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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2016 Annual Dinner 

The sensorial smell of timber, craft and manufacturing at historic Laurens Hall in North Melbourne, was the setting for the Committee for Melbourne’s 2016 Annual Black Tie Dinner on 26 May. Among the 500 members from business, academia and not-for-profit were special guests including the Governor of Victoria and CfM Patron, Her Excellency the Honourable Linda Dessau AM AC, Right Honourable The Lord Mayor of Melbourne, Robert Doyle, His Honour Judge Anthony Howard, Victorian Treasurer Tim Pallas, Leader of the Opposition, The Honourable Matthew Guy, and Shadow Treasurer, The Honourable Michael O’Brien.

Read Committee for Melbourne Chair, Scott Tanner's welcome speech

Read Her Excellency the Honourable Linda Dessau AM AC, Governor of Victoria's keynote speech

Read Committee for Melbourne CEO, Martine Letts' thank you speech

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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.

The 2017 Annual Parliamentary Drinks will take place on Thursday 19 October 2017

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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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.

Upcoming events

Friday 9 June 2017
Mr Tim Pallas MP
Treasurer of Victoria

Thursday 12 October 2017
The Hon. Jacinta Allan MP
Minister for Public Transport
Minister for Major Projects


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 

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, with 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 

Thursday 22 June 2017
The Right Honourable Lord Mayor of Melbourne, Robert Doyle

Wednesday 12 July 2017
Paul Shetler
Former Chief, Digital Transformation Office

Tuesday 8 August 2017
Jan Owen AM
CEO, Foundation for Young Australians

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

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 series will include forums on roads, public transport, air transport and the role of technology.  The goal of this series is to develop an integrated transport vision for Melbourne based on input from our members.

In 2016, two forums took place:

Part I: Roads
Part II: Public transport

Roundtable discussions

These are organised throughout the year on issues of importance and provide members with opportunities to help shape the Committee’s position on city-shaping issues.

In 2016, three Arts and Culture Roundtables took place:

Meeting 1 on 3 August 
Meeting 2 on 22 September
Meeting 3 on 23 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; and
  • 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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