Australian Steel Convention

Australian Steel Convention 2019

15 – 17 September 2019
The Westin Sydney

Many questions are being asked of Australia’s steel industry. What does our future look like? Do we have the capability & capacity to deliver on the nation’s needs? Can Australian steel remain a world leader, adapting in the fast-changing industrial landscape?

The reality is, Australia’s steel future has never looked brighter. Through continual evolution, we’re building on our proud history of delivering high-quality infrastructure and projects that stand the test of time. Our workforce is rapidly expanding its skills and abilities to meet new challenges while reimagining and reshaping steel’s potential.

The Australian Steel Institute’s 2019 Convention looks at current infrastructure opportunities and beyond the project pipeline, focussing on forging deeper and more meaningful commercial links that will see our industry continue to grow and thrive.

Convention sessions will examine:

  • Achieving on-shore production growth goals
  • The increasing size and scope of infrastructure demand
  • Why we can confidently invest in steel’s future
  • Understanding the different viewpoints, capabilities and challenges facing industry stakeholders
  • Global investment trends
  • Delivering quality and mitigating risk
  • Supply chain transparency and integrity
  • Emerging market opportunities

The Australian Steel Convention is the industry’s premier event. Bringing together:

  • Australian manufacturers, distributors, fabricators, roll-formers
  • Australian design and structural engineers
  • Detailer/modellers and constructors
  • Key supply chain partners and suppliers
  • Key decision-makers and influencers in local infrastructure projects
  • Federal and State Government policy and decision makers

For the opportunity to see beyond the pipeline and stay ahead of the game, the Australian Steel Convention is the 2019 event not to be missed. 



Beverley O’Connor | Journalist, broadcaster

Beverley O'Connor presents The World on ABC News 24. Beverley has been a journalist and presenter with the ABC for more than twenty years. Her passion for international news has had her based with Australia Network for the past few years, broadcasting into Asia and the Pacific. In 2013, Beverley was an inaugural Asia Pacific Journalism Fellow and travelled and reported from China. Beverley has also worked in radio, spending five years as a presenter on 774 ABC Radio. Prior to the ABC, Beverley worked as a breakfast presenter on commercial radio and had a stint at Channel 7.

Fiona Kerr | Founder, The NeuroTech Institute

Fiona Kerr advises and works with organisations ranging from US Defense to Cirque du Soleil, with projects including how soldiers interact with autonomous systems in decision making, how to design multimodal gadgets which have a positive cognitive impact, and why face-to-face interaction with a nurse makes a patient heal better
Apart from directing The NeuroTech Institute, Fiona also holds positions as Research Fellow with the South Australian Health and Medical Research Institute (SAHMRI),  adjunct with the University of Adelaide Engineering department, advisor to global centre for modern aging, R4 Robotics and Curated, and vice chair of the Catalyst Foundation board. 

Rabia Siddique | Australian criminal and human rights lawyer, retired British Army officer, author and hostage survivor

Rabia’s experiences as a former terrorist and war crimes prosecutor, international humanitarian, retired British Army officer, hostage survivor and mother of triplets have given her valuable insights on how to make the most of our lives and our businesses. Her commitment to equality, justice and authentic leadership defines her and sets her apart as a sincere, charismatic and remarkable individual. Having battled abuse, discrimination, chronic health problems and trauma, Rabia is more than just a survivor. Rabia leads by example and lives what she teaches.

John Barilaro | Minister for Regional New South Wales, Industry and Trade & Deputy Premier of New South Wales



Romily Madew | Chief Executive Officer, Infrastructure Australia

Recently awarded an Order of Australia in acknowledgment of her contribution to Australia’s sustainable building movement, Romilly is recognised around the world as a leader and advocate for change in the property and construction sector. Prior to Infrastructure Australia, she led the Green Building Council of Australia for 13 years.
Romilly holds Board positions with Sydney Olympic Park Authority and Chief Executive Women and has sat on numerous ministerial panels.  Her achievements have previously been recognised with national and international awards, including the 2017 World Green Building Council Chairman’s Award and 2015 International Leadership Award from the US Green Building Council.
An Honorary Life Fellow of the Australian Sustainable Built Environment Council, Life Fellow of the Green Building Council of Australia and Honorary Fellow of the Planning Institute of Australia, Romilly has been named one of the ‘100 Women of Influence’ by the Australian Financial Review and Westpac, and is a National and NSW winner of the Telstra Business Women’s Award.


