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 - 08:50


08:50 - 09:00

MC Opens

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 - 09:50

Ministerial Address

*The Hon. Tim Pallas, Treasurer, Minister for Economic Development, Minister for Industrial Relations, Victoria

09:50 - 10:20

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
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

Michel Masson, Chief Executive Officer, Infrastructure Victoria

Michel Masson
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

Address by Gold Sponsor – Bentley Systems

Phil Christensen, Senior Vice President, Bentley Systems

Phil Christensen
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

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 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
12:40 - 13:00

Suburban Rail Loop - Developing the Precincts Strategy to Support the Delivery of the Proposed New Underground Rail Network

  • The proposed Suburban Rail Loop is a new underground rail network connecting Melbourne’s middle suburbs. It will include new stations and connect major railway lines from the Frankston line to the Werribee line via Melbourne Airport.
  • The newly established Precincts and Suburbs Group drives strategic planning for precincts, suburbs and places to create vibrant, distinct and innovative communities. The Suburban Rail Loop branch is responsible for developing the Precincts Strategy to support the delivery of the proposed new underground rail network connecting Melbourne's suburbs.

Adele McCarthy, Executive Director, Suburban Rail Loop, Department of Jobs, Precincts and Regions

Adele McCarthy
13:00 - 14:00


14:00 - 14:50

Panel Discussion

14:50 - 15:10

Construction Productivity: Using Data to Build Better
Scott 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.

Scott Harvey, Regional Sales Manager, PlanGrid

Scott Harvey
15:10 - 15:30

Fishermans Bend Urban Renewal Project

Fishermans Bend is Australia’s largest urban renewal project covering approximately 480 hectares in the heart of Melbourne. Fishermans Bend will consist of five precincts across two municipalities – the City of Melbourne and the City of Port Phillip – and connect Melbourne's CBD to the bay.

  • Draft Fishermans Bend Framework

*Speaker name to be confirmed, , Fishermans Bend Taskforce

15:30 - 16:00


16:00 - 16:20

Developing Victoria’s Startup Ecosystem

  • 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. 
  • Key sectors driving Victoria’s rapid growth as a startup ecosystem include Education, Professional Services and Social Enterprise. Health has the largest representation at 13%.
  • The state is also home to six unicorns with a combined market capitalisation of over $32 billion and has a track record of big exits.

Kate Cornick, Chief Executive Officer, LaunchVic

Kate Cornick
16:20 - 16:40

Victoria’s Defence Industry

  • Victoria’s defence sector contributes up to $8 billion to the state’s economy each year, employing around 18,500 people in 770 businesses that manufacture equipment and provide services for defence activities.
  • Growing the sector and creating more local jobs
16:40 - 16:45


16:45 - 17:45


Day 2 - 28th November 2019
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

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
10:00 - 10:30

Queen Victoria Market Precinct Renewal Program  - Latest Updates

  • The $250 million Queen Victoria Market Precinct Renewal Program is the City of Melbourne’s largest ever urban renewal investment and aims to create one of the world’s great market precincts.

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

Joanne Wandel
10:30 - 11:00

Australia’s Transition to Hydrogen Mobility

  • Accelerating the realization of a Hydrogen Economy in Australia
  • National hydrogen strategy to outline Australia’s transition to a hydrogen economy.
  • Clear pathway to develop an Australian hydrogen mobility sector


11:00 - 11:30


11:30 - 12:00

Building Victoria as the Education State: School Infrastructure for a Growing Population

  • With a record investment of $1.29 billion, the school infrastructure boom is part of the government’s commitment to making Victoria the "Education State".​​​​
12:00 - 12:30

New Footscray Hospital 

  • The Victorian Government is investing up to $1.5 billion to deliver the new Footscray Hospital. This flagship investment will meet the changing and growing health needs of Melbourne’s west, which is expected to see a 60 per cent growth in population over the next 20 years
  • The new Footscray Hospital is being delivered by the Victorian Health and Human Services Building Authority, in partnership with Western Health.
12:30 - 13:00

Victorian Heart Hospital Project – Latest Updates

  • The Victorian government is investing $470 million to build Australia’s very first stand-alone heart hospital. The Victorian Heart Hospital is a collaboration between Monash Health and Monash University to deliver excellence in cardiac care and research under the one roof.
  • Expected to deliver 1700+jobs during construction
  • Project overview and timelines
  • Economic Benefits
13:00 - 14:00


14:00 - 14:50

Panel Discussion

14:50 - 15:20

Chisholm Road Prison Project

  • The Chisholm Road Prison Project is a part of ongoing planning to ensure the prison system is safe, secure and well-equipped to meet demand.
  • Project Overview and Updates
15:20 - 15:50

Victorian Government’s Solar Homes Package

  • The Labor Government’s $1.3 billion Solar Homes program will see 770,000 Victorian households take advantage of solar power over the next decade, with 5,500 new jobs created as we drive down energy bills and reduce carbon emissions.

*Stan Krpan, Chief Executive Officer, Solar Victoria

15:50 - 15:55


15:55 - 16:30


Agenda is subject to change
*Speakers to be confirmed

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27-28 November 2019

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