Conference Day One: Wednesday, 19 July 2017

8:30 AM - 9:00 AM Registration and Welcome Coffee

Conference Chair:

Phil Kerin

Service Asset and Configuration Manager
Treasury and Economic Development Directorate ACT Government
TfNSW is responsible for holding, managing and maintaining all transport infrastructure and travel assets on behalf of the State. It’s framework for managing assets is regulated by the Asset Standards Authority (ASA). All government and industry partners must comply with these regulations.

This session will include:
  • Introducing the context, history, form and function of the ASA and its relationship to Transport for NSW
  • A review of the ASA’s engineering governance framework that outlines a whole-of-lifecycle approach to asset management
  • The adoption of AS ISO 55001 Asset Management in order to meet best practise criteria

Mark Smith

Principal Manager Industry & Technical Development, Asset Standards Authority Freight, Strategy and Planning
Transport for NSW

Toby Horstead

Principal Manager Network and Asset Strategy, Asset Standards Authority
Transport for New South Wales

9:50 AM - 10:30 AM Embedding Risk and Resilience into Public Sector Asset Management Plans

Paul Barnes, Head of Risk and Resilience, Australian Strategic Policy Institute
Protecting critical infrastructure, facilities and assets is firstly about mitigating risks through appropriate planning and vulnerability assessment. Secondly, it’s about having the right emergency plans in place that ensure that there’s a clear action plan in event of disaster. This session will discuss
  • Emergent threats to critical infrastructure now and in the oncoming years
  • Key performance indicators that demonstrate preparedness for disaster and mitigation against the impacts of disruption
  • Applying risk management to Asset Management Plans in order to create frameworks that combat vulnerability

Paul Barnes

Head of Risk and Resilience
Australian Strategic Policy Institute

10:30 AM - 10:50 AM Solution Provider Thought Leader Session



Australia’s population is predicted to grow to 30 million by 2031. However, this growth will be uneven and specific to certain locations in Australia.
Institutions will struggle to appropriately predict their future asset needs without long-term vision, a strategic plan or Key Performance Indicators. As such, this panel discussion will focus on:
  • Reviewing current population trends in Australia and their expected patterns in the next couple of decades to understand where major infrastructure spend will be necessary for the public sector
  • Utilising multi-purpose and cross-department sharing to reduce costs associated with duplication in communities with small budgets and decreasing populations
  • Deciding when it’s appropriate to disrupt an asset’s lifecycle prematurely in order to reduce expenses
  • What types of things should go into a Strategic Asset Management Plan to prepare for such changes?


Mark Smith

Principal Manager Industry & Technical Development, Asset Standards Authority Freight, Strategy and Planning
Transport for NSW

Ben Staples

Asset Management Strategy Specialist
Department Economic Development Jobs Training and Resources VIC

John Neish

Director of Planning and Strategy
Department of Education NSW


1:30 PM - 2:10 PM Ensuring Consistency and Adherence when Implementing Asset Management Frameworks

Ben Staples, Asset Management Strategy Specialist, Department Economic Development Jobs Training and Resources VIC
One of the greatest challenges to effective asset management is the coordination of management activities: getting the right assets at the right time for the right price. Clear buy-in from senior leadership is one way to combat this issue. However, sometimes the only way to achieve this is to demonstrate the benefits of consistently and correctly managed assets. Once demonstrated, senior leadership will have the right tools to steer their organisation’s expenditure whichever way they please.

This session will discuss:
  • The benefits of greater information sharing among public sector departments in order to bench-mark asset pricing and management
  • Strategies for attaining consistent outcomes from employees that are managing asset lifecycles
  • Slowly improving asset management systems over time once adherence to the framework has been secured

Ben Staples

Asset Management Strategy Specialist
Department Economic Development Jobs Training and Resources VIC

2:10 PM - 2:50 PM CASE STUDY: Improving Asset Management Maturity at Sutherland

Clare Scanlon, Asset Management System Coordinator, Sutherland Shire Council
Shire Council by aligning with management system standards Sutherland Shire Council delivers a diverse range of services to a population of over 226,000 residents. It controls an asset portfolio worth more than $2.1 billion, and is implementing an asset management framework of policy, strategies and asset class management plans aligned with ISO 55001.
This case study will discuss:
  • The integration of asset management with organisational risk management
  • Improving asset lifecycle strategies and costing
  • Employee engagement in the midst of an organisational culture change program
  • Community engagement to ascertain desired and affordable levels of service

Clare Scanlon

Asset Management System Coordinator
Sutherland Shire Council


3:30 PM - 4:10 PM CASE STUDY: Upgrading and Maintaining Ageing Assets at the Australian National Gallery

Mark Mandy, Facilities Manager, National Gallery of Australia
The National Gallery of Australia (NGA) is home to the largest art collection of any museum in the country. It comprises more than 175,000 pieces from Indigenous, Pacific, Asian, European and American artists. It has recently initiated Stage 2 of its facilities upgrades, which requires the careful coordination of buildings, facilities and ICT systems.
This case study will include:

  • An overview of Stage 1 of the NGA’s New front entrance and indigenous galleries and talk about the Gallery’s Trigeneration Systems and water recycling via its RO System.
  • Planning for the replacement and installation of a New Chiller plant, whilst maintaining tight temperature and RH parameters throughout the Gallery.
  • Prioritising which Assets to upgrade and which to continue to maintain

Mark Mandy

Facilities Manager
National Gallery of Australia


*Delegates will separate and choose a roundtable to participate in. Each roundtable will have a moderator that will facilitate discussion on the topic After 20 minutes, the bell will ring and the moderator will move on and begin discussion again with a new table

  • How can departments respond to damaged itinerant assets quickly?
  • How can GIS be used to improve business practises?
  • What are the greatest challenges to maintaining mobile devices and what are some potential solutions?

CAPT. David Eccleston

Director Support System Future Submarine Program
Department of Defence Australia

Topic 2

4:10 PM - 5:10 PM Management Strategies for Facilities

Mark Mandy, Facilities Manager, National Gallery of Australia
  • How will facilities need to change to meet future population’s demands?
  • What are departments currently working on to manage their facilities more efficiently, i.e. energy consumption, budgetary measures or strategic planning

Mark Mandy

Facilities Manager
National Gallery of Australia

Topic 3

4:10 PM - 5:10 PM Strategic Data Use for Asset Management

  • What smart devices are out there to collect and analyse asset data?
  • How can managers use this data effectively to maintain and renew their assets appropriately?
  • How can this data be protected from security breaches?

5:10 PM - 5:10 PM End of Day One & Networking Drinks Reception for all Attendees