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2nd annual School Infrastructure Summit

30-31 October 2018 | The Grace Hotel Sydney

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State government across Australia continue to allocate unprecedented funding for the development of education infrastructure. As Australia’s population continues to rise and demographics change expanding education infrastructure in the correct locations becomes even more pertinent.

NSW state government recently pledged $4.2bn towards to education infrastructure, Victoria and Queensland each have considerable budgets to allow for the building of tomorrow’s Australia and the other states and territories are no different.

The unparalleled school building programs underway across the nations lead to excellent examples of changing attitudes towards planning, design and construction of schools.

High-rise schools have become a reality for many in densely populated urban areas and the design of innovative learning spaces continues to develop.

Focus Topics:

  • Government spending on school Infrastructure
  • Past, current and future projects
  • Delivering new classrooms with time and cost efficiency
  • Accommodating for current and future population pressures
  • Creating modern learning environments
  • Utilising new technological developments



9:00 am



9:10 am

With the most significant investment in new schools ever, we are now planning and constructing schools that will need to meet the teaching environments of tomorrow. As populations, work places, community expectations, teacher styles and technologies change, it will also be necessary to rethink the way schools are designed. In his presentation John will look to 2050:

  •  Emerging Shifts in demography
  •  Emerging pedagogies in the way students are taught
  •  Emerging technologies that will change the way students learn
  •  Emerging community expectations about the use of schools as social capital

9:50 am

  • Planning for huge demographic shifts
  • Selecting the appropriate delivery model
  • Future programme

10:30 am

Networking and refreshment break


11:00 am

The South Australia education system is about excellence, choice, engaged students, parents and staff and growing opportunities for the next generation. This presentation will focus on the strategies under way to deliver improved educational infrastructure and provide details on:

  •  Infrastructure planning to enable Year 7 transition to secondary schools
  •  Asset management, school zoning and capacity management strategies
  •  $690M major capital works upgrades in delivery
  •  Delivery of the state’s first vertical secondary school
  •  $250M redevelopment and delivery of STEM learning areas in primary and secondary schools
  •  Delivery of new schools through Private Public Partnerships and a new $100M regional secondary schoo

11:40 am

  • The planning challenge – what is driving changes in school aged population?
  • Forecasting demand for schooling
  • Mapping networks and visualising change

12:20 pm

Lunch and networking break

1:20 pm

  •  Innovative learning spaces
  •  Smart green schools
  •  Prefabrication: Future proofing schools

2:00 pm

  •  How can off-site building supply immediately needed classroom space
  •  Creating Comfortable learning environments for students
  •  Responding effectively to population pressures
  •  Can modular offer a long-term solution?

2:40 pm

Networking and refreshment break


3:10 pm

  • Leadership role for Project Co in design management
  • Balancing certainty of outcome with innovation through the output specification
  • Benefits of a focus on whole-of-life costs, for both Project Co and State
  • Stakeholder engagement and managing change during delivery and operations

3:50 pm

  • Improving the delivery process to supply immediately needed infrastructure
  • Creating new revenue streams
  • Managing financial constraints

4:30 pm

CLOSING | Closing remarks from the Chair

4:40 pm

Networking drinks

8:50 am

Opening remarks from the Chair


9:00 am

This session will explore how the learning landscape is evolving for architects, educators and policy makers. It will unpack strategies that can be adopted to support a cultural shift in education and extend perspectives of how to make innovative learning environments successful.

  •  Emphasise the importance of co-creative processes from project conception, design development and completion as an ongoing initiative
  •  Discuss the initiatives to support the cultural shift of creating new learning environments
  •  Reflect on exemplar case study projects that have benefitted from implementing the initiatives discussed above

9:40 am

  •  Context and constraints
  •  Innovation in the vertical school model
  •  But where is our oval?
  •  Design to reality

10:20 am

Networking and refreshment break

10:50 am

  • What are the emerging risks across the sector
  • Managing risk in the project delivery & operational aspects
  • Enabling the delivery of vital school infrastructure


11:30 am

  •  Challenges faced
  •  Designing comfortable classrooms which facilitate positive learning outcomes
  •  Contemporary approaches to school facilities
  •  Cost-effective designs which cater to the demands of modern education

12:10 pm

Lunch and networking break

1:10 pm

  •  The direction of school building design in highly populated cities
  •  Incorporating technological advancements into the design
  •  Designing a school environment which fosters positive learning outcomes

1:50 pm

  •  High-rise schools will become common in Australian cities over the coming decades
  •  Careful and informed planning and design approaches are needed to maximise student learning potential in these new buildings
  •  High quality environmental design, based on interdisciplinary research, must be part of planning and design processes from the start
  •  Key priorities should include incorporating greenery, providing flexible spaces, ensuring accessibility for students with mobility challenges and reducing atmosphere pollutants

3:30 pm

End of conference


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John Neish

Director, Hepful Solutions

David Asteraki

Director, Infrastructure Finance & Reform, ACT Government

Ross Treadwell

Executive Director, Infrastructure, Department for Education and Children's Services, SA

Johnny Barnard

Population and Location Analyst, .id

Clare Newton

Associate Professor in Learning Environments, The University of Melbourne

Lew Deegan

General Manager, Modular Building Systems

Andrew Newman

Division Director, Macquarie Capital, Macquarie Group Limited

Neil Parker

Project Co Representative, WA Schools, Macquarie Group Limited

Kit Ku

Associate, Hayball

Andrew Fong

Architect, Hayball

Dave Ruane

Associate, Gray Puksand

David Donnelly

Partner, Allens

Brendan Pope

Head of Design, Fleetwood

Dr Tony Matthews

Lecturer in Urban & Environmental Planning, School of Environment & Science, Griffith University

when & where

30 - 31 Oct 2018

The Grace Hotel Sydney
77 York St, Sydney NSW 2000

Book Accommodation with Lido Group

For your convenience Lido Group will manage your accommodation needs. Call 02 8585 0808.

Book Accommodation with Lido Group
For your convenience Lido Group will manage your accommodation needs. Click here or call on 02 8585 0808.


Still have a question?

Leah Boulos
Conference Producer
+61 (02) 9080 4034

Andrew Sinkovich
Sponsorship & Exhibition Manager
+61 2 9080 4008

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