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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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.

Dress Code:

The following dress codes are advised for the Convention:

  • Welcome Reception: Smart Casual
  • Convention Dinner: Business Casual (jackets, no tie required)
  • Convention sessions: Business Casual


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)

Simon has worked in Manufacturing in both Australia and the UK for over 21 years in a management position and now Group General Manager for Sell and Parker’s Engineering division which is made up of Precision Oxycut, Allthread Industries in Sydney and, First Forge and Plate and Steel in Melbourne. His manufacturing experience ranges from building materials products through CSR PGH bricks to high speed manufacturing of FMCG packaging at Visy Bev Can. From there I went on to work in the UK for 2 years managing an aerosol can manufacturing facility and then onto National Operations Manager at ACO Polycrete (civil infrastructure components) before joining the Sell and Parker Group 8 years ago as the GM for Precision Oxycut.

Simon Preston | Group General Manager
Precision Oxycut/Allthread Industries/First Forge

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

Shane is an experienced Senior Executive with more than 31 years of leadership experience in large-scale mining and minerals processing and steel manufacturing, design and execution of transformational business strategy. He has a passion for creating and sustaining a culture of high performance and manufacturing excellence through people leadership, process understanding and a desire to deliver both short and long-term results.

Shane Murphy | Executive General Manager - Manufacturing

Building is in Andrew’s blood. With over 25 years’ experience, he is widely respected in the NSW construction industry and loves nothing more than to look at the structure of a building and work out a way to build it smarter and faster. Andrew established Austruss in 2003 and since then has led delivery of projects across education, health, aged care, residential, commercial and infrastructure sectors.

Andrew Fowler | Managing Director

Bronwyn has long standing expertise in building regulation and was co-appointed by the Building Ministers Forum to assess and make recommendations for a national best practice approach to regulating the building and construction sector in Australia. The Building Confidence Report was issued by the Ministers in April 2018 and has received strong support from building industry stakeholders. Bronwyn is now part of an Expert Advisory Group assisting the Australian Building Codes Board to undertake work to assist all states and territories to implement the recommendations from the Building Confidence Report.Bronwyn is also a founding Board member of the International Building Quality Centre at the University of Canberra. Through its research and its members, the IBQC intends to have a positive and material impact on building regulation and practices in Australia and jurisdictions across the world.In June 2018 Minister Mick de Brenni appointed Bronwyn as Chair of the Building Industry Fairness Reforms Implementation and Evaluation Panel . The Panel will oversee and evaluate the implementation of a range of reforms to Queensland's building laws including the introduction of project bank accounts, changes to security of payment laws and non-conforming building product laws.

Bronwyn Weir | Director
Weir Legal and Consulting

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

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

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

Rebecca is the CEO of Future Crunch and an Influence strategist. As an authority in the world of professional speaking,  she spent 15 years representing and advising some of the world's most respected thought leaders and since 2014, alongside the co-founders, has built Future Crunch into a global thought leadership and media brand. Rebecca is the creator of Ignite, a bespoke consulting process designed to help entrepreneurs and leaders stand out in their marketplace and transform their expertise and stories into real influence. She is also the host of the Future Crunch Podcast, The Intelligent Optimist.

Rebecca Makland | Chief Executive Officer
Future Crunch

Philip A. Commins received the B.E. degree (Hons.) in mechatronics , in 2006 and completed the Ph.D. degree in high precision tubular linear motors in 2013 from The University of Wollongong, Wollongong, Australia. In 2011, he joined the Fault Current Limiter Research Group, University of Wollongong, as a Full Time Research Fellow, focusing on the modeling, optimizing, designing, and experimentally testing saturated core fault current limiters (FCLs). His work has included extensive magnetic modeling of saturated core FCLs using 3D finite-element-analysis techniques. In 2014 he joined the electric vehicle research group with an ARC discovery project, pursuing drive-by-wire research. This involves research with 4 in-wheel motors, steer by wire and brake by wire.Since 2017, he has worked with the Facility for Intelligent Fabrication (FIF), a collaboration between UOW, TAFE NSW and Weld Australia, to carry out applied research in industrial automation. His research interests bring automation technologies to SME and large companies in Australia in order to increase the uptake of Industry 4.0 technologies.

Dr Phil Commins | Acting Director, Facility for Intelligent Fabrication
Faculty of Engineering and Information Sciences, University of Wollongong

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

Davina has led the Green Building Council of Australia since June 2019. The GBCA’s role is to lead the sustainable transformation of the built environment and has achieved over 2,500 certification with rating tool Green Star.  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 recognized 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.

Davina Rooney | Chief Executive Officer
Green Building Council of Australia

Michael has a demonstrated track record of success over 20 years using his knowledge and hands on experience in business planning, leadership and people development, general management and business performance turn around.Broad experience and knowledge across key areas of business sustainability, broad market, government and legislative environments which impact on strategy.Michael enjoys building and working with high performing teams and developing successful business strategies which enable sustainable growth. He is passionate about business sustainability, and growing Australian manufacturing jobs whilst negating harmful impacts on the environment and communities.Michael holds Masters degrees in Business and Commercial Law, and has had a diverse range of professional development experiences such as: Harvard University; Strategies for Leading Successful Change & Harvard University; Leadership Coaching Strategies.

Michael Dawson | Environmental Sustainability National Manager
Australian Steel Institute