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Brian Haratsis

Brian Haratsis

“Australia 2050 Project – A Big Australia?” is providing a platform to open discussion and understand the future drivers of Australia ranging from Globalisation, Health and Ageing, Freight and Logistics to the future role and impacts of the resource industry.

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Testimonials for Brian Haratsis

“Brian Haratsis combines both the logic of an economist and the multi-disciplinary skills of a planner, to artfully, interestingly and above all creatively provide utterly entertaining and thoroughly competent analysis and advice in his presentation.

I am delighted to confirm my view Brian’s presentation as the keynote speaker, to the state conference of the Planning Institute of Australia’s (WA Division), which attracted 220 paying delegates was one of the most memorable presentations I have seen in my twenty (plus) years in the planning profession.”

Paul Kotsoglo, President Planning Institute of Australia (WA Division)

“Brian is an exceptional thinker and speaker and is the best futurist I have come across. He gave a presentation to the Partners at Minter Ellison’s Perth office late last year on Australia 2050, which has assisted us with our planning and strategy. I am also State President and a Board Member of CEDA (Committee for Economic Development of Australia) and Brian has spoken (on my recommendation) at CEDA events in Sydney and Melbourne. He is simply excellent!

John Poulsen, Managing Partner, Minter Ellison Perth


“Brian's presentation was informative, as expected, and entertaining as a bonus.His presentations are always well researched, well presented and captivating, and are so well regarded that over 400 paying guests attended the most recent presentation to our members in Victoria. He continues to draw accolades from our audiences and we always receive numerous requests for him to present again.”

Tony De Domenico, Executive Director (Victoria), Urban Development Institute of Australia

Brian Haratsis Travels from VIC
Fee Range: :$5001 to $10000

Brian Haratsis's Biography

Brian Haratsis is highly regarded as one of Australia’s foremost strategic advisors – with a particular focus on private sector property involvement, understanding communities, tourism and social trends – Brian has more than 30 plus years experience as an economist, futurist, and strategic planner.


Brian Haratsis is a best-selling author, futurist, thought leader and is regarded by corporate Australia as the leading economic and strategic advisor operating in the property sector locally and internationally.


Brian established MacroPlan Australia (renamed MacroPlan Dimasi in 2012) in 1985 and has devoted the last 28 years to his loyal client base through the delivery of effective business and property strategy, precise forecasting of niche trends, successful facilitation of strategic outcomes and successful delivery of major projects / policies.


His new thinking is currently transforming projects in retirement living/aged care and tourism including accommodation, airports, casinos and cruise shipping. As well as his role of executive chairman and managing director, Brian’s current professional focus is to provide concept development and transactional advisory for clients facing complex issues around property.employment and regulatory perspective.


Brian released the “Australia 2050 Project – A Big Australia?” is providing a platform to open discussion and understand the future drivers of Australia ranging from Globalisation, Health and Ageing, Freight and Logistics to the future role and impacts of the resource industry.


Rapid changes in technology combined with the growth of the services sector is forever changing the way Australian cities function. Much of our planning and economic development thinking, however, is based on obsolete ideas of urban development, employment, society and industry. Understanding how our very near future is going to forever change strategies for economic growth and turn urban planning on its head, is the subject of a new book by leading Australian futurist, strategic advisor and urban planner Brian Haratsis.


As Executive Chairman of MacroPlan, Brian leads the powerhouse national property research consultancy and is a highly sought after by governments and industry alike. His new book ‘Destructive Cities’ will refocus thinking from public sector led city renewal to private sector led economic and spatial transformation.

With a renewed Federal Government focus on cities as engines of productivity, there is no better time to understand why old planning and development ideas need to give way to the irresistible forces of the new economic model.


In a recent series of videos, Brian discusses why urban planning needs to be turned on its head, and shares his views on the new forces driving city growth and development.




National Advisory

Lend Lease | National Retirement Portfolio Assessment

Westfarmers | National Property Advisory

ISPT | Ageing and Health Investment Strategy



The new Plan Melbourne Ministerial Advisory Committee | Board Member

Metropolitan Planning Authority | Board Member

Local Government Sunbury out of Hume

City Council Panel | Chairman

Metropolitan Planning Strategy

Ministerial Advisory Committee | Economists Committee Member

Pakenham Racing Club | Redevelopment and Feasibility plus new Racecourse Rezoning

Cardinia Shire/Parklea Pty Ltd | Cardinia

Road Employment Precinct Structure Plan, Market Research and Town Centre Masterplan


Coles Pty Ltd | Coburg NAC Economic and Impact Analysis, Armstrong Creek Strategic Town Centre Advice

ISPT | Mining and Resources Investment Strategy


New South Wales

Regional Development Australia | Illawarra Strategy Implementaiton Plan

Sydney City Council | Light Rail Economic Impact Study

Lloyds of London | Portfolio Review

Risk Assessment and Project Advice Wilton | Economic Development Strategy and Market Analysis

Benevolent Society | Bondi Apartments for Life Cost Benefit


Australian Capital Territory

ACT Government | Public Housing Strategy

Land Development Authority |City to Lake Project and Economic Development Strategy for Canberra Brickworks

Northern Territory

NT Government | Greater Darwin Regional Land Use Plan - Land Needs Analysis (2010/11)

Coles | Northern Territory Economic and Demographic Analysis and Network Strategy

NT Government | Greater Darwin Regional Land Use Plan - Land Needs Analysis (2013/14)

Multiplex | Darwin City Waterfront Project - Cost Benefit Study and Market Assessment

Coles | Coolalinga Retail Assessment


South Australia

Land Development Agency | Bowden Urban Village Economic and Financial Feasibility

Woods Bagot | Riverbank Precinct Master Plan



Urban Land Development Authority | Bowen Hill Urban Regeneration Project Economic and Financial Feasibility

Gold Coast City Council | Light Rail Economic Impact and Land Use Opportunities, Gold Coast Activity Centres Review

Surat Basin Property Group | Population and Housing Forecasts Implications of Mining and Infrastructure Brisbane City Council | Brisbane Industrial and Office Land Supply Study


Western Australia

Midland Integrated Transport Hub | Market Research, Sizing and Market Assessment

Port Hedland | Residential Rezonings, Hotel Assessments, Indigenous Property Strategies

Perth Waterfront  Elizabeth Quay | RACWA Major Mixed Use Develoment

BHP Billiton | Pilbara Cities Strategic Research

Southern Cross Care | Ridgewood Open Community Living Project and Portfolio Strategy

Speaking Topics Include

Economy, Future and Strategy planning

Understanding community, social and tourism trends


Australia's future direction