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IAQ Queensland Infrastructure Summit

Consensus for Queensland Infrastructure

14 September 2018 | Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre

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The Infrastructure Association of Queensland is proud to present the 4th Annual Queensland Infrastructure Summit, coming up on 14 September 2018 at the Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre.

Queensland requires significant infrastructure investment to meet the demands of its growing population and expanding regional markets.

Through the core theme of building consensus, the Summit will address pertinent issues on achieving an economic vision for Queensland.

For instance, how should the state fund its most important projects? How can a pipeline of investable projects be grown and attract the private sector? What do changes in Federal priorities mean for Queensland?

Key decision makers, infrastructure experts, and emerging new talent will engage in conversation and provide compelling insights. This year’s future-focused Summit also features an interactive Smarter Infrastructure showcase and IAQ Infrastructure Innovation Challenge.

We invite infrastructure contractors, planners, policy makers and advisers to weigh in, share big ideas and witness the possibilities that targeted, determined action can achieve in one big day at what is Queensland’s premier knowledge and networking event for infrastructure.

Your ticket to the Summit includes access to the popular IAQ Sundowner Drinks Experience, 6pm to 8pm, at Divine at Treasury Brisbane Arcadia, a special Brisbane Festival venue in the South Bank Cultural Forecourt.



Matt Wordsworth is a multi-award winning reporter and presenter with more than 20 years’ experience in journalism. Currently Matt anchors the 7PM News for the ABC in Queensland, and across his career has presented many of the ABC’s flagship programs including 7:30, Lateline, RN Breakfast, AM and PM. He’s covered major events here and overseas including the London Olympics, natural disasters as well as several state elections including anchoring the ABC’s election night coverage for the 2015 and 2017 Queensland state elections. He’s been a political correspondent in Queensland and New South Wales as well as a Federal Political Correspondent for Lateline. He tweets from @MattWordsworth

8:30 am

OPENING Opening remarks from the Chair of IAQ

Terry Rossitto, Chair, Infrastructure Association of Queensland

8:40 am

With the support of Queensland Government, and linking with QUT academics and students, the IAQ Infrastructure Innovation Challenge will see hand-picked teams work to solve one of Queensland’s core infrastructure challenges. The Challenge takes place in the Innovation Room and will be livestreamed throughout the day with Struber.

8:45 am


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


9:00 am

  •  Australian and Queensland political landscape
  •  Barriers to consensus
  •  Consensus is desirable but is it achievable?

9:20 am

  • Changing patterns of where people live and work in Queensland’s five largest cities
  • The impact of rapid population growth on these patterns, particularly in Brisbane

9:40 am

City Deals are a new way of thinking about how we plan and invest in cities – bringing all 3 levels of government together to create new place based partnerships. Australia’s first City Deal was signed in Townsville in 2016, and now the Queensland Government is working with Mayors and the Australian Government with the aim of delivering a City Deal for South East Queensland. This session will look at the idea behind City Deals, and the infrastructure opportunities for the region.

10:00 am

Networking and refreshment break


11:00 am

Address from the Shadow Minister

Andrew Powell MP, Shadow Minister for State Development, Manufacturing, Infrastructure and Planning

11:15 am

  • Queensland Government Pipeline – private sector opportunities
  • Private sector infrastructure – civil, mining and energy
  • Private sector finance and unsolicited/ market led proposal policy challenges

11:35 am

The IAQ has undertaken to survey those entities that fund and develop infrastructure in Queensland. The survey builds on recent research looking at what infrastructure Queensland residents wanted developed and how they would like it funded, as well as the annual national infrastructure investment research undertaken by IPA. The outcomes of the report are intended to provide an understanding of the views of funders and developers, what challenges and opportunities exist for successfully privately funded projects and also articulate the vision for the infrastructure sector in Queensland.

12:35 pm

Livestream to Innovation Room with Struber

12:45 pm

Lunch and networking break


1:45 pm

Australia is at a tipping point where it is no longer a question of if, but when major disruptions will impact the electricity and transport sectors. The advent of cost effective electric vehicles and the viability of rooftop solar and battery storage will have fundamental effects on how our transport and energy markets operate. Similarly, the dependencies between these sectors will create new opportunities and challenges for government, industry and the community.

