ECONOMIC OUTLOOK BRIEFING
9:00am – 12:30pm
Stuck in slow growth. Slower employment growth. Rising unemployment.
The economy seems stuck in slow growth, with employment sluggish and rising unemployment in prospect. How long will growth stay soft? With household incomes softening, can expenditure be sustained? Will increased production offset falling resources investment? We’ll look at the outlook for interest rates and whether the RBA will intervene to weaken the dollar. The fall in the dollar will be a big factor in 2014, as will the impact of overseas conditions on Australia, including tapering of Quantitative Easing in the United States.
Understand when your business conditions will improve, and the implications for your revenue and profit outlook. Conference Invite 2014
12:30pm – 2:00pm
Plan Melbourne – Planning & Implementation: Both, not Either
Realising the vision for Melbourne’s future requires detailed planning and implementation. The Victorian Government’s strategy, Plan Melbourne, has a strong emphasis on implementation and getting Melbourne investment-ready.
The Metropolitan Planning Authority has been formed to implement the fully-integrated approach to planning and development, which includes land use and transport, plus social and community infrastructure.
As part of this approach, it is important to focus on housing affordability and quality of our urban areas, as we plan Melbourne’s growth to attract investment, increase productivity, sustain and enhance the city’s liveability.
BUILDING INDUSTRY PROSPECTS BRIEFING
2:00pm – 5:00pm
Is home building set to break previous records in this upturn? Where can the best non-residential opportunities be found?
Interest rates are at 50 year lows, and building has a very positive outlook. Is home building set to break previous records in this upturn? When will the fledgling dwelling recovery expand beyond apartments to detached houses? Spread to regional areas? Stimulate home renovation activity? And gather up first home buyers? We analyse the implications of net overseas migration for how many new dwellings will be needed, along with the outlook for alterations and additions.
Non-residential building needs new drivers, with health and education projects on the wane. We’ll look at offices, retail and others to identify the next surge and where the best non-residential opportunities will be found. Conference Invite 2014