• AFR National Infrastructure Summit

    Over 300 of Australia’s top investors, planners, contractors, advisers and policy-makers at what is the nation’s premier infrastructure event.

    12-13 June 2019
    Grand Hyatt Melbourne



The Australian Financial Review in association with Deloitte are proud to announce the fifth annual National Infrastructure Summit – to be held on 12-13 June at the Grand Hyatt Melbourne.

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

Attended by over 400 delegates, our 2019 Summit will provide political debate, exclusive industry perspectives and a comprehensive overview of the project pipeline creating once again, an unmissable program.





Michael Stutchbury, Editor-in-Chief, The Australian Financial Review


Welcome from Deloitte

Luke Houghton, Asia Pacific Lead Partner – Infrastructure and Capital Projects, Deloitte



Ministerial Keynote: Australia’s Future Infrastructure Landscape


Fireside Chat II Future Cities & Population Growth – How Do We Eliminate Urban Congestion?

  • How do we fix congestion in Australian cities?
  • How do we best plan for population growth to mitigate against congestion?

Romilly Madew, CEO, Infrastructure Australia
Moderator: The Australian Financial Review


PANEL: Delivering Mega Projects – Addressing the challenges of delivering on time and on budget

  • Why can’t we get big infrastructure right?
  • What’s wrong with the planning process?
  • How do we reduce costs associated with the bidding process?

Joe Barr, CEO, John Holland
Marco Assorati, Operations Regional Director , Salini Impregilo
Moderator: The Australian Financial Review


How Smart Technology Is Impacting The Global Transport Sector

  • Mobility trends – Use of micromobility to provide urban mobility solutions
  • Data and digitisation – how is digitisation enabling smart cities?
  • How is data enabling predictive maintenance?


Networking and Refreshment Break


PANEL II Exploring US Infrastructure Opportunities – What does the Landscape look like for Australian Businesses

  • What opportunities exist in the US market under Trump?
  • What does competition look like and what are the comparative realities for companies operating in Australia vs US
  • What does risk allocation look like in US markets?
  • Insight into the US Market


PANEL: Lifting our Game on Engineering Risk Assessment

  • Why can’t we get the engineering right?
  • Project governance – How do you measure, monitor and report on risk?
  • How can technology help get it right?
  • Talent and experience – How do we attract the right skills to effectively deliver project outcomes
  • Is the NSW 10 Point Plan working?

Jim Betts, CEO, Infrastructure NSW
Bede Noonan, Managing Director, Acciona Geotech Holdings
Moderator: The Australian Financial Review


PANEL ll China Belt – What are the Risks and Rewards of China Belt & Road Initiative for Australian Companies?

  • Are Australian companies missing out on opportunities because the Federal government hasn’t signed up to the OBOR?
  • Will Australian companies benefit if states, like Victoria, sign their own agreements with China?
  • What potentially are the opportunities for Australian companies under the OBOR and are there any risks?
  • What projects are Chinese companies and Australian companies already working together on in Australasia and China?
  • Challenges politics presents for Australian companies trying to do business in China

Professor Nick Bisley, Head of the School of Humanities and Social Sciences, La Trobe University
Jayne Whitney, Chief Strategy Officer, John Holland
Derek Lai, Vice-Chair Deloitte China


Lunch & Refreshments


14:20 PANEL: Major Infrastructure Project Updates

Richard Wankmuller ,CEO, Inland Rail
Graeme Newton, CEO, Cross River Rail Delivery Project (QLD)
Moderator: Joanne Crew, Partner, Norton Rose Fulbright

15:00 PANEL: City Deals – Vision for Precinct and Infrastructure Delivery

Sam Sangster, CEO, Western City & Aerotropolis Authority


16:00 PANEL: Conflict & Competition in Port Infrastructure –How to Make Australia’s Ports More Competitive?

Marika Calfas, CEO, NSW Ports

16:40 CASE STUDY PANEL: How to Create a 21st Century Transport Hub


14:20 PANEL: Regulatory Approach to Infrastructure

PANEL II How is Transport being Disrupted by Technology?

  • The future of transport – how best to embrace the disruption?
  • What is the impact of “on demand” transport on fixed services
  • How fast will we go autonomous?
  • How successful is on-demand transport?
  • Why are companies going electric?
  • How are transport operators embracing the disruption?

