• National Infrastructure Summit

    Infrastructure beyond the crisis

    Australia’s top investors, planners, contractors, advisers and policy-makers at what is the nation’s premier infrastructure event.
    Dates for 2021 TBC

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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.

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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


Thomas Knudsen
Managing Director, Toll Group


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


John Pickhaver
Co-Head Macquarie Capital, Australia and New Zealand


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


Paul Scurrah
CEO and Managing Director, Virgin Australia Group


Kim Curtain
Deputy Secretary, Jobs, Investment and Tourism, NSW Treasury


Brendan Bourke
CEO, Port of Melbourne


Romilly Madew AO
CEO, Infrastructure Australia


Jon Davies
CEO, Australian Constructors Association


Leilani Frew
CEO, Infrastructure and Project Financing Agency


Luke Houghton
APAC Lead Partner Infrastructure & Capital Projects, Deloitte


Lara Poloni
President, AECOM


Louise Adams
Chief Executive, Australia & New Zealand, Aurecon


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


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


Marion Terrill
Transport and Cities Program Director, Grattan Institute


Craig Laslett
President, Australian Constructors Association


Mayor Wendy Waller
Liverpool City Council


Michelle Batsas
Executive Director ANZ, International Association of Public Transport (UITP)


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


Rod Sims
Chair, ACCC


Anthony Manning
Chief-Executive, School Infrastructure NSW


Andrew Head
CEO, WestConnex


Cathal O’Rourke
Managing Director, Laing O’Rourke Australia Hub


Dean Dalla Valle
CEO, Pacific National


Margy Osmond
CEO, Tourism and Transport Forum


Geoff Culbert
CEO, Sydney Airport


Marika Calfas
CEO, NSW Ports


Paul Broad
Managing Director and CEO, Snowy Hydro


Pat McCafferty
Managing Director, Yarra Valley Water


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


Juan Carbonell
Head of Solutions APAC, Moovit


Louise Howard
Deputy Executive Director Health & Safety, Sydney Metro


Marco Assorati
Executive Director Asia Pacific, Webuild


Shane Fitzsimmons
Commissioner, Resilience NSW


Clare Gardiner-Barnes
Head of Strategy, Planning and Innovation, Infrastructure NSW


Nik Kemp
Head of Infrastructure, AustralianSuper


Adrian Dwyer
CEO, Infrastructure Partnerships Australia


Bede Noonan
Managing Director, Acciona Australia


Linda Cantan
Package Director, Tunnel & Stations PPP, Metro Tunnel, Rail Projects Victoria


David Lamming
CEO, Plenary Group


Andrew George
Acting CEO, WaterNSW


Heidi Isreb
National Capital Projects Lead, Deloitte


James Riddell
Partner, Global Leader Infrastructure M&A, Deloitte


Paul Crowe
Head of Origination, Plenary Group


Sonya Campbell
Executive Director Infrastructure and Structured Finance Unit, NSW Treasury


Phil Helberg
CEO, Infrastructure WA


Sally Walkom
Executive Director, Commercial Delivery, Department of Premier and Cabinet NSW


Alex Danne
Partner, Gilbert + Tobin


Dr Pradeep Philip
Lead Partner, Deloitte Access Economics


Geoff Roberts
Deputy Chair, The Western Parkland City Authority and Chief Commissioner, Greater


Dominic Lane
Chief Executive, SAFECOM (South Australia Fire and Emergency Services Commission)


Roch Cheroux
Managing Director, Sydney Water


Julien Dehornoy
CEO, Yarra Trams, Keolis Downer Victoria


Ailie MacAdam
Global Operations Manager, Infrastructure Senior Vice President, Bechtel


Parvathy Iyer
Senior Director, Global Infrastructure Ratings, S&P Global Ratings


Simon Smith
Managing Director, ANZ, Ola


Tony Boyd
Chanticleer Columnist, The Australian Financial Review


Marigold Look
Executive Director, Infrastructure, IFM Investors


Jessica Gardner
News Director, The Australian Financial Review


Barbara Van Heerden
General Manager, Major Projects, Seqwater


Jenny Wiggins
Senior Companies Reporter, The Australian Financial Review


David Marin-Guzman
Workplace Correspondent, The Australian Financial Review


Angela Macdonald-Smith
Senior Resources Reporter, The Australian Financial Review


