VIC Major Projects Conference 2016

19-20 April 2016
Melbourne Convention & Exhibition Centre
Melbourne, VIC, Australia

Conference Agenda

» Day 1 - 19th April 2016

» Day 2 - 20th April 2016

Day 1 - 19th April 2016
08:00 - 08:50


08:50 - 09:00


09:00 - 09:30

Speed networking
This speed networking session will allow delegates to introduce themselves and swap business cards with those they are seated with and other conference attendees.

09:30 - 10:00

Ministerial Address

Tim Pallas MP, Treasurer, Victoria

Tim Pallas MP
10:00 - 10:30

Overview of Plan Melbourne Refresh
The Victorian Government has committed to refreshing Plan Melbourne, the long-term vision for our city to 2050, to ensure it accurately reflects community and expert priorities and advice. The refresh is an update of the existing strategy.

  • Benefits
  • Timelines and Implementation
  • The Way Forward

Peter Seamer, Chief Executive Officer, Metropolitan Planning Authority

Peter Seamer
10:30 - 11:00

Prioritising Infrastructure for Melbourne’s Outer Suburban Growth Areas

  • What are the infrastructure priorities
  • What do we need to catch up (address the backlog)
  • What do we need to keep up with population growth
  • What is proposed to achieve a fairer and more productive approach to these areas

Cr. Sam Aziz, Mayor, City of Casey

Cr. Sam Aziz
11:00 - 11:30


11:30 - 11:50

Ravenhall Prison project

  • The Ravenhall Prison project is expected to significantly improve the State’s prison capacity and drive investment towards the region.
  • The Project will deliver a new medium security prison facility to accommodate 1000 prisoners and is expected to be completed in 2017.

Ben Dempsey, Project Director - Ravenhall Prison Project, Department of Justice and Regulation

Ben Dempsey
11:50 - 12:10

 Victoria's Economic Development Agenda

Justin Hanney, Lead Deputy Secretary - Economic Development, Employment & Innovation, Department of Economic Development, Jobs, Transport and Resources Victoria

Justin Hanney
12:10 - 12:30

Ministerial Address

Hon. Jacinta Allan MP, Minister for Public Transport, Minister for Employment, Victoria

Hon. Jacinta Allan MP
12:30 - 13:00

Melbourne Metro Rail project
The Melbourne Metro Rail Project is the key to the future expansion of Victoria's rail network and will increase the capacity, reliability and efficiency of Melbourne’s busiest train lines.

  • Project Overview and Scope
  • Timelines
  • Benefits of the project

Peter Wilkinson, Director Development & Delivery, Melbourne Metro Rail Authority

Peter Wilkinson
13:00 - 14:00


14:00 - 14:20

The Vital Role of the Urban Development Sector to the Victorian Economy

Danni Addison, Chief Executive Officer, Urban Development Institute of Australia (Victoria)

Danni Addison
14:20 - 15:10

Panel Discussion
Residential Construction Sector – Current Status and What’s Ahead for Victoria

  • Property market the star performer in Victoria’s economy?
  • How long would the boom continue?
  • Trends and Future Outlook

Danni Addison, Chief Executive Officer, Urban Development Institute of Australia (Victoria)
Jennifer Cunich, Executive Director, Property Council of Australia – Victorian Division
Radley de Silva, CEO, Master Builders Victoria

Danni Addison Jennifer Cunich Radley de Silva
15:10 - 15:30

Ballarat West Employment Zone

  • Designed to support business innovation and business productivity, the Ballarat West Employment Zone (BWEZ) is the biggest investment development project in the region.
  • The City of Ballarat has been working on BWEZ for five years in partnership with Regional Development Victoria and Major Projects Victoria.

This presentation will feature an overview of the project, updates, timelines and benefits.

Angelique Lush, Manager Economic Infrastructure Delivery, City of Ballarat

Angelique Lush
15:30 - 16:00


16:00 - 16:20

Economic Outlook for Victoria

Daniel Gradwell, Economist, ANZ

Daniel Gradwell
16:20 - 16:40

Delivering Successful Major Projects
An increasing need for investment in major transport and other infrastructure in an environment where all levels of government in Australia are fiscally constrained is driving innovative solutions to previous infrastructure challenges such as:

  • managing patronage and interface risks so that appropriate risks can be efficiently priced, and maximum value for money delivered to governments and users;
  • realising latent funding capacity for the infrastructure which the community requires;
  • identifying and managing project contractors for optimal delivery; and
  • capturing the benefits of the insights and abilities of networked infrastructure providers.

The presentation will examine the funding and delivery arrangements for recent major infrastructure projects from across the country and indeed around the world, including their successes and difficulties, and explore potential future funding and delivery arrangements using practical examples. The presentation will identify key risks which need to be managed (and the manner in which they might be managed) in delivering efficient solutions. The presentation will also explore the role of private infrastructure developers and contractors, tools for managing the input of private infrastructure developers and contractors in project delivery and techniques for unlocking the benefits of the insights and abilities of networked infrastructure providers.

