2019 summit program 


Registrations 8.30am – 9.00am

finding opportunity in change 9.00am – 10.00am

An economists view on navigating changing economic conditions and finding opportunity in change.

UDIA Victoria presents two of Australia’s lead economists who will give an overview of the economic conditions and fundamentals shaping Australia today.

Opening keynote presentions by:

  • Sarah Hunter, Chief Australia Economist, BIS Oxford Economics
  • Nicki Hutley, Partner, Deloitte Access Economics

money for momentum 10.10am – 10.40am

User-pays planning has become a key staple of Wyndham City Council’s planning and approvals process. Hear from the key planners on how prioritised planning got across the line.

Australia’s fastest growing municipality has introduced a user-pays agreement with specific development industry organisations who have paid a fee for prioritised planning treatment.

What is the agreement?  How does it work, and could it be replicated across local government?  What do its users think of it, and overall, is it working?


  • Kate Roffey, Director, Deals Investment and Major Projects, City of Wyndham

Moderated Panel Discussion:

  • Dean Rochfort, Victorian Planning Authority
  • Kathryn Seirlis, Manager Growth and Investment, City of Casey
  • Moderated by: Jason Shaw, President, UDIA Victoria

morning break 10.40am – 10.55am


Unlocking opportunities 

Hear about the Victorian Government’s new Precincts and Suburbs Group, and the opportunities that come with a focused, whole of government effort directed to the Victorian Government’s Priority Precincts program.

We will discuss the importance of partnerships to deliver on urban renewal objectives, and key challenges, drawing from successful projects across Australia.

We’ll also hear the Victorian State opposition’s take on the Precincts agenda, and discuss what industry needs in order to successfully deliver on Government’s objectives.


  • Emily Mottram, Executive Director, Precinct Design, DJPR
  • Chris Bain, Associate Director, Ethos Urban


  • Alice Dore, Hamton
  • Moderated by Richard Brice, EY

consumers of the future 11.40am – 12.20pm

How is industry building housing for the consumer of the future?

In an age when customer experience is paramount in any purchasing equation, how is the housing industry transforming itself to respond to the wants and needs of consumers?

We bring together industry leaders in their field to look at the way big data is leading with insights, how city-builders are taking note of the digital community and asks the question of ‘are we innovating fast enough’?

Moderated Panel Discussion:

  • Paul Lowe, Lendlease
  • Sarah Law, Walker Corporation
  • Jessica Christiansen-Franks, Neighbourlytics

Networking lunch break 12.20PM – 1.00PM

commercialising your conscience 1.00pm – 1.40pm

Delivering affordable housing partnership and projects from feasibility to creation.

This interactive session will showcase projects that include an affordable housing component.

Our industry leaders will take you through their projects, covering project conception, commercial considerations and delivery.

Hear their tips on how to best navigate affordable housing negotiations with Council and delivery partners to ensure your project remains commercially viable whilst delivering on the State’s new affordable housing objectives.

Project Presentations and Q&A:

  • Angela Skandarajah, CEO, Development Victoria
  • Kris Daff, Director, Make Ventures & Assemble
  • Cara Bawden, Development Manager, Stockland
  • Moderated by: Tania Quick, TQ Planning

urban activation 1.50pm – 2.30pm

How is Melbourne activating urban spaces to create value for the community?

We kick off the afternoon with a focus on public realm, urban activation and how development can use open space to realise value for the community.

By framing the issues within the live case study example of Cato Square in Prahran, panel members will discuss the range of complexities and community opportunities to be found in finding or repurposing open space within the public realm.

Guest Speakers:

  • Bec McHenry, The Space Agency
  • Jacquie Byron, Hoyne
  • Andrew Fortey, PDS Group
  • Moderated by Mike Day, Roberts Day

THE RED TAPE REVIEW 2.40pm – 3.10pm

Early Insights into the commissioner’s recommendations.

The Victorian Government has appointed the Commissioner for Better Regulation, with the support of an expert Advisory Committee to the task of reviewing and recommending reform to the way planning and development approvals are dealt with in the Victoria.

Hear first hand from the Commissioner / Advisory Committee Chair about what they’ve heard the problems to be in their broad consultation and get direct insight into the changes and improvements they may make in their draft and final reports to the Victorian Treasurer and Planning Minister.

Keynote Presentation:

  • Anna Cronin, Commissioner for Better Regulation and Red Tape Commissioner.

Final Session Break with Drinks and Canapes 3.10pm – 3.30pm

disruptive housing 3.30pm – 4.10pm

The future of housing – could it be hybrid?

Future gazing into the not-so-distant future of housing with our industry experts across the co-living, build to rent, rent to own, group purchasing and affordable housing sectors.

Presentations Followed by a Panel Discussion and Q&A:

  • Chris Key, Greystar
  • Roscoe Power, CoDev
  • Heather Maxwell, Development Victoria
  • Tim Riley, Property Collectives
  • Moderated by: Danni Hunter, UDIA Victoria

Closing Formalities 4.10pm – 4.30pm

Informal post event networking drinks

Offsite venue from 4.30pm



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