About Damian Mannix

Damian Mannix works closely with CEO’s, board members and senior executives in the private and public sectors. Damian holds an MBA and is accredited by the Department of Treasury and Finance to provide services related to the Government’s approved processes for developing budget bids. He has lectured in government relations and applied communications at Monash University and RMIT University and is a former Chair of the Program Advisory Committee at the RMIT School of Applied Communications. Damian is a current Vice President of the Australia Malaysia Business Council (Vic).

Premier announces new Cabinet lineup


Here's the new Cabinet lineup with portfolio responsibilities, as announced this week by the Premier. Premier Daniel Andrews yesterday announced changes to his Cabinet. Natalie Hutchins has been appointed as the Minister for Women and the Prevention of Family Violence and will continue as Minister for Industrial Relations and Aboriginal Affairs. Marlene Kairouz has also [...]

Premier announces new Cabinet lineup2018-01-16T01:32:21+00:00

Why blockchain will revolutionise more than just the financial sector


You have probably heard people speak about ‘blockchain’ with awe, some claiming it is as revolutionary as the internet – but is it? In short, blockchain represents not just a change to technology, but a seismic shift in the way the world does business. And like the internet, blockchain has the potential to remove intermediaries [...]

Why blockchain will revolutionise more than just the financial sector2018-01-16T01:17:34+00:00

New Victorian Government ministry and department structure


HERE’S THE NEW CABINET LINEUP WITH PORTFOLIO RESPONSIBILITIES, AS ANNOUNCED THIS WEEK BY THE PREMIER.   [To print, click on the above image. Will print as A4] Premier Daniel Andrews yesterday announced changes to his Cabinet following Jane Garrett's resignation just over a week ago. Marlene Kairouz will join the Cabinet as Minister for Consumer Affairs, [...]

New Victorian Government ministry and department structure2016-05-27T13:23:23+00:00

Cyber security: big business and growing concern


The NSW Department of Resources and Energy last month revealed that its regional NSW was the subject of a cyber attack in December, occurring not long after a significant breach at the Bureau of Meteorology and at a time when projects such as the $1.2 billion Shenhua Watermark coal mine were being considered. The executive [...]

Cyber security: big business and growing concern2016-02-12T09:18:34+00:00

What does the RCEP mean for Australia?


Another round of negotiations for the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) will kick off next Monday in Brunei, but what does this mean in light of the TPP? Trade Minister Andrew Robb tabled the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade deal for ratification in parliament this Tuesday, which once implemented, will include the US, Brunei, Canada, [...]

What does the RCEP mean for Australia?2016-02-12T08:19:17+00:00

Trans-Pacific Partnership: the start of a protracted process


Trade Ministers reaching agreement on the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) has dominated news this week, and for good reason. It’s a big deal. The New York Times reported this week that the 12 Pacific Rim countries negotiating the pact account for around 40 per cent of annual GDP and one-third of world trade. The TPP is [...]

Trans-Pacific Partnership: the start of a protracted process2015-10-09T14:00:03+00:00

New Victorian Government Minister appointed


Premier Daniel Andrews today announced the appointment of Philip Dalidakis as minister to replace Adem Somyurek. The Labor caucus met briefly this afternoon and confirmed the appointment of the former Victorian Association of Forestry Industries chief executive officer and first-time MP to the same portfolio as outgoing Minister Somyurek: Small Business, Innovation and Trade. The Agenda Group has [...]

New Victorian Government Minister appointed2015-07-31T15:35:40+00:00

Victoria: open for business?


The same macroeconomic factors that constrained the state's growth relative to other states in recent years are now tipped in Victoria's favour. Limited exposure to commodity price drops and the falling Aussie dollar spells good news for Victorian exporters, but bad news for foreign manufacturers with falling demand for imports driven by relative price increases. Overall outlook and [...]

Victoria: open for business?2015-05-08T09:00:27+00:00

The Intergenerational Report: more questions than answers


The 2015 Intergenerational Report highlights complex challenges for the current government and governments for the next 40 years. Here’s a snapshot. Australia’s population will grow over the next 40 years (from 23.9 million to 39.7 million) but the annual rate of growth will be slightly less than the past 40 years. Despite the larger population, and [...]

The Intergenerational Report: more questions than answers2015-03-06T11:29:06+00:00

Regional capitals win Senate Inquiry


Last week, the Senate voted to refer for inquiry the contribution and future role of regional capitals in Australia to the Rural and Regional Affairs and Transport Committee. The motion to commence the inquiry was moved by Senator Peter Whish-Wilson.  Senator Whish-Wilson said of the Inquiry, “In this parliament we spend a lot of time developing policy for big cities [...]

Regional capitals win Senate Inquiry2015-02-20T08:46:13+00:00