08:30

Registration and Welcome Coffee

09:00

Chairperson’s Opening Address 

Speakers
Peter Anderson,
Chief Executive Officer
Victorian Transport Association
POLICY AND PLANNING

09:10

Opening Keynote: Preparing Victoria for rapid population growth 

  • Key plans and development opportunities 
  • Exploring ways to increase jobs, transport networks and housing supply in a sustainable manner for stronger economic growth across Victoria 
  • Toward the future: New directions for infrastructure planning and investment 
Speakers
Robert Doyle AC,
Lord Mayor of Melbourne
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09:30

Ministerial Keynote: Accelerating Victoria’s growth potential

  • Becoming a productive, liveable and sustainable community 
  • Transforming the region with improved liveability, increased business activity and jobs in closer proximity
  • Creating 1.5 million jobs, 1.6 million extra homes, and catering for about 10 million more trips a day by 2050
  • Key priorities in Victoria and how to enhance attractiveness to investors
  • Future initiatives and directions for Victoria’s sustainable growth
Speakers
Hon. Jacinta Allan MP,
Minister for Public Transport, Minister for Major Projects, Leader of the House, Member for Bendigo East
Victorian Government
PARTNERSHIPS, INVESTMENT & FUNDING

10:00

Improving the outcomes of PPPs 

  • Current market dynamics and PPP funding models   
  • How government and businesses can collaborate and effectively manage risk 
  • Insights into best case projects 
  • Driving and supporting infrastructure projects through successful partnerships – how do we further encourage cross-industry collaboration and build stronger mutually beneficial partnerships to deliver projects?
Speakers
Jason Loos,
Director, Partnerships Victoria
Victorian Department of Treasury and Finance

10:25

Morning Tea

10:45

Funding Panel: Strengthening the financing landscape 

  • Are we approaching financing the right way? What models are most conducive?
  • Role of value capture in delivering major projects – what are the limitations and key considerations in implementing value capture?
  • Delivering effective outcomes for both government and private sector
  • Reviewing current and emerging innovative schemes and alternative funding models 
Speakers
Michel Masson,
Chief Executive
Infrastructure Victoria
Jane Hider,
Partner, Melbourne
Corrs Chambers Westgarth
Marigold Look,
Investment Director
IFM Investors

11:25

Developing a sustainable public transport network 

  • Improving public transport accessibility and efficiency with an $880 million investment to overhaul metropolitan public transport system
  • Challenges and opportunities of building a public transport culture
  • Update of Night Network
  • Towards the future: Public Transport Victoria's goals and priorities
Speakers
Jeroen Weimar,
Chief Executive Officer
Public Transport Victoria

11:50

Panel: Creating an integrated transport network to keep Victoria moving

  • Impact of development priorities and strategies to create an effective intermodal transportation network
    • $5.5 billion West Gate Tunnel project
    • $1.45 billion regional rail project 
    • $11 billion Melbourne Metro Rail project 
    • Potential rail link to Melbourne airport and a third airport 
  • Prioritising infrastructure investment to reduce congestion, increase accessibility and unclog Victoria’s major traffic arteries
  •  Improving access to jobs and strategic centres – making “20-minute neighbourhoods” a reality
Speakers
Mikel Alonso,
Global Service Leader, Rail and Mass Transit
Aurecon
David Silvester,
Deputy Secretary of Network Planning
Transport for Victoria
Mark McManamny,
Group Director Civil Infrastructure Victoria, South Australia & Tasmania
AECOM
Trevor Hall,
Executive General Manager Vic/SA/Tas & NZ
John Holland

12:30

Networking Lunch

13:20

Panel: Pedalling eco-friendly transport initiatives

  • Key projects and initiatives to promote active transport
  • Challenges and opportunities in improving and expanding walking and cycling infrastructure 
  • Moving forward: where do future opportunities lie?
Speakers
Aidan McGann,
Regional Director, Metro South East
VicRoads
Craig Richards,
Chief Executive Officer
Bicycle Network
Samantha Cockfield,
Lead Director, Road Safety
Transport Accident Commission
Samantha Krull,
Director Infrastructure, Environment and Leisure
Glen Eira City Council
GOING BEYOND 2025: BOOSTING VICTORIA’S VISITOR ECONOMY 

