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AFR National Policy Series

Welcome to the AFR National Policy Series. Bringing you events that cover: Banking & Wealth, Innovation, Infrastructure, National Security, Higher Education & Healthcare

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For more than 50 years, the Australian Financial Review has been a leading Australian voice in business and policy. Its reputation for thought leadership and insightful, independent analysis now finds fuller expression in the AFR National Policy Series.

To lead the debate, we are assembling the biggest names, the most influential decision-makers, and the most insightful thought-leaders from government, industry and the international community. Input is invited from all major stakeholder bodies, and we will endeavour to make sure the agenda for each event is hard-hitting, timely and truly independent.

And of course, in addition to providing extensive pre- and post-event coverage, the Australian Financial Review will also infuse the events with the incisive questioning and analysis for which it is famous.

Take your seat at the table – join us at the upcoming AFR National Policy Series.

AFR events for 2019:


“Very interesting – gave real insights into global developments and local trends.”
“A great balance between short sharp topical presentations & discussions.”
“Excellent content from keynote speakers.”
“An excellent opportunity to gain further insight into the sector.”
“Excellent. Fantastic range of presenters on very topical issues. Well done.”
“Great content, quality of speakers and excellent format.”
“Certainly under-sold and over-delivered!”

Banking & Wealth

AFR Banking & Wealth Summit

With the backing of the AFR, and the input and support of the sector’s major industry and stakeholder groups, this summit stands to be a definitive forum for the banking and financial services sector. Learn more.


AFR National Infrastructure Summit

As populations continue to rise, Australia requires equivalent growth in social and economic infrastructure. But what funding mechanisms will support this long-life infrastructure? And what new projects can we anticipate in the coming years? The Summit is Australia’s premier forum for government, contractors, analysts, and academics to hear Ministerial announcements, debate the outlook for urban regeneration and understand what shifting federal priorities mean for the project pipeline. Learn more.

Higher Education

AFR Higher Education Summit

The Australian Financial Review’s Higher Education Summit returns in August, bringing together the sectors’ most esteemed and exciting thought-leaders and disruptors to discuss the future of higher education in Australia. With the incisive, independent style it is known for, the summit will once again interrogate prevailing Higher Education policies and practices, and showcase true, transformational innovation from Australia and abroad – all with an eye to uncovering the critical forces that will shape the competitive Higher Education landscape in the years ahead. Learn more.


AFR Innovation Summit

The Summit will narrow in on what policy settings Australia should have in place to achieve our ambitions and goals in health, agriculture, energy, transport, and finance. We explore why research and development, the heart of Australia’s prosperity needs to be in focus. Building on the dialogue of the last three years we address the key issues hindering our efforts to be world leaders.
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AFR National Energy and Climate Summit

As the national energy market is undergoing significant transformations and reshaping itself to face the pressure of the supply crisis, this 2-day event will examine how the power market is changing, will identify the policy priorities, will evaluate the various proposed solutions (from governments, industry and experts) to the current critical energy situation and will discuss the most appropriate steps towards energy security for our country. Learn more.


AFR Healthcare Summit

With population growth and the 100 year life becoming a reality, demand for health services will increase. But Technology and innovation through developments such as artificial intelligence, robotics, personalized medicine and consumer genomics will see care models continue to evolve. The Financial Review Healthcare Summit will look at the evolving models of care and assess how well placed Australia is to meet the challenges that lie ahead. Learn more.

National Security

AFR National Security Summit

This high-level, policy-driven agenda will assess imminent and long term threats facing Australia at home, in the region, and in cyberspace. The Summit will feature keynote addresses from the politicians charged with safeguarding our future, and we will hear from the Chiefs of the key agencies responsible for the defence and security of the nation. The global political and economic landscape is changing. What does Australia have to do now to protect its interests and with whom should we align? Is it a case of keeping our friends close and our enemies closer? The Financial Review’s National Security & Intelligence Summit will shine a light on the people, policies and problems that will shape our future. Learn more.

India Business

AFR India Business Summit

India’s economic rise over the next 20 years presents transformational opportunities through increased trade and investment for Australia, and for India. The time is right to engage in a deeper and stronger economic partnership, as outlined in the ambitious India Economic Strategy to 2035. This high-level Summit will analyse the impact of sweeping reforms for businesses on the ground, highlight clear opportunities for key sectors for Australian investment, and the necessary foundations for driving greater interaction. Learn more.


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General Manager, AFR National Policy Series
Keith Barks
+61 2 9080 4342

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