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Regional Groups


Ausgrid - Operating for more than 100 years

On 2 March 2011 EnergyAustralia changed its name to Ausgrid , after selling the retail part of its business. The EnergyAustralia brand was retained by the new owners of the company's electricity retail business, TruEnergy.

Ausgrid will continue the 100 year tradition of managing a safe and reliable electricity network. Ausgrid is a State Owned Corporation whose shareholder is the New South Wales Government. The Ausgrid electricity network provides power to 1.6 million homes and businesses throughout Sydney, the Hunter and the Central Coast.That network is made up of more than 200 large electricity substations, 500,000 power poles, 30,000 small distribution substations and almost 50,000km of below and above ground electricity cables.

Ausgrid staff will continue to run this electricity network, provide emergency services, provide energy efficiency advice and products and maintain public street lights.

Ausgrid will also provide services to the new owners of the EnergyAustralia retail business. EnergyAustralia's retail customers can continue to access services through the same contact numbers and links from website.

Ausgrid is delivering one of Australia's largest infrastructure programs - an $8 billion upgrade of the electricity network including 50 new major substations and hundreds of kilometres of new electricity cables. This program includes $500 million in smart grid technology throughout the electricity network including Australia's first commercial scale smart grid on behalf of the Federal Government's Smart Grid Smart City project.


PB Australia-Pacific falls within the International division. Our multidisciplinary team of over 2,500 professionals offers a comprehensive range of services and total delivery.

We manage projects of any scale and finance arrangement - including PPPs, alliances and design-build-finance. In Australia we have worked on infrastructure projects for more than 40 years.

In New Zealand over the past 30 years the PB team has developed a strong presence in the power and hydro sectors and, more recently, in the transport and water sectors.


GHD is an international network of professional and technical consultants.

Established in 1928, GHD employs more than 6000 people across five continents and serves clients in the global markets of water, energy and resources, environment, property and buildings, and transportation.

Wholly-owned by its staff, GHD is focused exclusively on client success. Our network of forward-thinking engineers, architects, planners, scientists, project managers and economists collaborate to solve client and community challenges. They embrace the core values of Teamwork, Respect and Integrity to create enduring relationships that deliver exceptional results.

Roads and Maritime Services

Roads and Maritime Services is a NSW State Government agency established on 1 November 2011. It is a delivery agency responsible for implementing strategy and delivering customer focused services in a cost effective manner.

Roads and Maritime Services aims to build and maintain roads; conduct driving tests; issue licences and registrations; and oversee harbours and waterways to create a streamlined, customer focused organisation to deliver essential frontline services to people who use roads, harbours and waterways.


Ampcontrol is built on a wealth of knowledge and experience. Founded in 1968, the Ampcontrol Group of Companies operates 18 sites Australia wide, six internationally, in China, Hong Kong, New Zealand, Russia, South Africa and the United Kingdom, and employs over 800 people.

Ampcontrol is one of Australia's leading international suppliers of electrical and electronic products to the power, energy and mining sectors. We pride ourselves on providing superior products and service to all our market sectors, including Heavy Industry, Mining, Mineral Processing & Refining, Power Generation & Distribution, Traction, Defence and Oil & Gas.

Newcastle Herald

The Herald - a tabloid morning newspaper published Monday to Saturday - is the only Newcastle-based newspaper serving the entire Hunter and Central Coast regions, six days a week.

The Herald is the largest local media organisation and the only Newcastle-based newspaper serving the Hunter and Central Coast six days a week, Monday to Saturday.

The newspaper has a long affinity and readership involvement with the region's people. Six days a week, The Herald covers local, State, national and world news, sport, finance and business.

Hunter Water

Hunter Water is a State-owned Corporation providing water and wastewater services for over half a million people in the lower Hunter region. There are 220,600 properties connected to the water network and 208,660 to the wastewater network. Our total assets are valued at approximately 2.2 billion dollars.

Our area of operation covers 5,366km2 with a population of 517,273 in the local government areas of Cessnock, Lake Macquarie, Maitland, Newcastle, Port Stephens, Dungog and small parts of Singleton.

University of Newcastle

The University of Newcastle is a progressive, dynamic institution recognised for research achievement, teaching innovation and access to higher education for disadvantaged groups. Our reputation as a higher education institution of distinction is built on the achievements of many members of the University's community.

The School of Engineering offers a diverse range of study options at undergraduate, postgraduate coursework and research higher degree levels.

