ASFA Budget Briefing

ASFA Budget Briefing
2021-22 Budget Under the Microscope

Sydney: Wednesday 12 May 2021 | Melbourne: Thursday 13 May 2021 |
Brisbane: Friday 14 May 2021

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We hope you can join us to hear our expert speakers explore and analyse this year’s Federal Budget from a superannuation, economic and political perspective.

The focus of this Budget is expected to be on employment and economic growth and should provide a snapshot of the further stimulus measures required. Also of interest are answers to the questions on everyone’s lips - what further changes, if any, will the government make in response to the Retirement Income Review and... will we go to 12 per cent?

We’re delighted to be holding this event face-to-face, after a year spent in front of screens. You also have the option to attend the event virtually. 

We encourage you to book your place early as seats are limited.

Speaker details

Online | Sydney | Melbourne | Brisbane

Emma Dawson

Emma Dawson
Executive Director of public policy think tank Per Capita
(Melbourne event only)

Emma Dawson is Executive Director of public policy think tank Per Capita. She has worked as a researcher at Monash University and the University of Melbourne; in policy and public affairs for SBS and Telstra; and as a senior policy adviser in the Rudd and Gillard Governments.

Emma has published reports, articles and opinion pieces on a wide range of public policy issues. She is a regular contributor to Guardian Australia and The Australian Financial Review, and a frequent guest on various ABC and commercial radio programs nationally. She appears regularly as an expert witness before parliamentary inquiries and often speaks at public events and conferences in Australia and internationally.

Emma is the co-editor, with Professor Janet McCalman, of the collection of essays What happens next? Reconstructing Australia after COVID-19, published by Melbourne University Press in September 2020.

Pamela Dodd

Pamela Dodd
Portfolio Analyst, Investment Strategy, Q Super
(Brisbane event only)

Pamela Dodd joined the Investment Strategy team at QSuper in 2017. Pamela has more than 10 years of experience analysing economies to draw implications for businesses and policy. As part of the Investment Strategy team Pamela provides investment analysis to support portfolio construction across QSuper's multi-asset investment options, including providing insights into the return and risk potential for different asset classes such as shares, bonds and foreign currency.

Prior to QSuper, Pamela worked for Synergies Economic Consulting and was an economist at Queensland Treasury where she advised policy makers on aspects of budget and economic policy. She is Vice President of the Economic Society of Australia (Queensland).

Pamela has a dual Bachelor of Economics and Science (Mathematics) from the University of Queensland and is a CFA charterholder.

Claire March

Claire March
Managing Director, Counsel House

Claire March is one of Australia’s most respected government relations strategists and political advisors. Claire is regularly called on to advise senior Labor figures on strategy and has worked for three Labor leaders including Prime Minister Kevin Rudd, NSW Premier Nathan Rees, and NT Chief Minister Paul Henderson. During the last Federal Labor Government she also served as Deputy Chief of Staff to Stephen Conroy in his capacity as Minister for Communications and Leader in the Senate, and for Kate Ellis as Minister for Employment Participation.

Today Claire is a highly sought after advisor on government relations and communications, providing strategic counsel to major national and international companies on how best to work with government and refine their public affairs. She has held senior corporate government relations roles in the private sector and has first-hand knowledge of the business impacts of government decision making. A regular television contributor and panelist, Claire is a proven communications professional and was Labor’s Deputy Director of Communications in the 2013 Federal election campaign. Prior to her time as a political staffer, Claire worked in a variety of public sector communications and media management roles.

jo Masters

Jo Masters
Chief Economist Oceania, EY (Sydney event only)

Jo Masters joined EY as the Chief Economist Oceania in 2019. Her passion for economics stems from her commitment in providing businesses with deep insights to the economy on a macro-level and what it means for them. She has been a part of the economic discussion in Australia for over 20 years and is a trusted advisor in economic and policy issues nationally, and on a global scale. Prior to EY, Jo was a senior economist at ANZ and spent over a decade at Macquarie Bank. She is a Member of the Committee for Economic Development Australia’s (CEDA) Council on Economic Policy, as well as an Executive Member of the Australian Business Economists and sits on the Advisory Board for the Financy Women’s Index.

Jo is a champion of driving women’s equality in the workforce and holds a strong passion for developing female financial literacy as well as promoting economics to young Australians. She believes economics is relevant and relatable to everyone in the community, and uses her public platform to encourage interest in the importance of understanding the impact of the macro-economy. Jo is committed to giving back to the community and has been involved with Gold Week at the Sydney Children’s Hospital, FoodBank and The Smith Family.

