Breaking New Ground: Building a Resilient Future

18-20 November 2020

A statement from EDA – National Economic Development Conference (NEDC) 2020.

Economic Development Australia’s (EDA) flagship event, NEDC20 is scheduled to be held on November 18-20 with the theme, Breaking New Ground – Building a Resilient Future. 

Over the past few months, we have been closely monitoring and evaluating the situation surrounding COVID-19 to ensure we are taking the necessary measures to protect the health and wellbeing of NEDC20 delegates. As a result, we have made the decision to make NEDC20 a virtual conference this year.

EDA and Liverpool City Council look forward to bringing this important national conference to the economic development sector, regardless of the challenges.

As Sydney’s third CBD, the gateway city to Western Sydney International Airport and the home of Liverpool Innovation Precinct, Liverpool is a global city and the perfect backdrop for Australia’s national gathering of economic development leaders.

Australian and international experts will deliver knowledge, insights and best practice thinking around how economic development professionals can lead recovery, build resilience, and transform local economies in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, as well as other future shocks and stresses.

Proudly hosted by Liverpool City Council, in partnership with Camden Region Economic Taskforce.




Conference Overview

As the flagship event for Economic Development Australia (EDA), the national peak body for economic development practitioners, NEDC will attract more than 200 economic development professionals from across Australia. The event is also ideal for industry development, investment attraction & cluster managers, as well as representatives from all levels of government with an interest in Australia’s prosperity and economic growth.

NEDC 2020 will feature a compelling program of thought leaders and economic development experts, to inspire and challenge delegates around the conference’s central theme; Breaking New Ground – Building a Resilient Future.

NEDC also offers fantastic networking and peer support opportunities for economic development professionals.

NEDC at a Glance

Wednesday, 18 November

  • Virtual study tours

Thursday, 19 November

  • Sessions & Panel Discussions

Friday, 20 November

  • Sessions & Panel Discussions




NEDC20: Breaking New Ground – Building a Resilient Future

18-20 November 2020


What past NEDC delegates have said …

Thoroughly enjoyable

 The quality of the program was fantastic, I had a thoroughly enjoyable time.   

– Holly

Amazing speakers!

 The futurist at the end of the conference was amazing! So energetic, great presentation, engaging content and a very great speaker.     

Loved the event!

I loved the event! I will definitely attend next year.

– Aldo

Meet like minded people

The most beneficial aspect of the conference was gaining a view of the bigger picture of economic development as it exists in Australia and globally, as well as the opportunity to meet and discuss ideas with so many like minded people.

The right balance

Great job – very good use of time, and the right balance of learning and social interaction.

Entertaining and informative

I got a lot out of the Masterclass, and by having that at the front of the conference it allowed for those thoughts and ideas to flow across the conference presenters.
I also really enjoyed the short 5 minute presentation format which were entertaining and informative.