Tim Nelson | Executive General Manager – Strategy and Economic Analysis, Australian Energy Market Commission

Associate Professor Nelson joins the AEMC from his previous position as Chief Economist at AGL, one of Australia’s largest energy businesses, where he managed the company’s public policy advocacy as well as sustainability and strategy. He is a member of Westpac’s Stakeholder Advisory Council and the Grattan Institute’s Energy Reference Group. He previously held several roles with the NSW Government and the Reserve Bank of Australia. Associate Professor Nelson is an associate professor at Griffith University. He holds a PhD in Economics from the University of New England for which he earned a Chancellor's doctoral research medal.

Stephen VanDuin | Program Leader Maritime, Defence Materials Technology Centre

Stephen van Duin received a bachelors degree with honours from the University of Wollongong, Australia in 1999 and a Ph.D. degree at the same university in 2007. He originally trained as a Mechanical Engineer at BHP steel from 1991 for four years before taking the role of Project Engineer for a further three years. He later joined the Advanced Manufacturing Technologies group for Illawarra Technology Cooperation in 1997 which is the commercial arm of the University of Wollongong. As a Project Mechanical Engineer, he conducted work in the field of microwave and industrial automation research and designed several domestic and overseas automation systems.

Stephen moved to the University of Wollongong in 2000 within the role of Research Engineer in the School of Electrical Computer and Telecommunications Engineering, Faculty of Informatics. He has worked on several industrial automation projects through the Cooperative Research Centre for Intelligent Manufacturing Systems and Technologies (CRC-IMST) including two successive aerospace automation projects in collaboration with Boeing Hawker de Havilland. He currently works for the Faculty of Engineering and Information Sciences in the University of Wollongong’s research strength of Engineering Manufacturing, maintains a significant role in industrial automation for underground coal mining industry and is currently the Program Leader for Maritime Platforms within the Defence Materials Technology Centre (DMTC).

Davina Rooney | Chief Executive Officer, Green Building Council of Australia

Davina has led the Green Building Council of Australia since June 2019. 

Davina is a property professional with a broad range of sustainability experience, from environmental projects, not-for profit boards and overseas community development work, spending 8 months working in the Indian Himalayas on the construction of a school which won multiple international awards.

Career highlights include a decade at Stockland which was a global leader in sustainability and therefore understands how the GBCA’s global leadership translates into real-world outcomes. Stockland was recognised in 2016 and 2018 simultaneously holding the Dow Jones Sustainability Index Global Property leader, GRESB Global leader (Retail/Office) and recognised on the CDP Leaders A-list.

Bonnie Ryan | Senior Manager - Freight, Logistics & Industrial Sectors, GS1 Australia


John Nowlan | Chief Executive - Australian Steel Products, BlueScope

Mr Nowlan was appointed Chief Executive Australian Steel Products in January 2018.  He leads all major operations in Australia including the Company's key operations at Port Kembla (NSW) and Western Port (VIC), and is also responsible for leading manufacturing excellence across BlueScope’s global portfolio.

Previously Mr Nowlan was General Manager Manufacturing and General Manager New Zealand and Pacific Islands.  He has over 40 years’ experience in the steel industry in Australia, New Zealand and the United States, and has held executive roles covering all facets of steelmaking at BlueScope Steel. 

Chris Bulmer | Executive Chairman, Institute of Quality Construction (IQC)

Chris has a Bachelor in Applied Science in building which is complemented by a Graduate Diploma in Land Economy.

With 35 years’ experience in business management, construction, asset management and capital transactions, Chris has the ability to craft solutions to maximize business and project outcomes. He has worked with private and public companies and has had extensive interface with major institutions, investors, and state and federal government agencies.

