NCEIF will be back in 2022!

9 & 10 February 2022

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Join us on 6 Dec for a free webinar.

As of 17 December, Queensland will be open for business, so there is no better time to book your ticket to come to the NCEIF.

What causes communities to trust and support infrastructure projects (or not)? Find out in this exclusive ANU research briefing.

NCEIF 2022 is going to be bigger than 10 bears - don't miss it!
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What is the Agenda

  • Panel discussions and key note presentations from senior politicians, government representatives and business leaders
  • Case studies on major national and international infrastructure projects
  • Engaging interactions with like minded professions
  • Discussions on risks, challenges, policy implications and emerging trends

Why should I attend?

Here are the top 5 reasons you should attend:

  • Network with community engagement leaders and infrastructure practitioners from around the country
  • Learn from successful case studies of best practice community consultation and engagement
  • Discover new industry trends and policies which may impact the community engagement framework and the development of infrastructure projects now and in the future
  • Share innovative ideas and advances in infrastructure planning, design and construction
  • Explore new tools and the latest research to support community and stakeholder engagement for infrastructure
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NCEIF 2022 Sponsors

Sponsors and Supporting Partners

Event Features

The conference is a not-for-profit event aimed at building capacity within our industry and helping Government and the private sector deliver infrastructure which achieves the best outcomes for all stakeholders.

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The 2022 Program

Explore best practice solutions with fellow industry leaders, including community and stakeholder engagement professionals, communication consultants, policy makers, civil engineers, urban architects, technology experts and related professions.

5.30pm to 7.00pm

Welcome Drinks - Mr Percivals, Howard Smith Wharves

An informal opportunity to relax, reconnect and make new friends before the forum official program kicks off on Tuesday 8 February at Cloudland, 641 Ann Street Fortitude Valley.

6.30am - 7.30am

Guided walk around Brisbane


Guided Meditation


Registration and Coffee commences


Take your seats


Welcome to Country

with Maroochy Songwoman


Official Opening

The Honourable…... (we will tell you soon, promise)


Opening Address

Romilly Madew AO, Infrastructure Australia - The Infrastructure Priority List and Community Engagement. What happens now?


Keynote Address: WaterNSW - Wilcannia Weir Replacement Project – Listen, Learn, Adapt, Deliver - Together

Hear from the Aboriginal Community about how they want and expect to be engaged. Meet the WaterNSW project team who delivered engagement that the Aboriginal community define as “the best they have seen and the benchmark for what all Aboriginal engagement should be like”. Hear from Aboriginal Elder Cyril Hunter and his son-in-law Brendan Adams who will discuss how they were engaged and the outcomes they achieved for their community. They will be supported by key members of the WaterNSW Wilcannia Weir project team – Brendan O’Neill, Lead Project Manager, Felicity Rooney, Community Engagement Lead and Russell Hill, Aboriginal Engagement Manager. They will share with the engagement sector the significant and transformative outcomes that can be achieved by working with Aboriginal communities in genuine collaboration.


Rebecca Pickering - Inland Rail - Engaging with the Country - A new perspective

Meet the team responsible for the biggest (geographically) infrastructure project in the Country.


Morning Tea

11.00am - 11.40am

Kirsty O'Connell, Industry Director for the Australian National University Institute for Infrastructure in Society will give the heads up on one of its flagship Next Generation Engagement Program

This globally unique research initiative is working to demonstrate the time, cost and other benefits of putting community at the heart of project decision making. This project is now in its fourth year and the team will present some amazing results from the current priority research projects.

11.40am - 12.20pm

Hear from a nationally recognised program about how to better relate, understand, consult and engage with our colleagues and the community

This presentation will especially focus on managing interactions with disenfranchised and enraged people.

12.20pm - 1.00pm

Our wellness session - hosted by Comacon

Hear from a nationally recognised performance and wellness coach. Learn strategies to ensure you're in peak shape to do our demanding job to the best of your ability. Learn how to protect your energy, to perform better and get better outcomes.

1.00pm - 1.45pm

Comacon Wellness Luncheon

1.45pm - 2.30pm

Young and Emerging professionals panel chaired by Marion Short, IAP2

1.45pm - 2.15pm

How can community engagement support the creation of social value in communities?

Panellists will be announced shortly

Vanessa Pilla

2.30pm - 3.00pm

Jane MacMaster, Chief Engineer, Engineers Australia

Engineers Australia - Comms and Engineers - the synergy?

3.00pm - 3.15pm

Afternoon Tea

3.15pm - 3.45pm

Construction Comms 101

Here from one of the nation’s leading Infrastructure Project Directors on what we do right, what we can do better and how we can influence project outcomes.

