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ASFA Budget Briefing Melbourne 2024

Thursday 16 May, 2024


ASFA’s annual budget lunch event series sees expert economists and members of industry unpack the budget and discuss impacts to the superannuation industry. Don’t miss this opportunity to learn and network with your colleagues and peers. 

Join Shane Oliver, AMP’s Chief Economist, ASFA CEO Mary Delahunty, ASFA policy specialists and industry experts as they unpack the 2024 Federal Budget and analyse its impact on investment markets and member retirement outcomes through a super lens. 

Will this year’s Budget answer some of the following questions: 

  • Is it doom and gloom ahead or will Australia manage to miss the economic downside and make a soft landing? 
  • What measures, apart from rent assist, will address the housing crisis?   
  • What are the plans to address inflation and rising living costs? 
  • What will Pay Day Super mean for funds as well as implications of a levy? 
  • How will super on Paid Parental Leave (PPL) be funded? 

Join your super industry peers and colleagues and find out. 

Tickets are almost sold-out, register now to avoid missing out!


Catherine Birch

Senior Economist, ANZ Research

Catherine is a Senior Economist in the Australian economics team at ANZ Research.

She provides research, analysis and forecasts on the labour market, inflation, infrastructure, ESG, and the broader Australian and global economies.

Prior to joining ANZ in 2019, Catherine was a Senior Policy Adviser/Economist for the Victorian Government, an Environmental Economist for the Namibia Nature Foundation, and an Economic Analyst for BIS Oxford Economics.

Catherine holds a Master of International and Development Economics from the Australian National University.

Mary Delahunty

Chief Executive Officer, ASFA

Mary Delahunty joined ASFA this year and her leadership qualities, industry knowledge, and demonstrated commitment to advancing the sector, align with ASFA’s 60-year-long mission to bring the whole industry together to strengthen the effectiveness of the superannuation system for all Australians.

In 2022 she founded Seven Advisory which provides specialist ESG and impact advisory services to institutional investors developing their social license to deliver long-term value. Prior to that she was Head of Impact at HESTA where she was instrumental in shaping strategic policies and responsible investment practices to advance member outcomes in the superannuation system. She was also previously an executive with Link Market Services.

Mary is a member of the Pensions & Investment World Pension Summit International Advisory Board and holds several board positions including in the RegTech and education sectors and was a 2015 Churchill Fellow awarded for international research on gender equity in retirement outcomes.

She holds a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Melbourne and a Masters of Applied Finance.

Paula Benson AM

Chief Officer Strategy & Corporate Affairs, AustralianSuper

Paula Benson is an experienced senior Strategy, Corporate Affairs and Marketing executive and Non-Executive Director in top NYSE and ASX firms. She has twenty-five years of experience across Superannuation, Banking and Financial Services, Mining and Resources, Infrastructure, Health, Education and Media.

She is a strategic, proactive and energetic leader of high performing teams and is known as a creative and innovative thinker. She is passionate about people working together to create opportunities that deliver tangible financial and societal outcomes.

Paula is the Chief Officer Strategy and Corporate Affairs at AustralianSuper. Paula has served as a Director of the Victorian Funds Management Corporation, a Trustee of the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre Trust, Director of the Port of Melbourne and was Chair of Ovarian Cancer Australia for 8 years. Her executive roles included Head of Global Marketing, Brand & Communications, IFM Investors, Executive General Manager Corporate Affairs and General Manager Corporate Responsibility at NAB and General Manager of Corporate Affairs at Alcoa of Australia.

Paula holds a Master of Arts from the University of Technology, Sydney and a Bachelor of Arts from the University of New South Wales. She is a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors Company Directors.

Shane Oliver

Head of Investment Strategy and Chief Economist, AMP

Shane Oliver joined AMP in 1984, becoming Chief Economist in 1994 and is now Chief Economist and Head of Investment Strategy of AMP. 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’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.



Date: Thursday 16 May, 2024 
Time: 12:00 – 2:00PM

Registration starts: 11:30AM


Rydges Melbourne

186 Exhibition Street, Melbourne, Victoria 3000


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Table of 10Inc. GST

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