Alfred Deakin Research Institute


Deakin Policy Forum

Australia faces the most unusual political, economic, and international setting for many decades and the Deakin Policy Forum (DPF) aims to help others make sense of our policy predicaments - economic, social and political.

Deakin Policy Forum will be a new bridge between the 'ideas communities', interested observers and those who make or administer policy. We seek to invite and broker debate; draw on the best available expertise and offer critique or alternative views to those that may have political traction at the time. 

The Forum, aimed to be framed in sound economics, will traverse key policy sectors. In areas such as water, broadband, education, health, population and taxation; getting the economics wrong can be lethal. But, of course there is always far more than just an economic perspective, and in line with the Alfred Deakin Research Institute mission the forums will offer multi-disciplinary perspectives.

Where is the Deakin Policy Forum?
The Forum is hosted by the Alfred Deakin Research Institute with events often taking place at the Deakin University Melbourne City Centre.

An Advisory Council has been formed with a strong base of economic; health, energy, labour market, state enterprise and water sector expertise.

The Council through its meetings, often electronic, and as an adjunct to policy forums, will also seek and generate topics and contributors.

Regular membership in the DPF will be sought from individuals, corporate, and institutions including NGOs and government agencies. DPF events will be designed for follow-on workshops, as suits the situation, often after the breakfast meetings and with electronic or web-based access.

DPF Advisory Council Members


Ms Amy Auster

Head of Foreign Exchange and International Economics Research, ANZ

Dr Matthew Butlin

Chairperson, Victorian Competition and Efficiency Commission

Prof Henry Ergas

Senior Economic Adviser, Deloitte and inaugural Professor of Infrastructure Economics, SMART Infrastructure Facility, University of Wollongong

Dr Michael Folie

Chairman, Pacific Institute

Prof Ian Harper

Partner, Deloitte Access Economics, Deloitte

Mr Grant Hehir

Secretary, Department of Treasury and Finance, State Government of Victoria

Prof Paul Kerin

CEO, Essential Services Commission of South Australia

Prof Warwick McKibbin

Director, Research School of Economics, ANU College of Business and Economics, Australian National University

Prof Robert Officer

AMP Professor of Finance, University of Melbourne

Prof Jonathan Pincus

Professor of Economics, University of Adelaide

Prof Judith Sloan

Contributing Economics Editor, The Australian and Honorary Professorial Fellow, Melbourne Institute of Applied Economic and Social Research, University of Melbourne

Dr John White

Executive Director, Ignite Energy Resources

Ex Officio Members

Prof Jane den Hollander

Vice-Chancellor and President, Deakin University

Prof David Lowe

Director, Alfred Deakin Research Institute, Deakin University

Prof Michael Porter

Research Professor of Public Policy, Alfred Deakin Research Institute, Deakin University

Forum update

The inaugural Deakin Policy Forum (DPF) 'The State of the Economic Debate' was held at the Deakin University Melbourne City Centre in the form of a breakfast in early December 2011. The speakers, Professor Judith Sloan and Professor Henry Ergas covered the key underlying issues with great insight.

Listen to a recording of the speakers at the inaugural Forum

The second Deakin Policy Forum Changing Fashions in Public Sector Governance including Experiences Under the Rudd and Gillard Governments’ was held on 22 March 2012 jointly with by ANZ Bank. Speakers included Terry Moran, Former Secretary, Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet Under Prime Ministers, Kevin Rudd and Julia Gillard; Professor Alan Fels AO, Director, ANZSOG and former Chairman of the ACCC; John Roskam, CEO, Institute of Public Affairs and; David Byrne, Director, Infrastructure and Utilities ANZ Bank.

'Media Wars and Digital Laws: Facts, Fears and Finkelstein' was held on 24 April 2012 as a breakfast forum. Speakers included Professor Julian Disney AO, Chairman of the Australian Press Council; Mr Tony Walker, International Editor, The Australian Financial Review; Professor Henry Ergas, Correspondent for The Australian and Professor of Economics, University of Wollongong; Mr John Roskam, CEO, Institute of Public Affairs and: Associate Professor Martin Hirst, Associate Professor in Journalism, Deakin University.

'New Developments in China: Political, Economic and Education' was hosted jointly by the Alfred Deakin Research Institute and the ANZ Bank on Monday 18 June 2012, and involved an informal discussion on developments, challenges and opportunities emerging in the economies, the educational systems and in technology, in our respective countries, in what has recently been described as the 'Third Industrial Revolution'. Speakers included Dr Geoff Raby AO, Former Ambassador to China; Mr Rowan Callick, Asia Pacific Editor, The Australian, Dr David Gruen, Executive Director, Macroeconomic Group, Australian Treasury and; Ms Amy Auster, Chief of Staff, CEO Asia Pacific, Europe and Americas, ANZ Bank.

'Living within the Multi-Speed Economy: The Opportunities and Adjustments with Resource Development' was held at Parliament House in Canberra on Monday 25 June 2012.This seminar, through presentations from some of Australia's leading political, policy and academic leaders, will consider the opportunities and adjustments associated with resources development.

The Deakin Policy Forum also featured the launch of a landmark report by Deloitte Access Economics, the Economic Contribution of the Australian Oil and Gas Industry, which examined the key role the growth of Australia's oil and gas industry will play in Australia's future economic development and resillience to a challenging international environment. Speakers included The Hon Ian Macfarlane MP; Mr Gary Banks AO, Chairman, Productivity Commission; Mr David Byers, Chief Executive, Australian Petroleum Production and Exploration Association; Professor Warwick McKibbin, Director, Research School of Economics, Australian National University; Mr Chris Richadson, Director, Deloitte Access Economics.


Desalination Plants - and then the rains came!

Neil Palmer, CEO of the National Centre of Excellence in Desalination Australia (NCEDA), and Michael Porter share their thoughts on the topic.

Image of Goldfields Pipeline near KalgoorlieConstruction of the Goldfields Pipeline, near Kalgoorlie, 1902.

Listen to an audio recording of the forum held at Parliament House, Canberra, on Monday 25 June 2012

Download the Deakin Health Policy Forum (organised in conjunction with the Australian Centre for Health Research) The Economics of Prevention: What's Holding us Back?

Download the 21st Century Resources Boom - A Case of Dutch Disease or a Pathway to an Australian Enlightenment? document.

To register for this forum or to receive information about future forums, please contact Professor Michael Porter

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21st June 2013