Conference

Transport 2024

9.00 am — 5.00 pm AEST, 27 — 28 June 2024
Level 31, 600 Bourke Street, Melbourne VIC 3000
Engineers Australia

Join us for the Transport Engineering Conference (Transport 2024), organised by the Transport Australia Society.

A modern Australia requires a sustainable and resilient transport system. Beyond the challenges society and the economy currently face, population growth, space limitations, induced demand related to infrastructure provision, national net zero emissions objectives and natural disasters are major factors impacting the transport system of tomorrow.

So how do we develop a transport system to support a prosperous nation?

At Transport 2024 we'll explore: 

  • future transport needs 
  • smoothing the infrastructure pipeline
  • inclusive planning and design
  • horizon operations. 

Over two days you’ll hear from strategists, cutting-edge researchers and leading practitioners and join discussions and debates that involve you, our participants from across the transport profession – active, public, freight, passengers, air, rail, road and sea.

You will also have ample opportunity to connect with new and existing colleagues including at the gala dinner. 

So get ready to learn, be inspired and inform the direction of Australia's transport system. 
 

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 Full conferenceDay registration
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Member$700$400
Non-member$800$450
Student$250$125
Social event prices  
Gala dinner – day one$180$180

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Inclusions

Full registration includes:

  • In-person participation at Engineers Australia.  
  • Access to all plenaries and conference sessions within the program.
  • Morning tea, lunch and afternoon tea each day.

Not included:

  • Tickets to the gala dinner for full conference registrations. You may purchase a ticket at an additional cost.

Day registration includes:

  • In-person participation at Engineers Australia.   
  • Access to all plenaries and conference sessions within the program for the day you have registered to attend.
  • Morning tea, lunch and afternoon tea on the day you are attending.

Not included:

  • Tickets to the gala dinner for day registrations. You may purchase a ticket at an additional cost.

Gala dinner registration includes:

  • A plated three course dinner.
  • A selection of red, white and sparkling wines, lager and soft drinks.   

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  • A student is defined as a holder of a student identification card from an accredited engineering institution.
  • A copy of your student identification card must be supplied at the time of registration. Without this copy, the full registration fee will be charged.
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Speakers

Discover our esteemed line-up of expert speakers at Transport 2024.

More to be announced soon. 

Plenary speakers

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Professor Glenn Lyons
Mott MacDonald Professor of Future Mobility, University of West of England and Vice-President, Chartered Institution of Highways and Transportation

Glenn is the Mott MacDonald Professor of Future Mobility at the University of West of England, Bristol, UK. He is also Vice-President of the Chartered Institution of Highways and Transportation. He specialises in transport sector developments in the context of ongoing and uncertain social and technological change. 

Glenn has been instrumental in bringing forward the ‘decide and provide’ transport planning paradigm and has co-ordinated the three-year pan-European project ‘Triple Access Planning for an Uncertain World’. 

He is a vocal supporter of the need for decisive and urgent action to address the climate emergency, and of equality, diversity and inclusion. 

Keynote presentation: Triple access planning – a diffusing innovation in transport planning

Traditionally transport planning has sat within the ‘predict and provide’ paradigm. Over the last decade, in an unfolding digital age, there has been growing interest in the alternative proposition of undertaking Triple Access Planning (TAP) in the ‘decide and provide’ paradigm. This is vision-led, access-focused and accommodates uncertainty. Several transport authorities have embraced the new approach. With a Practitioners Handbook for TAP produced in March 2024, the apparent diffusion of innovation in how we can shape the future of transport and society is continuing. This presentation will help you weigh up whether or not you want to join the innovators.

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Professor Andrew McNaughton
Chairman, Network Rail (High Speed) Limited 2 and Professorial Fellow of Engineering, Southampton University

Andrew’s railway career started in 1973 and progressed through maintenance, design, construction and operational leadership across the UK. He has been Chief Engineer of the British railway network (2000–2008) and led the design and parliamentary authorisation of the HS2 high speed rail programme (2009–2018). He has chaired European and world rail committees on high speed rail and rail infrastructure management. 

He now advises several governments on rail development and major programme review, chairs the company which operates and infrastructure manages the HS1 Railway and is Professorial Fellow of Engineering at Southampton University. 

Keynote presentation: Using fast and high speed rail to drive growth and improve social equity: how to succeed and how to fail 

New build high speed and fast upgraded rail has been seen by many countries first as a valuable transport mode between cities and latterly as an enabler of economic growth and “levelling up” left behind regions. Done right these are achievable, done poorly it is a drain on financial, human and political capital. Using examples of both successes and failures, some vital lessons will be offered on why, when and how to plan, design and construct such major investments – what will work, what might work and what will never work!

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Esther Warren MIEAust CPEng
Infrastructure Executive, Victorian Government

Esther Warren BEng(Hons) MBA MIEAust CPEng is a transport executive, known for her strategic thinking and passion for infrastructure. She thrives on the opportunity to manage projects that are complicated and issues rich, where she can encourage and inspire her teams to deliver innovative and successful solutions. 

Currently the Executive Director of Asset and Planning at the Department of Health, she recently held the role of Executive Director of Strategic Projects at the Department of Transport and Planning. In this role, Esther was focused on delivering the highly anticipated investments of Suburban Rail Loop and Melbourne Airport Rail that will bring widespread benefits to the transport network and Victoria as a whole.

Presentation: System planning for integrated networks
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Romilly Madew AO FTSE HonFIEAust EngExec
Chief Executive Officer, Engineers Australia

Prior to joining Engineers Australia, Romilly was CEO of Infrastructure Australia overseeing the organisation's critical role in helping governments prioritise projects and reforms that best serve our communities. She served as CEO of the Green Building Council of Australia for 13 years. In acknowledgment of her contribution to Australia’s sustainable building movement, Romilly was awarded an Order of Australia in 2019. 

