South Australia


The 2017 AGM and an address by an Emeritus Professor Sue Richardson


From: Tuesday December 12, 2017, 5:30 pm

To: Tuesday December 12, 2017, 7:30 pm


The 2017 AGM of the Economic Society of Australia (SA Branch) will be held on Tuesday 12th December at 5:30pm.

The AGM will be followed by an Address by Sue Richardson, an Emeritus Professor at the National Institute of Labour Studies of Flinders University – commencing at 6.00pm. The topic of her address is:


Setting the Australian Minimum Wage


“Australia has a unique way of setting minimum wages, and a unique structure to these minima. The presentation will consider a brief history of the origins of how minimum wages are set. It will then consider how minimum wages are set in Australia today, and what evidence is available to assess the consequences of these minimum wages.

Since 2010, Sue Richardson has been a member of the Panel of the Fair Work Commission that sets the national minimum wage and award rates of pay.”


About the Speaker


Professor Sue Richardson is Emeritus Professor at Flinders University and (part-time) a Member of the Minimum Wage Panel of the Fair Work Commission. She was previously Matthew Flinders Distinguished Professor, Flinders University, and Director (2000-2008), then Principal Research Fellow, at the National Institute of Labour Studies, Flinders. Prior to her appointment to NILS, she was Associate Professor in the School of Economics at the University of Adelaide. At the University of Adelaide, she had terms as a member of the University Council and its Finance Committee and as Chair of the Academic Board.

Sue’s research interests are in labour economics, with a recent focus on the ageing workforce, skill shortages, the links between work and health, immigration, and social inclusion.

Sue was elected a Fellow of the Academy of the Social Sciences in Australia in 1994 and was President of that Academy from 2003-06. Sue is currently also a member of the Council of the Australian Conservation Foundation.

Sue has led a Thematic Foresighting Cluster that advised the Prime Minister’s Science, Engineering and Innovation Council. She has recently been a member of: (a) the National Sustainability Council; (b) the Independent Expert Group advising the Commonwealth on Climate Futures; and (c) the Advisory Board of the Australian Centre for Child Protection. She has also been a Commissioner (part-time) of the Essential Services Commission, SA; a member of the National Academies Forum, of the Board of the South Australian Certificate of Education, of the SA Population Advisory Committee, of the Scenario Development Steering Committee of Skills Australia and the Expert Group advising the ABS on its Measuring Australia’s Progress program.

Through her extensive experience on policy advisory boards and in her role as President of the Academy of the Social Sciences in Australia, Sue has shown an unusual capacity to link high quality scholarship to important policy ideas. In 2011, Sue was made a Member of the Order of Australia for ‘her contribution to socially inclusive public policy’.


Date and Location

Tuesday 12th December 5.30pm (ending 7:30pm)

Nandina Function Rooms, Majestic Roof Garden Hotel, 55 Frome Street Adelaide

Drinks and canapés will be provided.



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Nandina Function Rooms, Majestic Roof Garden Hotel

55 Frome Street, Adelaide SA 5000

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