melbourne partnered with Foundation member Arcadis on an urban regeneration event which saw the introduction of 'Urban Reboot'; a model that will help Melbourne successfully reconfigure redundant brownfield precincts across the city.

Urban Reboot has been developed with the aim of delivering neighbourhoods that are desirable, future focussed and viable. 

Arcadis Melbourne City Executive and Committee for Melbourne Director, Pru Sanderson, presented the model to industry members. 

Pru Sanderson addresses Committee for Melbourne members 

The presentation explored how we can both expedite and improve the outcomes of major urban renewal so that the community embraces revitalised neighbourhoods as part of a ‘liveable’ Melbourne. Urban Reboot explores the skills required to plan and successfully deliver excellent urban renewal projects and outlines the enabling environment necessary for effective delivery.  
Pru was also joined by Professor Billie Giles-Corti and Professor Peter Newton. Professor Giles-Corti, Director of Urban Futures Enabling Capability Platform at RMIT, supported the Urban Reboot approach, giving examples of European cities that have adopted similar approaches and experienced success. Swinburne University’s Research Professor Peter Newton presented the iHub – a data analysis platform – showcasing how such a tool could aid the effectiveness of the Urban Reboot model.

L to R: Our panellists Professor Billie Giles-Corti, Professor Peter Newton and EY Partner Richard Bowman

For more information on Urban Reboot, please contact Pru Sanderson.

View the all the event photos.

Blamey Saunders hears

East Melbourne hearing company Blamey Saunders hears has invented the world’s first modular hearing aid.

'Facett' is the only hearing aid designed and manufactured right here in Melbourne, raising our city’s profile as a precinct for biomedical device design and digital health as well as creating more jobs for Melburnians.


The project received grant funding from the Victorian and Federal governments with Swinburne University, RMIT University, Extel Technologies, and Melbourne Museum all instrumental in bringing Facett to life.

What makes Facett a game changer?

Only 1 in 5 of the four million Australian adults with hearing loss seeks treatment—risking dementia, depression, and underemployment. This is  because hearing aids are traditionally expensive, hard to access, difficult to use and stigmatised.

Facett changes that.

Disconnectable rechargeable battery modules snap magnetically into place, simplifying daily maintenance tasks and enabling users with limited sight and dexterity to change batteries independently. Modules also enable inexpensive technology upgrades.

Facett in its charger

Attractive aesthetics transform a commonly stigmatised medical device into a precious personal artefact, like jewellery. Users report feeling a sense of "deaf pride” when they wear it.

Facett is centre of a digital ecosystem enabling anyone to test their hearing, order hearing aids, adjust their settings, and receive expert support— regardless of proximity to an audiologist.

Facett’s accolades include Good Design Australia’s Good Design Award® of the Year; three Victorian iAwards (including Community Service Markets project of the year); the Melbourne Design Gold Award; and the CSIRO Design Innovation Award.

SDGs in the water industry

Today’s world faces a number of challenges affecting the quality of life for people and the natural environment. To help manage these challenges, the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) were adopted by the United Nations in 2015 as a call-to-action to improve the lives of people everywhere.

Many of these global challenges also present as local challenges, and for the water sector, issues such as a drying climate and rapid population growth call for a different way of thinking to meet society’s needs now and in the future.

Corporate member Yarra Valley Water Managing Director Pat McCafferty said that committing to the SDGs was strongly linked to the organisation’s core purpose as a water utility providing an essential service that supports community health and well-being.

Yarra Valley Water has mapped its contribution to each of the 17 SDGs, to meaningfully measure the impact it has on the community and the planet.

“Embedding the SDGs into our key planning provides a global context for how our activities contribute to these goals. Governments can’t build a better world on their own. Businesses and communities across Australia have a responsibility to help our country meet the SDGs. They set out priorities, helping us to give our work focus. Our Planet, People, Prosperity report helps us understand and measure the contributions we make on a day to day basis” said Mr McCafferty.

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Ron Gauci joins C2 Melbourne

When Melbourne business identity Ron Gauci travelled to the C2 Montréal business event in May this year, his motivation was personal.

"I went there to learn more about myself as a leader and to open my mind to different ways of conducting business in the new global economy", he said.

What he experienced was a three-day, action-packed collaboration between cross-industry leaders. Participants eagerly shared knowledge, ideas and challenges in an effort to progress the collective future of business. By the time Gauci landed back in Melbourne, the C2 experience had left a great enough impact for him to consider a rather unexpected career move.