In her capacity as CEO of Engineers Australia, she sits on the STEM Champions of Change committee. She is currently a Member of the Australian Academy of Technology and Engineering (ATSE) Infrastructure Forum, Director of Placemaking NSW Board, Director of Sydney Olympic Park Authority, Independent Chair of the Currawong State Park Advisory Board (NSW), Federal Government appointee on the Circular Economy Ministerial Advisory Group and G20 EMPOWER – Empowerment and Progression of Women's Economic Representation, Member of the Urban Policy Consultation Network, Member of the National Women in Transport CEO Advisory Group, Member of the Institution of Civil Engineers Enabling Better Infrastructure Steering Group (UK) and Director of Minerva Network (supporting Australia’s elite sportswomen).

Speakers

 

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Hamish Barnet
Associate Director – Project Advisory and Evaluation, Infrastructure Australia

Hamish Barnet is an Associate Director in Infrastructure Australia's Project Advisory and Evaluation team. Hamish coordinated the 2021 update of Infrastructure Australia’s Assessment Framework and is responsible for the Improving Investment Decisions training program. He is now leading the development of the National Planning and Assessment Framework in response to the recent independent review of Infrastructure Australia. 

He is passionate about getting projects right ‘before hitting go’ and ensuring integrated planning to improve the social and sustainability outcomes of projects.

Panel: Power in place
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Penelope Bennett MIEAust CPEng NER
Senior Transport Planner, City of Adelaide

Penelope Bennett BSc BE(Hons) MUP MIEAust CPEng NER studied engineering and later a Master of Urban Planning and thinks beyond engineering standards to experience for different people. She has worked in consultancy, construction and government in the UK, Singapore and Australia, including on the huge Singapore Marina Bay Sands Integrated Resort and the fascinating Duchy of Cornwall Poundbury development. 

Working at the Level Crossing Removal Project (including as an Urban Design Advisory Panel member) and then the Suburban Rail Loop Authority, she focused on improving access to railway stations, especially for active travel. Penelope is now working to make Adelaide a safe, inclusive and joyful city. 

Panel: Sustainable planning futures – road vs pedestrian
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Dr Prashant Bhaskar
Associate Professor Maritime and Logistics Management, Australian Maritime College, University of Tasmania

Dr Prashant Bhaskar is an Associate Professor of Maritime and Logistics Management at the Australian Maritime College, an Institute of the University of Tasmania. Prashant has had more than 40 years’ association with the maritime industry – as a seafarer, educator, researcher and academic leader. Prashant has broad academic and leadership experience in higher education and vocational education and training sectors, including as former Director of the National Centre for Ports and Shipping. 

Prashant has contributed extensively to human capability development in the maritime industry through education, training and consultancy in maritime operations and maritime logistics management.

Panel: Efficient freight transport
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Natalya Boujenko
Strategic Consultant / Director, Intermethod

Natalya Boujenko is a director at Intermethod, specialising in holistic transport planning. With vast experience in Australia and the UK spanning more than 25 years, she is renowned for her expertise in promoting active travel. Natalya has authored numerous walking and cycling plans, including contributions to South Australia's Walking Strategy. Her work extends to publications on movement and place, notably South Australia's Streets for People Compendium

Natalya is a creative thinker who brings her engineering, planning, engagement and communication expertise to develop and implement projects and strategies that shape connected cities and communities. 

Panel: Sustainable planning futures – road vs pedestrian
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Duane Burtt
Principal Policy Advisor, Victoria Walks

Duane has more than 25 years’ experience as a planner and policy analyst in Australia and New Zealand. Over ten years at Victoria Walks he has focused on pedestrian-oriented town planning and street design and leads the auditing of streets and activity centres. His broad ranging role includes co-ordinating research, input to policy processes at all levels of government, and communications. He regularly presents to conferences and events on walking related issues.

Duane was previously a planner with Macedon Ranges Shire (Victoria), the Auckland Regional Council and the City of Darebin (Melbourne).

Presentation: Assessing streets and public space for universal access 
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Rob Busch
Associate Director, Hadron Group

Rob is an Associate Director with Hadron Group and has more than eight years’ experience in developing and reviewing business cases and cost-benefit analyses for major infrastructure projects. 

From 2016 to 2020, Rob worked at Infrastructure Australia and managed the development of its Infrastructure Priority List. He has since worked closely with several I-Bodies on assessment and prioritisation frameworks, strategies and project evaluations.

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Professor Graham Currie
Director Public Transport Research Group, Monash University Australia and President, Australasian Transport Research Forum

Professor Currie is a transport research leader and policy advisor and directs the Public Transport Research Group at Monash University Australia. He has published more than 200 research papers in leading international research journals. 

In 2013 he won the TRB William W Millar prize for best research paper in public transit at the US Transportation Research Board Annual Meeting, the largest transport research conference in the world. In 2016 he won the prize again. In 2024 he won another Outstanding Paper award at TRB. 

Professor Currie was Chair of the Light Rail Transit Committee at US Transportation Research Board between 2016 and 2022. He is a Board member of the Singapore LTA Research Advisory Board and the Swedish Centre for Research on Public Transport. In 2020 he was presented with the Transport Medal for outstanding contributions to transport by Engineers Australia.  

