About the
Victoria Summit

The Victoria Summit 2021 is a unique opportunity for thought leaders from industry, unions, governments, the community and educational institutions to work together to create a shared, bold, compelling and aspirational vision for Victoria and a path for our state’s economic recovery and long-term prosperity.

COVID-19 has profoundly disrupted businesses, work and our lives. There is now an opportunity to look forward and decide what Victoria should look like in the future and how we get there. It is not often that an opportunity to significantly change the trajectory of a state presents itself. Victoria must ensure it makes the most of it.

The Victoria Summit 2021, led by the Victorian Chamber, will focus on exploring three fundamental questions:

  1. What is the vision for Victoria in 10, 20, and 30 years, richly described, and aspirational but achievable?
  2. What are the pathways to securing this vision?
  3. What actions are needed to ensure Victoria is on the path to developing and realising the vision?

The Victoria Summit Reference Group will provide overarching strategic advice on Victoria Summit scope, planning, implementation, engagement and activity. Invitation-only Working Groups are designed to develop and refine the Victoria Summit’s vision, pathways and actions using data and insights from Summit Days and online public engagement.

Summit participants, through ongoing in-person and online engagement including website discussion boards, surveys and email forms, will have the opportunity to shape the vision, pathways and actions in line with their values.

The Victoria Summit will operate from March to November highlighted by two thought-provoking Victoria Summit Days – a Vision Day, followed by a Pathways Day. Summit Days will be held as in-person events (subject to COVID-19 restrictions) open to the public. However, places will be limited due to capacity constraints.

Vision, pathways and actions will be developed within specific thematic groups (e.g. business and the economy and the future of work) and culminate in a final playbook launched in December.

FAQs

What is the Victoria Summit?  

The Victoria Summit 2021 will be a unique opportunity for thought leaders from industry, unions, governments, the community and educational institutions to work together to create a bold vision for Victoria and a path for our state’s economic recovery, liveability and long-term prosperity.

Why did the Victorian Chamber initiate the Victoria Summit?

COVID-19 presents an opportunity for Victoria to reset and strategically define what our state should look like in 2050. There is a significant amount of government funding being directed towards Victoria’s economic and social recovery. In addition, as Australia emerges from the pandemic as one of the strongest economies in the world, there is significant private sector investment and talent looking to invest. It is up to us as a state to work out how best to leverage these opportunities.

What is the Victoria Summit aiming to achieve?

By December 2021, the Victoria Summit will have a bold, compelling, realistic and shared plan for Victoria in 2050 to be the best place to live, work and do business. The plan will outline the vision for our state and the pathways and actions required to achieve this. It will be used by governments and the private sector to drive investment and focus over the next 10, 20 and 30 years.

When is the Victoria Summit being held?

The first Reference Group meeting will be held on 17 March and there will be several meetings up until the last on 10 November. The Victoria Summit gala event, to celebrate launching the final Victoria Summit report, will be held on 2 December 2021. Two Victoria Summit Days will be held in May and August to gather data and insights. In between, the Reference Group and Working Groups will meet regularly to define and refine the vison, pathways and actions.

How does the Victoria Summit work? 

The Reference Group sets the framework and scope for all Summit activities and endorses the vision, pathways and actions, the working groups refine the vision, pathways and actions under specific thematic areas and the Victoria Summit Days collect data and insights.

How can the public get involved? 

Victoria Summit Days, which will be ticketed, will be open for the public. The public can also participate through ongoing online engagement including website discussion boards, surveys and email forms to help shape the vision, pathways and actions in line with their values.

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