ABARES Outlook 2018

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The annual Outlook conference is Australia’s leading information and networking forum for the agriculture sector.

Hosted by the Australian Bureau of Agricultural and Resource Economics and Sciences (ABARES), part of the Australian Government Department of Agriculture and Water Resources, the Outlook conference attracts key public and private-sector decision-makers, who lead the discussion on domestic and global issues impacting the nation’s agriculture, forestry and fisheries sectors in 2018 and beyond.

The theme for this year’s ABARES conference is ‘Creating value in an increasingly connected world’, with the program centred around global trends and influences set to impact demand for Aussie produce, domestically and abroad, in coming years.

“Outlook 2018 is focused on the outlook for Australia’s agriculture sector, including the complex influences that will shape international markets and demand for Australian agricultural commodities and produce over the coming decade. Across the sessions, delegates will hear about the growth opportunities for Australian commodities, and the challenges and opportunities for exporters in a globally competitive and evolving market,” says ABARES’ Executive Director Steve Hatfield-Dodds in his online welcome note.

Why attend Outlook 2018?

A compact two-day conference program consists of 15 back-to-back morning and afternoon sessions centred on key industry issues and trends, with opportunities for formal and informal discussion, networking and information-gathering between times. 

A long, strong line-up of industry experts from Australia and abroad will give keynote addresses and lead workshops, seminars and panel discussions that bring you up to date on the latest agricultural issues and information. Speakers and producers confirmed for Outlook 2018 include:

  • Ross Garnaut, University of Melbourne;
  • John Clarke, European Commission;
  • Rainer Heufers, Center for Indonesian Policy Studies;
  • Erlend Ek, China Policy;
  • Jessica Koch, Breezy Hill Ag, SA;
  • Ryan Arnold, Pyap Produce;
  • Peter Holding, Harden NSW;
  • Sean Shwe, Moon Lake Investments;
  • Michael Craig, Tuloona Pastoral;
  • Chris Kelly, Kelly Grains, Tocumwal, NSW; and
  • Stuart Hodge, Hodge Farms.

The Outlook conference is a time-effective way to access the most recent forecasts and industry analysis, gaining up-to-date, industry-wide and sector-specific knowledge to underpin your strategic planning.

The digitally connected 'smart farmhouse' of the future: ABARES Outlook 2018 will explore the theme, 'Creating value in an increasingly connected world’.
The digitally connected 'smart farmhouse' of the future: ABARES Outlook 2018 will explore the theme, 'Creating value in an increasingly connected world’.
University of New England, NSW

For Outlook 2018 chair and speaker profiles, click here.

For full program details, including session times, topics and keynote speakers/panel members, click here

Gala dinner

The annual Outlook gala dinner on the Tuesday evening, included in the delegate’s fee (with additional guest tickets available), is a must-attend networking event.

Venue and accommodation

All the ABARES Outlook 2018 action is conveniently sited in one, city-edge location, the National Convention Centre, is close to eateries, bars and services such as banks and shops.

A range of accommodations lie within walking distance of the conference venue, including the Crowne Plaza Canberra, which has discounted delegates’ rates, available only via this link – for a limited number of rooms, so act fast.

Registration

Various flexible registration options are available, including:

  • Earlybird registration (two days of conference attendance, including dinner); register by Friday 26 January 2018 - $1,100pp
  • Standard registration (two days including dinner); registration after Friday 26 January 2018 - $1,400pp
  • Group rate (two days including dinner, minimum of four delegates registering together) - $1,000pp
  • Single day registration (excluding dinner) - $750pp
  • Gala dinner ticket (for guests and day registrants) - $125pp

All ticket prices include GST.

Register online through ABARES’ secure website. To take advantage of the $300-per-delegate earlybird discount, ensure your registration and payment is received by 26 January.

Further information

For further details, visit the official ABARES Outlook 2018 event site.

Additional queries? Email the ABARES Events team or phone 02 6272 2303.

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Event date: 
Wednesday, March 7, 2018 - 09:00 to Thursday, March 8, 2018 - 16:00

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