Presentation: What is the future of PT in Australia? What are the priorities?
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Dr Bridget Doran
Principal Researcher Transport, MRCagney

Bridget is a Chartered Engineer based in Hamilton, New Zealand. She has degrees in civil and transportation engineering and a doctorate in cognitive psychology. Her work focuses on inclusion and equity in transport research, policy and practice. Recent projects include a review of disabled people’s experiences of New Zealand’s paratransit scheme, audits of street infrastructure for accessibility, and policy work on equity in transport emission reduction programmes. 

Bridget is motivated to define and answer novel, practical questions that can improve people’s lives while sustaining a healthy planet.

Panel: Climate change and transport – what does a sustainable future look like?
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Dr Scott Elaurant MIEAust CPEng NER
Director, Six Cats Consulting and National Chair, Transport Australia Society

Scott Elaurant BEng BEcon BA(Hons) PhD MIEAust CPEng NER is a Chartered civil engineer and economist with 35 years’ experience in infrastructure planning, design and economics. He formed Six Cats Consulting in 2019 after working for Jacobs for 13 years as transport planning lead for their Adelaide office. Prior to 2006 Scott was head of discipline for road planning in Queensland Main Roads. 

Scott has extensive experience in planning and economic analysis of infrastructure. He has written papers on light rail, travel demand, parking policy, wider economic benefits and freight and contributed to federal and state transport policy. 

At Six Cats Consulting Scott focuses on transport planning for active transport, public transport (particularly light rail) and streetscapes.

Panel: Climate change and transport – what does a sustainable future look like?
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Madison Elliott MIEAust CPEng NER
Civil Engineer Infrastructure, Burchills Engineering Solutions

Madison Elliott BEng(Hons) RPEQ MIEAust CPEng NER is a civil engineer at Burchills Engineering Solutions in Queensland with six years’ experience working in transport infrastructure, including planning and design of active transport, roads and highways. 

Madison is a member of Engineers Australia and an active participant in the Transport Australia ociety as the national chair of the Emerging Transport Professionals group and secretary of the Queensland branch committee. She also represents Engineers Australia in the Asian Civil Engineering Coordinating Council Future Leaders Forum which collaborates internationally with 17 member countries around Asia.

Emerging leaders forum: Should governments prioritise investment in public transport over private transport?
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Carrie Fu MIEAust CPEng NER
Lead Engineer – Integrated Transport and Mobility, Aurecon

Carrie Fu RPEV RPEQ PMP MIEAust CPEng NER is a lead engineer specialising in people movement planning. She has an extensive global pedestrian modelling experience  utilising computational pedestrian simulation tools to improve the spatial design and enhance the passenger travel experience. 

With ten years of experience including five years in Hong Kong, she anticipated major mass transit system planning, public realm transformation and event crowd modelling projects in Australia, New Zealand, Mainland China, Hong Kong, Singapore and the Middle East.

In addition to her technical experience, she is a certified Project Management Professional (PMP) acting as a deputy discipline manager and coordinator in international projects such as Riyadh Metro and Singapore Cross lsland Line. 

Emerging leaders forum: Should governments prioritise investment in public transport over private transport?
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Bethany Greenwood StudIEAust
Student, RMIT University

Bethany Greenwood PIA(Assoc) StudIEAust is an Urban and Regional Planning student at RMIT in Melbourne. She is currently the President of the RMIT Urban Planning Society and a student representative for the Transport Australia society.

Bethany is a passionate emerging professional, who strives to develop a balance of technical, creative and collaborative skills. She is most driven by the way a well-designed built environment fosters inclusive and robust communities.

Emerging leaders forum: Should governments prioritise investment in public transport over private transport?
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Mary Haverland FIEAust CPEng
Senior Technical Director – Transport Planning and Advisory, Arcadis TAS

Mary Haverland BEng(Hons) GradDip(Planning&Design) FAITPM FIEAust CPEng is a transport planning leader with nearly 30 years’ experience in successfully delivering planning services in Australia, the UK and internationally. 

With qualifications in both town planning and civil engineering, she is an industry leader in the Movement and Place approach to strategic transport planning.  

Panel: Power in place
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Professor David Hensher AM
Founding Director, Institute of Transport and Logistics Studies The University of Sydney Business School

David Hensher AM FASSA PhD is Professor of Management and Founding Director of the Institute of Transport and Logistics Studies. In January 2023, David was appointed a Member of the Order of Australia. David has numerous Australian and international awards including a Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences in Australia, recipient of the 2009 International Association of Travel Behaviour Research Lifetime Achievement Award, 2006 Engineers Australia Transport Medal, the 2009 Bus NSW Outstanding Contribution to Industry Award and the 2019 John Shaw Medal which honours an industry champion who has made a lasting contribution to Australia's roads. In 2021 an annual prize was established and named in honour of David for best paper in transport demand modelling at the Australasian Transport Research Forum. 

He is a Director of the Volvo Educational and Research Foundation Centre of Excellence in Bus Rapid Transit (2010 onwards), Emeritus Member of Singapore Land Transport Authority International Advisory Panel 2007–2010 (Chaired by Minister of Transport), Honorary Fellow Singapore Land Transport Authority (LTA) Academy, and Co-Founder of The International Conference in Competition and Ownership of Land Passenger Transport, now in its 32nd year. 

He has published more than 750 papers in the leading international transport and economics journals as well as 17 books and is Australia’s most cited transport academic. David has more than 73,000 citations of his contributions in Google Scholar. 

Presentation: Road user charge reform: obstacles and opportunities 
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Dr Brett Hughes
Principal, P7Safety and 2022 Transport Medallist

Dr Brett Hughes BEng MEngSc PostGradDipBus has more than 40 years’ experience in engineering, policy, planning, delivery and research for all modes of transport. He is an independent transport researcher and advocate, and adjunct research fellow at Curtin University. 

