Committee Communiqué

From the CEO: MELBOURNE 4.0 launch


MELBOURNE 4.0 panel - L to R: Richard Bolt, Secretary, DEDJTR; Jeff Connolly, CEO Siemens Pacific, Chairman of the Prime Minister's Industry 4.0 Taskforce; Sandra Arico, Associate Director, RMIT FastTrack Innovation Program; Jacqueline Savage, Founder, MedCorp Technologies; Angus Taylor MP, Assistant Minister for Cities and Digital Transformation and moderator Geoff Roberts, Deputy Chair and Economics Commissioner, Greater Sydney Commission

We were thrilled to see so many members at the launch of our newest flagship project MELBOURNE 4.0 on 9 September at Deakin Edge.

Over 250 guests joined a diverse and high level panel from the world of politics, policy, business and entrepreneurship.

Federal Assistant Minister for Cities and Digital Transformation Angus Taylor MP was right on message when he welcomed the Committee’s leadership role in this initiative and pointed out that our cross-sector membership puts us in prime position to identify creative solutions to the challenges of the Fourth Industrial Revolution.

Committee for Melbourne Chair Scott Tanner’s opening remarks set the scene nicely by urging Melbourne to create the right conditions for the city to successfully ride the wave of the digital transformation of our economy. His remarks chimed well with the panellists' emphasis on the importance of Melbourne’s liveability to attract the right people and businesses to ensure our city (and its surrounding regions) continue to prosper for all.

A big thank you to the moderator of the discussion, Deputy Chair and Economics Commissioner of the Greater Sydney Commission, Geoff Roberts. He did an excellent job keeping the discussion moving and the questions flowing. His participation reminds us that Melbourne and Sydney have shared interests in understanding how we, as globally engaged Australian cities, must remain competitive internationally to succeed in this rapidly transforming world.

These were our key takeaways from the discussion:

  • Collaboration across disciplines and jurisdictions is vital to success
  • Attracting, keeping and nurturing talent through better investment underpins our future performance
  • We need a culture of flexibility and adaptability in the way we run our businesses to prosper
  • We need to ensure that Melbourne remains connected to the regions for maximum benefit
  • People and place are vital for creating an environment in which innovation can thrive and unleash our next-generation productive potential

I want to thank 12 of our members who wrote very thoughtful articles about what digital disruption and the Fourth Industrial Age mean for their business. We are publishing them on our website and social media channels, so keep an eye out for some interesting perspectives here.

Our collective knowledge and insight will help our city prepare for the profound changes and opportunities that are coming our way. Your engagement and input will be critical to success.

Martine Letts

MELBOURNE 4.0: next steps


So far 57 members have signalled their interest in participating in our three planned workshops, but we need more! 

The workshops give you a unique opportunity to contribute to the development of future scenarios and to jointly generate strategic policy options for Melbourne’s future.  

Details of our three planned workshops are outlined below:

Workshop 1: Scope and Trends
Tuesday 18 October
CBD location: to be announced

Workshop 2: Framework, Causes and Characteristics
Tuesday 6 December
CBD location: to be announced

Workshop 3: Challenges and Strategic Options
Tuesday 14 February
CBD location: to be announced

Committee for Melbourne members can register HERE.

In addition to the workshops, an online tool has been specifically created for MELBOURNE 4.0 to allow you to be part of the conversation alongside the workshops.

We emphasise again: you and your organisation’s contribution are critical in the success of this important six-month project for Melbourne’s future. It is our collective input which will form the basis of a report in March 2017.

We look forward to working with you to shape a great future for Melbourne as a leading global city, and to welcoming you at our upcoming workshops.

Arup invites members to explore Arup SoundLab


Today, prior to the start of the Committee for Melbourne's arts and culture roundtable, Committee for Melbourne members had the opportunity to experience in person some of the great technological innovations one of our members has developed to create better city experiences.

SoundLab is an auralisation tool designed by Arup for clients, architects, engineers and musicians to hear how different spaces perform acoustically and how architectural form shapes sound quality. It is used to optimise the design of city infrastructure, from train stations, sports stadia and airport terminals to concert halls, museums and office buildings, and used alongside visualisation technologies.

Clients can experience major infrastructure projects during the design process, shaping better design outcomes. SoundLab will help clients and designers to make informed decisions by listening to, rather than discussing, acoustics. Please see here for further information.

There are Arup SoundLab’s in Melbourne, Sydney, Singapore, Hong Kong, San Francisco, New York, Chicago, Los Angeles, London and Glasgow and we would welcome the opportunity to demonstrate it to you. To arrange a demonstration please contact jacqui.orton@arup.com.

What's on in October for members


5 October (rescheduled) – Leading thinker series: Professor Linda Kristjanson, Vice-Chancellor, Swinburne University, kindly hosted by Chandler Macleod

Professor Linda Kristjanson will explore the role of the university sector in helping to shape a strong and vibrant economic and intellectually innovative future for Melbourne.

10 October – Transport series Part III: Intelligent Transport System kindly hosted by MCEC

This event will uncover the challenges and opportunities facing Melbourne’s long-term transport future and coincides with the 23rd World Congress on Intelligent Transport Systems at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre.

RACV has kindly offered to host a mixed networking opportunity for members and the delegates of the ITS World Congress from 10.30-11.00am, followed by the panel discussion at 11.00am.

11 October – Future Focus Group monthly workshop kindly hosted by AECOM

14 October – Infrastructure Victoria workshop kindly hosted by Engineers Australia

18 October – MELBOURNE 4.0 workshop 1

For the public


28 - 30 September – Planning cities for the 21st century: Australian British Infrastructure Investment Catalyst, Australian British Chamber of Commerce

7 - 9 November – Creative Innovation Asia Pacific. Contact us 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. Contact us to receive your discount.


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.