James Thomson
Chanticleer Columnist, The Australian Financial Review

Agenda

Agenda timing is Australian Eastern Daylight Time (AEDT)

09:00

OPENING | Opening remarks from the Chair

James Daggar-Nickson, Companies and Markets Deputy Editor, The Australian Financial Review

09:05

Message from Deloitte

Luke Houghton, APAC Lead Partner Infrastructure & Capital Projects, Deloitte

09:10

PREMIER’S ADDRESS

The Hon Gladys Berejiklian MP, Premier of New South Wales

ASSESSING THE IMPACT OF COVID-19

09:20

PANEL | Infrastructure health check

  • Which companies and sectors have survived, and the impact on different sectors and companies
  • Changes to behaviour and processes
  • Rethinking infrastructure planning
  • National Cabinet’s priorities for infrastructure

Panellists
Romilly Madew AO, CEO, Infrastructure Australia
Marion Terrill, Transport and Cities Program Director, Grattan Institute
Cathal O’Rourke, Managing Director, Laing O’Rourke
Moderator: Mark Ludlow, Queensland Bureau Chief, The Australian Financial Review

10:00

FIRESIDE CHAT | Changes in infrastructure globally since COVID-19

Ailie MacAdam, Global Operations Manager, Infrastructure Senior Vice President, Bechtel
Moderator: Mark Ludlow, Queensland Bureau Chief, The Australian Financial Review

10:20

PANEL | Aviation and tourism infrastructure

  • Impact on and outlook for aviation, cruise and other travel industries
  • How have airports, cruise terminals and tourism-related infrastructure adapted their strategies and planning for the years ahead?
  • Impact on urban planning and the Western Sydney region

Panellists
Paul Scurrah, CEO and Managing Director, Virgin Australia Group
Margy Osmond, CEO, Tourism and Transport Forum
Geoff Culbert, CEO, Sydney Airport

Moderator: Jenny Wiggins, Senior Companies Reporter, The Australian Financial Review

10:50

Networking and refreshment break

CHALLENGES FOR INFRASTRUCTURE

11:10

Australia’s recovery from COVID-19 and the economic outlook

  • Quick wins and practical measures for the way forward
  • Improving asset management, precincts pivot, technology

Dr Pradeep Philip, Lead Partner, Deloitte Access Economics

11:30

INDUSTRY ROUNDTABLE | Old tensions, new challenges

  • What are the key concerns the infrastructure companies are facing?
  • How can industry and government resolve these issues, including rising costs, project risk and cash flow?
  • Can risk be better allocated and how?
  • How are other countries and regions approaching infrastructure planning and regulation post-COVID?

Panellists
Lara Poloni, President, AECOM
Phil Helberg, CEO, Infrastructure WA
Paul Broad, CEO, Snowy Hydro
Jon Davies, CEO, Australian Constructors Association

Moderator: Tony Boyd, Chanticleer Columnist, The Australian Financial Review

12:00

INTERNATIONAL KEYNOTE

José Manuel Entrecanales, Chairman and CEO, Acciona
Moderator: Jenny Wiggins, Senior Companies Reporter, The Australian Financial Review

12:20

Lunch and networking break

SUPPLY CHAIN AND LOGISTICS

13:05

PANEL | Strengthening the supply chain

  • How has the logistics sector adapted to changing patterns of consumption, ecommerce, congestion and technological advancements
  • Patching supply chain gaps in the face of black swan events
  • Evolution of the manufacturing sector in Australia

Panellists
Marika Calfas, CEO, NSW Ports
Brendan Bourke, CEO, Port of Melbourne
Dean Dalla Valle, CEO, Pacific National
Maurice James, Managing Director, Qube Holdings Limited
Moderator: David Marin-Guzman, Workplace Correspondent, The Australian Financial Review

13:35

The changing logistics landscape in Asia: Australia’s role and relationships

Thomas Knudsen, Managing Director, Toll
Moderator: Jenny Wiggins, Senior Companies Reporter, The Australian Financial Review

FUNDING AND FINANCING

13:50

PANEL | Financing infrastructure

  • The impact of COVID-19 on super investments and funds reassessing risk
  • What new investment vehicles and sources of finance/funding have emerged?
  • How are infrastructure owners/lessors financing their developments/assets?
  • What do trends in public vs private project investment tell us?

