National Economic Development Conference

Friday, 19 October 2018 | 12:00 PM to Friday, 19 October 2018 | 05:00 PM

Rockhampton Fitzroy River

NEDC is the flagship event of Economic Development Australia (EDA), the peak national body for economic development practitioners.

The City of Rockhampton will host the 2018 National Economic Development Conference (NEDC18) from 16-19 October at The Pilbeam Theatre in the heart of this historic city.

The three-day conference will attract economic development practitioners from around the country and around the world; and representatives from all levels of government.


The 2018 conference will feature a compelling program of highly regarded thought-leaders whose knowledge and expertise will challenge delegates, and encourage robust dialogue around the conference’s central themes:

Winning in job and business creation: An old game with new rules for success

National Economic Development Conference (NEDC) 2018 will lift the lid on how economic development practitioners can succeed in creating wealth in their communities. Job and business creation is at the heart of strong economic development and NEDC will feature presentations, content and panel discussions, which deliver practical skills, advice, techniques and best practice case studies to illustrate job and business creation success.

Disruptive innovation to diversify economic growth

With digital disruption rewriting every part of our lives, all industry sectors are being affected by the dramatic changes being delivered by innovation. The adoption of disruptive technologies will be critical to economic growth in Australia. National Economic Development Conference (NEDC) 2018 will explore how disruptive technologies will affect innovation and drive economic growth. The Conference will provide skills, advice and techniques to help economic development practitioners foster and facilitate innovation, global competitiveness and diversification.

Guest Speakers

Mark Bouris

Mark Bouris has established a successful career from building disruptive businesses to challenge the market and provide smarter solutions for consumers.

Mark's current positions include Executive Chairman of Yellow Brick Road Group (ASX:YBR), Non-Executive Director of TZ Limited (ASX:TZL). He is also an Adjunct Professor for Banking & Finance and Business Law at UNSW Business School and works with the University to mentor tomorrow’s business leaders.

In 2015, Mark was appointed a Member of the Order of Australia for significant service to the finance industry and tertiary education and has most recently acted as Chairman of the Taskforce into Digitisation of Small Businesses in Australia for the Australian Treasury.

Mark is the author of Wealth Wizard, The Yellow Brick Road to Your Financial Security, and What it Takes, and has recently created and produced a new TV show along with Channel 7 called The Mentor which aired in April this year and coincides with The Mentor podcast and

Dr Catherine Ball

Dr. Catherine Ball is an author, founder, and ethics advocate working across global projects where robotics and new technology meet environmental protection.

A sought after voice in industry, Dr. Ball is now working with the application of Remotely Piloted Aircraft Systems (RPAS) aka drone technology across remote communities, schools, industry, and citizen scientists. Dr. Ball is leading the call for discussions around the ethics of spatial data, and commercial drone operations.

Dr. Ball’s biggest passion is found working on projects that have a humanitarian aspect, ranging from the use of RPAS for emergency response, to recording cultural heritage, and agricultural assessments. Dr. Ball has travelled and worked globally on cutting edge projects that combine science, entrepreneurship, empowerment, education, and training.

Chris Helder

Chris Helder is a business communication genius and master storyteller whose presentations have radically transformed how thousands of people worldwide communicate with clients, customers, colleagues, staff and teams. He has been a professional speaker for 17 years and has done over 2,300 presentations around the world.

He is the author of three bestselling books “The Ultimate Book of Influence” which has been published in five languages, “Useful Belief”, which is one of the highest selling Australian business books of all time and Cut The Noise which is about achieving better results with less guilt.

Nick Palousis

Nick is a serial entrepreneur and qualified nerd. He is the CEO and Founder of 2XE, an award-winning consulting firm that combines technical expertise, commercial savvy and entrepreneurial spirit to help its clients maximise their productivity and capacity for growth. To date, Nick and his team have worked with over 500 organisations across Australia.



  • Tuesday, 16 October 2018 | 08:00 AM - Friday, 19 October 2018 | 05:00 PM


Pilbeam Theatre, 2 Cambridge Street, Rockhampton 4700  View Map

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