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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.

4-5 June 2018 | Sofitel Wentworth Sydney

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The Australian Financial Review – in association with Deloitte – is pleased to announce the return of the National Infrastructure Summit – due to take place 4-5 June at the Sofitel Wentworth Sydney.

As populations continue to rise, Australia requires equivalent growth in social and economic infrastructure. But what funding mechanisms will support this long-life infrastructure? And what new projects can we anticipate in the coming years?

The Summit is Australia’s premier forum for government, contractors, analysts, and academics to hear Ministerial announcements, debate the outlook for urban regeneration and understand what shifting federal priorities mean for the project pipeline.

Once again there will be extended coverage from the AFR, as this hot-button issue continues to dominate public debate.




8:45 am

OPENING | Opening remarks

Michael Stutchbury, Editor in Chief, The Australian Financial Review

Luke Houghton, Partner, Deloitte


9:00 am

MINISTERIAL ADDRESS | How Australia is becoming a world-leader in infrastructure

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

9:30 am

—— How can we achieve world-class design, delivery and management of infrastructure in Australia?
—— How will we fund and finance future infrastructure – PPPs, taxation, user-pays?
—— The community is engaged and often enraged. How do we best create a social licence to operate?
—— How will disruption impact the Infrastructure sector?

10:15 am

Networking and refreshment break

10:45 am

Australia has by international standards one of the most sophisticated infrastructure sectors in the world. Our legacy of past reforms to the procurement and regulation of infrastructure assets and the creation of advanced infrastructure markets has placed us in an enviable position. However, with rising populations and increasing international competition and opportunity we must prepare for the next wave of microeconomic reform as well as ensuring that we are building the right projects, at the right time, for the right price.

11:15 am

—— Australian infrastructure investment – what’s been happening?
—— And what’s the forecast economic backdrop to the infrastructure outlook?
—— Could tax reform help unlock infrastructure?
—— What are the big risks and opportunities for the infrastructure outlook?

11:45 am

—— Rapid population growth meaning that current transport systems are not sustainable
—— The need for roads to be financed and maintained in new, innovative ways
—— Are user-pays systems as controversial as is suggested?
—— Operational risks of transport projects
—— How to tackle the relatively slow benefit flow of transport projects

12:30 pm

SHADOW ADDRESS | The need for radical overhaul in current approaches towards infrastructure

The Hon Anthony Albanese MP, Shadow Minister for Cities and Shadow Minister for Infrastructure and Transport

1:00 pm

Lunch and networking break

Moderated by Kathryn Matthews, Partner, Deloitte

—— Where are the growth markets, and what finance models are we seeing?
—— What’s the current appetite for risk
—— The role and effectiveness of the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank
—— Will the ‘one belt, one road’ initiative bridge the Asian infrastructure gap and how can Australian firms benefit?
—— Assessing a US led alternative to the New Silk Road
—— Australia’s readiness to capitalize on Trump’s $1.5 trillion Infrastructure plan

A look at how the Year 2000 was viewed in the 50’s and ensuring we are able to separate viable innovation from ‘sci-fi thinking’, looking forward and how this can be used to benefit both urban and regional areas.

Discussing examples such as:

—— Automation
—— Transport
—— Big-Data
—— Energy

2:20 pm

Putting citizens at the heart of Smart City thinking || Stream: COMMUNITY EMPOWERMENT

Danny Rezek, Managing Partner, Deloitte Western Sydney

Although technology is often hailed as the saviour of innovation and disruption, in all industries, what are the pitfalls within infrastructure that are blocking progress?

A discussion on the need for broader vision from people to integrate technological systems and be more future-looking – making the industry more robust, fiscally successful and customercentric.

2:40 pm

A look at how artisanal attitudes were applied to electricity use in Brooklyn, New York. Hear from the Brooklyn Microgrid, a blockchain-enabled community electricity grid that allows neighbours to trade energy peer-to-peer, protects against outages and exemplifies innovative
thinking in renewables.

—— Enhancing the quality of life through IOT
—— Applying smart data
—— Introducing smart mobility
—— I ntroducing smart transport to analyse traffic flow
—— How Blockchain, AI and robotics will help deliver future infrastructure

3:00 pm

A discussion on why it’s time to move on from a cost mitigation mindset and refocus on creating value through innovation, power of data and adopting new technologies.

