National Economic Review: Australia's Annual Growth Summit
Global Access Partners' Growth Summits, held every September at NSW Parliament House, are designed to foster outcome-based engagement on key issues of value to Australia, such as productivity,
infrastructure, innovation, education, job creation and prospects for future economic growth. The format encourages open and constructive dialogue,
combined with unique networking opportunities for speakers, delegates and special guests. Each Summit's theme is informed by the taskforces and stakeholder consultations run by GAP during the year. The previous four Summits (2010-2014) focused on Innovation, Population, Productivity, Food and Education while
the 2015 Summit will discuss the Future of Jobs. For more information, see the GAP website.
The G20 Agenda for Growth: Opportunities for SMEs conference 2014
The conference was co-hosted by the Hon. Bruce Billson MP, Minister for Small Business,
and the Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry (ACCI) as part of the work programme of Australia's G20 Presidency. Organised by the Australian Treasury and Global Access Partners, the
conference was sponsored by ACCI, the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), ANZ Bank and the Australian Bankers' Association. The event brought together
Australian and international thought leaders to focus on key challenges facing SMEs. The conference called for further reductions in red tape, 'smarter' regulations
across the whole of government, improved access to information and finance, fairer competition with larger companies,
streamlined tendering procedures for government work and a new emphasis on entrepreneurship in the nation's schools. Outcomes of the Conference were summarised in a communique
issued to the B20 leaders and G20 Finance Deputies and Sherpas to inform their discussions of SME financing and government procurement policy.
A Future without Age: GAP/ACHR Conference on Productive Ageing 2013
The social implications and economic opportunities created by Australia's ageing population were the key themes of GAP and Australian Centre for Health Research (ACHR)
Conference on Productive Ageing held at NSW Parliament House on Friday, 17 May 2013. Delegates from a broad range of government,
commercial and civic organisations agreed that government, employers and society itself must take positive action to encourage productive
ageing and build a ‘future without age’. There are over 2 million older people who would be willing and able to work, and the loss to the Australian economy from not using their skills and experience amounts to $10.8 billion a year.
At the conference, several major themes emerged from an interactive workshop during which delegates brainstormed the issues, blockages and success factors affecting the employment of mature workers in Australia. For a full report
of proceedings, visit the GAP website.
GAP/ACHR Congress on Australia's Health
In support of recent developments in national health reform, led by the release of a report
"A Healthier Future for All Australians"
by the National Health & Hospitals Reform Commission,
GAP and the
Australian Centre for Health Research (ACHR),
in association with a number of government and industry partners, hosted a cross-sectoral stakeholder debate to review major
aspects of proposed and possible reforms and improvements required for the health system to effectively meet the future needs of the Australian population.
Discussion topics included the role of governments as funders, service providers and buyers of healthcare
products and services; the relevance of performance across the sector; minimisation of costs associated with health care reform,
the need for a national health data system accessible to general practitioners, allied health care providers and bureaucracies;
and the creation of a more self-sufficient and flexible medical workforce (to read the Congress report, click here).
The GAP/ACHR Congress on Australia's Health was held at Parliament House of Victoria on 30 November 2009 in Melbourne, Australia.
GAP Congress on Regulatory Affairs 2008
The GAP Congress on Regulatory Affairs:
"Opportunities for Business", held at Parliament House of Victoria on 26 September 2008,
brought government, business and industry experts together to discuss how companies can best adapt and respond to new regulation
by embracing the commercial opportunities it provides. The Congress championed a forward thinking approach to how Australian businesses can use regulation to their advantage.
The need for government to rationalise overlapping and outdated regulation and examine the cumulative effect and cost of new laws was also highlighted.
Prominent Australian and international keynote speakers outlined how a flexible regulatory environment and the active participation of industry and
citizenry in the pre-legislative consultation process can contribute to a stronger, more productive economy and a more informed and innovative society
(to read the Congress report, click here).
In the lead up to the Congress, GAP launched an online discussion forum on
"Regulation as a Business Opportunity and Driver of Innovation'
on the Open Forum website and published a number of blogs by the Congress speakers and delegates.
The GAP Congress on Regulatory Affairs was held on 25 and 26 September 2008 in Melbourne, Australia.