14:00

Unlocking Victoria’s tourism potential

  • Current and future tourism outlook
  • Maximising the growth potential of Victoria’s visitor economy – identifying challenges and opportunities for growth in regional and rural Victoria 
  • Exploring ways for greater partnerships with the private sector 
  • Supporting the visitor economy into the future
Speakers
Andrew Abbott,
Deputy Secretary, Creative and Visitor Economies
Department of Economic Development, Jobs, Transport and Resources

14:25

Panel: Leveraging Victoria’s sporting assets  

  • Maximising the economic and social benefits of the cultural, sports and recreation sector
  • Refreshing and expanding sporting and cultural infrastructure to attract visitors
  • Maintaining our position of cultural and sporting leadership 
Speakers
Amber Koster,
General Manager, Communities and Facilities Development
Netball Victoria
Brian Morris,
Chief Executive Officer
Melbourne and Olympic Parks
Justin Burney,
Director, Sport Infrastructure and Events
Sport and Recreation Victoria
Tom Larner,
Director of Events and Facilities
Tennis Australia

15:05

Growing the tourism pie

  • Analysing the current and future state of sharing economy
  • Examining impact of Airbnb on hotel and hospitality industry – has Airbnb created a new mini-economy? 
  • Keeping up with a disruptive future: key learning points and takeaways
Speakers
Huw Phillips,
Public Policy Associate Australia and New Zealand
Airbnb
LOOKING AHEAD: FUTURE OF TRANSPORT & TOURISM

15:50

Transport Panel: The future of mobility

  • Impact of ITS technologies on our existing transport infrastructure
  • Leveraging technology to enable connected transport systems and improve safety
  • Role of autonomous vehicles in future transport services 
  • Challenges involved in implementing smart technology in transport
  • Preparing for future transport technologies
Speakers
Mr. Russell Thompson,
Associate Professor in Transport Engineering
University of Melbourne
Wayne Harvey,
Manager ITS Infrastructure and Systems
VicRoads
Martin Hablutzel,
Head of Strategy
Siemens

16:20

Panel: Gearing up for the next wave of hotel development 

  • Current and future outlook of the industry – what are the emerging trends? 
  • Analysing sustainability challenges 
  • Challenges and opportunities of diversifying brands to reach a wider range of market segments 
  • Demand and supply – getting the balance right
  • Leveraging technologies and innovation in the construction and refurbishment of hotels
  • Embracing Victoria’s visitor economy and preparing for future growth
Speakers
Abhijay Sandilya,
Director of Development – Australasia
InterContinental Hotels Group
Adrian Williams,
Vice President Operations
Accor
Ben Sington,
Managing Director
The Langham Melbourne
James Shields,
General Manager – Growth
Quest Apartment Hotels

17:00

Chairperson’s Closing Address and End of Conference Day One

08:30

Registration and Welcome Coffee

09:00

Chairperson’s Opening Address

OVERVIEW AND OUTLOOK 

09:10

Opening keynote: Towards a prosperous, productive and liveable Victoria

  • Supporting fast growing communities across Victoria
  • Developing a coordinated approach to planning and delivering opportunities for growth in both metropolitan and regional areas – how do we also position Melbourne to be globally competitive in a changing world?  
  • Infill development versus greenfield development
  • Projecting the future of Victoria
Speakers
Stuart Moseley,
Chief Executive Officer
Victorian Planning Authority

09:40

Local Council Panel: The future of our cities

  • Role of local government in strengthening, developing and transforming Victoria
  • Harnessing the potential growth of rural and regional areas – National Employment and Innovation Clusters and Regional and Rural Sustainability Programme
  • Case studies: Evaluating funding models, plans and projects to increase investment 
  • How can local government leverage existing knowledge-based employment centres to stimulate economic development?
Speakers
Kelly Grigsby,
Chief Executive Officer
Wyndham City Council
Justine Linley,
Chief Executive Officer
Ballarat City Council
John Bennie,
Chief Executive Officer
Greater Dandenong City Council
Craig Niemann,
Chief Executive Officer
City of Greater Bendigo City Council
Mr. Tim Hellsten,
Manager Planning Strategy and Urban Growth
Greater Geelong City Council

