Annual Economic Outlook Breakfast 2017

IPAA SA in conjunction with the Australian Institute of Company Directors (AICD) and PwC are pleased to announce the 2017 Annual Economic Outlook Breakfast with the Hon Tom Koutsantonis MP, Treasurer of South Australia.

Each year IPAA brings in the new financial year with a discussion on the upcoming budget and its implications for South Australia’s future. Kim Cheater, Adelaide Managing Partner, PwC, will lead the Treasurer through a discussion around the 2017-18 budget. This will be followed by a Q&A session that will provide you with the opportunity to question a panel of experts including the Treasurer and Steve Ludlam, Chairman - Northern Economic and Social Improvement Board (plus more to be announced soon). The event will be hosted by IPAA SA President, Erma Ranieri FAICD, Commissioner for Public Sector Employment.

Details of the event:


Monday, 31 July 2017


Adelaide Convention Centre, Panorama Ballroom, North Terrace, Adelaide SA 5000


7:00 am (registration) 7:30 am - 9:00 am





Tom Koutsantonis MP
Minister for Finance
Minister for State Development
Minister for Mineral Resources and Energy

Tom Koutsantonis holds the seat of West Torrens in the House of Assembly and was first elected to the South Australian Parliament on 11 October 1997.

Born on 23 August 1971, Tom has lived in the western suburbs his entire life.

He attended Netley Primary School, Adelaide High School, and went on to study at the University of Adelaide, paying his way by driving a taxi. He then had to leave University before completing his degree to help run the family small business due to an illness in the family. He was later employed as an Industrial Officer for the Shop Distributive Allied Employees Association.

Tom enjoys cooking, gardening and watching both football codes. In particular, the Power - he is very much a one-eyed Port Adelaide Football Club and Liverpool supporter.

His greatest love is his family - wife Anthea and daughters Tia and Helena.

As well as Treasurer, Tom holds office as Minister for Finance, Minister for State Development and Minister for Mineral Resources and Energy. He was first appointed to the Labor Ministry on 3 March 2009.


Mr Kim Cheater, Adelaide Managing Partner, PwC

Kim Cheater is the Adelaide Managing Partner and Risk Assurance lead in South Australia. With over 30 years’ experience in the local market, Kim is highly respected across business and government for the ideas and insights he is able to bring to Boards, Executive Management and decision makers across sectors. When organisations are experiencing significant change, disruption or embarking on major strategic projects, Kim’s balanced and pragmatic perspectives have been able to deliver considerable value.

Kim has worked with many of the state’s leading organisations and government agencies to continuously improve internal systems and processes, manage risks, and achieve business and social outcomes. Kim’s knowledge is not limited by industry, having worked across government and the private sector in a range of sectors including: education, financial services, utilities, infrastructure, mining and resources, and community services.

During his time at PwC, Kim has led the Risk, Internal Audit and IT Consulting businesses along with the firm’s Government Sector and Financial Services practice areas. In July 2016 Kim was appointed as the Adelaide Market’s Managing Partner and to PwC’s 2020 Leadership Team.

Throughout his career, Kim has been committed to recognising the cultural value and contributions made by the First Peoples of Australia. Kim is the Chair of the Accounting and Finance Aboriginal Employment Industry Cluster which has delivered significant employment outcomes in South Australia for Aboriginal people and leads PwC’s national Reconciliation Team. Kim’s commitment in this area was recognised in April 2016 when Kim was made an Ambassador to the Aboriginal Employment Industry Cluster Program by the Governor of South Australia.



Erma Ranieri, Commissioner for Public Sector Employment, Office for the Public Sector

Appointed on 1 July 2014, Commissioner for Public Sector Employment Erma Ranieri works passionately to ensure the public sector is a trusted, respected, courageous and honest organisation.

The Commissioner holds a statutory role under the Public Sector Act 2009. The Act outlines principles and guidelines to improve and uphold public sector performance – it is the Commissioner’s role to bring these to life across government.

Erma is working towards creating a world-leading public sector that serves South Australians well, does what it says it will do, and to which every public servant is proud to belong.

Erma has worked for more than 30 years to help organisations optimise productivity and employee wellbeing. She was named 2014 Telstra Business Woman of the Year and SA Winner of the Telstra Community and Government Award for her role in leading transformational change throughout the public sector.

Erma currently oversees the Office for the Public Sector. The Office is responsible for a number of sector-wide reform programs, including Change@SouthAustralia.

Erma will continue to challenge cultural and structural barriers within the public sector to raise productivity and foster excellence. She is leading a cultural shift and creating a public sector that is more collaborative, innovative, and connected to the community.