VIC Major Projects Conference 2019

27-28 November 2019
Melbourne Convention & Exhibition Centre
Melbourne, VIC, Australia

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Day 1 - 27th November 2019
07:50 - 08:40


08:40 - 09:00

Ministerial Address

Tim Pallas MP, Treasurer of Victoria, Minister for Economic Development & Industrial Relations

Tim Pallas MP
09:00 - 09:10

MC Opens

09:10 - 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 - 09:50

Victorian Digital Asset Strategy

  • With $78.9 billion of state capital projects to be commenced, developed or delivered in the coming year alone, the new Victorian Digital Asset Strategy (VDAS) aims to improve the way infrastructure projects are defined, delivered and maintained.
  • Rolled out across all relevant government agencies in February 2019, the VDAS includes both Digital Engineering (DE) and Building Information Modelling (BIM).
  • The VDAS has been developed by the Victorian Chief Engineer Dr Collette Burke and the Office of Projects Victoria, who will be driving the implementation of the strategy. 

Dr. Collette Burke, Victorian Chief Engineer,

Dr. Collette Burke
09:50 - 10:20

The $1.75 billion Regional Rail Revival program 

  • The $1.75 billion Regional Rail Revival program will upgrade every regional passenger train line in Victoria. It is a joint initiative of the Australian and Victorian governments.
  • Rail Projects Victoria (RPV) is responsible for the planning, delivery and implementation of the Regional Rail Revival program on behalf of the State Government of Victoria.
  • As the population and local economies of regional Victoria grow, the rail network must keep up with changing travel needs. The Victorian Government released the Regional Network Development Plan in May 2016. Regional Rail Revival is a critical step in delivering the objectives of the Regional Network Development Plan.

Mark Havryluk, Director – Regional Rail Revival, Rail Projects Victoria

Mark Havryluk
10:20 - 10:45

Infrastructure Victoria: Preparing the State for Future Growth

  • Infrastructure Victoria’s 30 year strategy
  • Assessing Pipeline of Priority Projects
  • Analyzing Options and Impacts

Moses Lee, Team Leader - Economics and Modelling, Infrastructure Victoria

Moses Lee
10:45 - 11:10

Effectively Planning for Population Growth

  • How Good Planning is Critical to Victoria’s Long Term Future

Stuart Moseley, Chief Executive Officer, Victorian Planning Authority

Stuart Moseley
11:10 - 11:40


11:40 - 12:00

Delivering the Victorian Heart Hospital

  • The Victorian Government in partnership with Monash Health and Monash University will build Australia’s first heart hospital – the Victorian Heart Hospital.
  • Following the model of dedicated cancer hospitals Australia-wide, the heart hospital will be dedicated to the care of one highly specialised area – cardiac care.
  • The $564 million project is being funded by the Victorian Government with contributions, including the land for the site, being provided by project partner, Monash University.

Professor Stephen Nicholls, Director of MonashHeart and Professor of Cardiology, Monash University

Professor Stephen Nicholls
12:00 - 12:20

Melbourne Metro Tunnel – Latest Updates

  • This presentation will provide the latest information on the progress of this once-in-a-generation project that will increase the capacity, reliability and efficiency of Melbourne's rail network, delivering more trains, more often to and from the city's fastest growing suburbs.

Linda Cantan, Package Director - Tunnel & Stations, Rail Projects Victoria

Linda Cantan
12:20 - 12:40

Advancing BIM with Digital Twins

The keynote address will illustrate how Bentley’s products and services are helping to advance engineering firms, design institutes, contractors, and owner-operators in their digital advancement strategies. Digital twins are taking center stage, advancing beyond building information modeling. Organizations can use technologies for immersive visualization and analytics visibility with 3D/4D visualization, reality modeling, mixed reality, and geotechnical engineering. Learn how to create, visualize, and analyze digital twins, providing an immersive and integrated view of infrastructure assets.

Phil Christensen, Senior Vice President, Bentley Systems

Phil Christensen
12:40 - 13:00

Suburban Rail Loop 

  • The Suburban Rail Loop will circle Melbourne's suburbs, connecting communities with jobs, schools, universities and the airport without having to travel in to the CBD. 
  • This city-shaping project will complement the Melbourne Airport Rail and Metro Tunnel projects already underway as part of Victoria's Big Build - while also providing new connections for communities in regional Victoria.

