23 Aug 2023

Winning Work; Understanding Government Policy Program

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Start Date: 23 Aug 2023

Start Time: 4:00 pm

End Time: 6:00 pm

Location: Moonee Valley Racecourse - Feehan Ave, Moonee Ponds VIC 3039


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Welcome & Introduction
ICN Victoria Presentation
Apprenticeship Victoria Presentation
Panel discussion & Q&A
Connect with Booth Holders & Networking



Tariro Makwasha
Customer Strategy and Development Executive Manager, ICN Victoria

Tariro Makwasha leads ICN Victoria’s Development and Customer Strategy, focusing on growth, innovation and building customer relationships and partnerships. With a focus on customer-centred growth, she connects strategy to business outcomes through data, processes and people. Tariro has partnered with state and federal governments on economic development policies, infrastructure investment, and road safety improvement strategies, including the Local Jobs First Policy. She is passionate about inclusion and looks forward to supporting the Building Equality Policy.


Janelle Williams
Building Equality Policy Industry Adviser, ICN Victoria

Janelle Williams is ICN Vic’s Building Equality Policy Industry Adviser, providing assistance to the construction industry on its application. As a member of the Social Procurement Team, Janelle also supports industry on understanding the Social Procurement Framework. Having previously work in Health and for the Victorian Government, Janelle has experience developing and implementing various policy changed. She holds a bachelor’s degree, focused in law from Monash University and has a strong relationship building and public policy background.



John Graves
Major Projects Unit, Demonstration Project Manager, Apprenticeships Victoria

John joined Apprenticeships Victoria as a Demonstration Project Manager in August 2022. As a part of the Apprenticeships Victoria Major Projects Unit, John works directly with industry and industry partnerships across Victoria’s Big Build, to enhance the training and employment outcomes for Apprentices and Trainees on Big Build projects, in line government policies and priorities.
Prior to joining Apprenticeships Victoria John worked at Holmesglen Institute as the Program Manager Major Projects, leading Holmesglen’s engagement with the Big Build projects including, Metrotunnel, North East Link and Suburban Rail Loop.
John has an expert understanding of the opportunities and challenges of employing apprentices and trainees on major projects and how the Big Build Apprenticeship model can be implemented to the benefit of all parties.

Joe Piasecki
Social Procurement Manager, Spark – North East Link

Joe is a seasoned Social Procurement Manager at Spark North East Link, Joe’s dedication to driving social outcomes through strategic procurement is truly inspiring.

From his transformative years in the Royal Australian Navy to his engagement with remote communities and major industry operations, Joe’s richly varied background fuels his creative approach to procurement. His current role sees him creating lasting legacies by fostering relationships that support disadvantaged job seekers and uplift Indigenous communities.

Joe’s commitment to engagement and planning sets the bar high, proving the immense potential of social procurement to enact positive change extending beyond construction activities.

Bernie Nolan
Team Leader, Hutchinson Builders

Bernie joined Hutchinson Builders in September 2015 and has over 35 years construction industry experience.

Bernie is a degree-qualified construction professional with extensive experience in the delivery of highly complex commercial and infrastructure projects. Having worked for companies including Lewis Constructions, Baulderstone, Probuild and Leightons, Bernie understands the requirements of managing and delivering large scale projects, whilst also having the added experience of delivering many smaller projects throughout his career.

In his seven plus years with Hutchinson Builders, Bernie has delivered approximately $500 million worth of projects for the VSBA and is currently delivering 12 separate schools over eight sites.

David Campbell
Senior Project Manager – Social Sustainability, Building VIC, Lendlease

David Campbell is a Snr Project Manager at Lendlease with responsibility for Social Procurement outcomes across all construction projects in Victoria.

In 2012, David moved to Melbourne from the UK, bringing more than 10 years construction experience in delivering a wide range of projects for head contractors in London. Since arriving in Melbourne 11 years ago, David has held diverse roles delivering projects, managing a tensile structures business and tendering for major construction projects. This has resulted in exposure to the Social Procurement Framework from its introduction, which sparked a passion and landed David in his current full-time role at Lendlease.



