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School Infrastructure Forum

27-28 November 2017 | Radisson Blu Plaza 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:

  • Insights into current developments and future projects
  • Delivering new classrooms in a more cost efficient and timely manner
  • Utilising developments of technologies
  • Financing the expansion and building of schools
  • Creating modern learning environments
  • Highlighting where population pressure is going to be greatest



9:00 am

OPENING | Opening remarks from the Chair


9:10 am

International perspectives on teacher transition to innovative learning environments; an update on the ILETC project

Associate Professor Wesley Imms, Head, Visual Art and Design Education – Learning Environments Applied Research Network, University of Melbourne


9:50 am

  • Highlighting how funding will be distributed across NSW
  • Where is likely to see the strongest investment?
  • Outlining major school infrastructure projects

10:30 am

Networking and refreshment break

11:00 am

  • Developing South Australia’s education infrastructure
  • Providing innovative facilities for students
  • I mproving efficiency when constructing and developing new and existing facilities


11:40 am

  • Financing new schools
  • Ongoing facility management
  • An insight into the maintaining and continuing operations of schools

12:20 pm

Lunch and networking break

1:20 pm

PANEL: Maximising funding: Making the dollar go further

Amy Brown, Partner- Infrastructure & Urban Renewal, PwC

Craig Robinson, Principal, Advisian

2:20 pm

  • Creating new revenue streams through asset recycling
  • Understanding how asset recycling can be used in education infrastructure projects
  • Highlighting recent examples and success stories

3:00 pm

Networking and refreshment break

3:30 pm

  • Outlining recent successful PPP transactions in Victoria
  • Managing and mitigating risk in school PPPs
  • Utilising PPPs to enhance the viability of school building programs


4:10 pm

  • Realising the benefits of modular construction
  • Using modular classrooms for both short and long term solutions

4:50 pm

CLOSING | Closing remarks from the Chair

5:00 pm

Networking drinks

9:00 am

OPENING | Opening remarks from the Chair


9:10 am

  • Focussing on learning spaces
  • Incorporating stories from universities with relevance to schools
  • Utilising modern technology in design


9:50 am

  • Reviewing the whole planning, design and construction process
  • An insight into the WA Schools Project and asset management plans

10:30 am

Networking and refreshment break


11:00 am

Can the Physical Environment Shape the way we Learn?

Wayne Stephens, Partner, ClarkeHopkinsClarke

11:40 am

  • Through detailed consultation with students as part of master planning preparations, Paynter Dixon have discovered that not all adult decisions suit student’s needs.
  • This presentation will outline responses from year 5 to year 11 students on a range of design aspects such as furniture, colour preferences and room configurations.
  • Student feedback and input is critical to the success of a project and in Paynter Dixon’s experience it’s not always what you expect!

12:20 pm

Lunch and networking break

1:20 pm

Can factory built transportable and relocatable components play a role in 21st century learning?

Geoff Hanmer, Managing Director, Arina


2:00 pm

School spaces to enable 21st century learning

Amy Brown, Partner- Infrastructure & Urban Renewal, PwC

2:40 pm

CLOSING | Closing remarks from the Chair

2:50 pm

End of Conference & Networking Refreshments


Packages Price
Package(Two Days)$2695+GSTEarly Bird
Packages Price
Package(Two Days)$795+GSTEarly Bird
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Package(Two Days)$1495+GSTEarly Bird


Associate Professor Wesley Imms

Head, Visual Art and Design Education – Learning Environments Applied Research Network, University of Melbourne

Anthony Manning

Chief Executive, School Infrastructure NSW

Ross Treadwell

Executive Director - Infrastructure, Department For Education & Child Development South Australia

Greg Dobson

Partner, EY

Amy Brown

Partner- Infrastructure & Urban Renewal, PwC

Craig Robinson

Principal, Advisian

Peter Block

Partner, Minter Ellison

Lew Deegan

General Manager, Modular Building Systems

Professor Bob Fox

PVC (Education) Portfolio, UNSW

Sam Marshall

Senior Manager, Development & Delivery, Macquarie Capital

Wayne Stephens

Partner, ClarkeHopkinsClarke

Matthew Greene

Design Architect, Paynter Dixon

Geoff Hanmer

Managing Director, Arina

when & where

27 - 28 Nov 2017

Radisson Blu Plaza Hotel Sydney
27 O’Connell St
Sydney NSW 2000
+61 (02) 8214 0000

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