2012 Economic and Social Outlook Conference
Securing the Future: How Australia Can Thrive in a Volatile World

Thursday 1 and Friday 2 November 2012 at the University of Melbourne

The Melbourne Institute and The Australian are pleased to announce their eighth joint Economic and Social Outlook Conference.

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Final Program pdf


About the Conference

Australia has weathered the global shocks of the past decade better than most, but can we build on the model to meet the challenges of the future.

The consistent thread running through all our previous conferences has been that continued policy reform can enrich Australia’s overall well-being while providing opportunities for all. The format has established itself as the nation’s premiere economic and social public policy conference, providing a unique forum bringing together leading politicians, bureaucrats, academics and non-government organisation representatives.

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Issues explored by the two day conference included ageing, population, economic growth, health reform, education, the Asian economy, Europe and financial stability, fiscal choices, homelessness, tax, trade and industry policy and innovation.

Confirmed Speakers:

Please see the program for confirmed speakers and chairs.

Past Conferences

This is the eighth such Outlook Conference held jointly by the Melbourne Institute and The Australian at 18-month intervals since the inaugural Towards Opportunity and Prosperity conference in April 2002. This was followed by Pursuing Opportunity and Prosperity in 2003, Sustaining Prosperity in 2005, Making the Boom Pay in 2006, New Agenda for Prosperity in 2008, Road to Recovery in 2009 and Growth Challenge in 2011.


Faculty of Business and Economics Building (The Spot),
The University of Melbourne
198 Berkeley Street, Carlton
Victoria 3010

General Enquiries

Melbourne Institute
Ph: +61 3 9035 4672
Email: melb-conf@unimelb.edu.au