The ADC Future Summit was  held at the Grand Hyatt Melbourne on Monday 22 April and Tuesday 23 April 2013

The ADC Future Summit series is Australia’s pre-eminent annual gathering for the discussion of strategic directions and trends – providing a framework where decision-makers can meet to develop actionable options for a sustainable and prosperous future.

The 9th annual ADC Future Summit focussed on the critical issue of Australia’s relationship with an evolving China. Through the theme China – where to from here?  the Summit provided a timely opportunity for the exchange of ideas and insights on China’s next phase in economic and political development, and to explore options for Australia’s repositioning in light of China’s new leadership. The Summit provided a rare chance for leaders from the business, government and community sectors to hear leading experts on China speak on significant issues arising from change within the country, including:  More than ever, Australia’s future is linked to that of China’s.  The Australia in the Asian Century white paper identifies 25 national objectives to ensure the opportunities in the region contribute to ongoing prosperity.

China’s new  leadership China’s economic and political outlook Bilateral opportunities for investment and busines

The  Future Summit brought these and other pressing challenges into sharp focus by convening experts and industry leaders in a two-day forum exploring Australia’s capabilities and connections in respect to China.  A special feature of the Summit was be ten topical Working Groups, established to provide nuanced insights into specific industry areas to help businesses and governments make informed decisions in managing their engagement with China. The Working Groups are:

  • Professional Services
  • Manufacturing
  • Education
  • Property
  • Resources
  • Agriculture
  • Tourism
  • Doing Business in Australia
  • Doing Business in China
  • Secure Prosperity

Participants were invited from across all sectors of Australian society. Attendees are established leaders of their organisations or emerging leaders in senior leadership/executive roles. ADC Forum endeavours to achieve significant representation from each sector (community, education, business and government), from across generations, and from a diversity of cultural/ethnic backgrounds from right around Australia.  In addition, international representatives from the region and beyond were invited to add a strong global perspective to the Summit’s discussions. For those with interest in and exposure to China, the Summit was an event not to be missed.