Pearcey Oration

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The Pearcey Oration is presented each year by an eminent Australian reflecting on critical contemporary issues impacting our nation that are driven by the introduction of advanced technologies into our society.

In 2017, the Pearcey Foundation is supporting the Vic Government's Digital Innovation Festival to be held from 23 August until 6 September 2017 in various regions and cities of Victoria, by holding the 2017 Pearcey Oration in Melbourne. As in 2016, we combined our Vic State award presentation and the Pearcey Oration on the evening of Monday 28 August 2017, at The Hub in Bourke Street, Melbourne as part of the Festival.  This year Ms Jo Burston of Inspiring Rare Birds fame delivered the 2017 Pearcey Oration. Jo has been associated with, and has actively supported, the Pearcey Foundation since being co-winner of the 2012 NSW Pearcey Entrepreneur Award. Since then she has gone on to start "Inspiring Rare Birds" where her mission is "to see 1 million more women entrepreneurs within the next 10 years, globally. We want to inspire women. We want to give current entrepreneurs a voice." We have asked Jo to be provocative.

Some of our past Pearcey Orations have have been recorded as podcasts  :

Paul Shetler

28 Aug 2018

2018 Pearcey Oration

The 2018 Pearcey Oration was delivered by Mr Paul Shetler, a technologist and entrepreneur with more than 20 years of experience working on large projects in the technology industry and in guiding major government digital initiatives. The provocative talk was entitled "Be Bold Australia!". »» Read more...

Jo Burston

28 Aug 2017

2017 Pearcey Oration

The 2017 Pearcey Oration was delivered by Ms Jo Burston, founder and CEO of Job Capital, co-founder and director of Phronesis.Academy and founder of the entrepreneurial movement Inspiring Rare Birds. The Oration was given in the evening of Monday 28 August 2017, at The Hub in Bourke Street, Melbourne as part of Vic Government's Digital Innovation Festival. »» Read more...

Amanda Caples

06 Sep 2016

2016 Pearcey Oration

The 2016 Pearcey Oration was delivered by Dr Amanda Caples, Victoria's Lead Scientist and Deputy Secretary, Sector Development Division of theDepartment of Economic Development, Jobs, Transport and Resources. »» Read more...

John Grant Pearcey Oration 2015

17 Nov 2015

2015 Pearcey Oration

The 2015 Pearcey Oration was delivered by Mr John Grant, Managing Director of Data#3 and Chairman of the Australian Rugby League Commission. This was part of the Pearcey Awards held in conjunction with the ACS Disruptors Awards gala dinner held on Tuesday 17 November 2015 at the Sydney Star. »» Read more...


29 Aug 2014

2014 Pearcey Oration

The 2014 Pearcey Oration as delivered By Senator Kate Lundy on the 29th August 2014 at the 2014 iAwards Lunch hosted by Ms Kathy Coultas, Vic Gov, at the Melbourne Convention Centre. »» Read more...


2010 Pearcey Oration

The 2010 Pearcey Oration was presented by Dr Megan Clarke, CSIRO as part of the World Computer Congress 2010 at the Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre, Merivale Street, Southbank Qld 4101, Australia on Wednesday 22nd September 2010 »» Read more...

2008 Pearcey Oration Dr Cutler

22 Sep 2010

2008 Pearcey Oration

The 2008 Pearcey Oration as delivered by Dr Terry Cutler. During 2007-8 Dr Cutler conducted a comprehensive review of Australia's National Innovation systemon on behalf of the Federal Government. In the first public statement on the findings of this review, Dr Cutler outlined what was learnt and what recommendations were made to the Prime Minister. »» Read more...