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 is 

Our 2019 Annual Dinner will take place on Wednesday 22 May 2019

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2018 Annual Dinner: Melbourne Next

What a night! This year’s dinner celebrated our city's remarkable past, embraced our vision for what's next and celebrated amazing contributions to our city.

The atmospheric Forum Melbourne provided the ideal backdrop for our flagship gala dinner themed 'Melbourne Next' and served as a powerful symbol of our changing city.

Among the 400 attendees from our cross-sector membership, special guests included Her Excellency the Honourable Linda Dessau AC, Governor of Victoria and Committee for Melbourne Patron; Minister for Major Projects and Public Transport, The Hon. Jacinta Allan MP representing the Premier Daniel Andrews; Minister for Tourism and Major Events, The Hon. John Eren MP; members of the Diplomatic Corps; senior Ministers and Shadow Ministers.

Martine also underlined the significance of Committee for Melbourne’s role as a trusted, non-partisan conveyor of messages from its broad membership during an election year.

View the night's photos.

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

Our 2019 6th Annual Parliamentary Drinks event, will take place on 17 October at Parliament House. 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 Bank of Melbourne, 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 2018 5th Annual Parliamentary Drinks event, which 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: 

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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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 meet: 

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 Hon. 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 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

 

 

 

So far we have: 

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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Arts and Culture 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 Wednesday 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 that we address these Strategic Needs.

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: 

Not for Profit Steering Committee Tuesday 20 April

 

So far in 2019: 

Metro Collab Steering Committee Monday 25 February 

Future Skills Steering Committee Monday 4 March 

Artificial Intelligence Steering Committee Wednesday 13 March

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