2:05 pm

With Cross River Rail well underway, Delivery Authority CEO Graeme Newton will share the project’s progress and insights of how innovation is being built into this $5.4 billion, state-defining piece of infrastructure.

2:25 pm

NSW Government Action Plan: A ten-point commitment to the construction sector

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

2:45 pm

  •  Updates on release of EOI on this once-in-a-generation project
  •  Opportunities for PPP proponents

3:05 pm

Networking and refreshments


3:30 pm

As Queensland positions itself for smarter infrastructure, a renewed private/public sector relationship means the state needs to mobilise its pool of home-grown talent, facilitate rather than impede the adoption of innovation at pace, and above all, place the citizen at the centre of decisions and services.

Almost a year on from the Smarter Infrastructure for Queensland Summit last year, hear the latest updates on the efforts of the joint industry-government Infrastructure Innovation Taskforce.

3:45 pm

Artificial intelligence, machine learning, data science and related fields are set to transform practically every industry sector, every job and every public policy sector. This presentation describes six interlinked digital megatrends impacting Australia’s economy and society over the coming decade. It provides a framework for thinking about the change and taking strategic actions to mitigate risks and harness opportunities.

4:00 pm

Hear from and learn more about the innovative companies, individuals and experts participating in the Innovation Challenge

4:15 pm

After 7 hours of intense ideating, testing and iterating, the teams put forward their solutions. In this interactive segment, delegates have the opportunity to quiz the teams on their ideas, challenges, processes, and vision for the solutions.

4:40 pm

CLOSING | Closing remarks from the Chair

4:50 pm

End of Conference

6:00 pm

From 6pm-8pm, wind down with peers at the popular post-event Sundowner Networking Drinks, located a stone’s throw away at Divine at Treasury Brisbane Arcadia, a special Brisbane Festival venue in the South Bank Cultural Forecourt.


Packages Price
One Day Conference$1975+GSTEarly Bird
Packages Price
One Day Conference$1475+GSTEarly Bird
Packages Price
One Day Conference$975+GSTEarly Bird

Price includes Sundowner Drinks Experience (6-8pm)


The Hon Cameron Dick MP

Minister for State Development, Manufacturing, Infrastructure and Planning

Andrew Powell MP

Shadow Minister for State Development, Manufacturing, Infrastructure and Planning

Rachel Hunter

Director General, Department of State Development, Manufacturing, Infrastructure and Planning

David Donnelly

Partner and Head of Infrastructure, Allens

Kim Curtain

Executive Director Infrastructure & Structured Finance, NSW Treasury

Matt Collins

General Manager, Cities Transformation Taskforce, Queensland Treasury

Graeme Newton

CEO, Cross River Rail Delivery Authority

Megan Price

Research Director, Phillips Group

Adrian Dwyer

CEO, Infrastructure Partnerships Australia

Damian Gould

Chief Executive Officer, Building Queensland

Garry Bowditch

Executive Director, Better Infrastructure, John Grill Centre for Project Leadership

Grant Perry

Director Infrastructure Policy and Planning, Department of State Development, Manufacturing, Infrastructure and Planning

John Scales

Managing Director, JWS Research

Liesbet Spanjaard

Partner, Deloitte

Matt Wordsworth

7pm News Anchor, ABC TV

Nicholas Ng

Partner, Allens

Paul Low

National Leader - Infrastructure, Government and Healthcare, KPMG

Peter Colacino

Executive Director Policy & Research, Infrastructure Australia

Marion Terrill

Transport Program Director, Grattan Institute

Sammy Isreb

Division Director, Macquarie Capital

Terry Rossitto

Chair, Infrastructure Association of Queensland

John Cotter

Managing Director, Initiative Capital

Simon Fraser

PPP Transaction Manager, ARTC Inland Rail

Stephen Uhr

Digital Taskforce Chair, IAQ and Client and Corporate Development Director, Arcadis

Dr Shane Mathews

Associate Professor and Subject Area coordinator for International Business, QUT Business School

Dr Stefan Hajkowicz

Principal Scientist – Strategic Foresight, Data61 Insight Team CSIRO

when & where

14 Sep 2018

Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre
Merivale St & Glenelg Street
South Brisbane QLD 4101
07 3308 3000

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