Events

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

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 (2001) 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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Annual Parliamentary DrinksFoundation members only

Thursday 19 October

2017 Annual Parliamentary Drinks

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.

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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Upcoming events

Thursday 12 October

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

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.


 

So far in 2017 we have heard from:

Treasurer of Victoria, Mr Tim Pallas MP

In 2016, we heard from:

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

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

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

Minister for Planning, The Hon. Richard Wynne, MP 

Treasurer of Victoria, The Hon. Tim Pallas MP 

Upcoming events 

Tuesday 8 August

Foundation for Young Australians CEO, Jan Owen AM

Thursday 24 August 

Digital Transformation Office Former Chief, Paul Shetler

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.


 

So far in 2017, we have heard from:

Global Cities Director, Arcadis New York, John Batten

The Right Honourable Lord Mayor of Melbourne, Robert Doyle AC

 

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.

Three more meetings are scheduled for this year - dates TBA.


Taskforces

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

 

D61+LIVE 

28 June 2017
Peninsula, Shed 14, Central Pier, Docklands

Bringing together the D61 Network of technology companies, government, universities and startups across sectors and disciplines, D61+LIVE is a forum to discuss the innovation challenges we face today and debate the opportunities for Australia to lead and define its place in the world in the digital age

Find out more

Free event


 

Disruptive Asia - 20 new perspectives on Asia's rise and Australia's future

Friday 30 June 2017 
5:15 pm - 7:30 pm 
National Gallery of Victoria (entry via Arts Centre Forecourt)

Is Asia’s rise transforming Australia? Does Australia-Asia economic, political and community confluence strengthen or weaken our dynamism and agility as a nation?

Asia Society Australia at NGV invites you to an exclusive evening of art, politics and media to launch:

Disruptive Asia, a new publication by Asia Society Australia

Disruptive Asia is an Asia Society Australia curated collection of 20 essays on how Asia’s rise is changing Australia, and how we as a society are responding.

Speakers
Executive Director of La Trobe Asia at La Trobe University, Professor Nick Bisley
University of Technology Sydney Professor, Wanning Sun
Committee for Melbourne CEO, Martine Letts
Most recently senior correspondent at The Age, Daniel Flitton

Register now >>

Guests are invited to a private viewing of the exhibition Buddha’s Smile from 5.15pm. Drinks available at bar prices from 6 pm. Discussion commences at 6:30 pm.


 

Port of Melbourne Supply Chain Tour

23 August 2017
2pm to 4pm
Cost: $33 per person
Registration

The Port of Melbourne Supply Chain Tour, part of the Small Business Festival Victoria, will provide a first-hand look at the Port of Melbourne through an interactive boat tour including a briefing on Port of Melbourne (PoM) operations and the broader trade, import and export supply chain.

This event is a fantastic opportunity for business owners to engage with the PoM; gain a greater understanding of sea freight supply chain operations and managing freight cost to enhance business competitiveness.

Port of Melbourne recognises the important role of small and medium sized business community plays in economic development, business growth and investment and invites all business owners to take advantage of this opportunity.

Please note this an external event hosted and run by Port of Melbourne in conjunction with Small Business Festival Victoria.


 

Creative Innovation 2017 Asia Pacific: 'Human Intelligence 2.0 -- Thriving in the Age of Acceleration'

13-15 November 2017
Sofitel Melbourne On Collins 

Ci2017 will help you understand and make the most of the exponential advances in robotics, artificial intelligence, automation of jobs and vehicles, healthcare, energy, workplaces and cities of the future and other major trends. 

Don’t miss the world class line-up of visionary innovators, futurists and leaders that are gathering at Ci2017 to help us better understand and prepare for our rapidly changing world. This event will give you the knowledge and tools to develop the leadership mindsets you need to transform your organisation. A place to imagine the future, inspire your leadership and achieve business success.

Committee for Melbourne members receive a 10% discount using the code 'acceleration'. It is available for Silver, Gold and Platinum conference packages.

 Visit: www.ci2017.com.au

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