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18th Annual PPP Summit

Building better infrastructure together

19-20 November 2018 | PARKROYAL Darling Harbour

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Informa is proud to announce the 18th Annual Public Private Partnerships Summit, to be held from 19-20 November at PARKROYAL Darling Harbour.

Public Private Partnerships depend on strong collaboration, where the private and public sector work together and both harness their unique strengths to build better public infrastructure. The aim of a PPP, when it works well, is to deliver improved public infrastructure and better value for money, primarily through distributing both the benefits and risks of infrastructure development between the public and private sectors, encouraging the kind of innovation and efficiency that a competitive private sector tendering driven process encourages at its best, greater asset utilisation in situations when the public purse could simply not afford to front or borrow the money to build a similar asset with the same speed, and integrated whole-of-life management – building operation and maintenance services into infrastructure contracts, underpinned by private financing and both private sector and public sector operators.

PPP disasters have caused concern within the public and private sector and electorate as to the validity or potential for PPP projects – especially when money is coming from the public purse to finance the deals. As such, they’ve gone through cycles of popularity and unpopularity. Models of PPP delivery are being refined and reformed both locally and internationally introducing more refined risk distribution and capital return guarantees which are more attractive to finance and provide security for governments.

There are a strong new wave of PPPs emerging, with lots of new projects on the horizon driven by an ever-expanding population and ageing infrastructure assets. We are really in the middle of an infrastructure boom, with more cranes in Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane than the whole of north America, making Australia more lucrative for infrastructure investors, developers and operators than ever before.

Informa’s 18th Annual Public Private Partnerships Summit 2018 will aim to unravel why some public private partnerships work and others don’t, exploring the secrets of building infrastructure better together. It will outline the recipe for success that has been created by some projects that delivered on time and in budget. It will examine local and international visions for innovations in PPPs into the future – and outline the opportunities for the private sector at both a national and state level. It will promote a learning and sharing of experiences environment, examining the key threads in any PPP deal: finance, the bid process, project management, and the legal and risk management aspects throughout the duration of a project.

The summit will explore strategies for making public private partnerships work well including:

  • Delivering well planned, built and managed public infrastructure which keeps up with the pace of growing public needs
  • Making the best use of the resources and strengths of both the public and private sectors
  • Building major public private partnership infrastructure projects on time and within budget
  • Achieving better value for money for government than alternative models of procurement
  • Ensuring lucrative rates of return and fostering strong relationships to promote long term sustainable public and private sector partnerships

Join public and private sector infrastructure leaders in Sydney this November and collaborate on making PPPs function better for both parties and delivering the best possible public infrastructure.

Program Advisory Board
Informa’s PPP Summit is being developed under the guidance of an expert advisory board who are helping to shape a world class conference program that helps bring together public and private sector infrastructure development leaders to work towards building better infrastructure together.

  • Lelani Frew, Chief Executive Officer, Infrastructure Finance Project Advisory
  • Kirsty O’Connell, Project Director, Next Generation Engagement Project
  • Demi Chung, Senior Lecturer, University of New South Wales
  • Sammy Isreb, Divisional Director, Macquarie Capital



9:00 am

OPENING | Opening remarks from the Chair


9:10 am

In this opening keynote address Michel Kerf, the World Bank’s regional director will explore PPP developments worldwide and some of the key contributors to successful ongoing collaboration between the public and private sector. Learning from past experience to improve future infrastructure public-private partnerships is a focal issue for policy makers, financiers, implementers, and private sector stakeholders. An extensive body of case studies and “lessons learned” will be explored in this session, highlighting some of the key factors that can help improve the likelihood of success and attempt to reduce the risk of future contract failures.


9:40 am

In this session, John Alexander OAM MP will discuss the critical role of the private sector and coordination of local, state and federal governments master planning and funding in a clear, long-term national infrastructure policy, achieving shared objectives. John will discuss key strategies for making the most of these kinds of collaborations and the importance of a clear, long-term federal infrastructure policy on sustainable population growth in our regional and urban population centres, maintaining a high standard of living and strong economic growth.

10:10 am

This discussion will explore the impacts of Australia’s National PPP Policy and Guidelines, the Public Sector Comparator and state government PPP policies and guidelines on government procurement decision making and how guidelines might best evolve as PPP models change over time. Topics to be explored will include:

  •  Adapting guidelines to changes in PPP procurement models over time
  •  Exploring the factors that are most critical in assessing whether PPPs are the best procurement option
  •  Ensuring approvals and value proposition determination process doesn’t unreasonably disincentivise use of PPPs where they might deliver the best value

11:00 am

Networking and refreshment break

Learn about the latest PPP project announcements from Australian state and territory governments and opportunities stemming from these new developments.