Greenwich Associates is a group of enterprises with 35 professionals servicing the east coast of Australia. Greenwich Advisory provides business and strategic planning, HR advisory with executive search and bespoke education. Greenwich Projects is a corporate real estate advisor operating across the disciplines of project management, commercial management, cost advisory and program consulting



Early bird registration fees are available until 30 June 2019:

  • Member Full Convention Registration: $1199.00
  • Non-member Full Convention Ticket Registration: $1299.00
  • One Day Registration: $750.00

Standard registration fees apply from 1 July until 15 September 2019:

  • Member Full Convention Registration: $1349.00
  • Non-member Full Convention Ticket Registration: $1449.00
  • One Day Registration: $750.00

All registration prices are quoted in AUD and are inclusive of GST 


  • Full convention registration includes access to all sessions and catered breaks in the exhibition. A full delegate registration also includes all social functions: Sunday's "Meet & Greet", Monday's Convention Dinner and Tuesday's Breakfast Session.
  • Day registration includes access to sessions and catered breaks in the exhibition for the nominated day of the registration. Social function tickets are not included in day registrations but can be purchased separately in the registration process.

The 2019 Australian Steel Convention will be held at:

The Westin Sydney
1 Martin Place
Sydney NSW 2000


Off-site parking fee: $25 daily
On-site parking, fee: $39 hourly | $68 daily
Valet parking, fee: $78 daily

Special accommodation rates have been secured at the Convention hotel (the Westin Sydney and nearby hotels for Convention attendees. The following rates can only be secured whilst booking through the online registration process:

The Westin Sydney

  • Superior Room – King Bed = $325 per room per night
  • Superior Room – Twin Share (Two Queen Beds) = $325 per night

Travelodge Sydney Martin Place

  • Standard Room – Queen Bed = $185
  • Standard Room – Twin Share (Two Double Beds) = $185

Accommodation booking details:

  • Pricing is quoted in Australian currency and inclusive of 10% Federal Goods and Services Tax
  • Accommodation rates are quoted on a per room per night basis
  • Hotel check-in is 15:00 hours
  • Hotel check-out is 11:00 hours
  • Both hotels are smoke free. Charges will apply where evidence of smoking is found
  • A credit card is required upon check in for any incidentals
  • Full prepayment of accommodation is required to secure your booking during the registration process. Any incidentals or other charges will be payable directly to the hotel upon checkout. 

Please note cancellation policies apply - see event terms and conditions. 


Date: Sunday, 15 September 2018
Time: 6:30pm - 8:30pm
Venue: Ivy Sunroom
Dress code: Cocktail
Tickets: $130pp

Please note: The Welcome Reception is included in full delegate registrations, exhibitor and sponsor registration types. Day registration holders are welcome to purchase a ticket through the registration process. 

The Meet & Greet function will be an opportunity to reconnect with other members, network with industry peers and reconnect. Hosted offsite at the Ivy Sunroom, the evening promises great food, drink and entertainment.


Date: Monday, 16 September 2018
Time: 6:30pm - 7pm Pre Dinner Drinks | 7pm - 11pm Dinner
Venue: Ivy Ballroom
Dress code: Cocktail / Evening wear
Tickets: $195pp

Please note: The Convention Dinner is included in full delegate registrations, accompanying person, exhibitor and sponsor registration types. Day registration holders are welcome to purchase a ticket through the registration process. 

The steel event of the year! All delegates and members are warmly invited to join us for a memorable evening at the Convention Dinner. Drinks will flow and a 3-course menu will be served. Unlike previous year’s award presentations will not take place, instead guests will be treated to entertainment, laughs and a few surprises. 


Date: Tuesday, 17 September 2018
Time: 16:30pm - 17:30pm
Venue: The Westin Lounge
Dress code: Smart casual
Tickets: N/A

Say farewell to industry peers before heading home over casual drinks at the Convention close.

By registering and paying for the 2019 Australian Steel Convention you are agreeing to the following terms and conditions. Please note these are specific to the Convention and in addition to the ASI standard event terms and conditions:

1. Event fees and membership

Event fees are quoted in Australian dollars (AUD) and are inclusive of GST.

