National Economic Development Conference

22-24 August 2023


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Join us for the National Economic Development Conference (NEDC23) in Karratha on 22-24 August 2023.

NEDC23 will feature a compelling 3-day program of highly regarded thought-leaders whose knowledge and expertise will challenge delegates and encourage thought-provoking discussions around the theme: Evolution of Value – The Future of Economies.

This three-day event will inspire economic development professionals to develop plans which address the challenges facing communities across Australia, showcase the importance of places and how to create diversification and build long-term economic resilience and how to deliver economic development with people at the centre.

NEDC23 is the only national event which brings together economic development professionals from local, state and federal government, the private sector and other stakeholders with an interest in Australia’s prosperity and economic growth.

Held at the Red Earth Art Precinct in Karratha in the heart of the Pilbara, NEDC23 will also feature the National Economic Development Awards for Excellence Gala celebration.

To support delegates in attending NEDC23, the City of Karratha is generously offering a travel subsidy for early bird full registration tickets. For more information visit our registration page.

NEDC at a


Tuesday, 22 August

  • NEDC Study Tour
  • Welcome Function

Wednesday, 23 August

  • Full Day Conference
  • Trade Exhibition
  • National Economic Development Awards for Excellence Gala Dinner

Thursday, 24 August

  • Full Day Conference
  • Trade Exhibition



Study Tour



Social Program



How to drive sustainable and inclusive economic growth 


  • Strategic economic development in a fast changing world
  • Measuring economic development and community well-being
  • Assessing economic development initiatives post COVID-19
  • Housing and workforce challenges
  • Diversification and sector building
  • How do you prepare for community transition and cultural restoration?
  • Digital transition
  • Sustainable economic development


Transforming regions and cities


  • The future of energy – Decarbonisation and the role of renewables and hydrogen
  • The growing opportunities in a resource-based economy
  • Clustering, smart specialisation and agglomeration
  • The future of place-based economic development
  • Exit vs expansion
  • Indigenous entrepreneurship


Economic development with community at the centre


  • Migration post-pandemic
  • Driving economic participation and inclusion
  • Changing workforce in regions and cities
  • Maintaining the pace of change. What happens after we pivot?
  • Community Wealth Building
  • Circular economy and sustainable economic development

What past NEDC delegates have said …

Thoroughly enjoyable

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

A fantastic conference

Great job to the NEDC20 team, it has been a fantastic conference. As someone new to ED, the content and speakers have been inspiring and insightful. I will be looking to join such a supportive network. 

An interesting and varied event…

Great work everyone! It’s been an interesting and varied event and well done on getting this delivered in such a professional way! 

Loved the event!

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

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.


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