Committee Communiqué

13th Edition

Welcome to our AI issue

As our featured CSIRO’s article “Creating Australia’s data-driven future” says, signs of the emerging data economy are everywhere but its present and ongoing impact are still little understood by traditional business leaders, organisations and policymakers.   

What we do know is that AI has created an urgent national imperative to diversify Australia from an industrial-era, resources economy to a sustainable and globally relevant knowledge-based services economy.   

Given the centrality of the AI challenge to Melbourne and Australia’s future, Committee for Melbourne has created its own AI Taskforce with representation from our diverse membership which will issue its Melbourne Report on AI to industry, Government and community in the coming months. 

The work of this Taskforce is part of the Digital AI Summit on 27 August at theMelbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre (MCEC), for which the Committee is a proud Presenting Partner.  


From the CEO

Our Team is complete 


The Committee for Melbourne Team is complete with the appointment our new Director of Policy and Research, Leanne Edwards and our new Membership and Events Coordinator, Tilley Byrne

A marketing, policy and communications specialist, recently from Master Builders Association of Victoria, Leanne will lead the Committee’s Policy and Research team. 

Tilley is responsible for the committee’s membership and events coordination within the Committee’s Engagement Team. Tilley has worked in the State and Federal government as well as the private sector. 

Welcome Leanne and Tilley! 

Good luck to our Events Manager Vibeke Pedersen as she embarks on Run Melbourne to raise money for our member, Peter Mac Comprehensive Cancer Centre this coming Sunday, 28 July.   

Vale Anton Herman 

We were deeply saddened to hear of the untimely death in a cycling accident of our highly esteemed colleague Anton Herman, MinterEllison’s Director Pro Bono and Community Investment, whilst holidaying with his family in Far North Queensland. 

Anton was clearly a treasured and inspiring colleague whose contribution to his profession and to the broader community was significant.  

Our thoughts are with the team at Minter Ellison and Anton’s family during this very sad time. 






AI Summit | Humanizing AI

The AI revolution is here and is changing every Australian workplace and profession. 

Committee for Melbourne is a proud Presenting Partner of the Digital AI Summit on Tuesday 27 August at Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre and will present an expert Digital AI Overview panel session with: 

  • Jacqui Savage, Director MedCorp Technologies 

  • Roger Taylor – Chair, the Centre for Data Ethics and Innovation 

  • Rohan Raghavan - AI Lead for EY DnA in Oceania and CfM AI TaskForce 

  • Cheryl George, Commercial Director CSIRO Data61.

Industry experts in the field of AI have all the insights into the applications, threats and future of AI. The keynotes and panels will better equip you with the knowledge to integrate the power of AI into your business. You will also have the opportunity to network with your peers, share experiences, and develop connections that you can later use to build your company or expand your career horizons.  

Committee for Melbourne is pleased to offer discounted tickets for members and friends.


Ethics and AI | International Leading Thinkers at the AI Summit

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

Committee for Melbourne is collaborating with the British Consulate-General in Melbourne to bring two leading international AI ethics experts to 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. Dr Taddeo will be joined by Roger Taylor - Chair, the Centre for Data Ethics and Innovation (United Kingdom).  

Recently Oxford University received one of the most significant philanthropic donations ($AU274M) in its history from the Co-Founder of the Blackstone Group, Stephen A. Schwarzman to house a new Institute for Ethics in AI to study the ethical implications of artificial intelligence and other new technology. The institute is expected to open by 2024.

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Ethics in AI | EY and Allens

EY and Allens Law Firm are members of the Committee’s Artificial intelligence Taskforce steering group. 


How do you teach AI the value of trust? 

In a world where many of us click ‘accept’ before reading the fine print, where Big Brother is always keeping an eye out and for many an uncertainty about where our data goes, leads us to the fundamental questions: Can we trust AI? Can we teach AI the value to trust?  

EY’s recent publication on “How do you teach AI the value of trust?” seeks to answer some of these questions.  

To read the full publication, click here.  


Ethical, safe, lawful: a practical guide for AI projects 

 Allens Law Firm hosted a forum on 23 July on the rapid pace of technological change and related practical, legal and ethical challenges for businesses.  

Allens Hub Director Lyria Bennett Moses led a discussion with Partner Gavin Smith on these issues, many of which require agile and innovative responses from in-house legal teams.  

The discussion also explored the complex relationship between legal and ethical boundaries of AI and machine-based learning applications.  

