Jacinta is currently the Minister for Public Transport and the Minister for Employment under the Andrews Government. Jacinta is also the Leader of the House
Jacinta has a history of delivering investment in public transport for Victoria as well as job creation and economic development. In the Bracks and Brumby Governments she was involved in the Fast Rail project, the purchase of the first fleet of VLocity Trains and the Regional Rail Link. She has also held employment portfolios from 2002-2007 focussed on getting long term disadvantaged people into work under the same Government which saw a steady decline in unemployment.
In the previous Labor Government Jacinta held a number of Ministerial portfolios including Regional and Rural Development and Industry and Trade. She has also been the Minister for Skills and Workforce Participation, the Minister for Skills, Education Services and Employment, the Minister for Women’s Affairs, the Minister for Education Services and Minister for Employment and Youth Affairs.
Jacinta was elected as the Member for Bendigo East in September 1999 at the age of 25, making her the youngest woman to ever be elected to the Victorian Parliament.
Jacinta was born and grew up in Bendigo and studied at St Joseph’s Primary School in Quarry Hill then Catholic College Bendigo, before completing her BA (Hon) at La Trobe University in Bendigo.
Before entering Parliament, Jacinta worked in the office of Steve Gibbons MP, Federal Member for Bendigo, and for two years prior to that she worked in the office of Neil O'Keefe, Federal Member for Burke, and the Commonwealth Department of Industrial Relations.
Jacinta is married and has two young children.
The Minister is looking forward to delivering a number of public transport projects including the removal of 50 of Melbourne most dangerous level crossings, doubling the size of the Melbourne Metro, extending the South Morang Line to Mernda, overseeing the purchase of new rolling stock, as well as delivering a $100 million improvement to bus services. These projects and more will form part of Labor’s commitment to create 100,000 new jobs under the Back to Work Plan.
Tim was elected to the Victorian Parliament in 2006 and is the state member for Werribee.
He served in the previous ALP Government as Minister for Roads and Ports and later added Major Projects to his responsibilities.
During this period he oversaw the M1 Upgrade, the construction of the Deer Park Bypass and Geelong Ring Road and the development of AAMI Park and the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre.
Tim studied Arts/Law at the Australian National University prior to taking up roles with the Federal Firefighters Union and the Storemen and Packers Union.
He later served as Assistant Secretary of the ACTU before taking up a position as chief of staff to Premier Steve Bracks.
He is married with two children and a passionate supporter of the Werribee Tigers, Western Bulldogs, Melbourne Storm and Melbourne Victory.
Justin Hanney was appointed as the Lead Deputy Secretary for the Economic Development, Employment & Innovation Group on 1 January 2015.
Justin has responsibility for international and domestic investment attraction including trade and export development. He is also responsible for regional development, supporting growth in regional Victoria as well as positioning and marketing Victoria as a competitive destination for tourism and major events. His role also supports innovation by building capacity for the development and use of new practices and technologies.
Justin also has responsibility for the delivery of Victorian Government nominated major projects as well as providing advice on industrial relations and delivering skilled and business migration and employment programs. He is also responsible for providing business information, advisory and referral services for all Victorian businesses through Small Business Victoria and the network of international and domestic Victorian Government Business Offices.
Ben Dempsey has over 30 years’ experience in infrastructure development, leading public private partnerships (PPP) across a broad range of industry sectors such as corrections, public transport, water and health.
Ben is a Director of infrastructure advisory firm EIG. In December 2012, the Victorian Department of Justice and Regulation appointed him as Project Director to lead the development and implementation of the Ravenhall Prison Project PPP.
Prior to his current role, Ben led the development of earlier Victorian PPP correctional projects, including, as a single transaction, the Metropolitan Remand Centre and the Marngoneet Correctional Centre.
Ben has acted for clients in Australia, Germany and Africa and has conducted multilateral negotiations at an international level.
Peter Seamer is the CEO of Victoria’s Metropolitan Planning Authority.
