3 headline speakers announced for National Conference 2019

ARITA is delighted to announce 3 headline speakers for the upcoming National Conference.


John Hewson: economist, academic, author, politician, businessperson, media personality, award winner and philanthropist. With a list of experiences and achievements that inspire, educate and delight, ARITA are pleased to deliver an hour with the formidable Dr John Hewson. Dr Hewson will speak to our National Conference delegates about Australia’s ability to recover from global economic shock.


Georgie Harman was appointed CEO of Beyond Blue in May 2014 where she has led a significant expansion of effort and results in service innovation, suicide prevention and digital solutions. In this not-to-be missed session, Georgie will discuss the impact of financial stress on mental health and wellbeing, the importance of better engaging with people in these situations and tips from Beyond Blue.

Georgie will also describe what a mentally healthy workplace looks like including for those who live with a mental health condition.


Michael Hodge, QC, was called to the Bar in 2004 and appointed Queen’s Counsel in 2017. Michael has an extensive commercial litigation practice and was one of the leading lights of the 2018 Banking and Finance Royal Commission. In a Q&A with ARITA President Ross McClymont, Michael will take us beyond the Royal Commission and unpack the impacts of community expectations on our profession, which traditionally has a focus on technical compliance. How should we respond and what larger lessons are to be drawn?

Join us at the 2019 ARITA National Conference

Bookings are now open for the 2019 National Conference which will take place at the Grand Hyatt Melbourne 24 – 25 July. This year’s conference includes 2 full days of conference sessions, with more speaker announcements to come. Rounding out the event will be a networking welcome reception on Tuesday 23 July and the always popular conference dinner on Wednesday 24 July.

We have secured reduced rates of $330 incl. GST (includes breakfast) for delegates to stay at the conference venue, the Grand Hyatt. The rate is also available 3 days before and after the conference should you wish to extend your stay.

Secure your spot at the 2019 ARITA National Conference now!