Convention 2022

Australian Steel Convention: Vital & Adaptive

The Australian Steel Convention brings together key industry leaders and innovators to discuss opportunities, showcase industry successes and examine what the future can and will look like.

Four Seasons Hotel Sydney

Sunday 9 October - Tuesday 11 October 2022

Australian steel is vital to this country’s economy, stability, and growth. While the global stage is learning to adapt to an ever-changing landscape, Australia’s steel industry has an opportunity to thrive by delivering high-quality products through a robust and effective supply-chain.

As billions of dollars are being invested in both civil infrastructure and domestic homebuilding, the opportunities for the steel sector are immense. From research to design, manufacturing, and fabrication, through to installation and construction, the future of Australian steel looks bright. Brighter still when consideration is given to the ever-growing dependence on steel across sectors and the burgeoning of a new era of endless innovative uses to propel Australia towards a new economy.

In an everchanging global landscape, the Australian steel industry needs to be prepared to adapt to advancing technologies, sustainability, and environmental concerns and a rapidly changing economic outlook.

The Australian Steel Convention brings together key industry leaders and innovators to discuss opportunities, showcase industry successes and examine what the future can and will look like. 

Join us in Sydney at Four Seasons Hotel Sydney for the 2-day program

The Australian Steel Convention will feature sessions that cover:

  • How Australia’s steel industry is a global competitive advantage through its ability to influence key market sectors including agriculture, defence, energy, and healthcare.
  • The future of steel in a post-coronavirus world; how Australia’s manufacturing pivot can create a new era for the economy.
  • Case studies showing how a strong domestic steel industry is an important factor in developing a vibrant commercial and industrial market
  • The sustainability effect: How resource scarcity, climate change and community expectations are changing government and industry priorities for more local manufacturing, traceable and sustainable processes, and operating models.
  • The emergence of SMART technologies into optimised operations and trusted supply chains e.g. sensors, automation, intelligent robotics, embedded electronics.
  • A Fabricator Forum for discussion of topics relevant to the fabricator industry (you may attend the Forum without booking for the full Convention).

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Registration information


ASI Member Registration                    $1249
Non-Member Registration                  $1449

View all fee options here

All fees and charges are quoted in Australian dollars and are inclusive of GST.
Your membership status can be confirmed by contacting


Your registration fee includes:

  • Attendance to all Convention sessions
  • Access to the trade exhibition during open hours
  • All onsite catering during scheduled breaks
  • 1 x ticket to the Welcome Reception held on Sunday 9 October
  • 1 x ticket to the Gala Dinner held on Monday 10 October
  • Delegate collateral provided as part of the Convention program – delegate bag, program book, name badge etc

Note: Your registration does not include travel, accommodation, or insurances. Full event terms and conditions can be viewed HERE.


Special convention accommodation rates have been secured at the Convention venue and nearby hotels and can be booked during the registration process.


Adam was completing a PhD in Pure Mathematics when he happened to win the national Triple J Raw Comedy championship in 1996. From there, a television and radio career beckoned and Adam completed 15 years as one of Australia’s most respected, wittiest and thought provoking breakfast radio commentators across Triple J and later ABC 702. Also a celebrated author, Adam’s latest books include The Little Book of Numbers, The Big Book of Numbers, World of Numbers, Time Machine, The Numbers Game, The Top 100 and Numberland.

Adam Spencer | Convention MC
Author, comedian & radio announcer

With a background in banking, Edwin joined the steel industry in 1994 as Chief Economist at Iscor Ltd. in South Africa. In 1996, he became Business Unit Manager for coated steel products and flat steel products. He later headed Strategic Initiatives at the company. Edwin relocated to Europe in 2004, working as a General Manager at Mittal Steel (now ArcelorMittal) responsible for Marketing Strategy. From 2006 until he joined worldsteel in 2011, he was Vice President, Commercial Co-ordination, Marketing and Trade Policy at ArcelorMittal. Edwin received his PhD in Economics from Pretoria University, where he also previously taught economics.

Edwin Basson | Director General
World Steel Association (worldsteel)

Peter is a respected innovator, constantly pushing the boundaries of Light Gauge Steel. With a background in Mechanical Engineering and technical sales, Peter exudes a passion for steel framed construction. He began building Dynamic Steel Frame in 2012 and was awarded the Steel Excellence Award by Australian Steel Institute in 2016. Peter has been successful in securing many of Melbourne’s large builders through his practical and pragmatic approach to building optimisation, and has helped all his clients succeed in LGS framing with their landmark projects, always ensuring the best possible outcome is achieved.