With Melbourne’s population projected to grow faster than any other Australian city, planning for Melbourne’s growth presents unique challenges and opportunities. This requires the MPA to be innovative in its thinking and implementation, cut red tape and work closely with councils, government agencies, the development industry and the community.
As CEO, Peter oversees the MPA’s planning and infrastructure coordination activities to help provide attractive and affordable housing for the likely new population of Melbourne. This work takes infrastructure needs into account as well as the challenge of maintaining Melbourne’s standing as the world’s most liveable city.
Peter has a background in engineering, planning and management with a Master of Engineering Science in Transport Planning and a Master of Urban Planning both from Melbourne University.
His background encompasses both government and private enterprise roles.
With a professional career starting in planning new towns in the UK and Australia, much of Peter’s career has been in Local Government as the CEO of several cities, including Essendon, Greater Bendigo, Whitehorse, and the City of Sydney.
Peter was also the CEO of Federation Square during its building phase and its first few years of operation.
Simon has a proven track record of success from 20+ years of property regeneration, development and asset management experience gained in both the British and Australian private and public sectors. Simon has extensive experience in complex joint ventures focusing on adding value to underutilised, often contaminated land and buildings. UK projects included developments in the City of London, London Docklands, Chatham Maritime and other infill sites including complex over-rail developments. Simon is a member of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (UK) and the Australian Institute of Company Directors.
Simon joined Places Victoria in 2007 and is the General Manager responsible for Precinctual Urban Renewal. Current projects include Melbourne Docklands, Revitalising Central Dandenong, Wodonga and more recently working with other parts of Government to reinvigorate the Geelong CBD. The Precincts team works closely with the New Business division on the larger, quite often more complicated, long term pipeline projects.
David Clements is the Program Director for the CityLink Tulla Widening Project. He has over 15 years’ experience in the infrastructure and construction industry and has gathered experience on a diverse range of projects including high rise buildings, processing plants and large scale transport infrastructure projects in both green and brown field environments.
David spent seven years working in Asia on building and civil construction engineering projects prior to moving back to Australia in 2003. Prior to the CityLink Tulla Widening Project David was the General Manager of Southern Way, the Project Company responsible for the finance, design, construction, delivery and operation of the 27km long Peninsula Link Freeway in Melbourne. He was also the Project Director of one of the two consortiums to be shortlisted for the final stages of the recent $5 billion East West Link Project bid in Melbourne. David has had extensive exposure to a broad range of project delivery models including managing contractor, design and construct, EPC, alliances and public private partnerships.
David joined Transurban in October 2014.
Darrin Grimsey is Partner with Ernst & Young’s Infrastructure Advisory Group in Melbourne and a leading adviser on infrastructure policy, process and projects in Australia.
Darrin has 28 years experience delivering infrastructure projects. His background is in engineering and project management before steering his career into infrastructure investment appraisal and finance. He specialises commercial, strategic and financial advice, project structuring, risk identification and contract negotiations. He has extensive experience advising governments on policy and guidelines as well as delivering projects in light rail, events venues, health, education, corrections, justice and water.
Darrin has advised on several major including: waste water treatment plants in Scotland; prisons in the UK and Australia including Ravenhall; hospitals in the UK and Australia including Hereford PFI, Casey, Victoria Comprehensive Cancer Centre and New Royal Adelaide; Southbank TAFE and Partnerships Victoria in Schools; WA CBD Courts; Melbourne Showgrounds; Darwin Waterfront Development including convention and exhibition centre.
Darrin regularly facilitates workshops and training for practitioners and speaks at conferences. He has also published several papers in leading academic journals and books dealing with various issues relating to infrastructure, including Public Private Partnerships: the revolution in infrastructure provision and project finance which won the 2006 Blake Dawson Waldron award for business literature in Australia.
Cr Sam Aziz was born in Cairo, Egypt in January 1973 and migrated to Australia with his parents in 1983.
After 17 years of continuous service at senior levels, he retired from the Commonwealth Government in December 2013 to pursue a number of private business interests.
Throughout his service at the federal level, Cr Aziz also served in a number of state and local government positions.
