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Energy Infrastructure & Community Engagement Conference

Engaging Communities for a Cleaner Energy Future

12-13 November 2024 | Swissotel Sydney

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Super early bird rate expires 31 July 2024


Building on the success and growing industry support of our 2023 standout conference, the Energy Infrastructure & Community Engagement Conference 2024 returns on the 12-13 November 2024 at the Swissotel, Sydney.

With the rapid rollout of renewable and clean energy infrastructure to fast-track the national net-zero goals, social license and community engagement has become a crucial factor for energy companies to accelerate projects. Community engagement is essential for developing and operating new energy infrastructure, including transmission lines, onshore and offshore wind farms, solar, hydrogen and storage, to ensure greater transparency between communities and the industry.

The Energy Infrastructure & Community Engagement Conference will bring together industry and community leaders to address key issues and develop effective solutions that will drive the path towards net zero. This event is a valuable opportunity to learn about the latest insights and best practices to effectively engage and benefit local communities, build trust, and achieve project success.

Topics will include:

  • Government role, reforms, and initiatives
  • The importance of early and ongoing community engagement in the development of new energy infrastructure projects
  • Best practices for effective community engagement, including building trust, transparency, collaboration and open communication
  • Case studies of successful community engagement initiatives for new energy infrastructure projects, highlighting the challenges and opportunities involved
  • Key learnings from previous projects and the value of tailoring engagement strategies to the needs of different communities
  • First Nations and Traditional Owner Engagement
  • Measuring the success of community engagement efforts is important for ensuring that projects meet communities’ needs.
  • The future of community engagement in the energy sector

It is upon us all in the energy sector to build the relationships…and the social licence…that enables the infrastructure that enables the energy transition to serve all Australians.
– Daniel Westerman, AEMO, May 2023

Social license for energy infrastructure is critical to ensuring the transformation of Australia’s grid is as smooth as possible and not enough attention has been paid to getting this right.
– Minister Chris Bowen, July 2022

Effective community consultation and engagement is essential for large-scale renewable energy and transmission projects to gain widespread support and earn the ‘social license’ to operate within the community.
– Australian Energy Infrastructure Commissioner

When it comes to transmission, social licence is the most important issue we have to face. A near-total rebuild of the grid comes with challenges, particularly for the communities where projects will be built.
– Minister Chris Bowen, May 2023 – Financial Review

2023 Speakers

Mike Young

Executive Director, Planning and Communities, EnergyCo

Daniel Andersen

General Manager Energy Markets, Powerlink

Gerard Reilly

General Manager Communications, Customer & Engagement, Powerlink

Emma Vogel

Executive Director, AusNet Services

Jacqui Niemand

Head of Stakeholder Relations, ENGIE Australia & New Zealand

Suzanne Waddell

Community and Stakeholder Lead, Project Delivery, VicGrid, Energy, Department of Energy, Environment and Climate Action

Llewelyn Owens

Project Director, Bendemeer Energy Renewable Hub

Nevenka Codevelle

Executive General Manager Government and Stakeholder, Australian Energy Market Operator (AEMO)

Danielle Beinart

EGM Networks & Technical, Australian Energy Market Commission (AEMC)

David Wilson

Government and Stakeholder Manager (NSW), EnergyAustralia

Michael Johnson

Program Director Stakeholder Relations, Major Projects, TransGrid

Dr Jarra Hicks

Co-founder and Director, Community Power Agency

Dominic Luddy

Community and Stakeholder Engagement Manager, Acciona Energía

Owen Boushel

Manager Stakeholder Engagement, Tilt Renewables

Kellie O’Callaghan

Chair, Regional Development Australia | Gippsland

Glenn Christie

Director and Revegetation Consultant, Succession Ecology

Dr Mark Apthorpe

Electricity Infrastructure Jobs Advocate

Jamie Hagan

First Nations Engagement Manager, Acciona Energía

Melanie Rippon

Community Performance Specialist, CleanCo Queensland

Erin Lord

Stakeholder Engagement Lead, Seadragon Offshore Wind, Flotation Energy

Max Hardy

Founder & Director, Max Hardy Consulting

Paul Johnson

Regional Engagement Manager, Star of the South

Kath Elliott

Stakeholder Engagement Manager, Squadron Energy

Esther Diffey

Technical Discipline Manager, Social Performance, SLR Consulting Australia Pty Ltd

Dominic Adams

GM Networks, Energy Networks Australia

Michelle Holmes

Community and Stakeholder Manager, Iberdrola Australia

Allan Murray

Principal Consultant, Aboriginal Affairs, WSP

Dr. Rae Dufty-Jones

Director Social Advisory and Research, RPS Group

Michael Frangos

Chief Executive Officer, Indigenous Energy Australia

Sharon Gray

Group Manager, Diversity, Indigenous and Social Inclusion, CPB Contractors



Packages Price
Package(Two Days)$3185+GST Super Saver Rate
  • Super early bird – $3,185 + GST (register prior to 31 July 2024)
  • Early bird – $3,550 + GST (register from 1 August 2024 to 30 September 2024)
  • Standard – $3,950 + GST (register from 1 October 2024)

Sponsorship and Exhibition Opportunities

Reconnect and re-engage with your industry peers at the Energy Infrastructure & Community Engagement Conference.

There are many opportunities for networking including social events such as networking drinks, refreshment breaks and lunches, making this not just a conference… but an all encompassing industry “experience”.

Event sponsorship or exhibiting will allow your organisation to:

  • Build relationships with potential and existing clients
  • Generate leads from a high-level, targeted audience
  • Close sales in a more personal manner than via phone
  • Demonstrate your product in person
  • Network with the industry
  • Build brand awareness

To see what is on offer please contact:

Valerie Pogrebizhsky
+61 2 9080 4362

ConnectMe and Streamly

ConnectMe • Networking enhanced
All of our events utilise a bespoke dynamic smartphone app, ConnectMe – which guarantees attendees a premium event experience. Logins are sent prior to the conference commencement allowing you to check who’s attending, schedule in meetings and catch ups, participate in live Q+A and interactive polls, and much more. ConnectMe ensures you never miss a beat prior, during and post event.


Streamly • On-Demand video vault
Streamly is a new video platform from Informa Connect – hosting hours of session recordings from our events and more. Select the Streamly add-on at the checkout to receive year-round access to exclusive On-Demand session recordings from all of our related energy events*. Login information will be sent post event. For more information visit our Streamly page.

* Note: In a minority of cases, speakers may request their sessions to be excluded from Streamly access.


Our Commitment to Sustainability

In Australia, we are committed to running our events in an environmentally and socially responsible way. Across Informa Connect we are focusing on the short and long-term sustainability impacts we have on customers and colleagues alongside the communities we work in.

We recognise that it’s not just about the way we produce our events and products but recognising that we have a role to play in providing a space to work in partnership together with our markets to inspire the sustainable development of the industries we serve.

To read more on our latest sustainability reports and Faster Forward initiatives – click here.

when & where

12 - 13 Nov 2024

Swissotel Sydney
68 Market St,
Sydney NSW 2000
(02) 9238 8888


Still have a question?

Sponsorship & Exhibition Opportunities
Valerie Pogrebizhsky
+61 2 9080 4362

Speaking Enquiries
Aya Mersal
+61 290 804338

Marketing & Media Enquiries
Chris Shorthouse
+61 290 804317

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