Previously, Brett held senior executive positions in government, university and the Australasian Railway Association, and has worked as a principal consultant. His research is internationally recognised and cited.

Brett was awarded Transport Australia society’s Transport Medal for career achievement in 2022. Brett is passionate about investing in people and applying systems approaches to all transport issues that result in integrated, multi-faceted and balanced solutions that are appropriate for the increasingly difficult and unpredictable future.

Presentation: Transport for Australia’s future
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Mark Irwin
Mayor, City of Stirling

Mark Irwin was born and raised in Scarborough and first joined Council in 2015. He went on to become Mayor of the City of Stirling in 2017 and served the community for two years before becoming the City’s first popularly elected Mayor in 2019. He was re-elected in 2023. 

Mark has a degree in Science from the University of Western Australia, a Diploma in Management and is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. His strong connection with small business has included serving on the boards of the Stirling Business Association and Small Business Development Corporation. 

Mark has long held community club and board positions, with the most well-known being the President of Scarboro SLSC and Surf Life Saving WA. He has also recently taken on a role as director of the Northam Avon Descent Committee. Through these leadership roles he has forged successful relationships with local, state and national leaders and agencies.

Mark provides strategic leadership to Council and is dedicated to improving relationships with the community as we build a sustainable City with a local focus. He is proud to lead Western Australia’s largest local government, which is recognised as an award-winning sector-leader in innovation, responsiveness, approachability and transparency.

Panel: Trackless trams: effective and practical implementation
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James Laing
Senior Principal Transportation Designer, Stantec

James Laing is a transport planner designer and designer who works for Stantec in their Melbourne office. He specialises in projects that have a strong focus on walking, cycling and placemaking and has more than 20 years’ experience in the industry.

James is a strong advocate of the healthy streets approach to planning and design, and this can be seen in the projects he has led at both local and state government level. 

His personal mission is to take best practice solutions and apply them in a local setting to ensure our neighbourhoods and cities are safe, comfortable and enjoyable places to be.

Panel: Sustainable planning futures – road vs pedestrian
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Adam Maguire
Director Delivery, Level Crossing Removal Project

Adam has more than 25 years’ experience across the private and public sector since receiving his Bachelor in Engineering (Civil) and Graduate Diploma in Construction Management from Swinburne University.

Some of Adam’s accomplishments include receiving a CCF Earth Award in 2008 for initiating and leading the first carbon neutral road construction project delivered by an Australian State Road Authority, being VicRoads’ corresponding member for the World Road Association Technical Committee for Preserving the Environment and leading the development and delivery of the Level Crossing Removal Project (LXRP) portfolio of works.

Adam was actively sought after to lead the largest transport infrastructure alliance in Australia in 2008 and was then Regional Director at VicRoads for both metropolitan teams.

Since 2015, Adam has held a number of senior executive roles with LXRP including as Program Director for the $4B Frankston Line level crossing removal program. Appointed as Director, Delivery in 2021 Adam now oversees the development and delivery program for all works within the LXRP portfolio within the metropolitan area.

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Sal Milici
General Manager - Trade Policy and Operations, Freight and Trade Alliance and the Australian Peak Shippers Association

Sal Milici serves as the General Manager of Trade Policy and Operations at Freight and Trade Alliance (FTA) and the Australian Peak Shippers Association (APSA). With a career spanning more than 25 years, Sal brings extensive expertise in customs brokerage, international freight forwarding and supply chain logistics to his role.

Based in Melbourne, Sal leads a dedicated team responsible for member support and day-to-day operations. He is also deeply involved in engaging with key stakeholders, including the Australian Border Force, Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries and the Port of Melbourne.

Throughout his career, Sal has held senior customs brokerage positions at various global logistics providers, refining his understanding of the complexities of international trade. This wealth of experience positions him as a trusted advisor and advocate for the international trading community, providing invaluable professional guidance and support.

Emerging leaders panel: Efficient freight transport 
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Prue Oswin MIEAust CPEng
Active Transport Engineer, Sidelines Traffic

Prue is an active transport infrastructure engineer. She is the director of Sidelines Traffic and Chair of Transport Australia Society, Women in Transport Working Group. Prue has delivered a wide range of active transport projects, technical training courses and guidelines in Queensland. 

Prue’s projects are often small in size but are liberating for the communities they serve. Many of these projects are only possible because of the extensive work that the industry has done to embed Safe System principles in Australian road design guidance.

Presentation: Designing for vulnerable road users
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Tim Parker MIEAust CPEng
CEO, High Speed Rail Authority

With more than three decades of experience in mega projects across Asia and Australia, Tim Parker was appointed as the inaugural CEO of the High-Speed Rail Authority in January 2024. His extensive leadership and project expertise in complex infrastructure projects are pivotal in developing high-speed rail in Australia. 

Tim's background includes leading the Project Delivery Team for Sydney Metro, Australia's largest public transport project, from 2018 to 2024, overseeing a portfolio worth more than A$50 billion. Notable projects he has led include Hong Kong International Airport, Sydney's new Exhibition Centre at Darling Harbour, and Northconnex. 

Tim's adaptable approach ensures effective issue-resolution and risk-management, fostering strong partnerships between clients and delivery partners.

Presentation: What would a high-speed rail network do for Australia in the future?
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Steven Piotrowski FIEAust
Technical Principal, SMEC

Steven Piotrowski is a Technical Principal with SMEC based in Perth. Steven has more than 30 years of experience in transport planning, transport modelling, public transport planning and traffic engineering in Canada, the UK and Australia. He was the SMEC Project Director for the City of Stirling Trackless Tram Business Case in 2021–22. 