—— Building intelligence monitoring
—— IOT and predictive maintenance
—— The use of AI and robotics to manage buildings

3:20 pm

Afternoon tea

Moderated by Liesbet Spanjaard, Partner, Deloitte

3:50 pm

—— I n the next 30 years, Australia will be home to 36 million people. This rate of growth is equivalent to adding a new city, roughly the size of Canberra, each year for the next 30 years. About 75%, will be centred in our four largest cities.
—— The speed of this growth presents everyday Australians, politicians and planners with some complex and hard choices. Do we choose a future where we live on a quarter-acre block but commute hours to work? Should we embrace high-quality high-density living close to public transport and other amenities, or decentralise our growth centres and locate jobs closer to where people live?

PPP to D&C and all that fits in between – assessing appropriate procurement models for each future project || Stream: INNOVATIVE PROCUREMENT

Kim Curtain, Executive Director Infrastructure & Structured Finance, NSW Treasury

The first release of Infrastructure Victoria’s proposal to implement zero-emissions automated vehicles across Victoria, land-use planning and the impact on other sectors.

4:10 pm

—— The scope for future city deals in regional Australia. What have we learnt from previous city deals? (This point is already there)
—— How best can three tiers of government work together to achieve growth?
—— What role does the private sector play in developing regional Australia?
—— What successes have we witnessed in comparable overseas markets?

PANEL | Unsolicited Bidding: The appetite, impediments, and prospects for market-led proposals || Stream: INNOVATIVE PROCUREMENT

Senator Janet Rice, The Greens

Aneetha de Silva, Managing Director, Government, Aurecon

Joanne Paterson, Director, Market Led Proposals Team, Queensland Treasury

Michael Ward, British Consul General & Director General, The Department for International Trade, UK

—— Opportunities to accelerate the electrification of road transport in Australia
—— What’s holding electric back?
—— What’s the forecast for uptake in the next 10 years?
—— How do we currently compare with our global competitors?

4:30 pm

—— Why adoption is slower here than overseas
—— Case study: A Bridj to your door: How US cities are adopting intelligent transport
—— The future of Australia’s public transport offering

4:50 pm

Networking drinks

8:50 am

OPENING | Opening remarks

Michael Stutchbury, Editor in Chief, The Australian Financial Review

Luke Houghton, Partner, Deloitte


9:00 am

NSW ADDRESS | The future of infrastructure in New South Wales and what it means for Australia

The Hon Gladys Berejiklian MP, Premier of NSW

9:30 am

QUEENSLAND ADDRESS | Future project pipeline in the Sunshine State

The Hon Cameron Dick MP, Minister for State Development, Manufacturing, Infrastructure and Planning, QLD

10:30 am

Networking and refreshment break


10:50 am

The role of the airport in growing tourism in Australia

Geoff Culbert, CEO, Sydney Airport

11:10 am

A look at innovative facility delivery and how a regional area intends to become Australia’s first ‘Aerotropolis’ through the building of Western Sydney Airport.


11:30 am

—— Where are the next big reforms coming from, what should they look like?
—— Do we need a new approach to leading and explaining reform, one which is courageous, inclusive and principled?
—— Cutting through a caustic political and populist environment and having the courage to take a longer-term view.
—— Flexing our microeconomic reform muscles to deal with challenges like mass automation, convergence of the transport and energy sectors, tightening of monetary policy and unprecedented population growth

12:10 pm

CASE STUDY | How world-class infrastructure will connect regional Australia to domestic and International markets

Richard Wankmuller, CEO, Inland Rail

12:30 pm

PANEL | Successfully delivering major projects and achieving world-class infrastructure

Paul Broad, Managing Director, Snowy Hydro

Richard Wankmuller, CEO, Inland Rail

Anthea Antonio, Executive Director Technical Delivery, Yarra Trams

Connie King, Building Operations Manager, John Holland

1:10 pm

Lunch and networking break


2:00 pm

—— Asset Utilisation
—— IOT and predictive maintenance
—— AI and robotics
—— Role of the private sector
—— Emergence of shared facilities

2:50 pm

—— Adding value to customers through innovation
—— Establishing the Lendlease innovation lab. What are the objectives zand key goals?
—— Creating buy-in from all employees and harnessing a culture of creativity
—— Taking a different approach to creative thinking, the working through of ideas and experimentation

3:10 pm

—— Boosting standards through the introduction of mandatory registrations for engineers
—— Australia’s current capacity to provide the skills needed to deliver world-class infrastructure
—— Assessing Australia’s capability to deliver future skills requirements

