Creative Innovation 2019 (Ci2019)

“World ranking falls on shortage of innovation” – The Australian

Tuesday, 11 October 2011

AUSTRALIA has continued its slide in the world rankings on competitiveness, pulled down by too little innovation, too much red tape and a restrictive labour market. The latest World Economic Forum annual report on global competitiveness puts Australia at 20th place on a list of 142 nations, down from 16th place last year and 15th the year before. ‘‘With an unchanged score, Australia drops four spots to 20th place as other countries move ahead,’’ the report says. Switzerland was the top performer for the year, with the US slipping to fifth spot behind Singapore, Sweden and Finland. The forum warned that Australia still lagged top performers on business innovation and sophistication, ‘‘two critical drivers of competitiveness for advanced economies’’. And its survey results showed restrictive labour regulation and inefficient government bureaucracy had risen up the list of concerns to become the two biggest problems facing business. Australia rated 116th globally for flexibility of wage determination, 97th for hiring and firing practices and 75th based on the burden of government regulation. Tax rates and inadequate infrastructure also remained major issues, with the report noting that seaports, in particular, had become increasingly strained by Australia’s rapidly growing commodity trade. The nation’s macroeconomic environment was deemed ‘‘satisfactory’’, especially considering the state of other advanced economies, but government deficits nonetheless had Australia’s budget balance ranking falling from 67th to 86th over the past 12 months. However, the nation did improve its performance in education, where it ranks 11th globally, and returned strong results on health. Australia also won praise for its efficient financial system, supported by a banking sector that ‘‘counts among the most stable and sound in the world’’. Australia’s public and private institutions performed well on transparency and efficiency, with overseas investors apparently taking note. Australia now ranks 10th in the world for prevalence of foreign ownership, up from 19th last year.

"Without a doubt the best conference in Australia with a delightful mix of creativity and big thinking bringing together an eclectic group of industry, community and education leaders. Once again, I’ve come away enthused by new ideas, more aware of future trends, and heartened by the kindness of humanity. We all have a role to play and it should be a collective one." Kerry Anderson, Founder of Operation Next Gen

"Conferences are boring. Creative Innovation is more like a rodeo for ideas, and you are guaranteed to leave wanting to make the world better for everyone." Andrew Despi, A.kin

"Kudos to Tania for organising the the 2019 CI Conference in Melbourne - it is the best I have attended so far. All the speakers and sessions were very well-planned. I have attended many conferences and this is the first I did not have the 'luxury' to skip any sessions. Your effort in this space has truly made Melbourne a global innovation and entrepreneurship hub." Danny Ong, Deakin University

"I wanted to pass along how incredible I thought Creative Innovation was and how much your passion for life and for humanity was inspiring to all of us. It was a privilege to be included and one that I am very grateful for." John Pickering, Chief Behavioural Scientist

"Creative Innovation is a transformational platform built by changemakers for changemakers. It is an educational adventure showcasing the forefront of ideas internationally." Melissa Warner, Ci2019 Scholarship Winner & Education Officer, Mind Medicine Australia

"Creative Innovation 2019 was one of the most well-organised events I’ve ever taken part in. From beginning to the end, every detail had been planned through and taken care of. Secondly, are the production values. As a result, it was possible to attend all the sessions without suffering conference burn-out, happy in the knowledge that the next piece of content was guaranteed to delight and challenge the senses." Richard Claydon (Singapore)

"Well done on another successful Ci conference. Your energy, passion and sheer determination to ensure the conference delegates get a fantastic experience is admirable." VP People & Global Capability | P&GC, Woodside Energy


There are a host of incredible opportunities to partner with us on this world class innovation event. If you are interested in becoming a partner or creative collaborator for the upcoming conference, please contact:

Tania de Jong AM // Founder and Executive Producer
Tel: +61 (0)3 8679 6000

Alrick Pagnon
Tel: +61 (0)3 8679 6000

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