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2021 Pearcey Oration and Victorian Entrepreneur Award

Wednesday 1 September 2021; 5:30pm – 7:00pm AEST

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Join us online on Wednesday 1 September 2021 for the 2021 Pearcey Oration and presentation of the 2021 Victorian Pearcey Entrepreneur Award.

Pearcey Oration 2021

In 2021, the Pearcey Oration will be delivered by Jeremy Hirschhorn, ATO Second Commissioner – encouraging us all to imagine the future, as he addresses Digital Transformation – Australia as a World Leader.

The Pearcey Oration is presented each year by an eminent thought-leader, reflecting on how our nation is being impacted by the rise of new, advanced technologies. Past Orations have included those given by John Blackburn AO, Roger Taylor, Robyn Williams, Dr Amanda Caples and Paul Shetler.

The Coronavirus pandemic has demanded a rapid, agile and natively digital response to mobilising, delivering and accessing government services and support in the face of a rapidly changing world.

The Australian Tax Office is one of the most advanced implementations of digital government services on the planet.

Gain an insight into how the ATO has leveraged a decade of digital infrastructure investment to empower business and community services and become the most digitised revenue authority in the world, and one of the largest ICT employers in the country. Hear about how this investment made possible Australia’s rapid COVID-19 Response with the JobKeeper and Cash Flow Boost programmes, and also how increasing levels of automation and data collection are changing the way the ATO’s views ethical use of data.

International competitiveness in the 21st century demands an adaptive public infrastructure capable of enabling rapid responses to the changing nature of business. Australia has long been supported by our ability to mine and export minerals, can we now become equally excellent at mining our digital resources to underpin high value exports?

Learn, share and connect – delving into this rich and complex topic, with like-minded individuals. Join the conversation after this, the most significant technology oration in the nation, to be part of making that better future happen!

Help shape how we do a better job of making our nation an integrated community with technology as a vital plank for persistent, adaptive resilience and self-reliance in a post-pandemic century.

Victorian Entrepreneur of the Year Award

The Pearcey State Entrepreneur Awards are aimed at encouraging and rewarding fresh and innovative talent in the ICT profession. It is awarded to an individual during their career who have “taken a risk, made a difference and is an inspiration” within the ICT industry within each Australian State.

The Pearcey Foundation embraces all aspects of the ICT industry from traditional Information Science to the latest technological advances in social networking, multimedia, games and internet technologies – the very broadest spectrum of the Australian innovative sector.

Since 2016 the Victorian Pearcey Entrepreneur Award has been presented as part of the Digital Innovation Festival to the following recipients: Grant Petty, Founder and CEO of Blackmagic Design (2020); Craig McDonald, Founder and CEO of MailGuard and BlackEvents (2019); Bernie Tschirren and Michael Cameron, Co-founders of Rome2Rio (2018); Cyan and Collis Ta’eed, Co-founders of Envato (2017); Martin Hosking of Co-founder and CEO of Redbubble (2016).

An optional (small) donation to the Pearcey Foundation upon registration

This event is sponsored by the Victorian Government and as a feature of the Digital Innovation Festival, now in its sixth year of celebration of Victoria’s tech community.


2021 Orator

Jeremy Hirschhorn
Jeremy Hirschhorn
ATO Second Commissioner
Jeremy Hirschhorn was appointed to the Second Commissioner role from 16 April 2020. He has overall responsibility for the ATO’s Client Engagement Group, which fosters willing participation in Australia’s tax and super systems through well-designed client experiences.

Jeremy has more than 20 years’ experience in roles managing complex tax matters.

As Deputy Commissioner of Public Groups & International from April 2015, Jeremy was responsible for ensuring that the largest Australian and multinational companies were meeting their corporate tax obligations and providing the Australian community with confidence that these large companies were being held to account.

Jeremy also worked as Chief Tax Counsel, with responsibility for the provision of the ATO’s legal advice in relation to interpretation of the tax and super laws, when he joined the ATO in August 2014.

Prior to joining the ATO, Jeremy was a senior partner in KPMG’s tax practice.

Jeremy holds a Bachelor of Commerce and Bachelor of Laws from the University of NSW. He is a Chartered Tax Adviser and Chartered Accountant.

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