Join us in Canberra in 2023!

August/September 2023

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We know how important connection is to each and everyone of us and that’s why we have made the call to delay the conference until 1 and 2 June 2022. We want to ensure everyone is safe and can travel with confidence, so have decided to wait just a few more months until we meet.

As community engagement professionals, we need to look after ourselves to ensure we are in peak shape!

Join us on 6 Dec for a free webinar.

stay tuned, sponsorship opportunites for NCEIF 2023 ARE coming soon!
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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

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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 Wednesday 1 June at Cloudland.

6.30am - 7.30am

Guided walk around Brisbane


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: Water Infrastructure NSW - 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 NSW government 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 Wilcannia Community Leader Brendon 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 Water Infrastructure NSW, Wilcannia Weir project team – Brendan O’Neill, Lead Project Manager and Felicity Rooney, Community Engagement Lead. They will also be joined by Donna Kennedy, Water Infrastructure NSW and Russell Hill, WaterNSW to share with the engagement sector the significant and transformative outcomes that can be achieved by working with Aboriginal communities in genuine collaboration.

10.20am - 11.00am

Professor Sara Bice (Director, the ANU Institute for Infrastructure in Society) and Kirsty O’Connell (Industry Director, the ANU Institute for Infrastructure in Society) will talk about what’s driving trust for Australian infrastructure projects - a community perspective

Join the team from the ANU Institute for Infrastructure in Society to learn what 3500 Australians and nine infrastructure intensive communities are thinking about the selection, planning, design and delivery of infrastructure and the way in which infrastructure projects engage.

11.00am - 11.30am

Morning Tea

11.30am - 12.10pm

Hear from Carly Taylor, Mindset Coach, on how we can better understand ourselves in order to respond effectively and engage with our colleagues and the community.

Carly is qualified in Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Japanese Psychology (Morita Therapy and Naikan), a University qualified Nutritionist, a certified Personal Trainer and a certified Health Coach (IIN). This presentation will especially focus on Japanese Psychology and offering tools for managing emotions and difficult thoughts and taking control of how we respond to them.

12.10pm - 12.50pm

The Next Generation of Future Communities by Michelle Cramer from GHD

The increasing and often compounding effects of climate change – as evidenced by more frequent and severe bushfires, floods and storms here in Australia – are not just damaging our environment and causing temporary or permanent migration. These impacts are also affecting our communities’ mental health, with a “rising fear of the future” having been identified among young people by UNICEF Australia. This uncertainty is reflected in the views of emerging professionals too, with a recent GHD survey of graduate engineers showing that 65% rated the speed of community adaptation to climate change as ‘slow’; 62% expect communities ‘won’t be resilient’ or will only be ‘somewhat resilient’ over the next 10 years; and 70% rated current levels of collaboration between government and business on climate change strategies as ‘ineffective’.

These opinions put greater emphasis on the need for place makers and engagement professionals to consider both the physical and emotional needs of communities, particularly of young people, when designing and consulting on planned social infrastructure. On the bright side, effective listening and contemporary two-way communication strategies can be utilised to learn from and respond to the wants and needs of the next generation – to deliver connected, resilient, productive and inspired communities and help allay concerns for the future.

During this presentation, Michelle will share her insights as a specialist advisor to UNICEF’s Child-Friendly Cities Initiative and as a GHD Future Communities Leader with a passion for creating places and spaces that put people (of all ages) first. She will also share her perspectives on the enormous opportunity presented by the Brisbane 2032 Olympics to shape future-proof infrastructure that fulfils the ambitions and aspirations of the next generation by putting the ‘S’ in ESG at its heart.

12.50pm - 1.50pm

Comacon Wellness Luncheon

1.50pm - 2.30pm

Our wellness session - hosted by Comacon

Hear from Paul Taylor from the Mind Body Brain Performance Institute.  Paul is a Neuroscientist, Exercise Physiologist, Nutritionist and host of The MindBodyBrain Project podcast. 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.

2.30pm - 3.15pm

Young and Emerging professionals panel chaired by Marion Short, IAP2

Panel will include:  Courtney Webb (GHD), Alexandra King (Aurecon), Sophie Perissinotto (Leisa Prowse Consulting) and Joanne Williams (Comacon).

3.15pm - 3.45pm

Afternoon Tea

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:  Tim Holmes (Gamuda), Debbie Low (Water NSW) and Rebecca Dean (Lendlease).

4.30pm - 5.00pm

Cobi Murphy, Cross River Rail

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?

Delivering major infrastructure with a difference.

5.00pm - 7.00pm

"Reflections:  Looking into the future" Hosted by GHD

Cocktail Party at Cloudland, level 2

7.00am to 7.45am

Sunrise Chair Yoga (Moon Room, Cloudland)

Workout clothes not required.


Coffee served

8.00am - 9.00am

Siobhan Hamblin, 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 Consultancies.

9.00am - 9.20am

Hear from one of Australia's largest infrastructure and transport departments

Key note address by Julie Mitchell, Deputy Director-General (Policy, Planning and Investment) on on 'The value of community and stakeholder engagement in the delivery of infrastructure’.

9.20am - 9.55am

Melbourne Water - hear from the Melbourne Water Community Engagement team, Andrew Mellor, Team Leader Business Communications and Engagement

Andrew will be 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.

9.55am - 10.30am

Becky Hirst - For the Love of Community Engagement

Insights from a personal expedition to inspire better public participation.

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10.30am - 11.00am

Morning Tea

11.00am - 11.30am

Jane MacMaster, Chief Engineer, Engineers Australia

Engineers Australia - Comms and Engineers - the synergy?

11.30am - 12.10pm

Vanessa Pilla

11.30am - 12.10pm

Nicola Mitchell - ARTC Inland Rail - Engaging with the Country - A new perspective

Delivering a multi-billion dollar government-funded program comprising 13 individual projects spanning 1,700km through 36 local government areas across three states.

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

12.10pm - 12.45pm

Oliver Bates, Mysite

Hidden Benefits of Going Hybrid.

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12.45pm - 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
Panel: A fast-paced conversation about quality and quantity of engagement, and the ability for the combination of both to influence.

When it comes to engagement what’s better: quality or quantity?
Panel Members:  Anne Moffat (Department of Transport and Main Roads), Natalie Rayment (YIMBY and Wolter Consulting Group) and Julie Spencer (Moreton Bay Regional Council).

2.45pm - 3.15pm

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.

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3.15pm - 3.30pm

Afternoon tea

3.30pm - 4.00pm

Sarah Barclay, Bridge Housing

Putting community engagement at the heart of social housing infrastructure.

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4.00pm - 4.30pm

Angela Peace, AAP Consulting

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

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4.30pm - 5.15pm

Sustainability and Community Engagement Panel chaired by Carolyn Gibbs, Infrastructure Sustainability Council (ISC)

Working together to support the Carbon Emissions target and drive cultural change in sustainability. Panel Members:  Coral Reynolds (Comacon), Amanda Bromley (GHD) and Libby Mitchell (WSP).


Closing drinks and networking

2022 Sponsorship

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

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Thank you for your interest in presenting at the fourth National Community Engagement for Infrastructure Forum (NCEIF).
Stay tuned for 2023 application opening date.


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