Inclusions for full and day registrations have been listed on the ASI website and can be found HERE.  

Member discounts are provided to ASI members only. Individual membership under the ASI Constitution is not transferable to any other person or entity. As a result, the Member rate is only available to the individual Member who appears on the ASI Member Register. There are no circumstances where this benefit can be transferred. Any additional accompanying persons registered will be charged at the non-member rate.

Upon receipt of your registration and payment your membership will be checked against the membership register and adjustment to the registration type or fee made if necessary. Payment of adjustments are required prior to the Convention to gain entry to sessions.

2. CPD

All event attendees eligible for Continuing Professional Development (CPD) points may use the confirmation of registration and/or tax invoice/receipt as a record for a CPD Program. Whether an event qualifies for CPD points is subject to the requirements of your professional body and Australian Steel Institute makes no warranty any of its events will qualify for CPD points with any other organisation.

3. Payment

Registration is not confirmed until payment in full has been received. The ASI reserves the right to refuse entry until such time as the payment is settled should payment not have been received prior to the Convention.  

Online payment for the Convention can be made by credit card (Visa, Mastercard, American Express). A 2% surcharge applies to American Express purchases.

4. Cancellations & Transfers

Transfer of registration: If you are unable to attend the Convention you can transfer your registration to another person. All transfers must be done in writing to the Convention Manager. Transfer of registration from Member to Non-member is permissible but the fee difference will be applicable. No refund will be given for a transfer of ticket between a Non-member and member.

Cancellation of registration: Cancellations must be made in writing to the Convention Manager, the following cancellation fees apply:

  • Cancellations up to 31 July full refund less administration fee of $25.00
  • Cancellations 1 to 31 August – 50% refund of total registration fee paid.
  • Cancellations after 31 August – No refund will be given.

Accommodation bookings:

  • Accommodation bookings can be transferred (name change) up to 24 hours prior to arrival
  • No shows and cancellations within 30 days of the event attract a 100% cancellation fee

Alteration or cancellation of registration or accommodation bookings must be made to the Convention Manager in writing to .

The Australian Steel Institute reserves the right to cancel events for any reason including if they are under-subscribed. In such cases any fees paid will be fully refunded. We may also, in exceptional circumstances, use substitute speakers.

5. Refunds

Where a registrant is entitled to a refund under the provisions of 4. Cancellations & Transfers above or special Cancellation provisions, the amount will be returned in full to the original payer and by the same payment method as the original payment. Australian Steel Institute will make its best endeavours to refund within ten (10) business

6. Disclaimer for course materials

The information presented by the Australian Steel Institute in course materials has been prepared for general information only and does not in any way constitute recommendations or professional advice. While every effort has been made and all reasonable care taken to ensure the accuracy of the information contained in these course materials, this information should not be used or relied upon for any specific application without investigation and verification as to its accuracy, suitability and applicability by a competent professional person in this regard. The Australian Steel Institute, its officers and employees and the authors’ course materials do not give any warranties or make any representations in relation to the information provided herein and to the extent permitted by law (a) will not be held liable or responsible in any way; and (b) expressly disclaim any liability or responsibility for any loss or damage costs or expenses incurred in connection with their publication by any person. Without limitation, this includes loss, damage, costs and expenses incurred as a result of the negligence of the authors or ASI officers and employees. The information in these course materials should not be relied upon as a substitute for independent due diligence, professional or legal advice and in this regard the services of a competent professional person or persons should be sought.

7. Copyright

No part of the course notes may be reproduced in any form without the written permission of the Australian Steel Institute.

8. Convention Contact

All Convention enquiries can be directed to the Convention Manager, Jessica Abbey via or 0422 134 328.


The following workshops will be held as part of the Australian Steel Convention on Tuesday, 17 September 2019 from 2:00pm - 4:30pm at the Westin Sydney.

  • Fabricators Forum 
  • Rollformers / Sheds Workshop 
  • Australian Construction Modellers Association (ACMA) Forum & AGM
  • Manufacturing and Distribution Workshop 
  • International Constructors Group Meeting Induction