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

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 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

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

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 - 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


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

*Gayle Seddon, Program Coordinator, Metropolitan Waste and Resource Recovery Group
George Hatzimanolis, Chief Executive Officer, Repurpose It
*Matt Genever, Director – Resource Recovery, Sustainability Victoria
Peter Tamblyn, Sales and Marketing Manager – Asia Pacific, Close the Loop
*Warren Overton, Chief Executive Officer, Australia New Zealand Recycling Platform (ANZRP)

George Hatzimanolis Peter Tamblyn
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

Emily Mottram, Executive Director – Precincts Design, Department of Jobs, Precincts and Regions

Emily Mottram
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

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

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

Esther Diffey
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

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

  • The CarbonNet Project (CarbonNet) is investigating the potential for establishing a commercial-scale carbon capture and storage (CCS) network. 
  • The network would bring together multiple carbon dioxide (CO2) capture projects in Victoria's Latrobe Valley, transporting CO2via a shared pipeline and injecting it into deep underground, offshore storage sites in Bass Strait.
  • Along with the field activities, CarbonNet is continuing its investigations into potential industries that can capture CO2, and evaluating transport pipeline routes to the selected offshore injection site.
  • Defining the commercial structure and underlying principles to attract private sector investment is a key focus of this stage of the project.

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 will feature Communications and Engagement leaders alongside experts from research based firms to talk about managing ever-increasing community expectations in the delivery of major projects and discuss how community opinion is vital in the delivery of Australian infrastructure.

John Scales, Founder, JWS Research
Kirsty O’Connell, Industry Director - Next Generation Engagement Project, Australian National University
Mandi Davidson, National Lead - Communications & Engagement, RPS Australia Asia Pacific
Tony Clark, Head of Project Communication & Engagement, Victorian Health & Human Services Building Authority

John Scales Kirsty O’Connell Mandi Davidson Tony Clark
14:50 - 15:10

Kiamal Solar Farm

  • Kiamal Solar Farm is a staged solar farm development located near the township of Ouyen in north-western Victoria, approximately 100 km south of Mildura. 
  • The project is made of two stages and when completed, will become Victoria’s largest solar farm.
  • The 256MW Kiamal solar farm is being developed by Total Eren, a Paris-based renewable energy independent power producer.

*To Be Confirmed, , Total Eren

15:10 - 15:30

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.
15:30 - 15:50

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
15:50 - 16:00


16:00 - 16:30


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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