Peter Blythe | Managing Director
Dynamic Steel Frame

Vik is a seasoned industrial leader with a demonstrable history of creating value for stakeholders. He has significant global experience, having lived and worked on four continents while managing complex, publicly listed industrial businesses with teams and assets across multiple countries. He is passionate about developing people, supporting leaders, and building talent pipelines to underpin long-term business success. Before joining InfraBuild, Vik was CEO/MD of  ASX 100 Company, Cleanaway. Vik is also an Electrical Engineer, has an MBA and has completed AMP from INSEAD.

Vik Bansal | Chief Executive Officer & Executive Director

John 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.

John Nowlan | Chief Executive - Australian Steel Products

Angus is a political economist and a journalist specialising in the impact of disruptive technologies on society. He is a co-founder at Future Crunch. He was the founding community manager of Random Hacks of Kindness, a global initiative from Google, IBM, Microsoft, NASA and the World Bank to create open-source technology solutions to social challenges. He was also the first editorial manager for Global Policy, one of the world's leading international policy journals. He holds a PhD in International Political Economy from the London School of Economics, where he was the Ralph Miliband Scholar.

Dr Angus Hervey | Co-founder

Tané is a cancer researcher, bio-informatician, and science communicator. He is a co-founder at Future Crunch. He has a Masters in Bioinformatics from the University of Melbourne, and has worked for the Melbourne Royal Children’s Hospital diagnosing rare genetic diseases. He is currently completing his PhD at the Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre, using molecular biomarkers in DNA and analysing them with artificial intelligence to improve treatments for people suffering from cancer. He's also a former United States mountain biking champion and an avid sailor.

Tané Hunter | Co-founder

Mark Campbell is DBM Vircon’s Chief Executive Officer, leading the company’s strategic direction, growth, and operations. Mark has previously worked in several executive roles, with a proven track record in building financially successful companies with improved processes, client relationships, and people engagement. Mark is a civil engineer with experience across a diverse range of industry sectors, including the built environment, water, transportation, construction, asset management, and more. Embracing the values of integrity, excellence, and collaboration, Mark and the senior leadership team steer DBM Vircon to meet its strategic and operational business goals.

Mark Campbell | Chief Executive Officer
DBM Vircon

Gretta joined BlueScope as Chief Executive New Zealand & Pacific Islands in June 2018. She leads BlueScope’s mining, manufacturing and downstream businesses in New Zealand and the Lysaght and Acier manufacturing and distribution business in the Pacific Islands. In February 2021 Gretta assumed the role of Chief Executive Climate Change, with responsibility for researching, developing and implementing the Company’s global carbon reduction strategies. With a technical background in engineering and materials science, and having worked with government and wider industry to solve macro problems, Gretta has over 30 years’ experience in the mining and metals industry in Australian and New Zealand with Bluescope, Rio Tinto and Alcoa.

Gretta Stephens | Chief Executive Climate Change & NZPI

Stephen has worked in the Australian Steel industry for an extended period, both the Trading and Manufacturing environments. His experience reaches across not only the Construction sector, but also those of Agricultural, Transport, Manufacturing and Resources. In his current role at InfraBuild, he is responsible for Strategy, Innovation and Trade. A particular focus of his current work effort is on Sustainability, Digitalization and Trace-ability Stephen is currently a Director of the Steel Reinforcement Institute of Australia as well as a Director of the South East Iron & Steel Institute.

Stephen Porter | General Manager, Innovation and Trade
InfraBuild Australia

Veena is an internationally acclaimed materials scientist, engineer, and inventor revolutionising recycling science. She pioneered the high temperature transformation of waste in the production of a new generation of ‘green materials’ at the UNSW Sustainable Materials Research and Technology (SMaRT) Centre, where she is Founding Director. Veena is the inventor of polymer injection technology, known as green steel, an eco-friendly process for using recycled tyres in steel production. In 2018, she launched the world's first e-waste MICROfactorieTM and in 2019 launched her plastics and Green Ceramics MICROfactoriesTM. Veena is also director of the ARC Industrial Transformation Research Hub for microrecycling.

Professor Veena Sahajwalla | Director of Sustainable Materials Research & Technology
University of NSW