In August 2000, Cr Aziz was appointed as a Commissioner for Multicultural Affairs by the Victorian Government, and served in that role for five years from 2000 to 2005.
In September 2005, Cr Aziz was appointed by the Minister for Police and Emergency Services as a Director on the board of the Victorian Metropolitan Fire and Emergency Services Organisation.
He was elected Mayor of the City of Casey in 2011-2012, and again in 2015-2016.
In addition to his formal university qualifications, Cr Aziz is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. He also holds an Advanced Diploma in Business and an Advanced Diploma in Government from the University of Canberra.
Cr Aziz is married to Dr Nesrine Armanious, who is a Dental Surgeon and the Principal of Ava Maria Dental, a practice located in the City of Casey. He and his wife have two children, Emmanuel and Nicholas.
Peter Wilkinson has nearly 30 years’ experience in delivering major infrastructure projects both within Australia and overseas. He is currently overseeing the design and delivery of the proposed construction program for the Melbourne Metro Rail Project. Peter's rail experience in Melbourne includes the delivery of rail/road grade separations at Middleborough Road in Box Hill and Springvale Road in Nunawading, rail duplication and extension to South Morang, as well as the major brownfield works on the Regional Rail Link Project.
Prior to his current role with Melbourne Metro, Peter worked with John Holland Constructions for 28 years, with his most recent roles as Alliance General Manager delivering complex public infrastructure projects across Melbourne.
David has a real passion to create great places for people. The CEO of the David Lock Associates Australia, he has over 26 years’ experience in the planning and the design industry. Cultivating an inspiring work culture, David specialises in bringing together teams and managing industry leaders to deliver outstanding outcomes in urban development, town planning and urban design. David has worked on significant projects nationally and internationally for state and local governments, as well as the private sector.
These include land use strategies and growth area planning, mixed use and residential master planning, urban regeneration, town centre revitalisation studies and initiatives, state and local government planning policy development and urban design advice.
David is driven to produce great planning and urban design outcomes, education and training. He regularly presents at conferences both in Australia and Asia and teaches at Universities and for the Planning Institute of Australia.
Some of David’s projects include: The Ho Chi Minh City Bus Rapid Transit and Land Use Study, Vietnam, Rail Corridor Master Plans and Urban Design Guidelines in the UK and Australia, Viatale District Structure Plan, Samoa, Alkimos Eglinton District Structure Plan, Western Australia, Eglinton District Centre Master Plan, Western Australia, Alkimos Coastal Village Master Plan, Western Australia, Technology Precinct Master Plan, Western Australia, Uluru Children’s Home Master Plan, Tamil Nadu, India and Sunrise Children’s Home Master Plan, Nepal.
Peter is a fifth-generation grain, wool and prime lamb producer from Pyramid Hill in Victoria.
He crops some 3000ha of cereals and canola each year and also runs 1000 breeding ewes which forms part of his wool growing and prime lamb production system.
Peter has been a Victorian Farmers Federation (VFF) member for more than 25 years, during which time he has held 10 formal executive positions including the position of VFF Vice President.
He has also represented Victoria on the National Farmers Federation (NFF) Economics Committee and held positions relevant to catchment planning and regional development in our region.
Radley de Silva was appointed as CEO of the MBAV in August 2013.
Prior to this Radley held the position of Deputy Executive Director of the Master Builders Association of Victoria since 2001. Radley joined the Association 3 weeks after the HIH collapse and had an ‘interesting’ initiation into the industry.
Master Builders represents over 7000 Victorian building businesses ranging from small home building companies to volume builders, sub-contractors and specialist contractors in the residential and commercial building sectors to manufacturers, suppliers and others associated with the industry. The Association’s turnover exceeds $20M and has over 100 staff, servicing members from our East Melbourne head office and 7 regional offices.
During his period as DED, Radley has introduced a number of new products and services which has resulted in the highest level of membership in the Association’s history and a sound financial position.
Prior to joining the Master Builders Radley held various senior management positions both here and overseas in a number of industries ranging from finance, travel and insurance to trade associations.
Danni Addison is the chief executive officer of the Urban Development Institute of Australia in Victoria and one of Australia’s most recognised property experts.