Panellists
Nik Kemp, Head of Infrastructure, AustralianSuper
John Pickhaver, Co-Head, Macquarie Capital, Australia and New Zealand
Parvathy Iyer, Senior Director, Global Infrastructure Ratings, S&P Global Ratings
Marigold Look, Executive Director, Infrastructure, IFM Investors
Moderator: James Riddell, Partner, Global Leader Infrastructure M&A, Deloitte

14:20

MINISTER’S ADDRESS

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

14:30

Q&A with the Minister

The Hon Alan Tudge MP, Minister for Cities, Urban Infrastructure and Population
Moderator: Jennifer Hewett, National Affairs Columnist, The Australian Financial Review

14:40

PANEL | How will states fund infrastructure?

  • How did governments change funding for infrastructure projects in response to the pandemic?
  • Where will money come from for future projects?

Panellists
Adrian Dwyer, CEO, Infrastructure Partnerships Australia
Michel Masson, CEO, Infrastructure Victoria
Leilani Frew, CEO, Infrastructure and Project Financing Agency
Moderator: James Daggar-Nickson, Companies and Markets Deputy Editor, The Australian Financial Review

15:10

Afternoon tea and networking break

TRANSPORT AND MOBILITY

15:30

PANEL | Post-pandemic transport

  • What is the role of public transport in a post-COVID world? Changing transport planning priorities in light of new patterns of work and travel
  • The rise of mobility as a service and the customer experience
  • Road user pricing and barriers to entry, consequences and alternatives
  • Update on electric vehicle strategy and outlook

Panellists
Simon Smith, Managing Director, ANZ, Ola
Michelle Batsas, Executive Director ANZ, International Association of Public Transport (UITP)
Head of Solutions APAC, Moovit
Julien Dehornoy, CEO, Yarra Trams, Keolis Downer Victoria
Moderator: Jessica Gardner, News Director, The Australian Financial Review

16:00

CASE STUDY | Trackless trams

Trackless trams have the potential to provide high-quality, zero-emission public transit, without laying down a single train track. In a first for Australia, Liverpool City Council’s visionary project incorporates trackless tram technology in a new corridor between Liverpool CBD and Western Sydney International Airport. Learn more about the project and what this could mean for future public transport planning.

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

16:20

END OF DAY ONE | Closing remarks from the Chair

James Daggar-Nickson, Companies and Markets Deputy Editor, The Australian Financial Review

08:50

OPENING | Opening remarks from the Chair

Jenny Wiggins, Senior Companies Reporter, The Australian Financial Review

09:00

Q&A WITH THE DEPUTY PRIME MINISTER

The Hon Michael McCormack MP, Deputy Prime Minister, and Minister for Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Development
Moderator: Mark Ludlow, Queensland Bureau Chief, The Australian Financial Review

INFRASTRUCTURE RISK AND RESPONSE

09:30

PANEL | Megaprojects

    • Predictors of cost overruns, project failure, and insolvency, and what can be done about it
    • Is the distribution of commercial risk viable for industry?
    • Do we need to set more realistic expectations around capability and capacity? How can this be achieved contractually and in practise?

Panellists
Bede Noonan, Managing Director, Acciona Australia
Andrew Head, CEO, Westconnex
Marco Assorati, Executive Director Asia Pacific, Webuild
Linda Cantan, Package Director, Tunnel & Stations PPP, Metro Tunnel, Rail Projects Victoria
Moderator: Jenny Wiggins, Senior Companies Reporter, The Australian Financial Review

10:00

Infrastructure: COVID and beyond

NBN and energy infrastructure during the pandemic

Rod Sims, Chairman, ACCC

10:20

PANEL | Are PPPs delivering?

