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2017 Economic and Social Outlook Conference

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Grand Hyatt Melbourne

123 Collins Street

Melbourne, VIC 3000


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The Melbourne Institute and The Australian are pleased to be hosting the eleventh Economic and Social Outlook Conference on 20 and 21 July 2017 at the Grand Hyatt Melbourne.

The rise of nationalist populism and the fracturing of the global policy consensus on the benefits of globalisation presents policy-makers with some of their biggest challenges since the end of the Second World War. And yet with weak productivity, rising inequality and technology racing ahead, new policy directions must be forged.

The Melbourne Institute/The Australian Economic and Social Outlook Conference is the premier forum for debate on Australia's policy development. It has, since 2002, brought together leaders from the political, academic, business and non-government worlds to air the latest policy thinking and research findings.

Registrations close at 4.00pm on Tuesday 18 July 2017.


How can I contact the organiser with any questions?

Please contact the conference staff at the Melbourne Institute at +61 3 8344 2100 or melb-conf@unimelb.edu.au

Where and what time is the conference dinner?

The conference dinner will take place at ZINC at Federation Square at 7.00 for 7.30pm on Thursday 20 July 2017. To get to the venue by foot or taxi, proceed to the end of Russell St extension and take the stairs on the right down to ZINC entrance at river level. You can also access the dinner venue via the stairs leading down to the Yarra river via Prince's Bridge, walking along the river terrace until you reach ZINC.

There is car parking on site which is accessed from Russell Street and Batman Avenue.

Will my registration be acknowledged?

Your registration and payment will be acknowledged via email or post with confirmation of your requirements according to your registration form. Your letter of acknowledgment will include any further advice necessary prior to your arrival at the conference and this website will be updated regularly in the lead up to the conference.

Further information may be sent out by email prior to the conference, especially if there have been major changes to the program or venue. At the conference you will receive the final program and a list of delegates.

What is the Cancellation and Substitution policy?

Delegates who find themselves unable to attend the conference after submitting a registration form are most welcome to nominate a substitute.

All cancellations requests must be made in writing to the Functions Manager at the Melbourne Institute. Cancellations received on or prior to Friday 7 July 2017 will receive a full refund.

Cancellations received from Saturday 8 until Thursday 13 July 2017 will incur a $100 administration fee.

Cancellations received on or after Friday 14 July 2017 will not receive a refund. However, your registration may be transferred to another name at no cost prior to 4.00pm, Tuesday 18 July 2017. Non-payment does not constitute cancellation.

Due to the security arrangements required for this conference, substitutions must be received by 4.00pm, Tuesday 18 July 2017. Substitutions after this date or on the days of the conference will not be allowed except at the discretion of the Functions Manager.

Are there any discounts for academics (including students and teachers) or people from the welfare/non-profit sector?

Discounts are available for academics and the welfare sector or non-profit sector. Check with us if you are not sure whether you fall into this category.

Members are Associate or Gold Members of the Melbourne Institute. If you are unsure of your organisation’s membership arrangement, please contact us at melb-conf@unimelb.edu.au. For more information about Membership of the Melbourne Institute, please see our website.

Is there a discount for group bookings?

A special price is available for group bookings with three or more people. To obtain a group discount, all registrations in the group must be received at the same time, with a group leader or administrator as a point of contact and only one invoice will be issued per group registration. Once the members of the group have been identified, no one else may be added to the group at a later date, but substitutions are possible. Group discounts only apply to Full Conference registrations (not single days). Further details can be obtained from the Melbourne Institute, telephone +61 3 8344 2100.

Do I have to bring my printed ticket to the event?

Due to security arrangements for the conference, please ensure that you bring your conference registration confirmation either printed or displayed on your mobile device and/or personal ID. If you have misplaced your conference confirmation or have not received one, please contact us at melb-conf@unimelb.edu.au and we will send you another prior to the day of the conference.

Can I share my registration?

No, conference registrations cannot be shared and individual sessions cannot be purchased separately.

Can I attend even if I haven't paid yet?

All conference and dinner payments must be received prior to the conference, unless alternative arrangements have been made with the Functions Manager at the Melbourne Institute.

Can I update my registration information?

You may update your registration information any time prior to 18 July 2017 either by accessing your registration online or by contacting us at melb-conf@unimelb.edu.au or +61 3 8344 2100.

Is it ok if the name on my ticket or registration doesn't match the person who attends?

No, the name on the ticket or confirmation must match the name of the person who attends.

Do you provide catering for dietary requirements?

Morning tea and afternoon tea will be served each day of the conference. Lunch will be seated and will include a two course meal.

We are happy to provide special catering, so if you have indicated special dietary requirements on your registration form and depending on your type of requirement, catering will be provided for you. Please make yourself known to either catering or conference staff on the day.

What if I lose my Name Tag?

Delegates will be issued with name tags upon registration. Name tags must be clearly visible at all times during the conference for security reasons. If you misplace your name tag, please go to the conference registration desk and the staff will provide you with another. Please be aware that if you are not wearing a name tag, you may be denied entry to conference sessions.

Will there be photography and filming at this conference?

Please note that there will be representatives from the media present at the conference, including photographers and television cameras recording and filming conference sessions.

We would prefer if delegates did not use recording devices in the conference sessions, as all recordings will be made available to delegates after the conference.

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