She is a leading advocate for the urban development industry in Victoria, and has responsibility for administering the affairs of the Institute in Victoria along with the Institute's Board of Directors. In her role, Danni represents the best interests of players in Australia’s urban development industry including development companies, private investors, members of the finance, planning, engineering, government and legal industries.
Prior to heading up the Institute in Victoria, Danni was a senior advisor to the State Government and the Property Council. There, she held roles in both policy and stakeholder management across infrastructure, residential development, planning and retirement living portfolios.
Some of the key issues Danni is passionate about includes housing affordability, reducing the regulatory burden on the housing sector and achieving a planning system that is efficient and delivers good outcomes for the future of Victoria.
Giorgio is a Lecturer of Construction Management and Architecture at the Melbourne School of Design, University of Melbourne. Trained as an architect in Italy, he is an Australian registered architect who has practiced in Melbourne for over a decade with leading architectural firms, and developing a specialist profiles on high-rise and building envelopes. Giorgio is a full-time academic engaged in research in construction innovation, design management, façade technology and tall buildings. He is member of the international expert committee of the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat, and he currently holds two grants for research in the construction industry.
Steven Vlahos is the Assistant Auditor-General at the Victorian Auditor-General's Office (VAGO) responsible for managing VAGO’s Performance Audit Group and program.
The performance audit group supports the Victorian Auditor-General – an independent officer of the Victorian Parliament –to provide assurance on the accountability and performance of the Victorian public sector.
The group delivers more than 25 performance audits each year covering a diverse range of topics that examine whether agencies are achieving their objectives effectively, efficiently and economically – and in compliance with relevant legislation and government policy.
Performance audit have an important role to play in examining how well agencies manage major infrastructure projects and the state’s investments in these.
Steven has been responsible for leading a number of VAGO's recent and related audits including the audits of:
Steven has a Master’s Degree of Applied Science from Swinburne University of Technology, and has held various research and senior consulting roles across the public and private sectors, including a role with Parliament's Public Accounts and Estimates Committee as the Principal Research Officer into the inquiry of the 2003-04 Budget Estimates.
Other performance audits that Steven has been responsible for include the 2015 audit of the ‘Operational Effectiveness of the myki Ticketing System’, ‘and the 2011 audit of the Building Commission, ‘Compliance with Building Permits’ which triggered significant reforms.
As Victorian Executive Director of the Property Council of Australia, Jennifer Cunich is the voice of Australia's multi-billion dollar investment property industry in Victoria.
One of Australia’s most experienced property lobbyist’s, Jennifer has spearheaded some of Victoria’s most successful property advocacy campaigns. Under her leadership, the Property Council’s Victorian division has doubled its membership and increased surpluses which are redirected to evidence based research.
Jennifer participates in numerous boards and committees, advising the Government on property related matters.
Zac is a Partner at Mills Oakley based in Melbourne with over 15 years’ experience advising clients on the delivery and financing of major infrastructure projects in Australia, UK and Europe, United States and developed and developing economies in Asia. Zac has advised bidding consortia, governments, contractors and financiers extensively on social infrastructure, transport, water and utilities transactions, including new builds and privatisations / sales, direct State and/or private procurement, project finance and public private partnerships. Zac has advised clients on every road project in Australia and the majority of PPPs undertaken in Australia and New Zealand to date. Zac has a keen interest in the fundamentals of delivering successful projects and implementing innovative solutions to issues confronting projects.
Zac holds Bachelor’s degrees in both Law (Honours) and Commerce from Monash University and a Masters of Business Administration from the Melbourne Business School. Prior to joining Mills Oakley in November 2015, Zac spent over 14 years at Herbert Smith Freehills in their Projects Delivery team.
Daniel joined ANZ Research in early 2015 as an economist. While maintaining an interest across all areas of Australia’s economy, Daniel focusses on the underlying drivers and the outlook for business investment and the residential property market.