Steven is a Fellow of Engineers, Australia and of the Australian Institute of Traffic Planning and Management (AITPM). He is also the Chair of the AITPM’s national Transport Modelling Network (TMN).

Panel: Trackless trams: effective and practical implementation
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Dr Jennifer Rayner
Head of Advocacy, Climate Council

Jennifer is the Climate Council’s Head of Advocacy, leading policy and political engagement across all levels of Australian Government. She has worked as a Chief of Staff and senior policy adviser to leaders across the Australian and ACT parliaments, with a focus on advancing a positive climate agenda across the spectrum of government activity.

Jennifer completed her PhD in Political Science at the Australian National University and holds further degrees from Macquarie University, the University of Canberra and the University of New England. She is the author of two books focused on intergenerational inequality and the economic prospects of workers in transitioning industries – both considerations which are central to designing equitable and inclusive actions to tackle the climate crisis. 

Panel: Climate change and transport – what does a sustainable future look like?
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Emmerson Richardson

Emmerson Richardson, now retired from full time paid employment, has more than 50 years’ experience working in transport policy, strategic planning and transport system development and management at state and local government and with the private sector. 

He has served on numerous high level transport and planning committees, including the Perth Urban Rail Development Steering Committee and the Liveable Neighbourhoods Community Code Steering Committee. He is a past chairman of Engineers Australia’s National Committee on Transport. From 2013 to 2022 he was an RAC councillor. 

In recent years he continues to work as a volunteer with Engineers Australia and the Transport Australia Society.

Presentation: Investing in the creation of quality urban spaces
Parallel talk: Re-prioritising transport investment in era of constraint
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Dr Ben Rossiter
Executive Officer, Victoria Walks

Ben Rossiter is the founding Executive Officer of Victoria Walks and has led a small but enterprising team of staff to see the organisation become the primary Australian organisation leading the move for walkable communities. 

He was the Vice President of the International Federation of Pedestrians from 2015–23 and his expertise is widely sought in Australia and beyond. Ben is has attracted significant public attention and media exposure to walking issues. 

The theme of his doctoral dissertation was walking in cities and he takes great pleasure in the simple joy of walking and exploring new places on foot.

Presentation: Assessing streets and public space for universal access 
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Michael Roth
Lead Transport Advisor, Auckland Council

Michael is Auckland Council’s Lead Transport Advisor, working on time of use congestion charging, emissions reductions, parking, safety and supporting councillors.

Michael has more than 25 years' transport policy experience across Australia and New Zealand. He has worked across the rail industry and the Queensland Government Transport Department. Michael was Head of Public Policy for the Royal Automobile Club of Queensland and a consultant prior to moving to Auckland in July 2021. In 2022, Michael completed the Autoskills Australia Churchill Fellowship on Light Electric Vehicle progress across the US and Europe.

Panel: Climate change and transport – what does a sustainable future look like?
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Adrian Sammons
Founder and Managing Director, AMSTEC

Adrian boasts more than 30 years of expertise in transport and logistics, founding AMSTEC Pty Ltd in 2005, a consultancy completing global transport projects. Holding an MBA with honours in shipping and logistics, he began a PhD in 2021 at Macquarie University, focusing on Australian port privatisation. 

Adrian's career highlights include leading projects in maritime transport, port development and sustainability, notably in the Asia-Pacific region. He held executive roles in international shipping lines and contributed significantly to global shipping policy reform. Adrian's accolades include awards for maritime research and presentations at prestigious conferences worldwide. 

Currently based in Sydney, he remains active in consulting and enjoys sailing on weekends.

Panel: Operating in the future – efficient freight transport
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Dr Rob Stokes
Chair, Faith Housing Alliance

Rob Stokes is an urbanist and recognised thought leader on sustainable urban development. Currently Chair of Faith Housing Australia and an expert member of the Australian Government's Urban Policy Forum, Rob previously served as Australia’s first-ever minister for Active Transport with the NSW Government, where he oversaw a significant expansion in funding for cycleways, introduced laws facilitating cycleways along disused rail corridors, and modernised laws around pedal-assisted e-bikes. Rob also served as minister for Infrastructure, Planning, Public Spaces, Cities, Transport and Roads, Education, Environment and Heritage in a political career spanning more than 15 years. 

Rob is a regular columnist on cities and planning and has written more than 20 articles in referred books and journals. A qualified lawyer, Rob read sustainable urban development at Oxford and completed a PhD in planning law under a Commonwealth Scholarship.

Presentation: Wrangling rebalanced road use: effective advocacy for sharing road space
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Emma Thomas
Chief Executive Officer, Sunshine Coast Council

Emma Thomas is the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Sunshine Coast Council – serving a population in excess of 340,000 residents and pursuing a transformational agenda to strengthen the economy, improve liveability, enable community connectedness and inclusion and maintain an outstanding natural environment. 

As CEO, Emma is responsible for an organisation with a budget in excess of $1 billion, more than $6 billion in assets, more than 1800 people and overseeing one of the most innovative policy, program and infrastructure delivery agendas that seeks to position the region as the most liveable and sustainable in Australia.

Panel: Trackless trams: effective and practical implementation
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Amanda Yeates FIEAust CPEng EngExec NER
Chief Executive Officer, Suncentral Maroochydore

Amanda Yeates BE(Civil) MAICD RPEQ FIEAust CPEng EngExec NER has extensive experience in leadership of major public infrastructure programs.

As CEO SunCentral, Amanda plays a leading role in achieving excellence, innovation, social and economic benefit in the development of Australia’s largest greenfield CBD development, the Maroochydore City Centre. The $3 billion investment in the 53-hectare site will support the development of an identifiable city heart for the Sunshine Coast Region.