  • The evolution and effectiveness of PPPs across different states and countries
  • Re-evaluating risk allocation – is there a better way?
  • How can flexibility be built into contracts to improve project processes and outcomes?
  • Innovations in delivery models

Panellists
Sonya Campbell, Executive Director, Infrastructure and Structured Finance Unit, NSW Treasury
An Nguyen, Executive Director and Head of Partnerships Victoria, Infrastructure Delivery Group, Department of Treasury and Finance Victoria
Peter Doyle, Partner, Gilbert + Tobin
David Lamming, CEO, Plenary Group
Moderator: James Thomson, Columnist, The Australian Financial Review

10:50

Networking and refreshment break

THE CHANGING LANDSCAPE OF INFRASTRUCTURE

11:10

PANEL | Women in infrastructure

  • How do we attract more women and develop women leaders in construction?
  • Learnings from a 5-day work week in construction and can it be rolled out across major projects
  • Using new metrics to evaluate project success

Panellists
Alison Mirams, CEO, Roberts Pizzarotti
Louise Howard, Deputy Executive Director Health & Safety, Sydney Metro
Louise Adams, Chief Executive – Australia & New Zealand, Aurecon
Heidi Isreb, National Capital Projects Lead, Deloitte
Moderator: Jessica Gardner, News Director, The Australian Financial Review

11:40

Industrial Manslaughter laws in Australia

  • More stringent Industrial Manslaughter laws are coming into effect across Australia
  • Key focus areas for regulators, investigators, and the prosecutors
  • Key safety takeaways for leaders of construction companies

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

12:00

PANEL | The importance of precincts

  • Defining ‘precincts’ and their significance and effectiveness for planning
  • What precinct developments are in the pipeline, and what are the post-COVID strategies for these areas?
  • What infrastructure is required? What methodologies and modelling are behind an integrated, precinct approach?

Panellists
Kim Curtain, Deputy Secretary, Jobs, Investment and Tourism, NSW Treasury
Roch Cheroux, Managing Director, Sydney Water
Sally Walkom, Executive Director, Commercial Delivery, Department of Premier and Cabinet NSW
Geoff Roberts, Deputy Chair, The Western Parkland City Authority and Chief Commissioner, Greater Sydney Commission
Moderator: Luke Houghton, APAC Lead Partner Infrastructure & Capital Projects, Deloitte

12:30

Lunch and networking break

RESILIENCE PLANNING

13:15

PANEL | Making Australian infrastructure resilient

  • Australia’s recovery effort and responsiveness to bushfires, drought and floods
  • Longer term plans for building infrastructure to withstand other shocks and natural disasters
  • Investing in green infrastructure, sustainable finance and the circular economy

Panellists
Clare Gardiner-Barnes, Head of Strategy, Planning and Innovation, Infrastructure NSW
Shane Fitzsimmons, Commissioner, Resilience NSW
Dominic Lane, Chief Executive, SAFECOM (South Australia Fire and Emergency Services Commission)
Brendan Moon, CEO, Queensland Reconstruction Authority
Moderator: Angela Macdonald-Smith, Senior Resources Reporter, The Australian Financial Review

13:45

MINISTER’S ADDRESS

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

13:55

School Infrastructure NSW Project Delivery Pipeline

  • Supporting population growth with the unprecedented scale of school building in NSW
  • Design for Manufacture and Assembly, SINSW’s market strategy, program benefits, design standardisation and consultation and engagement.
  • Improving opportunities for industry through developer-led proposals and greater collaboration with Central Agencies

Anthony Manning, Chief Executive, School Infrastructure NSW

14:15

PANEL | The project pipeline for water infrastructure

  • Is it possible for towns and regions to engineer a way out of drought?
  • What projects and plans are in place for areas projected population growth?
  • What are governments, water corporations and industry doing to overcome years of chronic underinvestment in water infrastructure and security?
  • Where are we with water recycling and desalination plants?

Panellists
Andrew George, Acting CEO, WaterNSW
Pat McCafferty, Managing Director, Yarra Valley Water
Barbara Van Heerden, General Manager, Major Projects, Seqwater

Moderator: Alex Danne, Partner, Gilbert + Tobin

14:45

SHADOW MINISTER’S ADDRESS

The Hon Catherine King MP, Shadow Minister for Infrastructure

14:55

CLOSING | Closing remarks from the Chair

Jenny Wiggins, Senior Companies Reporter, The Australian Financial Review

15:00

End of Summit

Deloitte Masterclasses | Friday 16th October 2020

Attend up to four Masterclasses for a deep dive into the sector’s top priorities.

Masterclasses are delivered virtually and are included in Summit registration for all delegates.

