Webinar Series: Economic Recovery

Webinar Series: Economic Recovery
16 Oct
30 Oct


The COVID-19 pandemic has created significant challenges for our economy and the State’s finances. With the focus now shifting to the economic recovery, WALGA will be hosting a series of webinars to inform Local Governments about the impact of the pandemic on their local economy and business community and the role they can play in supporting the recovery.

WA State Budget Webinar - Friday, 16 October
State Deputy Under Treasurer Michael Court will provide an overview of the upcoming  State Budget and key issues for Local Government, and WALGA's Policy Manager Economics will share insights into the local level economic impacts of the pandemic.
Michael was appointed Deputy Under Treasurer in September 2016 after five years as the Executive Director of Treasury’s Economic business unit. 

In his role, Michael has primary responsibility for managing the State’s financial reporting framework.  This includes the preparation of the annual State Budget and working closely with the Treasurer and the Expenditure Review Committee to support the implementation of the Government’s fiscal strategy and service delivery priorities.  Michael also has a key role in oversight of Treasury’s involvement in Commonwealth State Financial Relations and is responsible for Treasury’s corporate services.

Michael is Deputy Chair of the Western Australian Treasury Corporation Board, a director of the Horizon Power Board, a member of the Energy Transformation Taskforce and the Bankwest Curtin Economics Centre Advisory Board.

Prior to working in WA Treasury, Michael held positions at the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, the Commonwealth Treasury, and the London Underground during its transition to a Public Private Partnership.

Michael Court 
Deputy Under Treasurer


Local Business Recovery - Friday, 30 October
Chamber of Commerce and Industry WA Chief Economist Aaron Morey, Regional Chambers of Commerce CEO Kitty Prodonovich and Small Business Commissioner David Eaton will discuss the issues and challenges faced by the WA business community arising from COVID-19 and ways that Local Governments can help support this important sector. 

David Eaton was appointed Western Australia’s first Small Business Commissioner and Chief Executive Officer of the Small Business Development Corporation (SBDC) in December 2011.  In this dual role, he is responsible for the day-to-day operations of the SBDC including its dispute resolution service. 
The Commissioner also provides advice on policy and regulatory matters impacting on the small business sector, to all tiers of government and in particular to the Western Australian Minister for Small Business. 
David has extensive business management experience, both as a small business owner and in senior executive positions in Western Australia and Victoria.
David holds a Masters in Business Administration (UWA), is a Graduate Member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and a member of the Curtin Law School Advisory Board.

David Eaton 
Small Business Commissioner

Kitty is the CEO of the Regional Chambers of Commerce and Industry of WA, a position she has held since 2012. 
Kitty has previously held the positions of Presidents of both the RCCIWA (2005 – 2010) and the Kalgoorlie-Boulder CCI (2003-2005) and has owned two small businesses in Kalgoorlie-Boulder, the first one at the age of 21.  Kitty’s involvement with a regional Chamber of Commerce began in 1991, and she is a strong and driven advocate for regional business communities. 
Until November 2018 Kitty was the Chair of the board of the Small Business Development Corporation and currently sits on the General Council of CCIWA and is a Non – Executive Director on the board of Keystart Home Loans.


Kitty Prodonovich 
Aaron Morey is the Chief Economist and Director of Policy and Influence at the Chamber of Commerce and Industry WA.

Aaron has undergraduate and postgraduate degrees in economics, and while at university co-authored a number of research papers in international economics journals, including the Review of Industrial Organisation.

He began his professional career at the Productivity Commission, where he worked on a range of policy areas, including industry development, labour markets, intellectual property, superannuation, and infrastructure and energy market regulation. While at the Commission Aaron returned home to Perth in 2017 to work in the office of the WA Treasurer, the Hon. Ben Wyatt. In that role Aaron advised the Treasurer on economic and commercial issues, managing significant projects in the portfolio, including GST reform, red tape reduction, GTE governance reforms, major asset sales, and the Bell Group negotiations.

Aaron Morey 
Chief Economist, CCI WA

For further information please contact WALGA's A/Event Manager, Ulla Prill on 9213 2043 or email registration@walga.asn.au.
WA State Budget Webinar
  • Friday, 16 October 2020
  • 2:00 PM to 3:00 PM ()
  • Online
Register Now
Local Business Recovery Webinar
  • Friday, 30 October 2020
  • 2:00 PM to 3:30 PM ()
  • Online
Register Now
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