• National Infrastructure Summit

    Infrastructure investment for growth

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Overview

The Australian Financial Review National Infrastructure Summit has firmly established itself as Australia’s premier forum for government, contractors, analysts and academics to discuss and announce major projects driving growth for smarter, more efficient cities.

Now in its sixth year, the Summit provides political debate, exclusive industry perspectives and a comprehensive overview of the project pipeline, creating an unmissable event for all infrastructure insiders.

Speakers


José Manuel Entrecanales Domecq
Chairman and CEO, Acciona
(International Keynote)


The Hon Michael McCormack MP
Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure,Transport and Regional Development


The Hon Gladys Berejiklian MP
Premier NSW


The Hon Alan Tudge MP
Minister for Cities, Urban Infrastructure and Population


Dr Kerry Schott AO
Chair, Energy Security Board


The Hon Melinda Pavey MP
Minister for Water, Property and Housing


Andrew Head
CEO, WestConnex


Joe Barr
CEO, John Holland


Leilani Frew
CEO, Infrastructure and Project Financing Agency


An Nguyen
Executive Director and Head of Partnerships Victoria, Infrastructure Delivery Group, Department of Treasury and Finance (VIC)


Julieanne Alroe
Chair, Infrastructure Australia


Chris Richardson
Partner, Deloitte Access Economics


Luke Houghton
APAC Lead Partner Infrastructure & Capital Projects, Deloitte


Michel Masson
CEO, Infrastructure Victoria


The Hon Catherine King MP
Shadow Minister Infrastructure, Transport & Regional Development


Peter Doyle
Partner, Gilbert + Tobin


Alison Mirams
CEO, Roberts Pizzarrotti


Andrew Colvin
National Bushfire Recovery Agency


Craig Laslett
President, Australian Constructors Association


Mayor Wendy Waller
Liverpool City Council


Edward Steane
Project Lead, Fifteenth Avenue Smart Transit Corridor, Liverpool City Council

Agenda

Golden threads running throughout the program

  • Viability: contractor risk, sector size and health, project risk, rising costs, repayment capability
  • Accountability: transparency, responsibility, decision making, information sharing, community
  • Sustainability: decarbonising infrastructure, climate change and resilience, shocks and natural disasters and long-term planning

08:50

OPENING | Opening remarks from the Chair

08:55

Message from Deloitte

THE BIG INFRASTRUCTURE CHALLENGES

09:00

PREMIER’S ADDRESS

The Hon Gladys Berejiklian MP, Premier of New South Wales

09:10

FIRESIDE CHAT | The picture for NSW

The Hon Gladys Berejiklian MP, Premier of New South Wales

09:25

ADDRESS | Infrastructure Australia

  • 2019 Infrastructure Audit, goals for next 15 years
  • Australia’s infrastructure pipeline
  • Investability and future projects

Julieanne Alroe, Chair, Infrastructure Australia

09:45

PANEL | The defining challenges of 2020

Defining core themes of the Summit and the big challenges and changes facing the sector in the short, medium and long term.

  • Viability: contractor risk, sector size and health, project risk, rising costs, repayment capability
  • Accountability: transparency, responsibility, decision making, information sharing, community
  • Sustainability: decarbonising infrastructure, climate change and resilience, shocks and natural disasters and long-term planning

Panellists
Joe Barr, CEO, John Holland Group
Dr Kerry Schott AO, Chair, Energy Security Board, Director, NBN and Member, Advisory Board for City and SouthEast Light Rail
Craig Laslett, President, Australian Constructors Association
Michel Masson, CEO, Infrastructure Victoria
Ailie McAdam, Global Operations Manager, Infrastructure, Bechtel invited

10:15

KEYNOTE | Economic outlook for Australia’s infrastructure

Chris Richardson, Partner, Deloitte

10:45

Networking and refreshment break

RESILIENCE

11:15

PANEL | Making infrastructure resilient in an Australian context

  • Floods and fires: Australia’s recovery effort and responsiveness to shocks and natural disasters
  • Can Australia’s infrastructure sector withstand black swan events such as Covid-19
  • Identifying gaps in, and strengthening our supply chain
  • Investing in green infrastructure, sustainable finance and the circular economy

Panellists
Clare Gardiner-Barnes, Head of Strategy, Infrastructure NSW
Leilani Frew, Chief Executive, Infrastructure and Project Financing Agency
Senior representative, National Bushfire Recovery Agency
Senior Representative, Construction Supply Chain Council

11:45

INTERNATIONAL KEYNOTE

José Manuel Entrecanales, Chairman, Acciona

12:15

PANEL | Are PPPs broken?

  • Have PPPs delivered?
  • PPP evolution in different states
  • Innovations in delivery models
  • How can we better build in flexibility?

Panellists
Sonya Campbell, Director, NSW Treasury Infrastructure and Structured Finance Unit
An Nguyen, Executive Director, Infrastructure Delivery, Partnerships Victoria, Department of Treasury and Finance Victoria
Peter Doyle, Partner, Gilbert + Tobin
Moderator: Luke Houghton, Partner, Deloitte

12:45

Lunch and networking break

FUNDING AND FINANCING

13:45

PANEL | Financing infrastructure

  • How are Infrastructure owners/lessors financing their developments/assets?
  • Where will money come from for future projects? Emergence of alternative funding sources
  • What will mobilise super to invest?
  • What do trends in public vs private project investment tell us?
  • What does the state pay for?
  • Greenfield/brownfield projects

Panellists
Australian Super invited
Frankie Carroll, Under Treasurer, Queensland Treasury (invited)

14:15

CASE STUDY | WestConnex Rozelle Interchange

  • Becoming, navigating, and simplifying “the world’s most complex project”
  • Transparency and communication
  • Planning, practicality and decision-making processes

