Committee Communiqué


The Committee’s new flagship taskforce, MELBOURNE 4.0, is being launched at Deakin Edge, Federation Square on Friday 9 September.

This is a unique opportunity for all of our members to prepare Greater Melbourne for the accelerating speed of innovation and disruption that has catapulted us to the early stages of the Fourth Industrial Revolution. What is different about this industrial revolution is its speed, breadth and depth: it will transform entire systems of production, management and government. 

There is not a single organisation or individual that will be exempt from these changes. As with previous industrial revolutions however, we do not yet know exactly how it will unfold, except that the response to it must be comprehensive and involve all stakeholders.

Examples of industries being upended by simpler, cheaper or more convenient alternatives to an existing product or service are all around us. And by building powerful digital platforms, technology-enabled firms are increasingly able to make rapid moves into new sectors or serve as launching pads that give small and medium-sized companies immediate global reach. We need a pro-active and comprehensive response that involves Melbourne’s key stakeholders.

By joining the Committee’s MELBOURNE 4.0 taskforce you will participate in helping shape Melbourne’s pro-active response to these future challenges; connect with and learn from business, government, academic leaders and some of Melbourne’s brightest start-ups; and profile your company as a leading and forward-thinking organisation.
MELBOURNE 4.0 taskforce will move beyond traditional, linear thinking and introduce clever and innovative approaches to transform the way we position Melbourne.  As a Committee for Melbourne member, you and your organisation’s input will be critical to the success of this important six-month project.

We have an outstanding and inspiring intergenerational panel of leaders from government and business

Keynote: The Hon. Angus Taylor MP is Assistant Minister to the Prime Minister for Cities and Digital Transformation. Minister Taylor has worked for global management consulting firm McKinsey and Co and later become a Director at Port Jackson Partners. Minister Taylor is recognised as a leading Australian and international management consultant.

Jeff Connolly is Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of the Siemens group in the Australia Pacific region and Chairman of the Prime Minister’s Industry 4.0 Task Force. Jeff's 30 year career in Siemens has given him broad intercultural business experiences throughout Australia, Europe and Asia. Most significantly he has lived and worked in China for a total of seven years.

Sandra Arico is Associate Director FastTrack Innovation Program, RMIT. Sandra has built on her creative work at CSIRO and community-building initiatives and start-ups to manage the thriving Fastrack industry-based innovation accelerator program. Sandra represents the next generation of young leaders and has been described as an enabler, a connector and a catalyst for change.

Richard Bolt is Secretary, Department of Economic Development, Jobs, Transport and Resources. During his public service career, Richard has led work on energy industry regulation, national energy market reform, carbon trading design, transport security, agriculture science and policy, and education reform. Before joining the public service, Richard's work in advocacy and research spanned across defence, foreign affairs, industrial relations, communications, environmental protection and consumer protection.

Jacqueline Savage is the Founder of MedCorp Technologies, a medical device company developing wearable technologies for the healthcare industry. Voted Top 100 Global Engineering Innovations of 2014 (Create the Future, NASA Tech Briefs) and a finalist in last year’s 2015 Med Tech’s Got Talent competition, Jacqueline has received numerous industry acknowledgements and awards for her innovative approach to enabling remote healthcare.

Moderator: Geoff Roberts is Deputy Chief Commissioner and Economics Commissioner, Greater Sydney Commission. Geoff’s role entails advising and assisting the Greater Sydney Commission on achieving the Minister of Planning’s key priorities for the Commission, particularly the preparation of six district plans across Greater Sydney and the review and updating of A Plan for Growing Sydney.

What's on in September for members

Friday 16 September 2016Leading thinker series: 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. Hosted by Chandler Macleod

20 September 2016 – Future Focus Group Monthly Workshop, hosted by EY

Thursday 22 September 2016 – Arts and Culture Roundtable, hosted by Arup

For the public

28–30 September, Sydney – Planning cities for the 21st century: Australian British Infrastructure Investment Catalyst is promoting the exchange of ideas and experience in major infrastructure projects in Australia and the UK.

7–9 November – Creative Innovation: Asia Pacific is an opportunity to connect and share with over 40 of the world’s most influential thinkers, disruptors, leaders and innovators.


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.