10:30

Morning Tea

CREATING LIVEABLE COMMUNITIES 

10:50

Creating resilient, connected and thriving communities 

  • Building not just a liveable city but a resilient one
  • Adopting resilience and sustainable strategies
  • Preparing Greater Melbourne for future challenges 
Speakers
Toby Kent,
Chief Resilience Officer
Resilient Melbourne

11:20

Panel: Creating liveable communities with sustainable and resilient urban infrastructure

  • Rethinking public spaces – putting placemaking at the heart of development
  • Assessing innovative approaches to implementing infrastructure and developing green spaces in urban areas 
  • Improving utilisation and provision of open space – How do we create accessible high quality public spaces in high density areas? Can we enhance existing assets?
  • Shaping our built form and urban renewal areas to withstand climate change impacts 
  • Meeting density, transport and liveable aspirations – can we have it all?
Speakers
Kathy Mitchell,
Chief Panel Member Planning Panels Victoria
Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning
Gregory Anderson,
Chief Executive Officer
Development Victoria
Jill Garner,
Victorian Government Architect
Office of the Victorian Government Architect
Amanda Roberts,
Director, Urban Design, Melbourne
SJB
REAL ESTATE AND HOUSING DEVELOPMENT: OUTLOOK AND OPPORTUNITIES

12:00

Economic outlook: Current and future state of Victorian housing market

  • Overview of trends in the global economy and the impact on housing in Victoria 
  • Current outlook on prices and rents and future forecast on housing
  • Demography, income and preferences: potential trends in housing demand
Speakers
Ivan Colhoun,
Chief Economist, Markets
National Australia Bank

12:30

Networking Lunch

13:20

Panel: Leading a new way home for all Victorians

  • Analysing the evolution and future of social and affordable housing in Victoria
  • Fixing our housing crisis – greater density or urban sprawl?
  • Evaluating government plans and initiatives to tackle affordable housing and homelessness
Speakers
Bryan Lipmann AM,
Chief Executive Officer
Wintringham Housing
Chris Glennen,
Chief Executive Officer
Active Community Housing
Tony Keenan,
Chief Executive Officer
Launch Housing

LEVERAGING INNOVATION, HEALTH AND EDUCATION FOR FUTURE GROWTH

14:00

Becoming future ready

  • Change is a constant; how do we harness a city that can thrive in a rapidly changing technological and geopolitical environment?
  • What does Melbourne’s future look like as we enter the Fourth Industrial Revolution? 
  • Ensuring Melbourne can become the ‘World’s Most Liveable City’ for all Melburnians
Speakers
Sander van Amelsvoort,
Director, Policy & Research
Committee for Melbourne

14:30

Panel: Becoming a globally competitive technology and innovation hub

  • Planning, preparing and responding to disruptive technologies
  • How do we leverage our existing strengths to create a globally significant innovation ecosystem?
  • Role of government in supporting innovation
  • Opportunities and challenges in creating a liveable, conducive environment to attract investment and businesses 
Speakers
Amanda Caples,
Lead Scientist
Department of Economic Development, Jobs, Transport and Resources
Brett Adam,
Managing Director & VP Engineering, Zendesk; Advisory Member
Victorian Government Innovation Expert Panel
Dee McGrath,
Managing Partner, Global Business Services, Australia and New Zealand
IBM
Kate Cornick,
Chief Executive Officer
LaunchVic

15:20

Afternoon Tea

15:40

Harnessing the potential of a knowledge-based economy for greater economic growth

  • Overview of knowledge based employment and innovation
  • Attracting investment to the region through education, research and industry collaboration
  • Challenges and opportunities in building a sustainable knowledge-based economy
Speakers
Prof Marc Parlange,
Provost and Senior Vice-President
Monash University

16:10

Panel: Developing a world-class health and education precinct

  • Positioning Greater Melbourne as a world-class health, education and research precinct 
  • Role of government in supporting the growth of precincts
  • Enhancing collaboration and forging new innovative partnerships
  • Challenges and opportunities in attracting funding and investments
  • Potential of precincts to boost development in the health and education sectors – where do future opportunities lie?
Speakers
Andrew Stripp,
Chief Executive
Monash Health
Prof Alex Cockram,
Chair
Western Metropolitan Partnership
Rosemary Calder AM,
Director of the Australian Health Policy Collaboration
Victoria University
Stuart Menzies,
Director City Development
Brimbank City Council

17:00

Chairperson’s Closing Address and End of Conference Day Two

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