Elements of Byron

Ideas, Inspiration, and Independent Thinking


2019 Preview

“I encourage you to invest a weekend that you will remember.”

Nicholas Moore, Chairman, The Centre for Independent Studies

Day 1 (August 29, 2019)




Please proceed to Consilium Secretariat for registration to collect your conference pass.

12:00pm – 7:30pm


Pre-Dinner Drinks

Pre-Dinner Drinks

Network with fellow Consilium attendees as we kickoff the 3-day program.

6:30pm – 7:30pm


Opening Dinner & Address

Opening Dinner & Address

Special onstage interview with Professor John B. Taylor on the perils of the world economic landscape.

7:30pm – 10:30pm


Late Registration

Late Registration

Please proceed to Consilium Secretariat for registration to collect your conference pass.

10:30pm – 11:30pm


Day 2 – August 30

Full Day Conference
For full listing, please go to Program.

Aug 30 | 7:00am – 9:30pm

Day 3 - August 31

Full Day Conference
For full listing, please go to Program.

Aug 31 | 7:00am – 9:30pm

About Consilium?

This year marks the 20th anniversary of Consilium. Derived from the Latin deliberatus or deliberation, the conference is an initiative of The Centre for Independent Studies (CIS) – Australia’s leading independent public think tank.
From its humble beginnings in 2000, Consilium has grown to become one of Australia’s most prestigious conferences. Over 3 days, leaders of business, politics, academia and the wider community are drawn together for intensive deliberation on major economic, social and cultural issues facing Australia.
At Consilium, speakers and delegates have the unique experience of contributing meaningfully to the discussion and conversations by means of individual microphones. Consilium promotes free choice, individual liberty, defends cultural freedom, and the open exchange of ideas which exemplifies the mission of the CIS. All policy options need to be heard and deliberated over so that Australia can make the right decisions that will allow continued prosperity.
We look forward to welcoming you at Consilium 2019.

Who attends Consilium?

Business Leaders

Business leaders attending Consilium bring an important commercial perspective to discussions. A range of sectors are represented by participants and speakers, including information technology, banking and finance,

mining and resources, agriculture, retail, manufacturing, construction and biotechnology.​

Public Officials

Senior government legislators from Australia, New Zealand and around the world play an active role in Consilium deliberations, providing insights into current policy developments.
Previous delegates have included the 

Governor General of Australia; Prime Ministers of Australia; the President of the Czech Republic; Governors of the central banks of Australia, New Zealand, and Papau New Guinea; Federal Cabinet and Shadow Cabinet Ministers; Vice-Chancellors of Australian public universities; senior defence force officials; and members of state and federal Australian, New Zealand, and UK parliaments.

Community and Cultural Leaders

Some of Australia’s most influential community and public opinion leaders attend Consilium, including ground-breaking scientists, Indigenous leaders, church officials, senior media

commentators, internationally renowned thinkers, and leading arts figures.

Policy Experts & Academics

Scholars from both private and public research organisations attend Consilium. Our program for 2019 will feature scholars from Australia, the United States, Canada and the UK.

Consilium 2019 will take place in the award-winning 5-star, eco-luxe resort Elements of Byron, located in idyllic Byron Bay.

Director and Founder of the Centre for Independent Studies

Professor of Public Policy and Director, Centre for Applied Macroeconomic Analysis in the Crawford School of Public Policy at the Australian National University


Sociologist, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, University of Sydney.
Author of The New Authoritarianism

Director, Free Market Foundation, (Hungary)

Health Director, Health and BioSecurity, CSIRO

Director and Founder, Academy of Ideas, London, (UK)

Founder and CEO, Cognoscenti Group

Executive Director, The New Zealand Initiative (NZ)

Australian writer and columnist for the News Limited Press

Research Director, CIS

Programme Co-ordinator of the Masters of Urban and Regional Planning, The University of Western Australia

Chinese Canadian human rights advocate

Senior Research Fellow, Culture, Prosperity & Civil Society Program, CIS

CEO and Founding Director, China Matters

Former Liberal member of the Australian House of Representatives and Cabinet Minister

Pro Vice-Chancellor Arts and Academic Culture, and Professor of History, Australian Catholic University

Cancer researcher and clinical oncologist, with Genesis Care Newcastle

Founder and President, Middle East Forum, publisher Middle East Quarterly Journal, (US)

Professor of Economics, University of Melbourne

Senior Research Fellow and Director, Culture, Prosperity & Civil Society Program, CIS

Internationally acclaimed novelist and journalist, (US)

Head of Economic Research, Reserve Bank of Australia

Executive Director, CIS

Professor of Economics at Stanford University; Senior Fellow in Economics at the Hoover Institution and Chair of the Working Group on Economic Policy, (US)

UQ-CSIRO Chair in Personalised Nanodiagnostics, Professorial Research Fellow, School of Chemistry and Molecular Biosciences, University of Queensland

Diplomat, American Board of Pathology

Minister for Population, Cities and Urban Infrastructure

Liberal Party Member for Berowra

Australia’s Ambassador to China from 2007 to 2011, Chairman & CEO of Geoff Raby and Associates Ltd based in Beijing

Director of China and Free Societies program, CIS

Senior Research Scholar, Marron Institute of Urban Management, New York University, (US)