Committee Communiqué

First MELBOURNE 4.0 workshop

Energetic and lively sharing of ideas characterised the first two sessions of the MELBOURNE 4.0 Workshop 1: Scope and Trends, on Tuesday 18 October. Hosted by Urbis in the morning and the Grollo Group in the afternoon, Jester consultants from the Netherlands, Ingrid van Hanswijk Pennink and Jeroen Toet led the brainstorming activities which focussed on identifying the megatrends facing Melbourne’s future. Megatrends are large political, economic, social, technological, ecological and demographic changes that are slow to form but structurally shift the landscape we find ourselves in. More than 50 of our members provided their input through 6 working groups in preparation for an economic and social impact analysis of these trends for Greater Melbourne.

Melbourne 4.0 needs everyone

Committee for Melbourne has more than 100 members. All of you who are yet to join us can still do so through the next two workshops, via one-on-one interviews and through the online community as detailed below.

The Fourth Industrial Revolution will have deep impact on all of us and on every organisation, be it government, private, education and research, tourism, arts, social services, culture and sports; for profit and not-for-profit.

Every Committee for Melbourne member can make a contribution to and benefit from participating in the project. The broader the participation, the greater the impact and influence we will have on policy and planning for Melbourne’s future as a great global city- for all of its citizens.

The next stages for MELBOURNE 4.0 are:

Workshop 2: Framework, Causes and Characteristics
Tuesday 6 December
Hosted by Corrs Chambers Westgarth

Workshop 3: Challenges and Strategic Options
Tuesday 14 February 
Hosted by PwC

Online community

Another way to participate is through the MELBOURNE 4.0 online tool, specifically created for our flagship taskforce. You can pro-actively contribute to the development of future scenarios and generate strategic policy options for Melbourne’s future. It can be accessed via melbourne4point0.org.au. If you do not yet have login details, please request these via events@melbourne.org.au.

Read more about the fourth industrial revolution

Future Focus Group 2017-18

Nominations are now being received for the 2017-2018 Future Focus Group business and civic leadership program (FFG). The Committee’s valued and elite 21-month program brings talented people together, fostering practical leadership skills by providing project-based, real-life learning experiences and unique access to senior business and community leaders.

The Future Focus Group is a transformational experience resulting in some of our city’s most inspiring, city-shaping ventures such as free trams in the CBD, Open House Melbourne and White Night Melbourne.

The program develops our future leaders so that they can better influence the decisions around ensuring our city remains inclusive and prosperous. Committee for Melbourne and Future Focus Group Patron, The Hon. Linda Dessau AM, Governor of Victoria, has referred to the participants and the alumni of the Future Focus Group as one of the Committee’s “greatest assets”.

The 2017-2018 FFG program commences with an induction weekend that runs from 4pm on Friday 10 February until mid-afternoon on Sunday 12 February. This is followed by monthly workshops that include team-based projects and interactions with mentors identified specifically for participants’ FFG experience. Graduation will take place in November 2018.

Monday 7 November is the deadline for completed nomination forms. Contact Matt Gaffney, General Manager Future Focus Group, on 0403 053 198 if you are interested in learning more.

Digital disruption our challenge

Earlier this month, The Herald Sun featured an OpEd by Committee for Melbourne CEO Martine Letts in which she stressed the need for a compelling and holistic vision for Melbourne and Victoria’s infrastructure which meets the pressures of a rapidly growing population and supports its future as a successful, competitive, liveable State.

She emphasised that digital is transforming our current systems of production, management and governance. It is highlighting the need for major infrastructure plans to be flexible enough to anticipate the over the horizon challenges of the technology driven transformation of economies and systems at a speed which exceeds anything in human experience thus far.

To help Melbourne better understand and prepare for the impact of digital disruption, the Committee has embarked on an ambitious, new taskforce – MELBOURNE 4.0.

Read the complete OpEd.

Leading thinker Professor Linda Kristjanson

On 5 October, Professor Linda Kristjanson Vice-Chancellor, Swinburne University, explored the role of the university sector in helping to shape a strong and vibrant economic and intellectually innovative future for Melbourne. Linda is a member of the Steering Committee of our MELBOURNE 4.0 taskforce.

Linda’s questions went to the heart of the MELBOURNE 4.0 agenda: How can we capitalise on the education and research advantages that arise from our positioning in the world’s most liveable city? How might we align the capabilities of universities and the wider community – including industry, government, non-for-profit sector – to enrich our quality of life and increase our prosperity? What does the engaged university of the future look like?

Linda demonstrated that many universities, especially those with a strong employment-led focus, are leading the game by providing incentives for early university/industry collaboration to create economic and social impact in a much shorter timeframe than the traditional sequencing of research followed by industry engagement can do. Swinburne students and staff are encouraged to learn and teach in a global environment through cross-sectorial and international collaboration. Industry-based learning is a strength. The importance of stability in government policy settings to support university entrepreneurship was emphasised. Read Professor Linda Kristjanson's presentation

Welcome to new members

We would like to welcome more new members to the Committee for Melbourne:

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

What's on in October for members

24 OctoberLeading thinker series: Mr Geoff Culbert President and CEO, GE Australia, New Zealand and Papua New Guinea, will explore innovation and entrepreneurship in Australia. Kindly hosted by K&L Gates

25 October – Foundation members annual parliamentary drinks. Kindly hosted by Parliament House 

For the public

20 October - 7 November – Melbourne International Games Week is Asia Pacific’s largest digital games celebration featuring conferences, events and activities for the games industry, games enthusiasts and the general public.

7 - 9 November – Creative Innovation Asia Pacific. Email sbigaignon@melbourne.org.au for your discount code. 

8 - 9 December – The 4th Annual Women in Leadership Summit, is an interactive forum specially designed for experienced women leaders and aspiring “next-generation” leaders who want to advance their career or grow their business by proactively pursuing their own professional and personal development.

Committee for Melbourne CEO Martine Letts will be speaking on a panel titled 'Women who have travelled the road less travelled' on Thursday 8 December. Committee members can receive a 10 per cent discount to attend. Email sbigaignon@melbourne.org.au to receive your discount code.

22 - 23 March 2017 – Cities 4.0 Summit: IoT solutions for the future smart city (Pullman Melbourne Albert Park, Melbourne)

The Cities 4.0 Summit brings together city leaders, business leaders, designers, entrepreneurs and innovators from around the world to find ways to make cities better. It will be an innovation platform for applying ideas to real urban challenges in order to improve quality of life, strengthen economies and protect the environment. 

The Committee for Melbourne is a supprting partner of the Cities 4.0 Summit. 


Committee for Melbourne member organisations can promote their company announcements, news, media coverage and events on the Committee for Melbourne website and social media. You can simply email any relevant items to Sophie at sbigaignon@melbourne.org.au or call on (03) 9667 8160.  

Our vision for Melbourne:

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