Committee Communiqué

8th Edition


From the CEO


Committee Members, last chance to have your say

Please make sure you take a moment before COB Friday 17th May to have your say by completing the membership survey we sent to you.  Your responses will help support the Committee’s work for shaping Melbourne’s future. 

The results will be announced at our Annual Dinner on 22 May. Don’t miss out.  


2019 Election | Major Parties Respond to the Committee for Melbourne's Election Priorities 


On 9 April we wrote to the Prime Minister and Leader of the Opposition with the Committee for Melbourne’s policy priorities for the 2019 Federal Election, which outlined the Committee’s vision for the future and how to address the rapid pace of change we are experiencing.      

You can read their responses ahead of election day on 18 May - from the Coalition and Labor.



Reimagining Australia's Education System


Is the purpose of education to prepare people to enter the workforce? Or, should it focus on students’ social, academic, intellectual, and cultural development so they can become engaged citizens? Whatever it is, as a country, we must do better at providing a quality education. 

That was a key message that emerged from the forum held on Wednesday 8 May, kindly hosted by Deloitte. The Committee invited key members, and stakeholders, to hear from the University of Melbourne’s Associate Professor Sandra Milligan, who spoke about the problematic structure and peculiarities of Australia’s education system. 

Some of Sandra’s key recommendations included the need to develop student learner profiles to complement students’ ATAR scores, which would help employers better-understand their capabilities. In addition, and to the surprise of many in the room, Australia is one of the most inequitable countries in the OECD in education – not good enough for a country that prides itself on providing a fair go for all.  

Principal of Methodist Ladies’ College, Diana Vernon, and CEO of Carsales.com, Cameron McIntyre, joined Sandra on stage to discuss the major talking points; providing their thoughts through the lens of the secondary school, and industry, respectively. All three panellists strongly supported the need for student learner profiles. 

This event formed part of the Committee’s Future Skills Taskforce, which aims to identify and advocate for some practical initiatives that will help Australia develop the skills base necessary to prosper into the future. To get involved with one of our many taskforces, please contact us


Future Work Summit


Technology and innovation are rapidly changing the roles we perform and the way we work. Digital platforms, Ai and automation are disrupting and changing every industry and profession.  

Committee for Melbourne hosted a ‘Melbourne 4.0 and Future Skills’ panel at the Future Work Summit on Wednesday 15th May at Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre.  

Michelle Loader at Fisher Leadership, Shona McPherson at FYA, Maria McNamara at Spark Festival joined David Prior and Clive Dwyer at Committee for Melbourne to discuss whether we recognise that the world’s biggest problems are best solved together, or whether we go it alone and compete in the digital era.


Annual Dinner


The Committee Board and Secretariat are looking forward to welcoming you all at our Annual Dinner next Wednesday 22 May at the Goldfields Theatre in the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre. We are excited to have so many members and stakeholders represented in the room and are proud to announce that the event is at capacity, which is no small feat in one of Melbourne’s newest and largest event spaces.  This chimes well with the “Think Big” theme of the dinner. 

Our patron, The Honourable Linda Dessau AM, Governor of Victoria, will be joining us, to bestow two prestigious Melbourne Achiever Awards. A leading individual and a leading organisation will be honoured for their significant and sustained contributions to our city that leave a lasting legacy. The Melbourne Achiever Award recipients will accept a Magic Pudding sculpture miniature by Louis Laumen, the centrepiece of The Ian Potter Foundation Children’s Garden at the Royal Botanic Gardens, Melbourne. 

Event Partner, Uber, is pleased to offer a special Uber rides promotional code to all guests. Please use the promotional code which will be sent with your pre-dinner pack and will entitle guests to get $30 off their ride home.


Taskforce Update | Competitive Internet

Aurecon hosted the inaugural Competitive Internet Steering Committee on Tuesday 7 June.  A wide range of member industries and sectors attended including academia, telecommunications, health, and finance.   

The Steering Committee agreed that better internet connectivity, in terms of speeds and access can provide many opportunities for Greater Melbourne. Taking one example, augmented reality can improve the quality of diverse areas such as learning, infrastructure and getting around the city.  For learning, augmented reality could reduce drop-out rates by creating a more collaborative experience; for infrastructure, smarter buildings equipped with better technology can make them more efficient.  For transport, better ways of processing data will improve the way we get around, such as through the app Arevo.   

