Intergen+10: Program

Program and Overview

The Melbourne Institute at the University of Melbourne hosted a one-day workshop at the Shine Dome in Canberra on Friday 11 May 2012 to coincide with the 10th anniversary of the Treasury's first Intergenerational Report. The Intergenerational Report has had an important role in shaping the public discourse and policy debate on population ageing in Australia.The 10th anniversary of its release is a fortuitous moment to reflect on its predictions and to consider the road going forward.

The Australian Economic Review will also be producing a Forum in their forthcoming edition, which will feature papers from the workshop.

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Friday 11 May 2012
8.15am Registration
8.45am Welcome and Opening Remarks
9.00 - 10.45am Session 1
Chair Mr Tony Cole, Business Leader for Investment Consulting, Investment Consulting, Mercer (Australia) Pty Ltd

Dr David Gruen, Executive Director, Macroeconomic Group, Department of the Treasury

A Decade of Intergenerational Reports

Presentation pdf

Link to speech at Treasury website


Professor Adrian Pagan, Professor of Economics, School of Economics, The University of Sydney

Some Thoughts on the IGR Framework

Presentation pdf

Paper pdf


Professor Peter McDonald, Director, Australian Demographic and Social Research Institute, The Australian National University

The Population Dimension in the Intergenerational Reports

Presentation pdf

10.45 - 11.15am Morning Tea
11.15am - 12.25pm Session 2
Chair Mr Philip Noonan, Director General, IP Australia [Replaced by Ms Robyn Foster, General Manager, Trade Marks and Designs Group, IP Australia]
Speakers Professor Beth Webster, Professorial Research Fellow, Melbourne Institute, and Director, Intellectual Property Research Institute of Australia, The University of Melbourne INTERGEN+10: What about Productivity?

Presentation pdf


Mr Mark Cully, Chief Economist, Department of Immigration and Citizenship

More than additions to population: the economic and fiscal impacts of immigration

Presentation pdf

12.25 - 1.25pm Lunch
1.25 - 3.05pm Session 3
Chair Professor David Cullen, Principal Adviser, Ageing and Aged Care Division, Department of Health and Ageing

Dr Ralph Lattimore, Assistant Commissioner, Productivity Commission

The economic effects of ageing with an emphasis on the implications of productivity

Presentation pdf


Professor Phillip Clarke, Professor of Health Economics, Melbourne School of Population Health, The University of Melbourne

The price is wrong! : Long-term trends in pharmacuetcial expenditure and the policy response since the first Intergenerational Report

Presentation pdf


Professor Henry Ergas, Senior Economic Adviser, Deloitte Economics and Professor of Infrastructure Economics, SMART Infrastructure Facility, University of Wollongong

Providing and Funding Aged Care

Presentation pdf

3.05 - 3.35pm Afternoon Tea
3.35 - 4.10pm Session 4
Chair Professor Anthony Scott, Professorial Research Fellow, Melbourne Institute

Professor John Piggott, Australian Professorial Fellow and UNSW Scientia Professor, ARC Centre of Excellence in Population Ageing Research, The University of New South Wales

Long-term Fiscal Projections and the Australian Retirement Income System

Presentation pdf

4.10 - 5.00pm Panel
Chair Mr Andrew Whitecross, Branch Manager, Family Payments Branch, Department of Families, House, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs
5.00pm Close