11:30 am

New South Wales

Michael Arnott, Director, Infrastructure and Structured Finance Unit, NSW Treasury

12:00 pm


An Nguyen, Head of Partnerships Victoria, Infrastructure Delivery Group, Department of Treasury and Finance, Victoria

12:30 pm

Lunch and networking break


1:30 pm

This session will explore the emerging digital government marketplace model of technology infrastructure development and how it has created a new model of public private partnerships around essential public infrastructure development. The session will explore the important role of innovation in public and private sector collaboration around better public technology infrastructure development and the benefits and opportunities for the public and private sector and better government service delivery.

2:00 pm

  •  Assessing infrastructure requirements to pave the way for automated and zero emissions vehicles around Australia
  •  Public and private sector collaborations to date on infrastructure planning
  •  Future scenarios for future vehicle infrastructure development partnerships between the public and private sectors


2:30 pm

In this case study session, GoldlinQ will discuss how they have strategically planned extension of their PPP project and talk through some of the complexities of these extensions. GoldlinQ successfully managed their PPP extension from Stage 1 to Stage 2 and is currently planning to extend the project to Stage 3A. This session will explore the ins and outs of managing an extension and key considerations for both government project managers and SPVs.

3:00 pm

  • Ensuring the service delivery around the excess of gold plating
  • Best practice examples of healthcare PPPs
  • Advantages of building in high proportions of debt
  • Design, build and operational efficiencies

3:30 pm

Networking and refreshment break


4:00 pm

  •  Exploring the fundamentals of PPP Contract Management
  •  Examining the importance of managing contracts throughout the lifetime of the project
  •  The critical role of stakeholder engagement – both across government, and with the community and user groups
  •  Dealing with change and renegotiation of public and private sector partnerships over time

4:30 pm

  •  Characteristics and tenets of collaborative contracting in P3 arrangements
  •  Effectively establishing and monitoring long-term performance based contracts
  •  Identifying, measuring and reporting KPIs and actively managing contract performance frameworks to ensure quality service delivery
  •  Building and sustaining long-term stable public and private partnerships for high quality sustainable whole of life cycle infrastructure delivery

5:00 pm

CLOSING | Closing remarks from the Chair and Networking drinks

5:10 pm

Networking drinks

8:50 am

OPENING | Opening remarks from the Chair


9:00 am

This session will explore what investors are looking for in an infrastructure asset and examine how we can meet these needs and structure PPP developed infrastructure asset planning and delivery to appeal to them. Investors with exposure in infrastructure assets and experience investing in assets developed within PPP frameworks will offer their perspectives on what makes for a lucrative investment, offering the opportunity for the Australian infrastructure sector to learn from the insights of current and potential local and global investors. Factors to be explored include:

  •  Stable contractual settings with clear risk distribution between financial partners
  •  Establishing the right commercial incentive framework – with a fairly well guaranteed and not over-stated rate of return
  •  Infrastructure asset design, construction and operations considerations


9:50 am

PPPs can offer cost and efficiency benefits and increase the speed of infrastructure delivery, however they are wildly unpopular amongst the public at large. In this interactive discussion, Julie will raise some of the key community engagement challenges around using public private partnerships for infrastructure procurement and discuss key strategies for overcoming them – achieving a social license to procure where PPPs are the most rational infrastructure development choice. Audience members will be encouraged to contribute their experiences, lessons learned and suggestions to the discussion.

10:20 am

After nine months, seven national workshops, six industry presentations, 123 survey results, three feedback workshops, a six-week national online consultation and with input from almost 80 organisations and over 200 professionals working with Australia’s infrastructure sector, the Next Generation Engagement Project are pleased to present the Top Five Research Priorities for Australia’s Infrastructure Sector.

This session will explore key research findings from the report pertaining to public private partnerships in infrastructure and will discuss the need for a growing shared, industry-wide evidence base to address the major challenges and opportunities faced by the sector.

10:50 am

Networking and refreshment break

Learn about the latest PPP project announcements from Australian state and territory governments and opportunities stemming from these new developments

11:30 am


12:00 pm

South Australia

12:30 pm

Lunch and networking break


1:30 pm

In this session Catherine will explore the evolution of the PPP model and the changing role of the public and private partners in infrastructure development. How is this model of infrastructure procurement changing and how will it continue to evolve over time?