Zac Kerr, Partner - Projects & Infrastructure, Mills Oakley

Zac Kerr
16:40 - 16:45


16:45 - 17:45


Day 2 - 20th April 2016
08:25 - 08:55


08:55 - 09:00


09:00 - 09:30

Speed Networking
This speed networking session will allow delegates to introduce themselves and swap business cards with those they are seated with and other conference attendees.

09:30 - 10:00

CityLink Tulla Widening Project
The CityLink Tulla Widening Project involves the addition of extra Lanes and additional measures to improve traffic flow across 24 km of freeway between the CityLink tunnels and Melbourne Airport.

  • Latest Updates
  • Project Benefits
  • Project Timelines

David Clements, Program Director CTW Project, Transurban

David Clements
10:00 - 10:30

An Update on Places Victoria’s Urban Renewal Projects

Simon Wilson, General Manager – Precincts, Places Victoria

Simon Wilson
10:30 - 11:00

China Australia Free Trade Agreement and its Impact on Victoria’s Agricultural Sector
China is Victoria’s top trading partner, with two way merchandise valued at $20.5 billion and Victorian exports to China worth $4.3 billion in 2014-15.

  • The China Australia Free Trade Agreement (ChAFTA) is an important step towards a deal that is expected to open up significant new opportunities for Victorian businesses.
  • The agreement will see tariffs on dairy, beef, sheep meat, wine and horticultural products phased out entirely in coming years, giving Victorian producers a major advantage over many competitors.

Peter Touhey, President, Victorian Farmers Federation

Peter Touhey
11:00 - 11:30


11:30 - 12:00

The Latest Insight into ‘Smart Cities’ from a Global Perspective

  • The rise of technology companies with an interest in city development.
  • What valuable lessons are gathered when looking to implement these technologies into Australian cities.
  • The challenges associated with utilising smart technology whilst not losing sight of the end user ‘people’.

David Klingberg, CEO, David Lock Associates

David Klingberg
12:00 - 12:30

Audit for the East West Link Project

Steven Vlahos, Assistant Auditor General - Performance Audit, Victorian Auditor-General’s Office

Steven Vlahos
12:30 - 13:00

Fishermans Bend Urban Renewal
Fishermans Bend is the largest and most significant urban renewal project in Australia. The state government expects the precinct to accommodate about 40,000 jobs and 80,000 residents by 2050.

  • Overview of the Strategic Framework Plan
  • Possible Timelines and Opportunities

Claire Ferres Miles, General Manager – Place Strategy and Development, City of Port Phillip

Claire Ferres Miles
13:00 - 14:00


14:00 - 14:30

Performance Managing Infrastructure Projects; Lessons from the Resources Boom

  • Next wave of capital project spending is dominated by crucial economic infrastructure (social engineering) ventures by government that MUST be delivered
  • Net Infrastructure investment in Victoria is substantial with $34bn in budget for next 4 years and ~$6.5bn for 2015/16
  • The majority of this spend is on transport, with $17b of the allocated to major projects
  • There were lessons learned during the near-decade long resources boom (2003-2012); there were also missed opportunities that will be critical for success in infrastructure
  • How can government owners and PPP delivery team’s performance manage these projects to success?

As the unforeseen 2003 resources boom took everyone by surprise after almost 3 decades of low capital investment, the magnitude of the projected spend by governments in Australia has many scrambling. The resources boom suffered from labour shortages, engineering and field quality issues, and worse productivity and escalation than business predicted. We may have delivered capacity, but we paid for it – the 2012 BCA study highlighted capital projects in Australia had an average 40 percent premium to a similar project in US. It is critical that this situation is not repeated with the wave of current and coming economic infrastructure projects. There are 2 primary levers that can be pulled by both owners and delivery teams.

Sally A. Glen, Capital Practice Manager, Partners in Performance

Sally A. Glen
14:30 - 15:00

Funding Major Infrastructure Projects

  • Alternate forms of funding
  • Capital Recycling

Darrin Grimsey, Partner - Infrastructure Advisory, EY

Darrin Grimsey
15:00 - 15:30


15:30 - 16:00

Delivering Sustainable Projects:
Realising Sustainable Planning Aspirations through the Major Project Delivery Phase

  • What makes a sustainable major project
  • Industry scan - The key challenges (with project examples)
  • Industry scan – what’s working around the country (with project examples)
  • What we can take from this for today’s Major Project program in Victoria

Fin Robertson, Director, Sustainable Asset Strategies

Fin Robertson
16:00 - 16:20

Towering High: Future of Skyscrapers in Melbourne

  • Overview of current skyscraper trends
  • Heights and densities
  • Current residential boom and landmark case studies in Melbourne
  • Outlook for future tall buildings

Giorgio Marfella, Lecturer in Construction Management and Architecture, University of Melbourne

Giorgio Marfella
16:20 - 16:25


Agenda is subject to change
*Speakers to be confirmed

Registration Closed!

19-20 April 2016

Melbourne Convention & Exhibition Centre
Melbourne, VIC, Australia

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