Amanda was previously the Deputy Director General, Department of Transport and Main Roads where she oversaw the state’s $27 billion transport infrastructure program.

Amanda is a Fellow of Engineers Australia, a Registered Professional Engineer and Chair of the Australian Institute of Company Directors Sunshine Coast Committee.

Amanda holds Board Director roles with Powerlink and Wishlist (the Sunshine Coast Health Foundation).

Presentation: Investing in transport
Workshop: Lessons from large scale delivery
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Tabitha Yeoh
Senior Transport Planner, Arup

Tabitha has more than six years of transport planning experience delivering infrastructure projects across Victoria and Tasmania. Tabitha has worked across a variety of road, public transport, active transport and precinct planning projects including Melbourne Airport Rail, Western Rail Plan and Hobart Airport, which have required her to prepare integrated transport strategies, traffic impact assessments, transport infrastructure option development and feasibility assessments. 

In addition to her technical role and prior to joining Arup, Tabitha was one of two team leaders supporting the section leader in managing a team of more than20 staff based across Melbourne, Hobart and India. 

Tabitha’s work has also been supported by her commitment to continuous professional development, which has seen her actively involved in helping to organise networking and seminar events as a member of the ANZ Young Institute of Transport Engineers committee. She has also participated as both a mentee and mentor in programs facilitated by the Victorian Department of Transport’s Women in Transport initiative and the Australasian Institute of Traffic Planning and Management. 

Emerging leaders forum: Should governments prioritise investment in public transport over private transport?
Program

Over two days, Transport 2024 will bring you strategists, cutting-edge researchers and leading practitioners, discussions and debates that involve you, our participants from across the transport profession – active, public, freight, passengers, air, rail, road and sea.

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  10.45–11.45 am
Climate change and transport: what does a sustainable future look like?
Thursday 27 June

With Australia's pledge under the Paris accord demanding a 45 per cent cut in greenhouse gas emissions by 2035, the question looms – how do we get there?

The roadmap to this ambitious target encompasses multifaceted considerations spanning from vehicle technology to infrastructure, societal behaviours and economic models.

Join us for an enlightening discussion featuring distinguished speakers hailing from diverse backgrounds. Drawing from expertise in engineering, economics, urban planning, psychology, political science and philosophy, they'll offer their unique perspectives on navigating the path towards a greener, more sustainable future in transportation.

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Michael Roth
Lead Transport Advisor, Auckland Council

Michael is Auckland Council’s Lead Transport Advisor, working on time of use congestion charging, emissions reductions, parking, safety and supporting councillors.

Michael has more than 25 years' transport policy experience across Australia and New Zealand. He has worked across the rail industry and the Queensland Government Transport Department. Michael was Head of Public Policy for the Royal Automobile Club of Queensland and a consultant prior to moving to Auckland in July 2021. In 2022, Michael completed the Autoskills Australia Churchill Fellowship on Light Electric Vehicle progress across the US and Europe.

Panel: Climate change and transport – what does a sustainable future look like?
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Dr Jennifer Rayner
Head of Advocacy, Climate Council

Jennifer is the Climate Council’s Head of Advocacy, leading policy and political engagement across all levels of Australian Government. She has worked as a Chief of Staff and senior policy adviser to leaders across the Australian and ACT parliaments, with a focus on advancing a positive climate agenda across the spectrum of government activity.

Jennifer completed her PhD in Political Science at the Australian National University and holds further degrees from Macquarie University, the University of Canberra and the University of New England. She is the author of two books focused on intergenerational inequality and the economic prospects of workers in transitioning industries – both considerations which are central to designing equitable and inclusive actions to tackle the climate crisis. 

Panel: Climate change and transport – what does a sustainable future look like?
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Dr Scott Elaurant MIEAust CPEng NER
Director, Six Cats Consulting and National Chair, Transport Australia Society

Scott Elaurant BEng BEcon BA(Hons) PhD MIEAust CPEng NER is a Chartered civil engineer and economist with 35 years’ experience in infrastructure planning, design and economics. He formed Six Cats Consulting in 2019 after working for Jacobs for 13 years as transport planning lead for their Adelaide office. Prior to 2006 Scott was head of discipline for road planning in Queensland Main Roads. 

Scott has extensive experience in planning and economic analysis of infrastructure. He has written papers on light rail, travel demand, parking policy, wider economic benefits and freight and contributed to federal and state transport policy. 

At Six Cats Consulting Scott focuses on transport planning for active transport, public transport (particularly light rail) and streetscapes.

Panel: Climate change and transport – what does a sustainable future look like?
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Dr Bridget Doran
Principal Researcher Transport, MRCagney

Bridget is a Chartered Engineer based in Hamilton, New Zealand. She has degrees in civil and transportation engineering and a doctorate in cognitive psychology. Her work focuses on inclusion and equity in transport research, policy and practice. Recent projects include a review of disabled people’s experiences of New Zealand’s paratransit scheme, audits of street infrastructure for accessibility, and policy work on equity in transport emission reduction programmes. 

Bridget is motivated to define and answer novel, practical questions that can improve people’s lives while sustaining a healthy planet.

Panel: Climate change and transport – what does a sustainable future look like?
  1.30–2.00 pm
Investing in transport
Thursday 27 June

Discover invaluable lessons in transportation investment from the perspectives of state and local governments. Delve into the pivotal role that public infrastructure plays in fostering social and economic vibrancy within our nation's diverse population centres and regions.  

This session explores the strategic utilisation of infrastructure as a catalyst for driving remarkable outcomes and fostering thriving communities. 

