28-29 June 2022
Melbourne Convention & Exhibition Centre
Melbourne, VIC, Australia

Conference Agenda

Day 1 - 28th June 2022

08:00 - 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 - 10:00

Victoria’s renewable energy future

  • The Victorian Government has increased the Victorian Renewable Energy Target (VRET) to 50 per cent by 2030
  • What steps are being taken to achieve this ambitious goal and what projects are instrumental?
  • What new opportunities will arise as we transition to a cleaner energy strategy?

Vanya Kumar, Executive Director – Commercial and Investment Attraction, Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning

Vanya Kumar

10:00 - 10:30

Ministerial Address

Hon. Jacinta Allan, Minister for Transport Infrastructure, Minister for the Suburban Rail Loop, Victoria

Hon. Jacinta Allan

10:30 - 10:50

New Footscray Hospital

  • With $1.5 billion in funding from the Victorian government, the New Footscray Hospital is the largest ever health infrastructure project in the State.
  • The hospital will provide much needed health services to the growing Western suburbs.
  • Set to open in 2025, construction on the project is underway

Tina Skliros, Project Director – New Footscray Hospital, Victorian Health and Human Services Building Authority

Tina Skliros

10:50 - 11:10

Building a smarter City of Casey

  • In one of Victoria’s fastest growing regions, what innovative projects are underway to ensure appropriate support and facilities for residents?
  • How to prioritise infrastructure projects effectively to ensure the needs of the community are met
  • Overview of Casey’s smart city strategy and the initiatives that are driving transformation

Laura Baker, Head of Smart City and Innovation, City of Casey

11:10 - 11:40


11:40 - 12:00

Melbourne Airport Rail

  • The highly anticipated Melbourne Airport Rail will provide seamless transport between the airport, CBD, suburbs and regional centres.
  • The $10 billion project is being jointly funded by the Victorian and Federal governments.
  • This presentation will cover the latest updates on project delivery and timelines.

Ben Ryan, Director – Airport Rail, Rail Projects Victoria

Ben Ryan

12:00 - 12:20

International Perspectives – How the Jurisdictions of UK and Australia compare in the Transportation Sector.

Peter will reflect on his recent experience in London, leading the delivery of the ₤ 1 Billion M4 Smart Motorway Project and compare how Australia and the UK compare in procurement and delivery. This comparison will draw on differences (and similarities) in the management of Safety, Commercial, Innovation, Productivity and Culture during procurement and project execution. Particular reference will be made to the Project 13 enterprise structure adopted by many of the leading contractors in the UK to create greater efficiencies in delivery and help overcome the skills crisis faced by industry.


Peter Anusas, General Manager VIC/SA/TAS, BMD Constructions

12:20 - 13:00

PANEL: COVID impacts on the infrastructure industry

  • The pandemic caused the world to grind to a halt, but what impacts has it had on the construction industry?
  • Inspiring confidence in the sector and encouraging strong investment during uncertain times
  • How has COVID changed our priorities and approach to infrastructure?

Andrew Cialini, State Building Surveyor, Victorian Building Authority
Danni Hunter, Executive Director - Victoria, Property Council of Australia
Hannah Clement, Group Head – Civic Infrastructure, Development Victoria
John Kilgour, Chief Executive Officer, Civil Contractors Federation

Andrew Cialini
Danni Hunter
Hannah Clement
John Kilgour

13:00 - 14:00


14:00 - 14:30

Building a better connected, more liveable Australia

  • An overview of the CLARA plan for more liveable, sustainable and connected cities
  • A look into some of the major urban renewal projects in the pipeline across Melbourne and Geelong
  • How effective placemaking and urban design can support population growth and foster healthy communities

Mike Day, Co-Founder and Partner, Hatch RobertsDay

Mike Day

14:30 - 15:00

Update on Victoria’s 30 year strategy

  • Infrastructure Victoria’s 30 Year Strategy presents a roadmap towards an inclusive, sustainable and prosperous Victoria
  • Inviting Victorians from all walks of life to have their say on Victoria’s future, the Strategy aims to encompass the many different voices of our State and ensure Victoria is built with the community in mind
  • This presentation will cover the progress made in implementing the strategy as well as provide an overview of the important projects at its core

Llewellyn Reynders, Director – Research and Economics, Infrastructure Victoria

Llewellyn Reynders

15:00 - 15:30

Investing in water efficiency across the Goulburn-Murray region

  • Modernising and providing essential upgrades to the irrigation systems in the Goulburn-Murray region
  • Creating upwards of 900 jobs whilst providing improved water services to the region, the Water Efficiency Project is revitalising the region and providing much needed support to farmers
  • A look into the project details, progress made so far and expected benefits

Frank Fisseler, Project Director, Goulburn Murray Water Connections Project, Mitiamo and Water Efficiency Project

15:30 - 16:00


16:00 - 16:20

Metro Tunnel

  • The Metro Tunnel project is set to truly revitalise the Melbourne transport network, creating a brand new end to end rail line between Sunbury and Cranbourne
  • The massive project will include twin 9km rail tunnels from the west to the south-east, five new underground stations and high capacity signalling
  • Hear the latest updates on the project delivery, expected benefits and job opportunities

