Our events foster dialogue and connections between government, senior business leaders and influential Melburnians, generating ideas that shape strategies for Melbourne's future success.

Our events

2018 Annual Dinner

Save the date! Our 2018 Annual Dinner will take place on Thursday 10 May. 

2017 Annual Dinner

The sleek contemporary atmosphere of the iconic Touring Hall at the Melbourne Museum provided the perfect backdrop for the Committee’s 2017 annual black tie dinner on Thursday 11 May. It was especially fitting that we came together in a space that promotes understanding of our past, to help us prepare for our future.

At this year’s dinner we celebrated our collective efforts in LEADING MELBOURNE 4.0 as we highlighted the work achieved through our flagship Taskforce and shared our vision for a prosperous and liveable Greater Melbourne moving towards 2030. On the night, Committee for Melbourne CEO Martine Letts unveiled the Melbourne 4.0 summary report. Read the Melbourne 4.0 summary report.

Among the 450 members and guests from our cross-sector membership were special guests, including the Minister for Tourism and Major Events, Sport and Veterans, The Hon. John Eren MP; Secretary of the Department of Economic Development, Jobs, Transport and Resources, Richard Bolt as well as senior ministers and shadow ministers.

We were also joined by our Life Members Pamela Warrender OAM, Gary Morgan, Hugh Morgan AC, Jack Smorgon AO, George Pappas AO and Roger Poole.

Sharing our vision, Foundation Member PwC Australia contributed to the success of the evening as our Melbourne 4.0 launch partner.

Read Committee for Melbourne Chair, Scott Tanner's speech

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State and Federal politicians, inform and influence the broader debate about Melbourne's future at our member-only breakfasts and lunches.

These conversations help stimulate debate on issues of importance to Melbourne and provide members with the opportunity to liaise directly with speakers and connect with other senior business leaders from our member organisations.

In 2017 we heard from:

Minister for Public Transport and Minister for Major Projects, The Hon. Jacinta Allan MP
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Treasurer of Victoria, Mr Tim Pallas MP
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 In 2016, we heard from:

The Hon. Josh Frydenberg MP
Minister for the Environment and Energy

The Hon. Jacinta Allan MP
Minister for Public Transport and Minister for Major Projects

The Hon. Philip Dalidakis MP 
Minister for Small Business, Innovation and Trade,

The Hon. Richard Wynne MP
Minister for Planning

Mr Tim Pallas MP
Tresurer of Victoria

Annual Parliamentary DrinksFoundation members only

The Committee’s Annual Parliamentary Drinks provide a rare opportunity for members of all sides of politics and senior representatives of our Foundation member organisations to gather together and discuss issues of importance to Melbourne in this informal, non-party political setting.

2017 Annual Parliamentary Drinks

The fourth edition of our Annual Parliamentary Drinks will take place on Thursday 19 October.

Committee for Melbourne Member GHD is kinldy supporting this event as the 'Presenting Partner'.

2016 Annual Parliamentary Drinks 

The Committee hosted our third annual parliamentary drinks event at Parliament House on 25 October 2016. Senior representatives from Foundation member organisations and Members of Parliament from all political parties – including the Hon. Jacinta Allan MP, The Hon. Michael O’Brien and The Hon. David Davis – were welcomed by Mr Khalil Eideh MLC, Deputy President of the Legislative Council.

CEO, Martine Letts, highlighted the importance of bringing together Melbourne’s political, business, academic and community expertise in a non-party political setting to contribute to the debate on what our city needs now and in the future.

Members took the opportunity for informal networking and conversation with parliamentarians, making the 2016 parliamentary drinks a resounding success.

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The Leading Thinker Series gives the Committee and its members the chance to hear from speakers who provide new and/or thought-provoking insights into current and long-term issues of importance to the Committee’s agenda for Melbourne.

The Series feature a particular focus on the future economy and how Melbourne can engage even more deeply with the world as a major city in the dynamic Asia-Pacific region.

Upcoming events 

Former CEO of ANZ Banking Group Limited currently an Adviser to the Board, Mike Smith OBE 

The Lewis Thomas University Professor of Medicine at Weill Cornell Medicine, Dr Harold Varmus

So far in 2017, we have heard from:

Non-Resident Senior Fellow and Co-Director of the Anne T. and Robert M. Bass Initiative on Innovation and Placemaking at the Brookings Institution, Julie Wagner 

Global Cities Director, Arcadis New York, John Batten

The Right Honourable Lord Mayor of Melbourne, Robert Doyle AC
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Foundation for Young Australians CEO, Jan Owen AM
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Digital Transformation Office Former Chief, Paul Shetler


 In 2016, we heard from:

Business Council of Australia Chief Executive, Jennifer Westacott
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General Electric Australia, New Zealand and Papua New Guinea CEO, Geoff Culbert
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Swinburne University Vice-Chancellor, Professor Linda Kristjanson 
Read Professor Linda Kristjanson's presentation 

Deloitte Access Economics Consultant, Ian Harper 
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The Conversation Executive Director and Editor, Andrew Jaspan
Read Andrew Jaspan's presentation
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Transport SeriesMembers only

Five workshops are being scheduled for the Transport Series in the second half of 2017 and early 2018 to include the topics of: ITS Autonomous Vehicles; ITS Regulation and Harmonisation; ITS Smart Cities; Active Mobility – Walking and Cycling; and, Aviation and Maritime. These will build on two forums that took place in 2016: Roads and Public Transport.

The Committee's Transport Series aims to uncover the challenges and opportunities facing Melbourne’s long-term transport future. At each event, panels of key players in Melbourne’s transport sector outline their organisation’s ‘master plans’ for the development of Melbourne’s transport as our city continues to grow.

The goal of this series is to develop an integrated transport vision for Melbourne based on input from our members.

Arts and Culture Roundtable

Since the middle of 2016, a number of meetings have taken place with members from key arts and culture organisations. The Committee fully understands the significant contribution that arts and culture makes to Melbourne, both economically and socially. 

Through the Arts and Culture Roundtable. we are currently playing an active role to help improve Melbourne’s position as a global cultural destination.

Upcoming meetings

Tuesday 14 November 


These are formed when major policy initiatives require significant expert input from our members and assist in developing strong, factual and forward-looking policy platforms.

Recognising the profound and unpredictable changes that will shape Melbourne’s future economy, the Committee for Melbourne launched its MELBOURNE 4.0 Taskforce in September 2016 to:

  • Develop a clear understanding of – and shared language around – the future economic environment of Melbourne, across the city’s key stakeholders
  • Provide credibly informed policy programs to help our city and our member organisations prepare for the ‘over the horizon’ challenges and opportunities.

Find out more about MELBOURNE 4.0.

Read the Melbourne 4.0 summary report

Watch our short animation about Melbourne 4.0

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"Connecting Melbourne's people and organisations to influence the city's decision-makers with practical initiatives."

Committee for Melbourne Chair and CEO