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Australian Conferences


Forecasting Conferences
Now run for 50 years, these half day briefings assist senior decision makers from both the private and public sectors with short to mid-term planning, strategy and budgeting. The unique feature of our economic presentations is the industry-level forecasts for activity, investment and employment in addition to the overall economic outlook. The conferences are designed to give a clear understanding of the economic and industry outlook over the next 18 months with insights into emerging issues that business will face over this time, resulting prospects and key actions required. Delegates receive a set of Conference Papers with BIS Shrapnel’s latest 18 month forecasts, along with a summary of the analysis and commentary.
This session is accredited by the Financial Planning Association of Australia for 3 points of Continuing Professional Development Generic Knowledge – The Economic Environment – Accreditation #006177
Cancellation Policy

If you are unable to attend, a substitute or replacement would be welcomed. It is regretted that no refunds can be made for cancellations received less than one week prior to the Conference. A 50% refund will be given for cancellations received in writing one week before the Conference. Full refunds will be made for cancellations received in writing at least two weeks prior.

Tuesday, 09 September 2014 to Friday, 19 September 2014
 Brisbane Tuesday, 9 September 2014
Stamford Plaza Hotel
Thursday, 11 September 2014 
The Westin Hotel
Tuesday, 16 September 2014 
Park Hyatt Hotel
Thursday, 18 September 2014
Intercontinental Hotel
Friday, 19 September 2014
Hyatt Regency Hotel


Soft outlook until non-mining investment and structural change drive recovery.

As mining investment starts to fall, growth is being sustained by mining production and residential recovery. Household income moderating with wages. Consumers spending more of what they earn. Confidence is key to maintaining spending.

The dollar remains stubbornly high, damaging competitiveness and delaying structural change. Manufacturing is still losing industry and jobs. Tourism & Education have a better outlook. They will be boosted as the dollar declines further.

Much-vaunted infrastructure initiatives of the new government won’t result in a positive contribution to growth until 2016.

Waiting in the wings, the major driver of growth is non-mining business investment. Encouraging initial signs have emerged. But it will take time to pick up momentum.

Meanwhile, the economy is marking time with weak employment growth and profits in non-mining sectors. There is no danger of recession. Private expenditure should be sustained. But take out mining, and improving domestic demand is leaking into imports. The economy is growing below potential.

With soft growth and contained inflation, interest rate rises look long way off.

However, once it comes through, recovery in non-mining business investment will set up stronger growth. Government investment will come through on the same timing. And, when the dollar falls, that will be boosted by a structural shift back towards the trade-exposed industries.

This 101st biannual conference will discuss structural shifts, policy issues, business conditions, regional and industry prospects, investment markets and implications for the economic outlook. These half day briefings, held since 1964, assist businesses with planning and budgeting. Delegates receive Conference papers with 18 month forecasts and a summary of the analysis and commentary.

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