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

Melbourne’s Biggest Rail Project in 50 Years

Set to open in 2025, the Metro Tunnel is a transformational project which will create a new end-to-end rail line from Sunbury in the west to Cranbourne/Pakenham in the south east, taking the busiest lines out of the City Loop.

With bigger and better trains, next generation signalling technology and five new underground stations, the Metro Tunnel will change the way people move around Victoria.

Hear about the project’s current status and how the project has worked with businesses and communities to minimise construction impacts and provide opportunities to enhance the local areas.

Damian Brizzi, Package Director, Rail Projects Victoria

Damian Brizzi

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 investment 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

Katie O'Brien, Deputy Project Director New Footscray Hospital Project, Victorian Health Building Authority

Katie O'Brien

10:50 - 11:10

Major renewable energy projects in Victoria

Victoria is a leader on climate action and renewable energy development, with the legislated Victorian Renewable Energy Target (VRET) to reach net zero emissions by 2050 and $1.6 billion Clean Energy Package.

  • The current state of play - projects and programs that will be instrumental in driving the transition becoming net zero by 2050.
  • What new opportunities will arise as we transition to clean energy?

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

Vanya Kumar

11:10 - 11:40


11:40 - 12:00

Building a better connected, more liveable Australia

  • An overview of the CLARA Plan [CLARA: 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 the Victorian Government’s timeless 20 Minute Neighbourhood initiative effective placemaking and urban design can build more resilient communities, support population growth and foster healthy lifestyles communities

Mike Day, Co-Founder and Partner, Hatch RobertsDay

Mike Day

12:00 - 12:20

Premier’s ‘Client Experience Model’

  • Why Premier Cranes & Rigging believe that Victoria’s infrastructure projects deserve ‘transparently assured results’ from their lifting partners.

Steve Warton, Director & Head of BD, Premier Cranes & Rigging
Travis Smith, Head of Sales, Premier Cranes & Rigging

Steve Warton
Travis Smith

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
Benjamin Delaney, Senior Project Director, Development Victoria
Lisa Kinross, Chief Executive Officer, CCF Victoria

Andrew Cialini
Benjamin Delaney
Lisa Kinross

13:00 - 14:00


14:00 - 14:30

Suburban Rail Loop

  • Suburban Rail Loop (SRL) is a once-in-a-generation opportunity to shape the future liveability, productivity and connectivity of Melbourne.
  • The 90km rail line will link every major rail line from the Frankston Line to the Werribee Line via Melbourne Airport, better connecting Victorians to jobs, retail, education, health services and each other. 
  • Project Overview

Frankie Carroll, Chief Executive Officer, Suburban Rail Loop Authority

Frankie Carroll

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

The Melbourne Arts Precinct Transformation

  • The Melbourne Arts Precinct is being transformed into one of the great creative and cultural destinations in the world thanks to a bold, city-shaping Victorian Government vision.
  • Development Victoria is delighted to be delivering Australia’s largest cultural infrastructure project, following the Victorian Government’s $1.7 billion investment. 
  • Project Overview

Hannah Clement, Group Head – Civic Infrastructure, Development Victoria

Hannah Clement

15:30 - 16:00


16:00 - 16:20

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

Laura Baker

16:20 - 16:40

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

Ross de Rango, Head of Energy and Infrastructure, Electric Vehicle Council

Ross de Rango

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

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

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

Justene Cowie, Stakeholder Engagement and Communications Manager, ARTC

Justene Cowie

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

Greg Rafferty, Social Inclusion Manager, John Holland
Chris Newman, Managing Director, ArcBlue
Tanya Harris, Head of Sustainable & Ethical Procurement (Acting), Edge Environment

Greg Rafferty
Chris Newman
Tanya Harris

10:50 - 11:20


11:20 - 11:40

Delivering Digital – How today’s solutions can help deliver tomorrow's infrastructure 

  • Current trends in the industry, and the investment in infrastructure needed for the future
  • How current platforms can democratise the data being produced
  • Future-proofing our Assets; how we can enrich that data to help with operations through digital twins

Stephen Browne, Technical Solutions Manager, JAPAC, Autodesk Construction Solutions (ACS)

Stephen Browne

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

Peter Bannerman, Engineering Change and Interface Manager, Rail Network Alliance

Peter Bannerman

12:00 - 12:20

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

12:20 - 12:40

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

12:40 - 13:40


13:40 - 14:10

The Tourism Recovery – What will it take?

  • 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

14:10 - 14:30

Innovative Real-time Condition Monitoring Technology to Improve Benchmark Railway Operations 

  • Collaborating with the railway industry Monash Institute of Railway Technology (IRT) has implemented the Instrumented Revenue Vehicle (IRV) Technology in many railway networks to continuously monitor track condition, vehicle performance and ride comfort, providing near real-time feedback on the status of the network. In 2019, the IRV system was further enhanced by IRT with the first Dynamic Track Gauge Measurement System (DTGMS) to continuously measure dynamic track gauge during traffic hours in the busy passenger network in Hong Kong.
  • Using the IRV systems has been a game-changer for MTR Hong Kong train operations as well as other railway networks using this system. MTR Hong Kong has now implemented seven of these systems in its network, and may increase this further in the near future.
  • The presentation will outline the benefits of these real-time condition monitoring systems and how they have assisted MTR Hong Kong and other heavy haul railway operations in Australia to further improve their operations, including safety, reliability, efficiency, and proactive evidence-based maintenance. 

Professor (Practice) Ravi Ravitharan, Director, Monash Institute of Railway Technology

Professor (Practice) Ravi Ravitharan

14:30 - 14:35


14:35 - 15:05


Agenda is subject to change
*Speakers to be confirmed

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