Leighton Holdings

Leighton Holdings Limited is the parent company of Australia's largest project development and contracting group. Founded in Victoria in 1949, the organisation has grown from a small, privately owned civil engineering firm into a dynamic group that includes Leighton Contractors, Thiess, John Holland, Leighton International, Leighton Properties and Leighton Asia. With around 37,000 employees, the Group's operations are spread all around the Asia-Pacific region on projects in Australia, New Zealand, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore, the Philippines, Thailand, Vietnam, China, Mongolia, Laos, Cambodia, Taiwan, Sri Lanka, Macau, India, United Arab Emirates, Qatar and Brunei. Leighton Holdings is listed on the Australian Stock Exchange and has its head office in Sydney.

NSW Public Works

NSW Public Works plans, designs, constructs and maintains public infrastructure throughout NSW. Its services include project management, architecture, engineering, urban design, facilities management and water solutions.NSW Public Works is a division of the Department of Services, Technology and Administration (DSTA), formerly known as Commerce. Any references to Commerce on this site should be taken to refer to DSTA.


AECOM is a global provider of professional technical and management support services to a broad range of markets, including transportation, facilities, environmental, energy, water and government.  

With approximately 45,000 employees around the world, AECOM is a leader in all of the key markets that it serves.  AECOM provides a blend of global reach, local knowledge, innovation and technical excellence in delivering solutions that create, enhance and sustain the world's built, natural and social environments.  

A Fortune 500 company, AECOM serves clients in approximately 130 countries and had revenue of $8.1 billion during the 12 months ended Dec. 31, 2011.

AECOM is ranked by Ethisphere as one of the world’s most ethical companies for 2011.

AECOM provides clients with complete access to our greatest resource — our people. With greater access to AECOM’s worldwide capabilities and professional expertise, our clients benefit from seamless delivery on every project.

AECOM is now working on six of the 20 largest civil infrastructure programs in the world.

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Robert Bird Group

Robert Bird Group delivers engineering excellence worldwide. We transform inspiring visions into successful realities. Our goal is to surpass expectations, every step of the way, through innovative thinking and proactive involvement. Our consistent ability to achieve that goal is why we're known as "Beyond the Square."



provides engineering, management and specialist technical services for public and private sector clients globally. With an office network extending across 26 countries, Aurecon has been involved in projects in over 80 countries across Africa, Asia Pacific, the Middle East and the Americas and employs around 7 500 people throughout 11 industry groups:

.              Construction
.              Data & telecommunications
.              Defence
.              Energy
.              Government
.              International development assistance
.              Manufacturing
.              Property
.              Resources
.              Transport
.              Water

Please visit www.aurecongroup.com for further information

Clarence Consultants

Clarence Consultants is a multi-discipline professional engineering consultancy based in regional NSW meeting the needs of regional clients.

Established in 1996, Clarence Consultants provides professional electrical, mechanical and hydraulic engineering services to clients in the building and construction industry and the contestable electricity reticulation markets.

Our Head Office of Clarence Consultants is in Grafton and we have a branch offices in Coffs Harbour and soon to open Tamworth.

Engineering Education Australia

Engineering Education Australia is a wholly owned subsidiary of Engineers Australia, the peak body for engineers in Australia with more than 87,000 members.

Since 1989, Engineering Education Australia has delivered professional development specifically for the engineering team and in the last nine years alone have delivered exclusive education and training programs to 12,145 engineers from 1,687 different engineering organisations.

Australian Rail Track Corporation

The Australian Rail Track Corporation Ltd (ARTC) was created after the Commonwealth and State Governments agreed in 1997 to the formation of a 'one stop' shop for all operators seeking access to the National interstate rail network.

ARTC currently has responsibility for the management of over 13,000 route kilometres of standard gauge interstate track, in South Australia , Victoria and Western Australia , and New South Wales . ARTC also manages the Hunter Valley Coal Rail network in New South Wales (311 km) and other regional rail links in New South Wales (651 km).

BAE Systems

BAE Systems is based around home markets in Australia, India, the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, the United Kingdom and the United States.

We provide a range of support and services in defence and security - from equipment, facilities and infrastructure, right through to intelligence gathering. This segment comprises of Readiness & Sustainment and Cyber & Intelligence.

Sinclair Knight Merz

Sinclair Knight Merz is a leading projects firm, with global capability in strategic consulting, engineering and project delivery. It operates in three regions: Asia Pacific, the Americas and EMEA (Europe, Middle East & Africa), deploying some 7,000 people from more than 40 offices while serving the Buildings and Infrastructure, Mining and Metals, Power and Energy and Water and Environment sectors. Formed in 1964 in Sydney as a private company, SKM has retained its independence through employee ownership, with fee income now greater than A$1 billion.

