Committee Communiqué

Leading Melbourne 4.0

At this year’s dinner we celebrated our collective efforts in LEADING MELBOURNE 4.0 as we highlighted the work achieved through our flagship Taskforce and shared our vision for a prosperous and liveable Greater Melbourne moving towards 2030.  

The sleek contemporary atmosphere of the iconic Touring Hall at the Melbourne Museum provided the perfect backdrop for the Committee’s annual black tie dinner. It was especially fitting that we came together in a space that promotes understanding of our past, to help us prepare for our future.

Among the 450 members and guests from our cross-sector membership were special guests, including the Minister for Tourism and Major Events, Sport and Veterans, The Hon. John Eren MP; Secretary of the Department of Economic Development, Jobs, Transport and Resources, Richard Bolt as well as senior ministers and shadow ministers.

We were also joined by our Life Members Pamela Warrender OAM, Gary Morgan, Hugh Morgan AC, Jack Smorgon AO, George Pappas AO and Roger Poole.

In his opening remarks, COO of Westpac's Consumer Bank division and Committee for Melbourne Chair, Scott Tanner, drew attention to the rapid disruptive changes facing Melbourne which challenged “…our MELBOURNE 4.0 Taskforce to uncover what it is our city needs next, to thrive”. 

Read Scott Tanner’s speech

Launch MELBOURNE 4.0 summary report

On the night, Committee for Melbourne CEO Martine Letts unveiled the MELBOURNE 4.0 summary report.

Committee for Melbourne CEO Martine Letts

The report draws on the knowledge and insights of our cross-sector membership which produced four plausible scenarios for Melbourne in 2030, taking into account the unprecedented disruption facing our future economy. These scenarios helped us identify nine strategic needs to ensure our city is prepared for a world of accelerating change. These will form the basis for our future agenda: 

1. Future skills 
2. Innovative ecosystem 
3. Housing mix

4. Competitive internet
5. Airport link
6. Eastern seaboard transit link

7. Metropolitan collaboration
8. Eastern seaboard collaboration
9. Digital capability

More than ever before, our success as a city of international significance depends on our collective contribution. We will be in touch soon so we can co-create with you, our members, the solutions to these key nine strategic needs and advocate for them. We also look forward to adapting the scenario planning process to your respective organisations as a tool to help you understand the future of you industry,

Read our MELBOURNE 4.0 summary report or watch our short MELBOURNE 4.0 animation to find out more.

Read our MELBOURNE 4.0 summary report coverage.

PwC Australia

Sharing our vision, Foundation Member (2001) PwC Australia contributed to the success of the evening as our Melbourne 4.0 launch partner.

PwC Australia interactive display

PwC Australia’s fascinating interactive display in the foyer entailed leading edge graphically visual tools to enable imagining and problem-solving while MC and prominent Melburnian Russel Howcroft as well as guest speaker Chris Vein (PwC Australia Partner in Global Government Digital Transformation) complemented our message perfectly.

MC Russel Howcroft and guest speaker Chris Vein

Chris Vein, who has had the honour of serving four US Presidents, emphasised the importance of incubating innovation capacity in the global workforce and asked us to think about how we can create a future based on opportunity rather than loss.

Melbourne Achiever Award

At the dinner, The Victorian Health Promotion Foundation (Vic Health) was awarded the 2017 Melbourne Achiever Award, which has been celebrating contributions to Melbourne that leave a lasting legacy, since 1993. 

VicHealth Deputy Chair Nicole Livingstone OAM, VicHealth Chair Fiona McCormack, Committee for Melbourne Chair Scott Tanner, VicHealth CEO Jerril Rechter

Celebrating their 30th anniversary, VicHealth was selected this year in recognition of their significant impact on the Melbourne and Victorian communities while cementing our city’s reputation as an innovative global health promotion leader.

Minister for Tourism and Major Events, Sport and Veterans The Hon. John Eren MP presented the award to VicHealth CEO Jerril Rechter and VicHealth Chair Fiona McCormack. Jerril said VicHealth's very inception was a moment of innovation and that they will continue to make their mark on the health, happiness and liveability of Melbourne.

Read our Melbourne Achiever Award coverage.

Welcome to new members

It is through the expertise and engagement of our membership, that we shape our policy positions. We look forward to working with you to shape a better future for Melbourne.

The Committee welcomes one new Foundation Member and one Diplomatic Member

What's on our radar

Career guide Melbourne: Welcome to Melbourne, where science is fuelled by a better class of coffee / Supplement: Melbourne gets high marks in the latest edition of Nature, the  International Weekly Journal of Science. The article lists our city's global reputation as a centre for science, research and innovation. Melbourne is home to two of Australia‘s top three universities for life science, (Monash University and the University of Melbourne), and six others with their own noted research strengths, along with renowned medical research institutes and several large research hospitals. These institutes — employing more than 10,000 scientists, clinicians and technical staff — are generally clustered into geographic hubs, fostering easy collaboration. “We are especially strong in biomedical research, where only two cities in the world, Boston and London, would compare to Melbourne” according to Ian Smith, Vice-Provost for research and research infrastructure at Monash, who moved from the United Kingdom to Australia in 1984.

But there is a potential sting in the tail: the article alerts international researchers to the recent changes to the 457 visa program which may affect their eligibility to come to Australia. This, together with the new foreign worker fees announced in the recent Federal Budget could have a significant impact on our ability to access the skills and experience to succeed in global markets and to grow the industries of the future needed to transition Australia’s economy. 

Committee for Melbourne will shortly contact members to see how their business will be impacted by these new visa and tax provisions. If you have any feedback, please contact CfM Director of Engagement, Clive Dwyer.

Read Committee for Melbourne’s Federal Budget overview.

Our vision for Melbourne:

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