Bernard Salt

Leading business advisor, author, speaker & columnist

Bernard Salt is a leading commentator and advisor on consumer, cultural and demographic trends who has earned an international reputation as a trend forecaster for business and government. He is also a best-selling author, a columnist with The Australian newspaper and in high demand as a speaker.

Bernard is a high-profile Melbourne-based Partner with the global advisory firm KPMG where he founded the specialist advisory business, KPMG Demographics. He has popularised demographics through his books, columns and media appearances for 25 years and is a recognised as an expert in local, national and global demographic trends.

His views are regularly sought by the business community and by the general media. He appears regularly on radio and television programs including Sunrise, Today Tonight, Lateline ABC, A Current Affair and 60 Minutes.

Bernard is also a compelling and entertaining speaker who is in demand by blue-chip companies to stimulate thought-provoking discussion at conferences, seminars and workshops. The Age describes his style as 'part stand-up comedian, part number-crunching economist'. A Queensland journalist described him as 'quick witted and dynamic as a public speaker; he is articulate and holds an audience exceptionally well.'

He travels Australia extensively and is equally at home speaking about suburban growth and culture in Dubbo and Busselton, as he is about the opportunities for business in the hip-&-happening empty-nester residential markets of inner Sydney and Melbourne.

Bernard Salt is the best-selling author of six books on demographic change including The Big Shift, The Big Picture, Man Drought, The Big Tilt, Decent Obsessions and most recently, More Decent Obsessions.

Bernard Salt holds a Master of Arts degree from Monash University and is an adjunct professor at Curtain University Business School.

As an expert on the implications of social and demographic change, Bernard is one of the most in-demand speakers on the Australian corporate speaking circuit

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Bernard bases his presentation on hard-edged numbers reflecting the most recent demographic, business and social information available. His research into almost every market in Australia enables him to talk authoritatively about trends in any part of the continent, as well as the cultural differences within regional Australia.

His style is informative, witty, incisive and very 'human'; it is a unique blend of substance and humour. Indeed, he has been described as "having the content of Hugh Mackay and the delivery of Phil Ruthven". All of Bernard's presentations are tailored to the client and to the client's industry

Client testimonials

He took the room totally by surprise right from the beginning and they loved him … the energy in the room was palpable and Bernard totally met their enthusiasm and kept them completely enthralled throughout his session.

National Employment Services Association

An unqualified success … riveting …The anecdotes and verbal illustrations were worthy of the most highly acclaimed entertainer.

Franchise Council of Australia

… topical, focussed and importantly entertaining presentation … his depth of knowledge on his subject has significantly enhanced his ability to deliver not only the prepared presentation, but also to further delve and discuss broader issues relative to the topic and particularly relative to the audience.

Southern Cross Broadcasting

I continue to receive very positive comments from attendees who thoroughly enjoyed your lively exposition … Excellent presentation.


Lots of positive feedback … highly entertaining and informative.


His topic and presentation was perfect for our audience, and I received a lot of great feedback. Bernard's talk was the right level of information and humour for our dinner