Jo has a Bachelor of Commerce (Economics) from The University of Auckland, where she was awarded the Senior Prize in Economics. She also has a Master of Economics from The University of Sydney.

luke nayna

Luke Nayna
Advisor, Counsel House

Luke is a highly experienced and respected senior political adviser having served at the most senior levels of government.

Luke’s lengthy career in politics includes senior roles in the offices of Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull and a Morrison Government Cabinet Minister, and NSW Members of Parliament at both a state and federal level.

Luke is also a deeply experienced campaign strategist, and was most recently Deputy Campaign Director of the NSW Division of the Liberal Party in the 2019 Federal Election campaign. He has worked on every NSW state and federal election campaign for the past 13 years, as well as numerous other state elections and Federal by-elections.

Luke has first hand experience with local government and has served as Councillor on Wyong Shire Council.

Luke works from Counsel House’s Sydney and Canberra office’s where he advises clients on both Federal and NSW issues.

Shane Oliver

Shane Oliver
Head of Investment Strategy and Chief Economist, AMP Capital

Shane Oliver joined AMP in 1984, becoming Chief Economist in 1994 and is now Chief Economist and Head of Investment Strategy of AMP Capital. Shane has extensive experience analysing economic and investment cycles and what current positioning means for the return potential for different asset classes such as shares, bonds, property and infrastructure. Shane is a regular media commentator on economic and investment market issues and engages regularly with investors at public events and forums.

Shane is Head of the Investment Strategy and Economics team, responsible for the provision of economic and macro investment analysis which is applied across AMP Capital’s multi-asset funds.

Shane has a PhD in economics which focussed on the validly of the Efficient Market Hypothesis (it isn't) and asset price bubbles (there are). Apart from economics and macro investing, Shane enjoys boating, garden rearrangement, fantasy novels and pop music (particularly Elvis, Burt Bacharach, the Beach Boys, the Pet Shop Boys, Kylie, Katy and Taylor) and is married with two children.

Martin Fahy

Martin Fahy
Chief Executive Officer, ASFA

Martin Fahy is Chief Executive Officer, ASFA, having joined in November 2016.

Martin was previously a Partner in management consultancy at KPMG where he worked with clients across the financial services and other sectors to drive transformational change. From 2007 to 2011, Martin was CEO at FINSIA where he led the organisation’s transformation post the sale of its education business. Prior to FINSIA, he led strategy and development for CIMA in Asia Pac.

Martin holds a Ph.D from the National University of Ireland, is a former senior Fulbright scholar and has extensive research and policy experience from his time as an academic.

Glen McCrea

Glen McCrea (Facilitator)
Chief Policy Officer and Deputy CEO, ASFA

Glen McCrea is Chief Policy Officer and Deputy CEO of ASFA. Glen leads AFSA’s teams on policy, research and analysis, government relations, advocacy and the delivery of technical and operational services to members.

Prior to ASFA, he spent 15 years developing economic policy at the Federal Treasury, including a secondment working as the senior tax adviser to the Assistant Treasurer. Glen has specialist skills in strategic political advice and communications as well as expertise in economic and policy analysis, superannuation, tax, insurance and fiscal policy.

Glen holds a Bachelor of Economics (Hons),a Bachelor of Commerce and a Masters of Public Policy (Economic Policy) from the Australian National University.

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Wednesday 12 May 2021
Login from: 12.00pm
Live stream starts: 12.30pm
Event close: 2.00pm


Wednesday 12 May 2021
Registration: 12.00pm
Presentations and lunch: 12.30pm
Event close: 2.00pm

Fullerton Hotel
Grand Ballroom
1 Martin Place, Sydney


Thursday 13 May 2021
Registration: 12.00pm
Presentations and lunch: 12.30pm
Event close: 2.00pm

Palladium at Crown
Level 1, Crown Towers, 8 Whiteman Street, Southbank


Friday 14 May 2021
Registration: 12.00pm
Presentations and lunch: 12.30pm
Event close: 2.00pm

Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre
P9-11 Room, Plaza Level
Cnr Merivale & Glenelg Streets, South Bank

Price (inc GST)

Member: $135
Non-member: $169
Member group of 5: $600
Non-member group of 5: $750

Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane
Member: $215
Non-member: $279 
Member table of 10
(Sydney and Melbourne): $1,940
Member table of 8 (Brisbane): $1,552
Non-member table of 10
(Sydney and Melbourne): $2,520
Non-member table of 8 (Brisbane): $2,016


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