Adele McCarthy, Executive General Manager, Planning and Precincts, Suburban Rail Loop Authority

Adele McCarthy
13:00 - 14:00


14:00 - 14:50


Strengthening Victoria’s Recycling Sector

  • Infrastructure required to support changes to recycling and resource recovery in Victoria
  • Recycling waste into road and rail infrastructure projects
  • Importance of a circular economy

George Hatzimanolis, Chief Executive Officer, Repurpose It
Josephine Regel, Director Strategy, Projects & Communications, Metropolitan Waste and Resource Recovery Group
Peter Tamblyn, Sales and Marketing Manager – Asia Pacific, Close the Loop
Shannon Smyth, Manager - Resource Recovery Strategies and Program, Sustainability Victoria
Terence Jeyaratnam, Partner – Climate Change and Sustainability, EY
Zac Kerr, Partner, K & L Gates

George Hatzimanolis Josephine Regel Peter Tamblyn Shannon Smyth Terence Jeyaratnam Zac Kerr
14:50 - 15:10

Construction Productivity: Using Data to Build Better
Michael will discuss the current state of productivity in construction and how technology will play an important role in the industry’s future. We'll finish the discussion with a quick case study and an examination of real-world proof points of the impact PlanGrid has had on key local projects.

Michael Orr, Account Executive, Autodesk Construction Solutions

Michael Orr
15:10 - 15:30

Building on the Framework: Taking Fishermans Bend from Plan to Place
Released in late 2018, the Fishermans Bend Framework details a long-term strategic plan for the development of Australia’s largest urban renewal project to 2050.  As the project moves into delivery, Tania will talk through the progress of the precinct implementation plans for the area’s four Capital City Zone precincts and its Employment Precinct (one of Plan Melbourne’s National Economic and Innovation Clusters), some of the early catalysts infrastructure project successes and some of its many complex challenges and opportunities.

Tania Quick, Director – Fishermans Bend Taskforce, Department of Jobs, Precincts and Regions

Tania Quick
15:30 - 16:00


16:00 - 16:20

Developing Victoria’s Startup Ecosystem

  • As Victoria’s ecosystem grows and achieves stronger global status there is the potential to add over $4 billion in value to the Victorian economy.
  • To date the early-stage Victorian startup ecosystem is valued at $3.19 billion – a 40% increase in the last year alone
  • Victoria has a significant number of early stage startups with future growth potential, as well as a large body of pre and post-exit scale-ups that are tackling large international markets. 
  • One in five startups are in health, wellbeing or sports and they attract more VC funds than other sectors.
  • Victoria has a strong track record of proven success when it comes to transforming startups into high growth firms. Ten ‘unicorns’ have emerged (REA Group,, SEEK, MYOB, Aconex, Envato, Pexa, AirWallex, Judo Capital and Culture Amp) each valued at more than $1 billion - more than any other state in Australia.

Kate Cornick, Chief Executive Officer, LaunchVic

Kate Cornick
16:20 - 16:40

Social Procurement: How Can We Identify Project Risks and Opportunities That Can Produce the Best Social Outcomes?

Over the last five years, social procurement has emerged and evolved to become an intrinsic element of Major Projects. Its intent is to achieve positive social and environmental outcomes in the communities in which these projects are being constructed. This has been driven through the diversification of supply chains and the creation of jobs for the socially vulnerable. Major Projects must identify and address risks, as well as the opportunities, that social procurement presents. Whether it is through early community engagement to inform targets and strategies, investment in the development of a work-ready workforce or training of social procurement specialists, these risks and opportunities exist in tandem. It is through planning, evaluating and sharing social procurement practices that greater positive impact will be achieved.

Esther Diffey, Director Communications and Stakeholder Engagement (South Australia & Victoria), Aurecon

Esther Diffey
16:40 - 16:55

Address By Cocktail Sponsor

Nick Savvas, CEO, Touch Projects

Nick Savvas
16:55 - 17:00


17:00 - 18:00


Day 2 - 28th November 2019
08:25 - 08:55


08:55 - 09:00


09:00 - 09:20

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.

09:20 - 09:40

Delivering Significant Projects for a Growing City

Development Victoria creates and delivers economic and social value to all Victorians by developing projects of significance. This presentation will provide an overview of several of the major projects undertaken by Development Victoria and their impact on our growing city.

Angela Skandarajah, Chief Executive Officer, Development Victoria

Angela Skandarajah
09:40 - 10:00

Product Stewardship + Infrastructure Projects = Ideal Partnership

This presentation will outline how the emergence of product stewardship programs is creating a growing stream of recovered materials looking for a responsible and sustainable application, and how major infrastructure projects are ideal partners to beneficially use these materials.