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Amanda Yeates FIEAust CPEng EngExec NER
Chief Executive Officer, Suncentral Maroochydore

Amanda Yeates BE(Civil) MAICD RPEQ FIEAust CPEng EngExec NER has extensive experience in leadership of major public infrastructure programs.

As CEO SunCentral, Amanda plays a leading role in achieving excellence, innovation, social and economic benefit in the development of Australia’s largest greenfield CBD development, the Maroochydore City Centre. The $3 billion investment in the 53-hectare site will support the development of an identifiable city heart for the Sunshine Coast Region.

Amanda was previously the Deputy Director General, Department of Transport and Main Roads where she oversaw the state’s $27 billion transport infrastructure program.

Amanda is a Fellow of Engineers Australia, a Registered Professional Engineer and Chair of the Australian Institute of Company Directors Sunshine Coast Committee.

Amanda holds Board Director roles with Powerlink and Wishlist (the Sunshine Coast Health Foundation).

Presentation: Investing in transport
Workshop: Lessons from large scale delivery
  2.30–3.15 pm
Operating in the future: efficient freight transport
Friday 28 June

While passenger travel often dominates political discussions on transportation, it's crucial to recognise that freight transport holds greater economic significance. Over the past decade, the freight sector has faced numerous disruptions, leading to a stagnation in productivity growth.  

Our panel comprises esteemed industry leaders equipped with specialised expertise in shipping, freight operations, policy formulation, economics and logistics. Together, they will provide valuable insights into the present condition of the freight industry, its future trajectory and the opportunities and obstacles on the horizon. 

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Adrian Sammons
Founder and Managing Director, AMSTEC

Adrian boasts more than 30 years of expertise in transport and logistics, founding AMSTEC Pty Ltd in 2005, a consultancy completing global transport projects. Holding an MBA with honours in shipping and logistics, he began a PhD in 2021 at Macquarie University, focusing on Australian port privatisation. 

Adrian's career highlights include leading projects in maritime transport, port development and sustainability, notably in the Asia-Pacific region. He held executive roles in international shipping lines and contributed significantly to global shipping policy reform. Adrian's accolades include awards for maritime research and presentations at prestigious conferences worldwide. 

Currently based in Sydney, he remains active in consulting and enjoys sailing on weekends.

Panel: Operating in the future – efficient freight transport
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Dr Prashant Bhaskar
Associate Professor Maritime and Logistics Management, Australian Maritime College, University of Tasmania

Dr Prashant Bhaskar is an Associate Professor of Maritime and Logistics Management at the Australian Maritime College, an Institute of the University of Tasmania. Prashant has had more than 40 years’ association with the maritime industry – as a seafarer, educator, researcher and academic leader. Prashant has broad academic and leadership experience in higher education and vocational education and training sectors, including as former Director of the National Centre for Ports and Shipping. 

Prashant has contributed extensively to human capability development in the maritime industry through education, training and consultancy in maritime operations and maritime logistics management.

Panel: Efficient freight transport
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Sal Milici
General Manager - Trade Policy and Operations, Freight and Trade Alliance and the Australian Peak Shippers Association

Sal Milici serves as the General Manager of Trade Policy and Operations at Freight and Trade Alliance (FTA) and the Australian Peak Shippers Association (APSA). With a career spanning more than 25 years, Sal brings extensive expertise in customs brokerage, international freight forwarding and supply chain logistics to his role.

Based in Melbourne, Sal leads a dedicated team responsible for member support and day-to-day operations. He is also deeply involved in engaging with key stakeholders, including the Australian Border Force, Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries and the Port of Melbourne.

Throughout his career, Sal has held senior customs brokerage positions at various global logistics providers, refining his understanding of the complexities of international trade. This wealth of experience positions him as a trusted advisor and advocate for the international trading community, providing invaluable professional guidance and support.

Emerging leaders panel: Efficient freight transport 
  10.05–10.50 am
Sustainable planning futures: road vs pedestrian
Friday 28 June

Active modes of transport like walking, wheeling and cycling play a crucial role in achieving the United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goals. These forms of transport when planned and designed well for all people, have significant benefits in health, social and economic participation, while helping to address transport inequity.   

In this session, panellists will draw on their experiences, knowledge and passion to share ways to create inclusive sustainable transport futures in our streets, suburbs, towns and cities. 

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Penelope Bennett MIEAust CPEng NER
Senior Transport Planner, City of Adelaide

Penelope Bennett BSc BE(Hons) MUP MIEAust CPEng NER studied engineering and later a Master of Urban Planning and thinks beyond engineering standards to experience for different people. She has worked in consultancy, construction and government in the UK, Singapore and Australia, including on the huge Singapore Marina Bay Sands Integrated Resort and the fascinating Duchy of Cornwall Poundbury development. 

Working at the Level Crossing Removal Project (including as an Urban Design Advisory Panel member) and then the Suburban Rail Loop Authority, she focused on improving access to railway stations, especially for active travel. Penelope is now working to make Adelaide a safe, inclusive and joyful city. 

Panel: Sustainable planning futures – road vs pedestrian
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James Laing
Senior Principal Transportation Designer, Stantec

James Laing is a transport planner designer and designer who works for Stantec in their Melbourne office. He specialises in projects that have a strong focus on walking, cycling and placemaking and has more than 20 years’ experience in the industry.

James is a strong advocate of the healthy streets approach to planning and design, and this can be seen in the projects he has led at both local and state government level. 

His personal mission is to take best practice solutions and apply them in a local setting to ensure our neighbourhoods and cities are safe, comfortable and enjoyable places to be.