4:00 pm

CLOSING | Closing remarks

Luke Houghton, Partner, Deloitte

4:15 pm

End of Conference


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The Hon Michael McCormack MP

Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure & Transport

The Hon Gladys Berejiklian MP

Premier of NSW

The Hon Anthony Albanese MP

Shadow Minister for Cities and Shadow Minister for Infrastructure and Transport

The Hon Cameron Dick MP

Minister for State Development, Manufacturing, Infrastructure and Planning, QLD

Joe Barr

CEO, John Holland

Julieanne Alroe

Chair, Infrastructure Australia

Geoff Culbert

CEO, Sydney Airport

Jennifer Westacott

Chief Executive, Business Council of Australia

Paul Broad

Managing Director, Snowy Hydro

Maryanne Graham

Head of Corporate Affairs, WSA Co

Dana Nelson

CEO, Spotless

René Lalande

CEO, Transdev Australasia

Guy Templeton

President & CEO, WSP Australia & New Zealand

Belinda Gibson

Non-Executive Director, Brisbane Airport, Ausgrid & Citi Group

Leilani Frew


David Franks

CEO, Keolis Downer

Rodd Staples

Secretary, Transport for NSW

Emma Thomas

Director-General, Transport Canberra and City Services

Graeme Newton

CEO, Cross River Rail Delivery Authority

Chris Richardson

Partner - Access Economics, Deloitte

Michael Flynn

Infrastructure & Capital Projects EMEA Leader, Deloitte, Ireland

Richard Wankmuller

CEO, Inland Rail

Grant Smith

Senior Managing Director, Macquarie Group

Aneetha de Silva

Managing Director, Government, Aurecon

Kyle Mangini

Global Head of Infrastructure, IFM Investors

Nick Abrahams

Global Head of Technology & Innovation, Norton Rose Fulbright

Lisa Tobin

Group Executive, Technology, Transurban

Dr Sara Bice

Research Director, Next Generation Engagement Project

Michel Masson

CEO, Infrastructure Victoria

Luke Houghton

Partner, Deloitte

Anissa Levy

Deputy Chief Executive Officer, Head of Investor Assurance, Infrastructure NSW

Joanne Paterson

A/Executive Director, Market-Led Proposals Industry Partnerships Department of State Development, Manufacturing, Infrastructure and Planning

William Cox

Managing Director - Australia & New Zealand, Aurecon

Gary Bowditch

Executive Director, John Grill Centre for Project Leadership

Belinda Kinkead

Director - Australia, LO3 Energy

Kim Curtain

Executive Director Infrastructure & Structured Finance, NSW Treasury

Philip Davies

Chief Executive, Infrastructure Australia

Clint Feuerherdt

CEO, Transit Systems

Dr Kellie Nuttall

Partner, Deloitte

Professor Talal Yassine OAM

Managing Director, Crescent Wealth

Arnon Musiker

Senior Vice President, Moody's Investors Service

Liesbet Spanjaard

Partner, Deloitte

Kirsty O’Connell

Project Director, Next Generation Engagement Project

Adrian Dwyer

CEO, Infrastructure Partnerships Australia

Nick Merritt

Global Head of Infrastructure, Norton Rose Fulbright

Senator Janet Rice

The Greens

Kathryn Matthews

Partner, Deloitte Access Economics

Dr Kim Houghton

GM Policy & Research, Regional Australia Institute

Ken Morrison

CEO, Property Council of Australia

Alesha Printz

Victorian President, Engineers Australia

Danny Rezek

Managing Partner, Deloitte Western Sydney

Behyad Jafari

CEO, Electric Vehicle Council

Anthea Antonio

Executive Director Technical Delivery, Yarra Trams

Jasna Sims

Group Head of Innovation, Lendlease

Said Hirsh

Partner, Deloitte

Connie King

Building Operations Manager, John Holland

Noni Shannon

Partner, Norton Rose Fulbright

Chris Hanger

Executive Director Regional Infrastructure & Networks, Department of Premier & Cabinet, NSW

Morag Baird

Senior Managing, Lending Practices & Policy, Global Infrastructure Hub

Chris Sutherland

Managing Director, Programmed

Michael Ward

British Consul General & Director General, The Department for International Trade, UK

when & where

04 - 05 Jun 2018

Sofitel Wentworth, Sydney
61-101 Phillip Street
Sydney NSW 2000
02 9228 9188

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