Committee Communiqué

Edition 16


Melbourne Ranked #2 | Global Liveability Index


Melbourne was pipped at the post by Vienna for the second consecutive year as the world’s most liveable city.  Melbourne outpolled Sydney, in third spot, due to our vibrant cultural life. 

Adelaide ranked number ten on the index, with strong praise for the quality of its healthcare, education and infrastructure. 

The Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU)’s liveability index, released on Wednesday, compares 140 of the world’s major cities on a variety of livability measures including stability, healthcare, culture and environment, education and infrastructure. 

Scoring 98.4 for livability, Melbourne almost toppled Vienna from the top title, with just 0.7 per cent separating the cities.  Melbourne held the crown for seven consecutive years, and was toppled by Vienna in 2018. CEO Martine Letts said that taking into consideration that Melbourne has a population of 5 million, compared to Vienna’s 1.7 million, our second place is an outstanding achievement.  However, Melbourne must not be complacent. 

“Melbourne should celebrate another excellent result, but take heed that improving our investment in crucial areas like infrastructure, housing affordability and skills are central to maintaining the liveability standards that Melburnians have come to expect.”  

Committee for Melbourne continues to lead the debate and be a catalyst for change in shaping Melbourne’s future. 


Infrastructure Australia | Significant infrastructure investment needed as population swells


Development on the urban fringes of Australia’s fourth largest cities – Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, and Perth – is having a significant impact on our infrastructure assets and calls for substantial additional investment.    

That was one of the key messages that emerged following the release of Infrastructure Australia's 2019 Australian Infrastructure Audit, which aims to create a forward-looking understanding of Australia’s infrastructure challenges to help guide decision-making and reform.

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Artificial Intelligence Summit Recap


Last week Artificial Intelligence took over Melbourne, with the AI Summit, the DIF Festival, and the meeting of the first Victorian All Parliamentary Group (VAPPGAI) of the 59th Victorian Parliament, co-hosted by Minister Pakula and Shadow Minister Wooldridge.   The day ended with the Pearcey’s Society’s annual dinner with the delivery of the Pearcey Oration and ‘Entrepreneur of the Year’ award, given this year to MailGuard CEO and Founder Craig McDonald. 

In Partnership with the Digital AI Summit and the British Consulate General, the Committee was proud to present two global experts on AI and Ethics:  Dr Mariarosaria Taddeo, Research Fellow, Deputy Director of the Digital Ethics Lab at Oxford University’s Internet Institute, and Fellow at the Alan Turing Institute of Technology, and Roger Taylor - Chair of the UK Centre for Data Ethics and Innovation

Dr Taddeo gave the closing keynote address of the AI Summit where she discussed the ‘ethical governance of AI’. "In a world where AI is going to aid and improve individuals and society, more AI means more humanness - AI should free us to do more things we want to do" said Dr Taddeo. 

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Save the Date: AGM and Networking Drinks


The Committee for Melbourne’s AGM will be held on 14 November followed by Networking Drinks.  Please save the date for Thursday 14 November from 5.45pm - 7.30pm.
More information to come soon!   


New Member | Youth Activating Youth

Melbourne’s diverse and talented young people are emerging future leaders and change-makers. Youth Activating Youth’s programs provide disadvantaged and disengaged young people with the essential skills needed to build self-confidence, self-efficacy and professional networks.  
“The platform provided by The Committee for Melbourne, will allow us to engage in meaningful discussions around young people’s role in tackling social, and particularly, economic issues. The collaborative nature of the committee will also strengthen our ability to connect with like-minded actors in the community, who are passionate about shaping our future through creative and holistic approaches.” Ahmed Hassan, Director, Youth Activating Youth, when asked about why they decided to join the Committee.  


Member News 

Ardoch Charity Golf Day

Join Committee for Melbourne member Ardoch for its 11th Annual Charity Golf Day.  

Now in its 11th year, Ardoch’s Annual Golf Day seeks to raise vital funds to support Ardoch’s work in providing educational support programs to children and young people in disadvantaged communities.   

What better way to tee off for summer than by joining corporate colleagues to ‘play for a cause’ on one of Melbourne’s renowned ‘Sandbelt’ courses on Monday, 2nd December 2019.   

This is the perfect opportunity to host your key clients or recognise your high performing staff, while helping raise vital funds for Ardoch's education support programs. Team entry and sponsorship opportunities available. To learn more, please download our invitation to sponsor here or contact us.  


Managing the Visitor Experience | Australian British Chamber of Commerce

The Visitor Economy is Greater Melbourne’s fourth-largest economic driver and has helped shape Melbourne’s brand reputation as a dynamic destination to visit, live, work and invest in. 

As the country’s second-largest services export after education, tourism contributes 3.2% to Australian GDP and 4.9% to employment, with strong growth projections. 

While viewed by some as a traditional face to face sector in Australia, big data analytics is currently transforming the sector to a degree not seen for decades. 

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Ten new Ambassadors inducted at Club Melbourne's 14th Anniversary Dinner | MCEC

Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre’s (MCEC) prestigious Club Melbourne Ambassador Program celebrated its 14th anniversary and another outstanding year at its annual dinner on Monday 26 August. 

The evening saw the induction of ten new Ambassadors and the awarding of its annual Fellowship by the Program’s Patron in Chief, Her Excellency the Honourable Linda Dessau AC, Governor of Victoria. 

Since the Program’s inception in 2005, Club Melbourne has secured 148 international conferences that have delivered an economic impact worth more than $930 million, with support and collaboration from the Victorian State Government and the Melbourne Convention Bureau. 

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What's on our Radar


National Roads and Traffic Expo

Over the next 10 years, Australia plans to spend $73 billion on transport infrastructure. The National Roads and Traffic Expo brings together market leaders and experts from across the country to discuss the developments in the fields of infrastructure, traffic management, smart mobility, parking and safety. 

Committee for Melbourne is pleased to announce,  Justin Passaportis, General Manager, GoGet will be presenting on 'GoGet and the magic potion of car share: a take of MaaS - Mobility as a Service and On Demand Transport'.  

For further information, please contact Laura Kerr Melvin or to find out more, click here.   


Upcoming Events

Thursday 5 September 

Blockchain Beyond the Hype: What is the Strategic Business Value? 

Wednesday 11 September 

Socialisation of the Housing Mix Report 

Tuesday 17 September 

Transport Taskforce Forum: How can Melbourne enable the shared mobility revolution? 

17 - 18 September  
National Roads and Traffic Expo  

Tuesday 24 September 

Ogden Transport Lecture Monash University  

2 - 3 October  
Data61+ Live 

Thursday 17 October 
2019 Parliamentary Drinks 
(Foundation Members only) 
For inquiries regarding the Foundation Member-only events, please contact us.  

Members hosting events 
If you are interested in hosting an event, contact us.

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