Allens have provided the CfM community with a practical guide for AI projects, and their findings will be part of the discussion at the Committees AI workshops on August 27, led by the seven steering group members.   

To participate in these informative workshops on August 27, please contact Laura Kerr Melvin.  


Creating Australia's data-driven future | CSIRO

The world around us is changing, fast. Every sector of the global economy has been re-defined by digital disruption. Australia, like most countries, is witnessing unprecedented structural changes in its economy, industries and labour markets. This new global and local reality is often referred to as “The Fourth Industrial Revolution” or “The Data Economy.” It has created an urgent national imperative to diversify Australia from an industrial-era, resources economy to a sustainable and globally relevant knowledge-based services economy.



AI Taskforce

The Artificial Intelligence Taskforce Steering Committee is in the process of finalising its recommendations for the eight strategic focus areas, which will form the basis of the Committee for Melbourne Report on AI to be released to Industry, Government and Community in the coming months.  

The Steering Committee comprises the following Committee for Melbourne members: AllensCommonwealth Bank of AustraliaCSIRO Data61DeloitteEYJacobsMonash UniversityNous Group,PwC Australia, and Telstra



New Member | AVI

As the world’s first-ever international volunteering for development organisation that has spawned over 100 similar organisations around the globe, Australian Volunteers International (AVI) has been part of Melbourne’s fabric since its inception in 1951. AVI has inspired, recruited and deployed over 15,000 Australians to 89 developing countries to share their skills and build the capacity in partner organisations according to their needs and to achieve their own development goals. 

AVI passionately believes in a Melbourne that strives for opportunities for all Melburnians, respects human rights, maintains a strong and skilled economy and is a leader in achieving the Sustainable Development Goals.


Member News

Cities meet to discuss the future | Bates Smart

In an international dialogue hosted by New London Architecture and Bates Smart Melbourne, representatives of council, town planning and architecture discussed via video link the liveability, sustainability and future of the two cities.  

Both cities face complex challenges. Melbourne’s population is predicted to reach 8 million by 2051 and London will be home to around 11 million by 2050. Intensification, traffic, transport connectivity, wellbeing, green spaces and affordable housing are among the most critical issues. London adds unacceptable levels of air pollution to the list, along with a reluctance to promote tall buildings.  

Both cities are keen to further encourage walking, cycling and public transport use by making streets safe and pleasant to use, increasing green space where possible, and building appropriate infrastructure.  

The Lord Mayor of Melbourne, Sally Capp, said that the most pressing challenges also brought with them great opportunities and cited the huge development areas close to the CBD, such as Fishermans Bend, as offering the chance to create “something amazing” within a liveability framework.  



Tourism and the New Economy | Victoria University

“Tourism must now realise its potential to contribute to the wellbeing of all living beings and their conscious development.” 

The need for ‘regenerative’ tourism was part of the powerful message delivered by Pauline J Sheldon, Emerita Professor from the University of Hawaii at a recent public lecture hosted by Victoria University’s School for the Visitor Economy (SVE).  In the context of problems such as over-tourism and climate change, Pauline spoke about the profound economic changes that are forcing tourism decision-makers to seek new models and paradigms, beyond profit, to ensure their destinations thrive into the future. 

She urged industry to look beyond old and failing economic models to new economic frameworks to respond to the challenges of our times: the measurement of success by profit and growth is no longer enough and the inclusion of wellbeing measures and values such as generosity and adding value to local communities are essential for a sustainable future.  

The lecture was part of an events series hosted by the SVE. For updates and news about future events, click here

Trophy Presentation | ESCOR

Pictured: Jack Smorgon AO, Chair, Future Focus Group and Martine Letts

ESCOR was presented at the Future Focus Group workshop this week with a Gold trophy for 27 years of dedicated service to Shaping Melbourne’s Future as a Committee for Melbourne Foundation member. 


Melbourne 4.0 Submission | Metropolitan Collaboration

In Melbourne 4.0, Metropolitan Collaboration was identified as one of nine Strategic Needs that Greater Melbourne must address to remain liveable and prosperous into the future.  In this context, the Committee has drafted a submission to the Minister of Local Government, The Honourable Adem Somyurek MLC, to suggest how the legislation may support further collaboration between Local Governments. We are now asking you, our members to provide any feedback on the draft via return email by COB Monday 29 July by contacting David Prior

Read the Submission

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