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

The Committee’s Annual Dinner is Melbourne’s premier black tie business networking event. Held in some of the city’s most iconic venues, the Committee hosts more than 500 members, guests, and dignitaries for a spectacular evening celebrating our achievements and great city.

2019 Annual Dinner

This year's theme was

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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.

2019 Annual Parliamentary Drinks

The Committee for Melbourne’s 6th Annual Parliamentary Drinks, will take place in the Federation Room in Parliament House on Thursday the 17 of October. This gathering provides an informal opportunity for members from all sides of politics to meet with Committee for Melbourne Directors and senior executive representatives of our Foundation membership.

It also gives our Foundation Members a chance to meet and connect with members of Parliament and with fellow Foundation Member representatives. These Members, which include some of our city’s premier business organisations, such as EY, Telstra, Grollo Group and PwC play a key role in shaping the Committee’s agenda and the long-term development of Greater Melbourne.

2018 Annual Parliamentary Drinks 

Our 5th Annual Parliamentary Drinks event, took place on 19 September at Parliament House, provided 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.

Addressing Parliamentarians and guests on the night, President of the Legislative Council The Hon Bruce Atkinson MLC, told Committee for Melbourne members that they have a "significant role to play in the advancement of our state and our country through the Committee for Melbourne" and wished us "all power moving forward".

Committee for Melbourne Chair Scott Tanner provided the vote of thanks on the night thanking Foundation members GHD and Telstra for supporting and making our flagship event possible.

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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.

So far in 2019, we have heard from: 

The Treasurer of Victoria, Mr Tim Pallas MP

On 21 June, Committee for Melbourne Foundation members were treated to an exclusive lunch with Victorian Treasurer Mr Tim Pallas MP for the fifth consecutive year, again kindly hosted by EY. 

The Hon. Mr. Martin Foley MP

Committee for Melbourne’s Arts and Culture Taskforce was delighted to have The Hon. Martin Foley MP, Minister for Creative Industries, address a very well attended meeting of members on Wednesday 12 June.  

Mr. John Alexander OAM MP and Chair

On Tuesday 26 February 2019, the Committee for Melbourne and Hall and Wilcox hosted an informal briefing on housing affordability with guest speaker, John Alexander OAM, MP and Chair of the Federal Parliament’s Standing Committee on Infrastructure, Transport and Cities.

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The Hon. Dr. Jim Chalmers, MP 

On Tuesday 5 March 2019, in the lead up to the 2019 Federal Election, Dr. Jim Chalmers, MP and Committee for Melbourne hosted an exclusive briefing on Federal Labours economic policies.

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In 2018 we met: 

The Hon. Gavin Jennings MLC
Special Minister of State
Leader of the Government in the Legislative Council
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The Hon. Matthew Guy MP
Shadow Minister for Population
Leader of the Opposition, Member for Bulleen

The Treasurer of Victoria, Mr Tim Pallas MP
Treasurer of Victoria 
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The Hon. John Eren MP
Minister of Tourism and Major Events
Minister for Sport
Minister for Veterans
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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 goal of this series is to develop an integrated transport vision for Melbourne based on input from our members.

Coming up later 2019: 

Shared Mobility, Tuesday 17 September, hosted by Jacobs

 

So far in 2019: 

Tuesday 2 April

Infrastructure Victoria – Automated and Zero Emissions Vehicles: How could they shape Melbourne?

Following the release of Infrastructure Victoria’s advice on Automated and Zero Emissions Vehicles Infrastructure in October 2018, this event allows an opportunity to connect the relevance of IV’s advice with the Committee’s priorities.

 Our Industry Panellists: 

  • Michael Case Manager, Vehicle Engineering RACV
  • Nicola Falcon General Manager, Forecasting AEMO
  • Stuart Ballingall Director, Future Vehicles Transport for Victoria
  • Dr Jonathan Spear Executive Director and General Counsel Infrastructure Victoria

 

Moderated by: Owen Cooper Partner, Projects, Infrastructure and Construction, Minter Ellison

 

 

 

AirRail Melbourne: An Overview 

At the AirRail Link on 14 March 2019 our panellists discussed the concept of Direct public transport to Melbourne Airport.

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Steering Committee

Regular roundtable discussions facilitate collaboration and allow members to contribute to the Committee’s position on city-shaping issues. Members are invited to participate in taskforces on major initiatives, providing specialist knowledge and expertise to help develop factual and forward-looking policy platforms.

Since mid 2016, a number of meetings have taken place with members from key arts and culture organisations to develop an integrated vision and strategy for the city as a vibrant, globally recognised destination for arts, culture and design on a par with Melbourne’s status as a global sports and events destination.

The Committee’s members represent some of Melbourne’s most important arts and cultural institutions, who meet regularly to develop an integrated vision and strategy for the city as a vibrant, globally-recognised destination for arts, culture, and design.

These Roundtable discussions facilitate collaboration and allow members to contribute to the Committee’s position on city-shaping issues.

In 2019 we have:

  • Arts and Culture, 27 February

 


 

Taskforces

Committee members are invited to participate in taskforces on major initiatives, providing specialist knowledge and expertise to help develop forward-looking policy platforms.

Our taskforces for 2018-2020 are examining the nine Strategic Needs that we identified in our flagship Melbourne 4.0 report. It is vital for Melbourne’s future liveability. 

These Strategic Needs cover:
1. Future skills
2. Innovative ecosystem
3. Housing mix 
4. Competitive internet
5. Airport link
6. Eastern seaboard transit link Governance
7. Metropolitan collaboration
8. Eastern seaboard collaboration
9. Digital capability

Upcoming Taskforce Events: 

 

Taskforce events so far in 2019: 

Metro Collab Steering Committee, 25 February 

Future Skills Steering Committee, 4 March 

Artificial Intelligence Steering, 13 March

Not for Profit Steering Committee, 20 April

 

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Committee for Melbourne Chair and CEO