Day 1 – Wednesday, 7 October 2020

Grant Thornton’s National Federal Budget webinar

Time: 12pm – 1pm (AEDT) | 9am - 10am (AWST)

It’s more than a Budget, it’s a blueprint for businesses to “grow” out of the recession. This session will unpack what the federal budget means for mid-sized business, taking into account tax, business, political and economic impacts.


  • Greg Keith, CEO, Grant Thornton Australia
  • Besa Deda, Chief Economist, St.George
  • Yan Wong, Partner - Tax, Grant Thornton Australia
  • Facilitated by Hugh Riminton, National Affairs Editor at Channel 10

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Innovation incentives & industry

Time: 1.30pm – 2.15pm (AEDT) | 10.30am - 11.15am (AWST)

The R&D tax incentive remains the bedrock of supporting innovation which is technically risky. With the delay of the Senate report on the proposed changes to after the delivery of the Budget, could this be a sign that other innovation support measures are on the cards?

But growth and innovation is more than just R&D. It is about commercialisation. Key to this is understanding the IP landscape and how this impacts your growth plans. Join our panellist as they discuss:

  • Australian innovation support in the global context
  • The IP protection landscape
  • Impact of the proposed changes to R&D if they enacted in their current form
  • Growth challenges for manufacturing, life sciences and technology companies


  • Jacky Millership, Partner, Innovation Incentives, Grant Thornton Australia
  • Sukvinder Heyer, Partner, Innovation Incentives, Grant Thornton Australia
  • Facilitated by Iain Kemp, Partner & National Head of Industry, Grant Thornton Australia

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Supporting businesses through the recession

Time: 2.15pm – 3pm (AEDT) | 11.15am - 12pm (AWST)

The approach from the government to COVID is very different to the one taken during the GFC. This time around, government, regulators and financial institutions are banding together to support businesses to navigate the uncertainty. However, to make it through to the other side you need to have your ducks in a row. Not every business will survive. So what options are available – both the temporary concessions and the usual strategies – to help your business bounce back?


  • Matt Byrnes, Partner, Financial Advisory, Grant Thornton Australia
  • Tianne Nagy-Jones, Director, Financial Advisory, Grant Thornton Australia

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Day 2 – Thursday, 8 October 2020

Growing out of the recession: Where are investors placing their bets?

Time: 12.00pm – 12:45pm (AEDT) | 9am - 9.45am (AWST)

The disruption caused by COVID has been widespread and very quickly caused changes in investor appetite and preferences. As the pandemic hit, large secondary fund raisings were undertaken by ASX entities to shore up balance sheets. However many other transactions were placed on hold as investors scrambled to assess impacts of rapid and far reaching market changes. Six months in, transaction activity is picking up, from new IPOs, to M&A and private equity investments, with significant capital ready to be deployed. However, investors are picky and are concentrating their attentions on a select range of sectors. Join us to learn more about the areas of opportunity and how you can access investment for growth during this time.


  • Neil Cooke, Partner, Financial Advisory, Grant Thornton Australia
  • Matt Storey, Director, Corporate Finance, Bell Potter
  • Cyrus Church, Managing Director, Neu Capital
  • Holly Stiles, Partner, Financial Advisory, Grant Thornton Australia
  • Cameron Bacon, Partner, Financial Advisory, Grant Thornton Australia

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Social expectations on mid-sized business

Time: 1pm – 2pm (AEDT) | 10am - 11am (AWST)

Adjusting in 2020 – from bushfires, to floods, to COVID – there is an indelible impact on business that in many cases will be permanent. How have internal operations shifted? How do you care for your people and clients? How have businesses pivoted, and what does the future of work mean for you? This session will unpack the broader societal impacts on business in 2020, how government policy is impacting and how states and territories are working together to support Australia to grow out of the recession.  


  • Dr Ian Norton, Founder and Managing Director, Respond Global
  • Greg Keith, CEO, Grant Thornton Australia
  • Madina Aziz, Partner, Audit & Assurance, Grant Thornton Australia
  • Facilitated by Phillip Coorey, Political Editor, Australian Financial Review

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Day 3 – Friday, 9 October 2020

Cost of cyber security

Time: 2.00pm - 2.45pm (AEDT) | 11.00am - 11.45am (AWST)

Prime Minister Scott Morrison recently announced $1.35 billion in existing defence funding would be spent over the next decade to boost the cybersecurity capabilities of the Australian Signals Directorate (ASD) and the Australian Cyber Security Centre (ACSC). A further $118 million will be used to expand its data science and intelligence capabilities.

  • This investment is in response to greater cyber risk and the growing economy on the dark web built upon your stolen data – with an economic cost of approximately US$5t worldwide and US$1b in Australia alone. With the sudden and swift shift to remote working, cybercriminals now have around 40% more “open doors”, wifi weaknesses and gaps in security to exploit.

It’s become more than just an issue for the IT team to solve. It’s an issue every person within every organisation must take responsibility for. For organisational leaders and Boards in particular, this investment signals cyber security and risk management moving to the top of the agenda.

Join Grant Thornton’s Chairman, Louise McCann and our cyber security specialists as they discuss the cost of cyber security, its impacts on our economy and how organisations can protect themselves from these threats.


  • Matt Green, Partner, Risk Consulting, Grant Thornton Australia
  • Louise McCann, Chair, Grant Thornton Australia
  • Chris Watson, Partner, Risk Consulting, Grant Thornton Australia

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Embracing technology in the new normal

Time: 3.00pm – 3.30pm (AEDT) | 12.00pm - 12:30pm (AWST)

Technology is disruptive – it is moving at such a pace that the last three generations have all worked in completely different ways and in sectors that haven’t always existed. COVID will speed this change up once again as we need to find more contactless and efficient ways of working. Work of the future has the potential to be smarter and faster – providing new opportunities for you, your workers and your customers. What are the disruptive technologies on the horizon, and is it worth tinkering around the edges of what you have or is now the time to invest in major projects and integrated technologies?


  • Ian Renwood, Partner & National Head of Technology Consulting, Grant Thornton Australia
  • Catherine Graham, General Manager, APAC at Beyond Analysis
  • Senator Andrew Bragg, Senator for New South Wales, Chair of Select Committee on Financial Technology and Regulatory Technology

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