All aboard! Final call for the Budget Insider 2022 express

James Riley
Editorial Director

The countdown has begun, the clock is ticking and Treasurer Josh Frydenberg’s 2022 Federal Budget will be delivered on the evening of next Tuesday March 29.

As ever in the week leading up to budget, has put an ear to the ground and a finger in the wind. All senses are now finely calibrated to detect even the tiniest change to innovation policy.

And of course, the reporting team will be inside the budget lockup in Canberra next Tuesday, and will post the latest tech and innovation budget news to this website as soon as the media blackout is lifted at 7.30pm.

As we do each year, National Affairs Editor Denham Sadler and I will teleconference into the InnovationAus Budget Insider event to provide a quick overview and recap of the standout budget measures that effect the tech and innovation ecosystem.

The Budget Insider is an evening of serious networking and serious fun. It is part cocktail party and part industry forum, run as a hybrid in-person and virtual budget-fest.

Welcome to the Budget Insider

Our panellists this year, to get amongst the entrails of innovation policy, are:

  • Anne-Marie Elias – Chief Executive Officer at Beckon Capital
  • Bronwyn Le Grice – Founder and Chief Executive Officer at ANDHealth
  • Clive Mayhew – Board Chair at Fishburners
  • Glenn Wightwick – Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Innovation and Enterprise) at the University of Technology, Sydney
  • Jas Chambers – Chair and Convenor, Ocean Decade Australia
  • Michael Biercuk – Professor of Quantum Physics and Quantum Technology and Founder/CEO at Q-CTRL
  • Rupert Taylor-Price – Chief Executive Officer at Vault Cloud and Board Director at the Australian Information Industry Association (AIIA)
  • James Riley – Editorial Director at
  • Corrie McLeod – Publisher at and Budget Insider panel moderator
  • Denham Sadler – National Affairs Editor at
  • Rachael Bolton – Journalist and Budget Insider panel moderator

The format is simple. With a wine in hand, we welcome a panel of experts to discuss their hopes and expectations for the budget. We then watch the Treasurer Josh Frydenberg deliver the budget speech.

We then cross live (and in real-time) to Parliament House in Canberra where the editorial team will have just exited the lock-up for a run-down of the innovation- and technology-specific announcements. This is followed by a panel discussing these initiatives and more.

There is a lot at stake in 2022, and this will be reflected in this budget, with government grappling with multiple challenges across many different fronts.

If you take an interest in innovation policy, you will enjoy Budget Insider 2022 – a hybrid in-person and virtual event. You can register here.

Do you know more? Contact James Riley via Email.

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