Prior to joining ANZ, Daniel worked as an economic analyst at business research and forecasting company BIS Shrapnel, where he applied economic principles to areas as diverse as asset sales, electricity and gas regulation, and major project cost escalation. Daniel holds a first class honours degree in Economics from the University of Otago, New Zealand.
Sally has nearly 20 years’ experience in capital projects as a project manager, project analyst / researcher and for the last 8 years as head of the Australian Operation for Independent Project Analysis (IPA). Her industry experience includes mining and minerals project management, project evaluation and benchmarking in the extractive resources sectors globally, refining and chemicals in Asia, as well as operations / profit centre leadership. Her functional experience includes capital project readiness reviews and consulting, assurance and governance, capital project system & portfolio optimisation, work process improvement, education and training, business development and relationship building. Sally has published and spoken extensively on the topic of what makes capital projects successful. Sally was a lead instructor in Asia Pacific for public and in-house seminars for the IPA Institute.
Sally holds a Bachelor of Civil Engineering (Hons) from the University of Melbourne. Her interests include running and raising two daughters.
Fin is founding Director of Sustainable Asset Strategies a private consultancy specialising in sustainable strategy development for the built environment. Prior to founding Sustainable Asset Strategies Fin gained 15 years experience working with some of the world most recognizable engineering companies, both locally and abroad, delivering a wide range of environmental and engineering consultancy and inhouse management services to the building, rail, marine, road, aviation and water sectors. Fin is uniquely qualified in a broad range of service areas, and gained experience in; Investment Logic Mapping, Triple bottom line accounting and valuation, Environmental assessment and performance rating methodologies (incl. Infrastructure Sustainability Council of Australia IS Tool), Environmental design and construction theory and delivery.
Claire has a passion for planning and designing great cities in the context of transformational growth and change. As a highly talented executive whose thought leadership and strategy have led to breakthroughs in government planning policy particularly in relation to sustainable transport, Claire has experience in the private sector, in Government with both Local and State Government in the UK and Victoria, and currently with the City of Port Phillip. She is highly regarded for her collaborative leadership in the development of integrated transport, land use and economic policies and strategies, including Plan Melbourne with a focus on the expanded Central City, implementing the Victorian Cycling Strategy and policy input and community engagement on a number of urban regeneration projects including the Fishermans Bend Urban Renewal Area. Claire has highly developed community and government relationships, innovative engagement and project management skills having led the St Kilda Triangle Masterplan 2016, Acland Street Upgrade project, and project design and delivery for the London Bus Initiative for "Transport for London" and Westminster Council. Claire demonstrates outstanding leadership capabilities, with a focus on organisational culture, staff engagement and alignment. Claire has a Bachelor of Planning and Design with majors in Landscape Architecture, Urban Design and Town Planning as well as a Masters of Transport and a Masters of Traffic.
Angelique Lush is the Manager of Economic Infrastructure Delivery for the City of Ballarat. Angelique has worked in the local government sector for many years across tourism to economic development.
In 2010 Angelique was appointed as Project Manager for the now highly successful Ballarat West Employment Zone (BWEZ). Angelique is the key driver of this landmark initiative, delivering the Master Planning, Planning Scheme Amendment and Infrastructure Planning. She is now overseeing Council’s responsibilities during construction and sales of the BWEZ land.
The BWEZ is delivering a landmark new industrial precinct with state significance for its size and quality. A substantial 438-hectare precinct with large blocks and sustainable design, it aims to create up to 9,000 jobs and inject $5 billion per annum into the Ballarat economy at completion.
It will stimulate the transformation of the local and regional economy, supporting population growth and attracting investment to facilitate economic diversity and innovation and increase regional opportunities.
Three catalyst projects will anchor the zone and support business investment. All are at the commercialisation phase to fast-track additional private sector development. The Intermodal Freight Hub, Bio- Economy Innovation Centre (and associated Emerging Industry Cluster) and Waste to Energy Facility are critical components of BWEZ.
The Victorian Government has identified BWEZ as a project of state significance and is working with the City of Ballarat to deliver the precinct and development of additional new industrial land in regional Victoria.
BWEZ Stage 1 construction is nearing completion.
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