MEGAPROJECTS AND ESCALATING RISKS IN CONSTRUCTION

14:35

PANEL | Megaprojects

  • Is the industry in crisis?
  • Is the distribution of commercial risk viable for industry?
  • What are the predictors of budget overruns, project failure, and insolvency?
  • Capability and capacity of the sector

Panellists
Andrew Head, CEO, WestConnex
Bede Noonan, Managing Director, Acciona Australia
Senior Representative, Infrastructure NSW

15:05

Networking and refreshment break

TRANSPORT AND MOBILITY

15:30

PANEL | Future of transport and mobility

  • Future modes of transport, public transport networks
  • Mobility as a service
  • Road user pricing: barriers to entry, consequences, alternatives, investors, community impact
  • Electrification of fleet, AVs

Panellists
Senior Representative, Department of Transport Victoria
Simon Smith, Managing Director ANZ, Ola
Transport Canberra & City Services (invited)
Tesla (invited)

16:00

CASE STUDY/PRESENTATION | Trackless trams

  • Liverpool Council investigating trackless trams between Liverpool CBD and Western Sydney International Airport
  • Council’s flagship Fifteenth Avenue Smart Transit (FAST) Corridor, a visionary city-shaping project

Mayor Wendy Waller, Liverpool City Council
Edward Steane, Project Lead, Fifteenth Avenue Smart Transit Corridor, Liverpool City Council

WATER

16:20

PANEL | Water

  • Water supply, water security and resilience towards drought and natural disasters: is Australia prepared?
  • hat are governments, water corporations and industry doing about the historical chronic underinvestment in water infrastructure?
  • Is it time to seriously consider water recycling?

Panellists
Hon. Melinda Pavey, Minister for Water, Property and Housing NSW
David Harris, CEO, WaterNSW
Yarra Valley Water (invited)
Water Corporation of WA (invited)

16:50

END OF DAY ONE | Closing remarks from the Chair

17:00

Networking Drinks

08:50

OPENING | Opening remarks from the Chair

BIGGER AUSTRALIA, BIGGER PICTURE

09:00

Q&A WITH THE DEPUTY PRIME MINISTER

The Hon Michael McCormack MP, Deputy Prime Minister, Minister for Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Development

09:30

MINISTERIAL ADDRESS

The Hon Alan Tudge MP, Minister for Cities, Urban Infrastructure and Population

10:00

KEYNOTE | Competition in infrastructure

  • Competition and supply chain issues affecting infrastructure
  • Reverse factoring and supply chain financing

Rod Sims, Chairman, ACCC (invited)

10:30

Networking and refreshment break

PLANES, TRAINS AND PLACEMAKING

11:00

Planning and population

Population density and urban planning decisions

11:20

PANEL | Precincts

  • What is different about Lighthouse/Priority precincts today than previously?
  • What infrastructure is required to develop technology and innovation precincts?
  • How do government and industry interact to develop a precinct?
  • Who pays for precinct infrastructure – government or industry?
  • What benefits do precincts create for workers, businesses and the community?
  • Does closer integration of infrastructure in precincts provide a model for infrastructure development elsewhere?

Panellists
Alex Danne, Partner, Gilbert + Tobin
Kim Curtain, Deputy Secretary, Trade Tourism, Investment and Precincts, NSW Treasury
Moderator: Said Hirsch, Partner, Financial Advisory, Deloitte

11:50

Project updates |

Melbourne Airport Rail Link
Melbourne Metro
Western Sydney Aerotropolis
Sydney Metro West
Western Harbour Tunnel

12:10

Address from the Minister

The Hon Andrew Constance MP, Minister for Transport and Roads, NSW

12:20

FIRESIDE CHAT | Is now the time for Fast Rail?

  • What are the conditions for these projects to work?
  • Update on National and NSW fast rail strategies

The Hon Andrew Constance MP, Minister for Transport and Roads, NSW
Nick Prior, Global Head of Infrastructure & Capital Projects, Deloitte

12:40

Lunch and networking break

HEALTH AND SAFETY

13:40

PRESENTATION | Industrial/Workplace Manslaughter laws sweeping across Australia

  • Industrial (Workplace) Manslaughter laws are sweeping across Australian jurisdictions, targeting the construction sector
  • Risks to contractors and construction companies
  • What are regulators, investigators, and the prosecutor focusing on?

Aaron Guilfoyle, Work Health Safety Prosecutor, Office of the Work Health and Safety Prosecutor QLD

14:00

PANEL | Women in infrastructure: Constructing a new world order

  • Women leaders in construction – how do we attract more talent, and crucially, more women, to construction? How do we develop women leaders in construction?
  • Doing tendering differently – Roberts Pizzarotti’s 5-day work week
  • What are other ways of measuring project success?
  • How are frontline construction teams managing escalating risks in construction, such as safety and Industrial Manslaughter?

Alison Mirams, CEO, Roberts Pizzarotti
Louise Howard, Deputy Executive Director Health & Safety, Sydney Metro
Louise Adams, CEO, Aurecon

14:30

SHADOW MINISTER’S ADDRESS

The Hon Catherine King MP, Shadow Minister for Infrastructure

14:50

CLOSING | Closing remarks from the Chair

End of official Summit proceedings

POST-SUMMIT MASTERCLASSES

More details to be released soon

15:00

Networking and refreshment break

STREAM A

STREAM B

STREAM C

17:00

CLOSING | Closing remarks from the Chair

End of official Summit proceedings

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Event Images

Below is a snippet of images from the AFR National Infrastructure Summit in June 2019.

To view all images across the two day summit – visit the event Flickr album.

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