ICN Victoria

The ICN Victoria Social Procurement Program supports Agencies and industry working on projects and procurement with the requirement for local, social and sustainable outcomes. We do this by increasing awareness and education, maximising Victorian supply chain engagement and Victorian jobs as well as providing local, social and sustainable data insights through our flagship system, VMC.

Apprenticeship Victoria

Apprenticeship Victoria oversees and coordinates the employment and training of apprentices and trainees across all industry sectors and areas of the state. This includes school-based apprenticeships and traineeships; mainstream apprenticeships and traineeships; and Big Build Apprenticeships (BBA), which offer the opportunity to get involved in the biggest and most exciting infrastructure projects in our state.

AEN – Apprenticeship Employment Network

AEN is the peak industry body representing not for profit group training companies across Victoria and is part of a national network of group training associations. They have supported over 170,000 young people into an apprenticeship or traineeship across Victoria in a wide range of industry sectors. AEN will provide insights into the pipeline of women and girls engaging with group training organisations.


Kinaway is from the Gunnai language meaning “exchange.”
Kinaway Chamber of Commerce is the leading Victorian organisation dedicated to supporting Victorian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander business owners.  Our focus is on changing Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people’s lives through a strength-based model of business ownership and participation in the Victorian economy. Kinaway Chamber of Commerce works closely with businesses by providing: Support, Networking, Advocacy and Partnerships. These services provide an essential framework to promote and support the ongoing operation of Aboriginal businesses. Kinaway Chamber of Commerce fosters and develops partnerships with government, corporates and academia to build procurement opportunities and facilitate support to Aboriginal businesses.

Social Traders

Social Traders is the national trailblazer of social enterprise procurement. We create a more inclusive and equitable Australia by making buying from social enterprise the norm. We do this through certifying and strengthening social enterprise, working with our business and government members to embed social enterprises into their supply chains and advocacy for the social enterprise sector. We connect over 140 members to 500 + social enterprises to unlock business for good.

NAWIC – National Association for Women in Construction

NAWIC is a not-for-profit organisation that champions and empowers women in construction and related industries to reach their full potential.


Incolink is the safety net for workers in the building and construction industry.
Incolink provides members with the security of redundancy entitlements, portable sick leave, income protection insurance and industry-best training.
Members also receive health and wellbeing services including counselling and onsite toolboxes to build a stronger industry.
Significant research has been conducted into workplace gender equality, and many employers can attest to the various advantages of bringing more women aboard.
Incolink’s Women in Construction program connects employers with the best talent pool and is well placed to support employers in navigating the changing landscape.

The School of Property, Construction and Project Management, RMIT University

The School of Property, Construction and Project Management (PCPM) is a premier provider of Construction Management, Project Management and Property programs in the Asia Pacific region. We are renowned for our reputable programs, strong links with industry, involvement in professional bodies and collaborative approach to research.


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Suburban Rail Loop East – Suburban Connect Industry Briefing

Join Suburban Rail Loop Authority (SRLA), Suburban Connect and ICN Victoria as they present details of Suburban Rail Loop (SRL) East, providing an overview of the project and supply chain opportunities.   Suburban Connect (a group of internationally renowned companies including CPB Contractors Pty Ltd, Ghella Pty Ltd and ACCIONA Construction Australia Pty Ltd) is building the first tunnelling package (16kms of tunnels from Cheltenham to Glen Waverley) for the Suburban Rail Loop - SRL East.

Building Equality Policy Webinar: Bridging the gender pay gap: why and how

Please join ICN Victoria as we present the fifth event in our series of Building Equality Policy Webinars. This webinar will explain the Building Equality Policy and how to close the Gender Pay Gap, highlighting why it is important and how to achieve it.

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