About Future of Regulation Conference, 1-2 July 2019

The 2019 Future of Regulation Conference is hosted by the Centre for Policy Futures, The University of Queensland and the Public Risk Management (PRISM) Institute, Canada. The conference will focus on contemporary emerging technologies and the future of regulation.

Three inter-related themes will be explored across the two-day conference:

  • Underlying principles, frameworks and ethics to inform regulation

While much of the recent focus of policy makers has been on the scientific and technical aspects of emerging technologies, there are ethical questions about the principles and frameworks by which technologies should be incorporated into our society. The conference will explore the ethical and societal implications of emerging technologies, with a focus on those principles and frameworks that regulators, public servants and private sector end users can utilise most effectively.

  • Use of new and emerging technology in regulation

Although emerging technologies are often viewed through the prism of challenging existing regulatory regimes, they also have the potential, if properly harnessed, to greatly enhance regulatory effectiveness. The conference will discuss how new and emerging technologies can be incorporated by both firms and regulators to increase their regulatory effectiveness, improved data management and more effective monitoring of outcomes.

  • ‘Fit-for-purpose’ public administration of regulation for the 21st century

Many public bodies were formed to deal with a distinctly 20th century set of technological challenges and while most have adapted to deal with emerging technologies, it remains vital to ask if and how public administration of regulators could be better. The conference will explore best practice approaches to the regulation of technology, and ask how governments could change their practices to better regulate emerging technologies.

The Conference will consider emerging technologies such as artificial intelligence, the digital economy, synthetic biology, nanotechnolgy and genomics, and their potential impact on various sectors including financial services; biosafety and security; the environment; government services; and food safety.

The Conference will be an important event for public and private stakeholders, so register early to avoid disappointment.

Who should attend?

Meeting the challenge of emerging technologies will require strong collaboration and knowledge sharing for all stakeholders from regulators to private sector end users, and the conference represents an important step towards that goal. The conference will provide learning opportunities for these stakeholder groups from across the OECD.

Conference participants may be able to claim Continuing Professional Development (CPD) points for attending the Future of Regulation Conference 2019 – check with your relevant professional body.

Confirmed speakers include:

Mr Daniel Trnka
Senior Policy Analyst,
Regulatory Policy Division, OECD

Mr Prasanna Lal Das
Lead Knowledge Management
Officer, World Bank

Professor Christopher Hodges
Centre for Socio-Legal Studies,
University of Oxford

Ms Mary Cavar
Executive Manager
Australian Productivity Commission

Ms Pia Andrews
Exec. Director, Digital Government
NSW Dept. of Finance, Services &

Ms Pauline Vamos
Non-Executive Director, Mercer
Superannuation, the Banking &
Finance Oath, and
Interaction Disability Services

Mr David Mackie
QLD Dept. of Justice & Attorney-

Mr Srikanth Mangalam
Public Risk Management Institute,

Associate Professor Paul Henman
Centre for Policy Futures,
The University of Queensland

Professor Katharine Gelber
Head, School of Political Science
& International Studies
The University of Queensland

Conference Steering Committee

Conference Dinner

Join us at the iconic Customs House overlooking the Brisbane River for a delicious meal and entertaining evening on Monday 1st July. Predinner drinks, three course dinner and beverages are included in the cost of your conference registration.

The Future of Regulation Conference will be held on Monday 1st July and the morning of Tuesday 2nd July 2019. The $880 registration fee includes:
- attendance at all sessions
- catering
- one ticket to the Conference Dinner.

You can register securely through the Registration Portal.

Book early to avoid disappointment!


Building #20, Staff House Road, St Lucia, Brisbane, Australia