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Mackay, Queensland, 22–25 October 2018 2018

Disruption: a catalyst for change

Many regions in Australia are experiencing unprecedented disruption to their traditional industry bases, markets, supply chains and business models. This has been driven in part by the explosion of innovation in technology platforms creating global access, lowering barrier to entry and rapidly changing customer profiles.

In addition to this rapid change established businesses are managing potential complex commercial financial and reputation risk with their attendant systems, processes and cost structures. Start-ups ad market disrupters frequently don’t have these legacies.

Perhaps however, the greatest change is the speed at which disruption occurs - weak signals of change today are tomorrows industry giants.

So how might we turn our previously successful business models to exploit the opportunities the new world of knowledge and technology offers. SEGRA 2017 will answer this question with a series of speakers with in depth knowledge of disruption, innovation, politics, business organisation and environmental protection. Case studies will highlight businesssuccessstories,profilehowregionsaretakingonthechallengeand howwecan learn from their innovations.

As always SEGRA 2017 will focus not just on understanding what is happening but examining how regions are already responding and might act to ensure their own preferred futures are realised. SEGRA is recognised as Australia’s most credible and independent voice on issues affecting regional Australia and at the conclusion of the conference will issue a communique that ensure regional Australia’s unique attributes continue to be recognised as an active player in the national agenda. We look forward to welcoming you to Port Augusta and the Upper Spencer Gulf in October.

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