Kate Walshe, Director of Communications and Stakeholder Engagement, John Holland

16:20 - 16:40

Melbourne Arts Precinct

  • The Victorian Government has committed $1.46 billion in the 2020–21 State Budget to deliver Phase One of the Melbourne Arts Precinct Transformation and lay the groundwork for Phase Two.
  • The project aims to increase public space, give a more flowing and cohesive layout and transform the precinct into a world class arts hub


16:40 - 16:45


16:45 - 17:45


Day 2 - 29th June 2022

08:20 - 09:00


09:00 - 09:10


09:10 - 09:30


09:30 - 10:00

Building Australia’s fast freight backbone – Inland Rail

  • The Tottenham to Albury section of the massive Inland Rail project will involve upgrading 305km of existing track and forms a major piece of the entire project
  • Due to its incredibly large scale, the project will be split into two stages for optimal delivery and will ensure faster and more reliable freight transport across the region
  • This presentation will provide an in-depth overview of the project as well as the latest updates on its delivery

Ed Walker, General Manager – Vic projects, ARTC

Ed Walker

10:00 - 10:50

PANEL: Social/responsible procurement

  • Making better procurement choices to create an infrastructure sector that is inclusive, responsible and sustainable
  • Challenges faced in the procurement process and roadblocks that may arise
  • How to ensure your procurement process is responsible and why it’s so important

Bianca Nutt, Inclusion and Social Procurement Advisor, Major Transport Infrastructure Authority
Greg Rafferty, Social Inclusion Manager, John Holland
Hamsa Farah, Sustainability Advisor, McConnell Dowell
Chris Newman, Managing Director, ArcBlue
Tanya Harris, Senior Sustainability Consultant, Edge Environment

Bianca Nutt
Greg Rafferty
Chris Newman
Tanya Harris

10:50 - 11:10

Visitor Economy Recovery and Reform Plan
  • Following the 2019 bushfires and the ongoing COVID19 pandemic, Victoria’s tourism industry has endured a significant blow
  • The Victorian government’s Visitor Economy Recovery and Reform Plan provides a list recommendations that aim to reinvigorate the sector and attract more local, interstate and eventually international visitors
  • With $633 million in funding, the Plan aims to attract $35 billion in annual tourism expenditure and support 300,000 jobs by 2024

Margy Osmond, CEO, Tourism and Transport Forum

Margy Osmond

11:10 - 11:40


11:40 - 12:00

Sunbury Line Upgrades
  • With over $2 billion invested in this monumental project, the Sunbury Line Upgrade will include a range of enhancements crucial to support the new Metro Tunnel
  • New train stabling facilities, power upgrades and platform extensions will further revitalise the Sunbury line and provide much needed modernisation
  • Residents of the north-west suburbs will benefit from increased accessed to job opportunities, health infrastructure and education within the CBD and the adjoining suburbs

Colin Craney, Engineering Manager, CPB Contractors

Colin Craney

12:00 - 12:30

Record investments in the education sector

  • The Victorian government has allocated another $1.6 billion on top of the recent $3 billion towards school upgrades and new constructions
  • Modernising schools and ensuring all Victorian students have access to quality education and resources
  • Overview of projects and approach to design

12:30 - 13:00

Victoria’s Big Housing Build 
  • The Big Housing Build is a state-wide effort to improve access to social and affordable housing, supporting the Victorians who need it the most
  • Works include the construction of new homes as well as the revitalisation of existing, outdated
  • Improving safety and increasing availability to more Victorians

Michele Morrison, Chief Development Officer, Homes Victoria

Michele Morrison

13:00 - 14:00


14:00 - 14:30

Investing in electric vehicle infrastructure for a cleaner Victoria
  • Implementing widely available EV charging infrastructure to ensure clean transport is accessible
  • What more needs to be done to facilitate the uptake of electric vehicles in the state? 
  • A look at the progress made so far

14:30 - 15:00

Office of Projects Victoria – Supporting Victorian Infrastructure

  • The OPV collaborates with Victorian departments and agencies to facilitate the smooth delivery of major projects
  • Providing support and guidance to ensure timelines and budgets are upheld
  • An overview of the OPV’s role within the infrastructure sector and a look at what’s currently in the project pipeline


Cressida Wall, CEO, Office of Projects Victoria

Cressida Wall

15:00 - 15:30

Ballarat Base Hospital Redevelopment

  • The $541 million redevelopment project will see a central energy plant, a new pharmacy, education and training facilities, a new emergency department, a women and children’s section, theatre suite and 100 additional inpatient and short stay beds
  • A new and expanded critical care floor will combine operating theatres, procedure rooms, an expanded intensive care unit, endoscopy suites and consulting rooms. This expanded facility will allow for an additional 4000 surgeries per year

15:30 - 15:35


15:35 - 16:05


Agenda is subject to change
*Speakers to be confirmed

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