Building Surveyors' Conference 2021

In our third year of hosting the conference, we will once again bring together Victorian municipal and private building surveyors and their support staff to hear from industry experts, discuss emerging trends and take part in interactive forums.

The conference theme is Reset. Rebuild.  2020 was an unprecedented year due to COVID-19 and the consequent lockdowns and restrictions on worksites.  Across the industry, we reset our thinking and adjusted our way of working.  In 2021 we’ll adapt, even more, learn new ways to collaborate and embrace new technologies that will help the industry rebuild and flourish.

This year’s conference will be held 100% online over two days and will once again be MC’ed and facilitated by Bronwyn Weir.

Monday 22 February 2021, 2.00 pm to 5.15 pm (Reset)
Tuesday 23 February 2021, 9.30 am to 1.00 pm (Rebuild)

Register below to hear from industry leaders and learn about emerging trends from subject experts.


Building Surveyors’ Program 2021

Day 1 - Reset

Monday 22 February - 2:00pm - 5:15pm

2.00pm Introduction Bronwyn Weir (MC)
2.05pm Official welcome The Hon. Richard Wynne
2.15pm Chief Commissioner Address Michelle McLean
CEO address
Sue Eddy – CEO, VBA
2.45pm VBA Operational Update Alison Byrne
How the BCR will impact the future of the building surveying profession
Matt McDonald
3.40pmInsurance in the Building Industry – what is the insurer experience? Corey Nugent
3.55pm Keynote Address - UK experience of competence and regulatory responsibility Dame Judith Hackitt
4.10pm Keynote Address -  Victorian Building System Review Anna Cronin
Panel: Model of future Building Surveying
Facilitator: Bronwyn Weir
Anna Cronin
Trevor Pisciotta
Andrew Cialini
George Zillante
4.55pm Day 1 closing comments Bronwyn Weir (MC)

Day 2 - Rebuild

Tuesday 23 February - 9:30 am - 1:00 pm

9.30am Day 1 recap Bronwyn Weir (MC)
9.35am State Building Surveyor Address Andrew Cialini
Cladding Safety Victoria Update
Dan O'Brien
10.00am Keynote address: Regulation - a key to public trust Peter Shergold
Breakout sessions
Breakout #1: Strategies for developing resilience and mental health
Craig Hamilton
10.25am Breakout #2: Successfully Managing Risk Michael MacLennan
10.25am Breakout #3: Opportunities and challenges faced by Municipal Building Surveyors Kerry Thompson
10.25am Breakout #4: Roles and accountability in the building process  George Zillante
11.25am Panel: Next generation building surveyors Facilitator: Bronwyn Weir (MC)
Enzo Palermo
Mark Yantses
Matt Harvey
Sarah Ford
11.45am Digital Opportunities David Black and Amanda Wellesley
12.05pm Private Building Surveyor interview with VBA Chief Executive Officer and State Building Surveyor Paul Bailey, Sue Eddy and Andrew Cialini
12.25pm 2021 Industry Survey Results Bronwyn Weir (MC)
12.35pm Q&A session Sue Eddy, Andrew Cialini and Bronwyn Weir (MC)
1.05pm Day 2 closing comments Bronwyn Weir (MC)