Panel: Sustainable planning futures – road vs pedestrian
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Natalya Boujenko
Strategic Consultant / Director, Intermethod

Natalya Boujenko is a director at Intermethod, specialising in holistic transport planning. With vast experience in Australia and the UK spanning more than 25 years, she is renowned for her expertise in promoting active travel. Natalya has authored numerous walking and cycling plans, including contributions to South Australia's Walking Strategy. Her work extends to publications on movement and place, notably South Australia's Streets for People Compendium

Natalya is a creative thinker who brings her engineering, planning, engagement and communication expertise to develop and implement projects and strategies that shape connected cities and communities. 

Panel: Sustainable planning futures – road vs pedestrian
  3.30–4.00 pm
Road user charge reform: obstacles and opportunities
Thursday 27 June

Growing discontent among Australians regarding road conditions reflects the strain caused by population growth and shifting demographics. The existing road infrastructure is grappling with severe congestion and a surge in vehicle numbers, particularly heavy trucks.  
 
Addressing these pressing challenges, this session endeavours to investigate the viability of Road User Charge Reform as a strategic intervention to alleviate mounting concerns within the transportation network. Our discussion will dissect the obstacles hindering progress and spotlight the opportunities it presents for implementing sustainable solutions. 

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Professor David Hensher AM
Founding Director, Institute of Transport and Logistics Studies The University of Sydney Business School

David Hensher AM FASSA PhD is Professor of Management and Founding Director of the Institute of Transport and Logistics Studies. In January 2023, David was appointed a Member of the Order of Australia. David has numerous Australian and international awards including a Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences in Australia, recipient of the 2009 International Association of Travel Behaviour Research Lifetime Achievement Award, 2006 Engineers Australia Transport Medal, the 2009 Bus NSW Outstanding Contribution to Industry Award and the 2019 John Shaw Medal which honours an industry champion who has made a lasting contribution to Australia's roads. In 2021 an annual prize was established and named in honour of David for best paper in transport demand modelling at the Australasian Transport Research Forum. 

He is a Director of the Volvo Educational and Research Foundation Centre of Excellence in Bus Rapid Transit (2010 onwards), Emeritus Member of Singapore Land Transport Authority International Advisory Panel 2007–2010 (Chaired by Minister of Transport), Honorary Fellow Singapore Land Transport Authority (LTA) Academy, and Co-Founder of The International Conference in Competition and Ownership of Land Passenger Transport, now in its 32nd year. 

He has published more than 750 papers in the leading international transport and economics journals as well as 17 books and is Australia’s most cited transport academic. David has more than 73,000 citations of his contributions in Google Scholar. 

Presentation: Road user charge reform: obstacles and opportunities 
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Gala dinner

Elevate your Transport 2024 experience by securing your tickets to the gala dinner for an evening of fine dining, entertainment and discussions on cutting-edge advancements shaping the future of Australia’s transportation.  

Thursday 27 June, 7.00–10.00 pm AEST
RACV City Club
501 Bourke Street
Melbourne VIC 3000

$180 per person

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Location

Transport 2024 will be held at the Engineers Australia Melbourne office.

Engineers Australia is committed to working in a way that ensures the long-term survival of life on earth in a fair and equitable way. View our Sustainability Policy to find out more.

Transport

When attending Transport 2024 please consider sustainable transport options such as walking or utilising convenient public transport options available on the doorstep of the venue rather than driving. Visit Public Transport Victoria to find out about Melbourne's public transport options.

Accomodation 

We’ve secured preferential pricing for you at selection of nearby hotels. 

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Yarra River and the Melbourne skyline

About Melbourne

Melbourne is the city where creativity and innovation come together to deliver great events, exciting places to explore and cutting-edge advancements that are globally acclaimed. 

Melbourne is easy to navigate and perfect to explore on foot or via an extensive transport network. It invites delegates to discover its creative culture, expressed in its food, fashion, events, arts and music scene. 

For those wanting to explore further afield, the unique natural beauty of regional Victoria is just a short trip away. Inspiring day trips are waiting to be enjoyed just over an hour from the city centre. Discover some of Victoria’s rugged and dramatic coastlines, incredible food and boutique wineries, wellbeing experiences and charming regional villages that will really make for a memorable visit.

Discover what you can experience in Melbourne pre and post Transport 2024.

Sponsorship

 Unique opportunities exist to explore new markets and strengthen your brand presence at Transport 2024.  Choose a package that best matches the marketing strategy of your company.  

Sponsorship packages available include:  

  • Premier partner 
  • Major partner 
  • Exhibitor 
  • Gala dinner sponsor 
  • Transport 2024 theme sponsor  
  • Coffee sponsor 
  • Lanyard sponsor 
  • Morning/afternoon tea sponsor  

Benefits of sponsorship include:  

  • build relationships and brand recognition with the nation’s leading specialist transport talent 
  • interact with new and existing clients/users  
  • influence discussion on the future of transport in Australia  
  • align your organisation with professional engineers  
  • reach specific Engineers Australia members through a national marketing plan. 

Contact

For information on sponsorship opportunities or tailored packages, contact [email protected]

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Committee

The Transport 2024 committee is made up of expert volunteers, Engineers Australia volunteers and industry experts who support the successful delivery of the conference.

The committee members are:

  • Lachlan Lee-Archer – Suburban Rail Loop Authority
  • Scott Elaurant – Six Cats Consulting
  • Omar Faruqi – Omar Faruqi Consulting
  • David Hayward – Stantec
  • Andrew Holmes – Clarence City Council
  • Mark Johnston  – 2xF bAdvice
  • Shalendra Ram – SMEC
  • Cris Sierra – WT Partnership
  • Dr Lisa Stafford  – University of Tasmania and Inclusive Futures, Griffith University
  • Peter Wills – Rail Projects Victoria

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