Our people come from a diverse range of disciplines including engineers, planners, architects, economists, scientists, project managers, technicians and administrative staff.

We continually strive to help our people reach their full potential, engaging them in challenging and inspiring projects that shape industries and build nations.

Wholly employee-owned, SKM is an organisation with a proud history and we embrace shared values and an open culture. We have a commitment to service and quality, with high standards of safety and business ethics, along with a leading edge approach to delivering a sustainable future.


Northrop has been providing specialist engineering services since 1976.

Today we provide a range of engineering consulting services with offices in Sydney, Canberra, Newcastle, Western Sydney, Wollongong, Central Coast and Brisbane.

Our philosophy is to remain highly specialised, having enough resources to accommodate large projects, while retaining a company ethos of focusing on personal, customised service.

Northrop represents a refreshing and flexible approach to engineering that facilitates practical and holistic design solutions within a multi-disciplinary team environment.

Northrop provides close personal attention for each client, endeavouring to find the right solutions for all projects.

UGL Limited

UGL Limited
is a provider of essential services.

We design and maintain critical transport, power and water assets; we supply facilities management services to our clients’ properties; we provide project delivery and asset management expertise in the resources sector.

In all these things, we pride ourselves on being part of the everyday lives of our customers and of the industries and communities in which we operate.

UGL now employs 28,000 people directly and 15,000 subcontractors throughout Australia, New Zealand, Asia, North America and parts of the Middle East.

Parts of our business have been operating for more than a century and today we continue to strive to provide outstanding service to our clients – honestly, openly and safely.

Alliance Power & Data

Alliance Power and Data  (APD) was established in Perth, Western Australia in 1999. We are the largest electrical distribution design house in Western Australia and also provide engineering, labour hire and business solutions to the utility, mining, aviation, maritime and land development industries. APD is a service provider for the provision of Electrical Distribution Network Design Services for Country Energy and Integral Energy in NSW and are an accredited Level 3 service provider for the whole of NSW.

Alliance Power and Data strongly supports the need to protect the environment and to use resources in a way that provides for future generations. We aim to develop and maintain a high standard of environmental awareness and to continually improve environmental performance in our own activities and on projects for others whenever we have control or influence.


With a network of offices in Australia, Canada, New Zealand, the United States and the United Kingdom, Opus is at the forefront of innovative infrastructural design, construction and asset management.

Our reputation is our most valued asset, and this translates to the skill and talent of our architects, engineers and planners who collectively have the vision and expertise to deliver tailored, innovative and award winning solutions.  

Many of our people are globally recognised in their fields of expertise and are regarded as true ‘thought leaders’, highly sought after by our clients worldwide.  Our people are our point of difference - it is their skills, experience, knowledge and dedication that position us as leaders in our field and as a consultancy of choice. 

Above all, we value our achievements and the strong working relationships we have built with our clients. Our team make a point of understanding our clients’ needs, working closely with them to deliver innovative and effective design solutions and advice.  Our reputation works for our clients. 

Our teams work not only locally within our four primary markets but we actively share and foster co-operation and knowledge among all our offices across our international markets to bring a ‘global best practice’ approach to problem solving.

Opus is a company that is on the move, both through the expansion of our services and through acquisition growth.  We have developed rapidly since becoming a private company, and we now have some 2,400 employees working from over 76 offices globally.


Downer EDI Limited (Downer) is a leading provider of engineering and infrastructure management services to customers operating in market sectors including Minerals & Metals, Oil & Gas, Power, Road & Rail Infrastructure, Telecommunications and Water.

Downer is listed on the Australian Securities Exchange and employs over 21,000 people in Australia, New Zealand, the Asia Pacific region and the United Kingdom. 

At 30 June 2011, Downer had over $20 billion of work-in-hand.

Downer is committed to designing, constructing and maintaining the best solutions for its customers while focusing on the safety of its employees and the sustainability of the communities in which it operates. Downer is committed to its goal of Zero Harm.

Downer’s business divisions work collaboratively to provide customers with tailored solutions.#skm  

Essential Energy

Essential Energy is a NSW Government-owned corporation, with responsibility for building, operating and maintaining Australia’s largest electricity network - delivering essential network services to more than 800,000 homes and businesses across 95 per cent of NSW, parts of southern Queensland and northern Victoria. 


The Australian Graduate School of Management (AGSM) is the section of the Australian School of Business at the University of NSW in Sydney, that offers global top tier general management, executive and leadership development programs. AGSM's long standing MBA, EMBA, MBT degrees and executive education programs are delivered across Australia, in Hong Kong and online. AGSM's personally transforming MBA and EMBA programs are consistently ranked in the top 50 globally.

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