On Wednesday 7th July 2010 the Hon. Chris Bowen together with John Lenders MP and Professor Deborah Ralston, Director of the Melbourne Centre for Financial Studies, will launch the Australian Centre for Financial Studies. With the full support of the Centre’s new Corporate Sponsors:

GOLD – ANZ Trustees and KPMG;

SILVER – PricewaterhouseCoopers; and

CORPORATE SUPPORTER – KordaMentha;

the Melbourne Centre for Financial Studies will become the Australian Centre for Financial Studies (ACFS).

Since the inception of the Melbourne Centre for Financial Studies (MCFS) in 2005, with seed funding from the Victorian Government and support from it’s consortium members, Monash, RMIT and Melbourne Universities and Finsia, more than A$2million additional revenue has been sourced with over A$1.5million in research grants distributed to finance academics whom have undertaken in excess of 60 research projects.

In October 2009 in conjunction with Mercer and DIIRD the MCFS released the first Melbourne Mercer Global Pension Index, and in February 2010 for the first time, they managed and delivered the Melbourne Financial Services Symposium. The MCFS has and continues to take a keen interest in public policy and regulatory issues, and has conducted numerous Conferences and symposia on financial regulation, superannuation governance Islamic financial services and Australia’s role as a financial centre for the Asia Pacific.


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