3.45pm- 4.30pm

Panel Discussion hosted by Kate Kernaghan from Factotum Communications

COVID CRISIS - what did we learn from the comms we did during COVID? What engagement worked during COVID? How can this be the new norm? Has the increase in accessibility we provided during COVID  changed how we engage?  Panellists: Rebecca Raap and Tim Holmes with more to be announced.

4.30pm - 5.00pm

The future is bright - Futurist

4.30pm - 5.00pm

Julie Castle and Debra Lancelot, Struber

How can you get to know your community and activate them in ways that make a difference?

Hear from our nations most prominent infrastructure futurist on what to expect next.

5.00pm - 7.00pm

"Reflections:  Looking into the future" Hosted by GHD

Cocktail Party at Cloudland, level 2

6.30am to 7.30am

Sunrise Yoga


Guided Meditation


Coffee served

8.00am - 9.00am

Luke Nayna and Kerry-Anne Walshe, Counsel House will talk about Government Relations unveiled

What really happens in the Ministers Office? How do we get our comms through? Hear from the head of one of Australia's leading Government Relations Consultancy and an ex Ministerial Senior Staffer.

9.00am - 9.20am

Hear from the Director-General of one of Australia's largest infrastructure and transport departments

Key note address by Neil Scales from the Queensland Department of Transport and Main Roads on 'The value of community and stakeholder engagement in the delivery of infrastructure’.

9.20am - 9.55am

Meegan Sullivan, RPS will discuss the synergy between planning and community engagement

Who owns the process, what should the process be and what can we do to improve the planning process from a community engagement process - hear from one of our country's most experienced Senior Community Engagement Practitioners who is also a qualified planner.

9.55am - 10.30am

Cobi Murphy, Cross River Rail

9.55am - 10.30am

Angela Peace, AAP Consulting

Placing people and communities at the centre - the role of engagement in Social Impact Assessment for SSP.

Delivering major infrastructure with a difference.

10.30am - 11.00am

Morning Tea

11.00am - 11.30am

Melbourne Water - hear from the Melbourne Water Community Engagement team, led by Manager Greg Bain and supported by Andrew Mellor, Team Leader Business Communications and Engagement

They will detailing their award winning NextGen program. It's an organisational wide community engagement program, which ensures organisational buy in and commitment to Community Engagement. It is both innovative and effective and it works - especially in infrastructure delivery.

11.30am - 12.10pm

Libby Mitchell from GHD will discuss engaging with Constantly Disrupted Communities

How can we do better?

12.10pm - 12.50pm

Technology breakthroughs

Mysite and Consultation Manager

1.00pm - 1.45pm

Mysite Technology Lunch

1.45pm - 2.15pm

Anita Brown, Sydney Metro

Crisis Management on a major project

2.15pm - 2.45pm

Leisa Prowse, Leisa Prowse Consulting - Mind your Qs and Qs

When it comes to engagement what’s better: quality or quantity?

2.45pm - 3.15pm

Becky Hirst - For the Love of Community Engagement

Insights from a personal expedition to inspire better public participation.

3.15pm - 3.30pm

Afternoon tea

3.30pm - 4.00pm

Sarah Barclay from Bridge Housing

Putting community engagement at the heart of social housing infrastructure.

4.00pm - 4.30pm

Ben Hughes, Hughes et al.

How to use collaborative contracting and employment strategies as part of your community engagement planning. Hear how these planning processes have resulted in exceptional community outcomes in regional communities.

4.30pm - 5.15pm

Sustainability and Community Engagement Panel chaired by Patrick Hastings, Infrastructure Sustainability Council (ISC)

Working together to support the Carbon Emissions target and drive cultural change in sustainabilty.


Closing drinks and networking


Why Sponsor?

This ‘Special’ Scholarship Sponsorship will provide a scholarship recipient with the following:

The 2022 Venue - Cloudland

Be surprised, be delighted, be indulged. Located in the thriving heart of Fortitude Valley, Brisbane. Cloudland is a beautiful urban oasis with a proud Brisbane history – a Garden of Eden – abundant with decadence and hidden gems. It’s where old-world charm blends seamlessly with vivacious modern interior design. It’s unforgettable.

Easy to get to

Cloudland is located near the corner of Ann and Brunswick Street in Fortitude Valley, only 30 metres from Brunswick Street Mall and Chinatown, just 5 minutes from the centre of Brisbane CBD.


641 Ann Street, Fortitude Valley
Queensland, Australia, 4006

Apply to become a Speaker

Thank you for your interest in presenting at the third National Community Engagement for Infrastructure Forum (NCEIF). Applications are now closed.

The NCEIF Committee will be reviewing all applications and you will be advised if your application is successful.  


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