IMPORTANT: Masterclasses are delivered via Zoom. Please check with your IT department, or use a personal account or device to access Zoom.

  • 8:00 – 09:30 AEDT   Masterclass | Contract management WAITLIST
  • 11:00 – 12:30 AEDT   Masterclass | Future cities strategy and planning
  • 12.30 – 14:00 AEDT   Masterclass | Digitally delivered infrastructure
  • 14:00 – 15:30 AEDT   Masterclass | Asset management and optimisation

Contract Management Masterclass is now at capacity. If you are interested in attending, please join the Waitlist.

Maximising outcomes and benefits, delivering value for money, and ensuring the Supplier and the Principal meet their obligations, is at the heart of good contract management. The significant investments in contestable procurement are often diminished during the operational phase. Paired with the current under-investment in contract management, this is likely to be impairing value and creating risk.

This masterclass will comprise a roundtable of like-minded public sector contract management professionals who are responsible for long term, complex, service contracts.

The discussion will cover topics that include: resource requirements, systems, risk management, performance management, variations and knowledge management.

This masterclass will be limited to a small group of participants with an expectation of sharing pain points, experiences, potential solutions and opportunities for improvement.

Facilitators:

Callen Poulter, Partner, Financial Advisory, Deloitte

Ross Alexander, Partner, Financial Advisory, Deloitte

Governments are grappling with the transition to innovation-based economies, rapid and sustained population growth in urban centres, and rising infrastructure costs to meet growth – and they are responding through Precincts.

Successful activation is based on understanding the key elements of an innovation ecosystem, the location-based decision making factors for innovation, the Precinct’s comparative advantage in attracting market investment and the place-based investments that accelerate activation.

This masterclass will dive into developing ‘fit for purpose’ delivery models – including vision, governance, planning and delivery – that realise activation targets and understand the emerging trend to adopt innovative commercial structures that accelerate development and enable Government to monetise a greater portion of the value created through Precinct development.

Facilitators:
Alan Mills, Partner, Deloitte
Christian Greatorix, Principal, Deloitte
Peter Vozzo, Director, Deloitte

Digitally delivered infrastructure is more than simply the use of technology in delivering a project. It represents a fundamental shift in how a project is designed, constructed and operated, providing an opportunity to gain safety, efficiency, and significant financial benefits.

The challenges associated with the delivery and operation of complex infrastructure in today’s marketplace have a common thread; the effective use of real-time data and analytics. Digital – when integrated and used effectively – has the potential to add significant value.

With investments into Digital solutions expecting to increase to between 8% and 15% by 2040, how will you harness the value of digital disruption?

In this masterclass we will be discussing the Digital solutions journey from digital strategy through to design, delivery and optimisation, and understanding where value is likely to be harnessed as soon as today or tomorrow.

Facilitators:
Heidi Isreb, National Capital Projects Lead, Deloitte
Lewis Stewart, Partner, Consulting, Deloitte
David Alonso, Partner, Consulting, Deloitte

The majority of cost in complex heavy assets like infrastructure is spent in the operate, upgrade & maintain phase of the asset lifecycle.  However, acquisition (Capex) and operating (Opex) decisions are typically made in isolation of each other and without effective consideration of system wide impacts and service delivery.  This compromises the outcomes that can be achieved through these major investments and leads to the need for further significant investment later in the asset lifecycle.

Today’s access to real-time granular operating data, together with our ability to build models that allow us to analyse systems and run scenarios to predict service outcomes now provides the opportunity for a new era in asset management & optimisation across the whole life of our major asset investments.

But getting to a point where optimal Asset yields are achieved requires organisational skills and operational maturity.  Developing these capabilities involves going on an Asset Management maturity journey.  That starts with building the capacity to meet regulatory and compliance requirements, then moving to delivering on enhanced business needs reliably and consistently, before moving to a maturity that delivers enhanced service outcomes and prepares to deliver on the business needs of tomorrow.

Where is your business on the journey from compliance to optimising asset performance?  In this interactive masterclass we will use local and international case studies to discuss entry level to evolving best practice in making investment and operating decisions for complex infrastructure assets.

Facilitators:
Steve Porter, Partner, Consulting, Deloitte
Rob Spittle, Partner, Consulting, Deloitte

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