2:00 pm

  • Exploring ideal risk distribution structures between public and private sector partners
  • Examining the key risks that need to be allocated and managed: Construction and completion risk, Operating risks, Demand risk, Force majeure and change in law, Political and regulatory risk and expropriation and nationalization risk, Environmental risk, Social risk, Tenor and refinancing risk, Currency exchange risk, Interest rate risk
  • Risk mitigation mechanisms such as hedging and futures contracts, use of insurance and guarantees
  • Managing key risks such as regulatory bottlenecks to cashflow, market bottlenecks, and revenue forecast estimates
  • Capping and collaring risk – setting a floor of investor liability
  • Which risk distribution and mitigation approach is appropriate for which infrastructure asset class and investor type? Examining case examples of successful and unsuccessful risk allocation and management in public private partnership infrastructure projects.

2:50 pm

Networking and refreshment break


3:20 pm

  • Procurement Options Analysis – assessing other financing options as alternatives to PPPs – Making a choice between public and private provision of infrastructure through rigorous value for money assessment as part of the infrastructure procurement strategy.
  • Treating value for money as the driver for adopting the PPP approach, rather than capital scarcity or the balance sheet treatment through appropriate due diligence in project evaluation
  • Exploring positive impacts of PPPs on the rigour of infrastructure procurement – Taking an integrated approach to strategic infrastructure planning and robust frameworks for infrastructure investment decision making

3:50 pm

IPART plays an important role in NSW infrastructure regulation and policy setting. As a pricing regulator they are responsible for setting maximum prices for energy, water and transport services, and they also operate as an economic advisor and policy think tank for the Government around infrastructure development. This session will explore the essential role of pricing regulation towards optimising market competition and value for money in public private partnerships in the long-term interest of the community, economy and environment and their critical infrastructure security.


4:20 pm

This interactive discussion with delegates, led by our event advisory panel and a select group of keynote presenters and event contributors will close the summit discussions and bring together a recommended action agenda to better public private partnerships. A summit communique will be generated from this discussion and distributed to participants after the event. Topics to be addressed will include:

  •  Key messages emerging from the past two days of discussions
  •  Implications for public and private sector stakeholders
  •  Pragmatic take home actions stemming from the summit

5:00 pm

CLOSING | Closing remarks from the Chair

5:10 pm

End of Conference


Packages Price
Package(Two Days)$3599$3229+GSTEarly BirdEarly Bird
  • Early Bird Rate expires on 31 October 2018

*A limited number of passes are available for qualified individuals from institutional investors which will offer complementary attendance at the 2 day conference and networking drinks. An institutional investor will be defined as an individual responsible for direct investment of funds by an institution, including, but not limited to sovereign wealth funds, pension/superannuation funds, insurance companies, banks, mutual funds, hedge funds, endowments, unit trusts and family offices. Qualification as an institutional investor will be at the sole discretion of the organisers. To take advantage of this offer please email


Michel Kerf

Country Director for the South Pacific, World Bank

John Alexander OAM MP

Member for Bennelong, Chairman, Standing Committee on Infrastructure, Transport and Cities

Kitty Marmanidis

Director Strategic Advisor, Evaluation and Negotiation and Public Private Partnerships, Department of Defence

Asheem Shrestha

School of Architecture & Built Environment, Deakin University

An Nguyen

Head of Partnerships Victoria, Infrastructure Delivery Group, Department of Treasury and Finance, Victoria

Michael Arnott

Director, Infrastructure and Structured Finance Unit, NSW Treasury

Simon Geraghty

Executive Director, Government Technology Platforms, Department of Finance, Services and Innovation, NSW

Ian Christensen

Managing Director, iMOVE CRC

Phil Mumford

Chief Executive Officer, GoldlinQ

Michele Morrison

Development Director | Capella Capital

Morag Baird

Senior Manager, Leading Practices & Policy, Global Infrastructure Hub

John McNamee

Senior Advisor, Macquarie Capital

Steven Proctor

Executive Director, Public Infrastructure Partners Fund, HRL Morrison & Co

Michelle Sichlau

Executive Director, Sydney Origination Team, Plenary Group

Stephen Land

Director, Infrastructure, National Australia Bank

Stephen Anthony

Chief Economist, Industry Super Australia

Julie Castle

Managing Director, Struber

Kirsty O’Connell

Project Director, Next Generation Engagement Project

Catherine Black

Managing Director, Cities and Social, International Project Finance Association

Senior Representative, Cross River Rail Delivery Authority

Demi Chung

Senior Lecturer, University of New South Wales

Sammy Isreb

Division Director, Macquarie Capital

Liesel Henn

Manager Policy and Projects, Civil Contractors Federation NSW

Hugo Harmstorf

Chief Executive Officer, Independent Pricing and Regulatory Tribunal, NSW

when & where

19 - 20 Nov 2018

PARKROYAL Darling Harbour
150 Day St, Sydney NSW 2000
(02) 9261 1188

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