Corporate Membership

The South Australian Centre for Economic Studies offers a Corporate Membership Program, which is open to private companies, public sector agencies, and other organisations.

By becoming a Corporate Member, you are helping to promote high quality economic debate in South Australia; helping in raising awareness and understanding of economic issues; and ensuring a higher standard of economic analysis and policy formulation in South Australia.

Benefits for Corporate members

  • receipt of the Centre’s bi-annual Briefing Reports, which provide a detailed assessment of the situation and outlook for the South Australian and Australian economies, together with commentary on topical economic issues
  • two places at bi-annual lunch sessions with a presentation of key themes from the Briefing Report and a discussion on a specific topic by an invited guest; 
  • the opportunity to network with key public and private sector decision makers;
  • the opportunity to invite and host clients, business associates and colleagues at a high profile and relevant functions
  • receipt of the Centre’s periodic Issues Papers
  • invitation to seminars and functions organised by the Centre (as part of your membership or at reduced member rates)
  • priority access to research and consulting services of the Centre throughout the year
  • the opportunity for your organisation to sponsor one of the Briefing Luncheons *
  • the opportunity for the Centre to provide a tailored economic assessment to your organisation *
  • Premium Corporate Membership entitles a member to access up to 10 hours of the Centre’s staff time to discuss issues and/or carry out research tasks.

*More information on these opportunities, and the cost of these services, can be obtained by contacting the Centre.

  • Current Corporate members

    The Centre thanks its Corporate Members for their support.

    List of Corporate members:

    • Auditor-General's Department (SA)
    • Australian Hotels Association (SA)
    • BHP Billiton Olympic Dam
    • Business SA
    • City of Adelaide
    • City of Mount Gambier
    • City of Port Lincoln
    • City of Whyalla
    • Coopers Brewery Ltd
    • Committee for Economic Development of Australia (CEDA)
    • Department for Education and Child Development (SA)
    • Department of Employment (Commonwealth)
    • Department of Environment, Water and Natural Resources (SA)
    • Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (Commonwealth)
    • Department of Industry (Commonwealth)
    • Department of Industry and Science (Commonwealth)
    • Department of Planning, Transport and Infrastructure (SA)
    • Department of Primary Industries and Regions (SA)
    • Department of the Premier and Cabinet (SA)
    • Department of State Development (SA)
    • Department of Treasury and Finance (SA)
    • Dynek Pty Ltd
    • Essential Services Commission of South Australia
    • Flinders Ports South Australia
    • HomeStart Finance
    • Local Government Association of South Australia
    • National Credit Management Limited
    • Office for the Public Sector
    • Port Augusta City Council
    • Port Pirie Regional Council
    • Property and Advisory Pty Ltd
    • Property Council of Australia
    • Provincial Cities Association of South Australia
    • Regional Development Australia, Adelaide Hills, Fleurieu and Kangaroo Island Inc
    • Regional Development Australia, Barossa Inc
    • Regional Development Australia, Far North Inc
    • Regional Development Australia, Limestone Coast Inc
    • Regional Development Australia, Metropolitan Adelaide
    • Regional Development Australia, Murraylands and Riverland
    • Regional Development Australia, Whyalla and Eyre Peninsula
    • Regional Development Australia, Yorke and Mid North
    • Reserve Bank of Australia
    • Rural City of Murray Bridge
    • SA Police
    • SA Power Networks
    • SA Water Corporation
    • Statewide Financial Management Services Ltd
    • TAFE SA
    • Urban Renewal Authority (SA)
  • Recent speakers

    • Professor Guy Debelle, Non-Executive Director, Fortescue Future Industries, and former Deputy Governor, Reserve Bank of Australia;
    • The Hon Bob Carr, former Premier of New South Wales, former Minister for Foreign Affairs and NSW Senator, Director of the Australia-China Relations Institute at the University of Technology Sydney;
    • The Hon Malcolm Turnbull AC, former Prime Minister of Australia;
    • Mr Saul Eslake, independent economist and company director, Corinna Economic Advisory, and Vice-Chancellor’s Fellow at the University of Tasmania;
    • Dr Matthew Butlin, Chair and Chief Executive of the South Australian Productivity Commission;
    • The Hon Steven Joyce, former New Zealand Finance Minister, Senior Economic Minister;
    • Dr John Hewson AM, former Leader of the Liberal Party and Leader of the Opposition, Professor and Chair of the Tax and Transfer Policy Institute, Australian National University;
    • Hon Dr Craig Emerson, Managing Director, Craig Emerson Economics, and President of the Australia China Business Council NSW;
    • Mr Innes Willox, Chief Executive, Australian Industry Group;
    • Mr Garry Bowditch, Executive Director, Better Infrastructure Initiative;
    • Professor Ross Garnaut AO, Professional Research Fellow in Economics, University of Melbourne;
    • Professor Ian Harper, Chair, Competition Policy Review Panel and Partner, Deloitte Access Economics;
    • Dr John Edwards, Board Member of the Reserve Bank of Australia;
    • Hon Rob Lucas, MLC and Treasurer;
    • Dr Jenny Gordon, Principal Adviser Research, Productivity Commission;
    • Professor Gary Banks, Dean and CEO of the Australia and New Zealand School of Government (ANZSOG) and former Chair, Productivity Commission;
    • Professor Gary Sturgess, NSW Premier's ANZSOG Chair of Public Service Delivery, University of New South Wales;
    • Mr Garry Costello, Head of Schools, Office of Schools, Department for Education and Child Development;
    • Mr Saul Eslake, Chief Economist, ANZ;
    • Mr Lindsay Tanner, MP, Shadow Minister for Finance.
  • Photos from previous events

Corporate membership

Become a member

The membership period is the financial year ending 30th of June.

Membership fees:

  • Corporate membership: $AUD 1,300.00 p.a (incl. GST)
  • Premium membership: $AUD 3,387.75 p.a (incl. GST)

(Reduced rates are available if joining at a period other than the start of a financial year, for interstate and international Corporate Membership) 



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