Warren Overton, CEO, Australia New Zealand Recycling Platform (ANZRP)

Warren Overton
10:00 - 10:30
Deliberative Engagement and Major Projects
The $250 million Queen Victoria Market Precinct Renewal Program is the City of Melbourne’s largest ever urban renewal investment. Last year, a deliberative engagement approach was undertaken with a range of key stakeholders in an attempt to share and resolve the challenges of delivering such a complex program. This presentation will explore the approach, key learnings and how the outcomes have influenced the delivery of the precinct renewal program.

Joanne Wandel, Program Director – Queen Victoria Market Precinct Renewal Program, City of Melbourne

Joanne Wandel
10:30 - 11:00

Mildura Future Ready

  • Reviving Mildura’s social and economic wellbeing through major infrastructure investment 
  • Mildura Future Ready is a plan to secure investment in major infrastructure projects that will diversify the region’s economy and enhance community wellbeing
  • This initiative brings together four key projects, presenting them with equal priority for funding and implementation. Together, these projects have the collective capacity to transform the region and future proof it for years to come

Martin Hawson, General Manager – Community, Mildura Rural City Council

Martin Hawson
11:00 - 11:30


11:30 - 12:00

Infrastructure Priorities for a Growing Wyndham 

  • PPP deals to fast track major projects
  • A League Stadium Development

Kate Roffey, Director - Deals, Investment & Major Projects, Wyndham City Council

Kate Roffey
12:00 - 12:30

CarbonNet Project: An Enabler of Deep Decarbonisation

CarbonNet is developing a commercial-scale carbon capture and storage (CCS) network in Gippsland. The network would bring together multiple carbon dioxide (CO2) capture facilities in Victoria's Latrobe Valley, transporting CO2 via a shared pipeline and injecting it into deep underground, offshore storage sites in Bass Strait.

CCS is a key enabler of new industries, including clean hydrogen, fertilisers and biofuels; and is critical to deep decarbonisation to meet climate change targets.


Ian Filby, Project Director – CarbonNet Project, Department of Jobs, Precincts and Regions

Ian Filby
12:30 - 13:00

Affordable Housing in Victoria: Impacts of the Victorian Public Housing Renewal Program

The provision of housing for low-income households in Australia is in worrying and rapid decline. As rates of homelessness and public housing waitlists increase, at the same time the most viable option for people to access secure and appropriate housing – public housing – is at critically low levels. This presentation provides an analysis of the impacts of Victoria’s Public (now Social) Housing Renewal Program. The presentation positions the Program within an international trajectory of public housing policy toward privatization, renewal and redevelopment. Findings from recent research will be presented assessing the policy claims, the impact on residents, and the wider consequences for low-income housing of this policy trajectory.

Libby Porter, Professor of Urban Planning, Centre for Urban Research, RMIT University

Libby Porter
13:00 - 14:00


14:00 - 14:50


Community Engagement in Delivering Major Projects 

  • Community pressure has contributed to the cancellation, delay or mothballing of more than $20 billion in Australian infrastructure projects over the past decade.
  • This panel, featuring communications and engagement leaders from the state’s largest infrastructure projects together with researchers focused on community opinion, will explore ever-increasing community expectations in the delivery of major projects and discuss how influential community attitudes can be in the success of major infrastructure projects.

Dr Kirsty Jones, Research Fellow, Crawford School of Public Policy, The Australian National University
Emily Lazzaro, Deputy Director, Communications & Stakeholder Engagement, Regional Rail Revival
John Scales, Founder, JWS Research
Mandi Davidson, National Lead - Communications & Engagement, RPS Australia Asia Pacific
Tony Clark, Head of Project Communication & Engagement, Victorian Health & Human Services Building Authority
Trent Woodberry, Director, Strategic Communications, Major Road Projects Victoria

Dr Kirsty Jones Emily Lazzaro John Scales Mandi Davidson Tony Clark Trent Woodberry
14:50 - 15:10

From Paddock to Postcode – Placemaking in Greenfield Developments

  • Around 65,000 people move to Melbourne’s outer urban growth areas each year
  • Hear a local Government view on the opportunities and challenges of creating a new community
  • What soft and hard infrastructure is needed to turn a paddock into a postcode?

Bronwen Clark, Executive Officer, National Growth Areas Alliance

Bronwen Clark
15:10 - 15:20


15:20 - 15:50


Agenda is subject to change
*Speakers to be confirmed

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27-28 November 2019

Melbourne Convention & Exhibition Centre
Melbourne, VIC, Australia



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