True to company spirit, the C2 executive team had spotted a brilliant collaborative opportunity between a ‘big business’ mind and a lean creative SME attempting to shake up the status quo – they quickly put a proposal on the table. Gauci thought about the future of his grandchildren, considered his side-passion for playing music, and decided to take on a new challenge to help drive a creative mission. Read more.

Committee for Melbourne will be at C2 Melbourne to present 2 'Collaborative Experiences', so stay tuned for more!

As a proud 'Partner from Day One', Committee for Melbourne has a special discount code, members can use code 'C2LOVESCFM' at the checkout. Get your tickets!

AI Summit: offer for members

What tasks can ArtificiaI Intelligence (AI) perform today? What must my organisation do to implement AI? What skills and resources will be needed to utilise AI? What are the implications for your transformation strategy?

AI is changing the way we work, travel, communicate and spend our leisure time. Understanding how AI works and how to effectively employ this technology will separate forward-thinking individuals from the pack.

A featured partner of the Digital Innovation Festival of Victoria, the Digital AI Summit is a one-day event presenting the brightest minds in AI to answer the big questions around machine learning, deep learning and natural language processing. 

Policy and strategy perspective for your organisation

Following the theme 'AI Today' and using relevant case studies, the summit will cover topics including:

  • AI and problem solving
  • cybersecurity
  • the democratisation of AI
  • the AI skills gap
  • the impact of AI on consumer behaviour

The Digital AI Summit will feature innovative speakers and thought-provoking panels with representatives from government, recruitment, education, entrepreneurship, the corporate world and Committee for Melbourne.

It is the opportunity for you and your organisation’s transformational leaders to immerse themselves with like-minded peers. You will learn about the current state of AI from industry experts and equip yourself with the knowledge and skills to get ahead in an increasingly AI-driven world.

Executive insights: what are companies doing today?

Event details
Tuesday 28 August 2018
8:30am - 5:00 pm
Melbourne Room 1 and 2, Melbourne Convention Centre

Tickets (special offer for CfM members!)
Individual tickets: $499 for CfM members with the code ‘CFM’ ($100 discount off our early bird ticket price of $599)
Premium tables: $3,779 for CfM members with the code ‘CFMTABLE’ (10% discount off our table priceof $4,199) Seats a maximum of eight delegates. OFFER CLOSES FRIDAY 27 JULY. Get your tickets!

Contact the AI Digital Summit team 

Welcome new member

We are thrilled to welcome our new Foundation member Australian Unity.

What's on our radar

‘Wake up’: population exposes lazy planning - This week, Committee for Melbourne CEO Martine Letts spoke to The Australian, on the importance of planning for population growth now to effectively shape our city's future. Our future economy will continue to need imported skills, and we should continue to be an attractive destination for such talent. This calls for a coherent strategy which can explained to the public about how we build future capacity, while meeting the growing demand for housing, transport and education.

AirAsia now on sale from Melbourne Avalon Airport - Committee for Melbourne Corporate member, Avalon Airport, has solidified its status as Victoria’s second international gateway with Air Asia calling it home from December 5. It is a huge coup for Avalon, and the state’s west, with tourism opportunities expected to boom across Geelong and the Great Ocean Road.

Get involved in the update to Infrastructure Victoria's 30-year strategy - IV has now commenced work to update Victoria’s 30-year infrastructure strategy, and has kicked off the first round of consultation this week to ensure it best reflects Victoria’s infrastructure needs. Take the short survey to comment by Friday 3 August, 5pm.

REMINDER: Committee for Melbourne members are invited to attend a series of information sessions on 16 August to learn more about the evidence base that will underpin IV's advice to government on what infrastructure may be required to enable highly automated and zero emissions vehicles in the state. RSVP via each link (2 representatives per organisation):
SESSION ONE (transport modelling, land use modelling, socioeconomic impacts)
SESSION TWO (urban design, financial analysis, international markets assessment)
SESSION THREE (transport engineering, energy modelling, ICT infrastructure, environment and population health)

The good news is...

Committee for Melbourne Corporate member, GoGet, is celebrating 15 years! There are now 100,000 GoGetters across Australia, including Committee for Melbourne staff, sharing almost 3,000 cars in 6 cities. 32,400 cars have been taken off the road, preventing 50 million kilometres from being driven every year. Keep up the good work GoGet!

Our vision for Melbourne:

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