Angela Davis, GM Technology – NSW & Westconnex Transurban
Behyad Jafari, CEO,
Electric Vehicle Council
Henry Greenacre, Head of Operations, Uber Australia & New Zealand
Patrick Walker, EGM, Advocacy & Members, RAC Group
Moderator: The Australian Financial Review

15:00 CASE STUDY: Data & Location-Based Technology in Action– The science transforming decision-making at VicRoads

  • ArcGIS Online Operational Dashboard: Understanding the data captured in real-time
  • Addressing how technology is being used as data analytics workbench to generate insight from structures crossed by heavy trucks across the state.
  • How the technology provides insight for better maintenance and monitoring of the assets at risk
  • How data sharing culture and collaboration across different business areas lends itself to greater understanding of road network and assets

Dr Sheelan Vaez, Head of Spatial Insights and Analytics, VicRoads


16:00 PANEL II What Opportunities lie ahead for Australia’s Smart Cities?

16:40 CASE STUDY: Vision for the Arden Urban Renewal Precint -– Achieving Greater Investment Through Urban Regeneration and Planning


Closing Remarks


Networking Drinks





MINISTERIAL KEYNOTE: Shaping Victoria- Policy developments impacting Infrastructure and Transport

The Hon. Daniel Andrews MP, Premier of Victoria


Opportunities for Investment in Australia’s Economic Outlook


PANEL: Setting off on the Right Foot – A Look at Australia’s Emerging Infrastructure Projects

  • What steps are in place to deliver upcoming projects on time and on budget?

Lyell Strambi, CEO, Melbourne Airport
Damian Gould, CEO, Building QLD
Moderator: The Australian Financial Review


Networking and Refreshment Break


In Conversation: NSW and SA Ministerial Q&A


PANEL:  How Do We Pay for Future Infrastructure Projects?

  • Is the asset recycling boom over?
  • Driving consistency to enable projects to be compared across asset classes and regions
  • The emergence of social infrastructure priorities

Leilani Frew, CEO, IPFA
Michel Masson, CEO, Infrastructure Victoria
Adrian Dwyer, CEO, Infrastructure Partnerships Australia
Moderator: The Australian Financial Review


PANEL: Private Sector Investment Panel


Lunch & Refreshments


PANEL: Airport Regulations – The Stoush between Airport & Airline


In Conversation With: Skilling for the future: Infrastructure Planning for a Changing Workforce

  • How will workforce & skills set change?
  • Where do businesses need to position themselves for future AI?
  • What impact will it have on infrastructure delivery?
  • What will jobs in the future look like?

Mary Faraone, CEO, Holmesglen
Louise Adams, Managing Director – ANZ, Aurecon  
Moderator: The Australian Financial Review


PANEL: Infrastructure and Australia’s National Interest

  • Should we mandate so more major infrastructure projects are awarded to Australian entities?
  • What sovereign risk checks should be applied when awarding to International firms?
  • Are certain countries of origin too risky for projects of national importance?


Close of Conference and Afternoon tea


The Hon. Daniel Andrews MP
Premier of Victoria

Romilly Madew
CEO, Infrastructure Australia

Joe Barr
CEO, John Holland

Angela Davis
GM Technology – NSW & Westconnex Transurban

Behyad Jafari
CEO, Electric Vehicle Council

Marika Calfas
CEO, NSW Ports

Richard Wankmuller
CEO, Inland Rail

Graeme Newton
CEO, Cross River Rail Delivery Project (QLD)

Leilani Frew

Michel Masson
CEO, Infrastructure Victoria

Lyell Strambi
CEO, Melbourne Airport

Jayne Whitney
Chief Strategy Officer, John Holland

Damian Gould
CEO, Building QLD

Louise Adams
Managing Director – ANZ, Aurecon

Dr Sheelan Vaez
Head of Spatial Insights and Analytics, VicRoads

Jo Crew
Partner, Norton Rose Fulbright

Jiak See Ng
Head of Corporate Finance Advisory, SEA, Deloitte

Sam Sangster
CEO, Western City & Aerotropolis Authority

Professor Nick Bisley
Head of the School of Humanities and Social Sciences, La Trobe University

Patrick Walker
Executive General Manager, Advocacy & Members, RAC Group WA

Jim Betts
CEO, Infrastructure NSW

Henry Greenacre
Head of Operations, Uber Australia & New Zealand

Mary Faraone
CEO, Holmesglen

Adrian Dwyer
CEO, Infrastructure Partnerships Australia

Marco Assorati
Executive Director Asia Pacific Salini Impregilo

Bede Noonan
Managing Director, Acciona Geotech Holdings

Derek Lai
Vice-Chair Deloitte China

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When & Where

12-13 Jun 2019

Grand Hyatt, Melbourne
123 Collins St
Melbourne VIC 3000

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