The Committee also discussed how Greater Melbourne can reimagine the opportunity of connectivity via a better quality internet which delivers benefits both to society as well as economic productivity. The 10 GBPS internet connection installation by the City of Adelaide provided a case study on such thinking. 

The group will reconvene in approximately 4 – 6 weeks to settle on an action plan. Committee for Melbourne encourages individuals in member organisations to register their interest with David Prior


Future Focus Group | Workshop


Both Future Focus Group teams participated in Perspectives on Leadership panels at their most recent FFG Workshops.  The Class of 2018-2019 was hosted by Swinburne University of Technology on managing competing demands and prioritising as a leader. Andrew Smith at Swinburne University of Technology, Elaine Saunders at Blamey Saunders and Michelle Loader at Fisher Leadership led an enticing discussion. 

Development Victoria kindly hosted the Class of 2019-20 on a panel that focused on leading through transformation and leading successful teams, with experiences and perspectives provided by Gerard Dalbosco at Ernst and Young, Sharon Pickering at Monash University and Ange Barry, previously at Stephanie Alexander Kitchen Garden Foundation


Volunteer Victoria 

Research indicates that volunteering makes people happier and healthier than those who don't volunteer!  

Committee is proud to be a Presenting Partner of the Volunteering Victoria State Conference to deliver a panel discussion on the best of current and emerging practices and thinking as well as the future prospects of volunteering through the lens of Energise, Enhance, Connect.

Read a Volunteer Victoria Case Study Here


Melbourne Planning Summit

On the 17-18 July, an opportunity to discuss critical and timely insights into the current issues facing planning in the Greater Melbourne region has arisen in our Presenting Partnership of the Melbourne Planning Summit.  

Committee, CEO Martine Letts will discuss the future of planning, transport, smart cities and urban development over the next 30 years.  

The Summit will also provide insights into planning and infrastructure development for major cities and regions across Australia.  

Best practice case studies will be presented, show-casing innovative and successful planning solutions for a vibrant and liveable urban future. 

Early Bird rates are available until May 31st. 

Members of the Committee for Melbourne are able to receive a further 10% discount to the Summit.  To receive this discount, please use the code MPSCFM. 

To view the agenda and to register, go to www.melbourneplanning2019.com.au 


Investing in the Infrastructure of Polycentric Cities


This week, Mark Kelly, Managing Director of CFM member Weston Williamson+Partners, hosted a leading thinker forum exploring what Melbourne can learn from London’s investment in transport infrastructure.  

UK based Founding Partner Chris Williamson presented a detailed analysis on the importance of investing in the infrastructure of polycentric cities, using London and the Elizabeth Line (Crossrail) as a case study. 

Read more on the forum’s valuable perspectives for our Melbourne 4.0 program.




New Member | Silver Chain Group

We asked Silver Chain CEO Dale Fisher about her organisation and why she decided to join the Committee for Melbourne: 

“Silver Chain is a not-for-profit organisation with a mission to help people of all ages receive the care they need to live safely and independently at home through services such as specialist nursing, palliative care and home care. We commenced operations in Western Australia more than 100 years ago and today offer services in South Australia (as RDNS), Victoria, NSW and Queensland. We have ambitious plans to grow our presence nationally and to be an advocate for much-needed change in the sector. 

“It was an easy decision to join the Committee for Melbourne, which will be an ideal forum to exchange ideas and collaborate with like-minded partners. As a Melbourne resident for many years, I know the passion and commitment to make a difference that exists in this city and I look forward to working with other members.” 


Member News


We were delighted to present NGV with a silver trophy in recognition of their contribution to Arts and Culture in Melbourne.
Pictured: Martine Letts, CEO at Committee for Melbourne and Tony Ellwood, Director of the National Gallery of Victoria.  

 City of Melbourne | Transport Strategy 2030


The City of Melbourne Draft Transport Strategy 2030 was endorsed for public consultation by the Future Melbourne Committee on Tuesday 7 May 2019. 
Members are encouraged to provide feedback. 



Upcoming Events

Wednesday 22 May
2019 Annual Dinner

Wednesday 29 May
Workshop: Review of the Melbourne Declaration

Wednesday 12 June 
Meet the Minister: The Hon Martin Foley MP

Thursday 17 October
2019 Parliamentary Drinks
(Foundation Members only)

Wednesday 22 May 2019
Melbourne Knowledge Week 

Thursday 20 June
Volunteering Victoria 

Wednesday 17 July
Melbourne Planning Summit

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