GAP SUMMIT

A VISION FOR AUSTRALIA

A Vision for Australia is an annual Summit series designed to foster outcome-based engagement on key issues of value to Australia, such as productivity, infrastructure, education, innovation, job creation and prospects for future economic growth. Recommendations are then progressed through multidisciplinary taskforces, pilots and projects facilitated by GAP.

Each Summit’s theme is informed by the taskforces and stakeholder consultations run by GAP during the year.

Our 2021 Summit will explore long-term opportunities for Australia as the world establishes a ‘new normal’ in the midst of an evolving pandemic and environmental crises.

NATIONAL RESILIENCE

The 2020 GAP Summit on National Resilience sought ways to safeguard Australia against future threats. Participants called for a comprehensive review of Australia’s resilience in preparation for natural hazards and geopolitical challenges, and agreed that Australian leaders should adopt a long-term bipartisan approach, informed by an independent National Resilience Institute.

LIFELONG LEARNING

The 2019 Summit ‘Beyond Education: Lifelong Learning for Australia’s Future’ addressed the challenges of retraining people as skills requirements change, and the impact of technology on the future workforce.

DIGITAL TRADE

The 2018 Summit ‘Digital Trade and Opportunities for Our Region’ highlighted a major opportunity for Australia to advance digital trade by strengthening trade and investment links throughout the Indo-Pacific and opening new markets for SMEs.

MIDSIZE BUSINESSES

The 2017 Summit ‘Hidden Giants: The Future of Australia’s Midsize Business’ outlined the need to boost the size and vitality of the Australian medium-sized business sector, leading to a healthier and more resilient economy. Download our infographic.

SPACES OF AUSTRALIAN INNOVATION

The 2016 Summit on Spaces of Australian Innovation saw major opportunities for innovation in the emerging domestic satellite and space industry, as well as defence, and called for an ambitious, inspiring and bipartisan vision for Australia to unite and galvanise the country’s innovation effort. Download our GAP Space Summit infographic.

THE FUTURE OF JOBS

The 2015 Summit on The Future of Jobs considered trends shaping the domestic and international labour markets and strategies to improve Australian skills, growth and employment. Read our Summit Communique to the OECD.

EDUCATION

The 2014 Summit on Education addressed the state of education in Australia today, from the importance of the early years to the Government’s tertiary reforms and beyond.

FOOD AND AGRICULTURE

The 2013 Summit ‘Food Sustainability, International Food Markets and Agriculture’ discussed the performance and potential of Australian agriculture in domestic and international markets.

PRODUCTIVITY

The 2012 GAP Annual Summit focused on productivity, public value and leadership.

POPULATION

The 2011 Summit on Population examined the impact and opportunities of Australia’s predicted population growth.

INNOVATION

The inaugural 2010 GAP Economic Summit called for a wider definition of growth and emphasised the benefits of new parameters to measure economic and social progress.