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Tue, 04 June


Corrs Chambers Westgarth

MELBOURNE | Victoria’s Infrastructure Project Boom – Capacity Challenges and Innovative Solutions

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Time & Location

04 June 2019, 6:00 pm – 8:30 pm

Corrs Chambers Westgarth, 25/567 Collins St, Melbourne VIC 3000, Australia

About the event

At this event, attendees will hear about the initiatives and innovations identified by the Construction Industry Leadership Forum (CILF) and the Office of Projects Victoria (OPV) in 2018 that aim to address significant pressures currently impacting the Victorian infrastructure construction industry, and in particular the short-term impact of these initiatives on the situation and the necessary next steps.


Two key representatives of these organisations have agreed to provide an update on CILF’s and OPV’s initiatives. They are:

Dr Collette Burke is the inaugural Victorian Chief Engineer, with more than 25 years of engineering and construction industry experience in roles such as Site Engineer, Executive Manager and Managing Director. Having completed a PhD in risk management and value for money on major infrastructure projects, she is also an internationally acknowledged researcher. In addition to her role as the Victorian Chief Engineer, she acts as the Managing Director of Exner Group and Karsta in the Middle East and has been appointed as a Director for VicTrack. Formerly, Dr Burke was the National Director of the National Association of Women in Construction (NAWIC).


Steve Collett has a 20 year career in HR, performing generalist HR leadership roles at global level as well as specialist roles in Organisation Development, L&D and Industrial Relations. Steve joined McConnell Dowell Corporation in April 2016 as Executive General Manager of HR, based in Melbourne, and is leading the HR function across the Group which has approximately 5,000 employees across 15 countries of operation. Prior to joining McConnell Dowell, Steve spent 10 years with Orica, and has worked previously as an economist and lectured in human resource management and labour market economics at the University of Western Australia.

Steve is the Chair of the CILF Capability and Capacity Working Group. The focus areas of this Working Group include understanding the capacity and capability gaps, developing a coordinated approach to addressing skill gaps, and breaking down barriers to skills transferability and mobility.

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