PrefabAUS 2015

Annual Conference

 14th, 15th, 16th September Melbourne

The 2015 prefabAUS conference has now concluded, with record attendance figures obtained across the three-day industry event held at The University of Melbourne…

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Need to know information for conference guests

The 2015 prefabAUS ‘Industry Transformation’ conference is now only a few short days away.

Please find below all the information you will need to get to our three exciting conference days.

Day 1 Site tours

Monday September 14

Pick up and drop off: The Larwill Studio, 48 Flemington Rd, Parkville 3052, at 10am & 5pm

Buses will not wait past this time.

Please note only those who hold a ticket for the site tours will be permitted to attend.

Please bring an umbrella as we will be touring sites outside.


Day 2 Conference commencement

Tuesday September 15

Location: Union House in The University of Melbourne, Parkville VIC, 3010, located on the corner of Tin Alley

8am conference registration

5.30pm to 7.30pm cocktail event and networking drinks


Day 3 Conference

Wednesday September 16

Location: Union House in The University of Melbourne, Parkville VIC, 3010, located on the corner of Tin Alley

8am AGM for prefabAUS members

9am conference open

5.30pm conference close


Access to The Union House

Please find below a map of Melbourne University and The Union House.

Access to Union House is provided through the rear. Attendees are advised to walk left around The Union House, along The Professor’s Walk Pathway.

Please note, due to venue restrictions, there are no specific car parks available to guests of the conference.

The map attached can direct you to nearby parking, but it is expected that this will be in high demand.

Public transport or an alternate route of travel is advised; a nearby tram stop is highlighted on the map.

prefabAUS is looking forward to welcoming all guests from September 14 – 16.

The full conference program is available to download: prefabAUSprogram2015

Book your last minute tickets until noon, Friday September 10:

Event contact details:

Kate Starke
Communications Collective
(03) 9988 2300
0412 460 678

Genevieve Brannigan
Communications Collective
(03) 9988 2300
0411 037 109

We proudly acknowledge the generous support of our Sponsors and Partners

Sponsors - Gold

Sponsors - Silver

Sponsors - Bronze

Sponsors - Workshop


Exploring this year’s theme of ‘industry transformation’, this three-day event hosts a unique opportunity to be part of Australia’s rapidly changing building manufacturing industry.

With prefab industries already widely established across Japan, Europe, USA and UK, Australia’s prefab sector is at long last emerging from the alternate to being at the forefront of the mainstream market. This event provides knowledge and networking opportunities to facilitate that change.

The 2015 conference will include keynote speakers, project case studies, workshops and optional site visits to explore the best practice today and opportunities for innovation in the near future.

Victoria to be Australia’s centre of excellence for off-site construction technologies and businesses

The discussion paper ‘Victoria’s Future Industries – Construction Technologies’ released by the Victorian Government on 25 August features prefabrication and off-site construction:

2015 Industry Transformation conference program

prefabAUSprogram2015 (137kb)

Latest Speakers Announced

PrefabAUS is pleased to announce the latest industry leaders appearing at the 2015 ‘Industry Transformation’ conference.

This year’s conference on September 14,15 and 16 brings together some of the world’s foremost thinkers across the prefabrication sector.

John Wardle, founder and principal at John Wardle Architects, will present on the widely celebrated Melbourne School of Design, following the building’s recent transformation incorporating prefabricated design aspects.

Guests of the conference will be given a tour of The Melbourne School of Design and discover the fascinating process behind its conception.

Laurice Temple, CEO of The National Association of Women in Construction, will speak about the future of the construction industry and how transformation within the industry will create better and more sustainable practice.

David Graham, Construction Director, will talk on the Australand prefabrication initiatives, including The Green project in Parkville.

Rob Colquhoun, managing director of Prebuilt, will speak to the benefits prefab construction can bring to key infrastructure sectors such as education.

Joining them is Peter Healy of Precast, Andrew Nieland of Lend Lease, Adrian Fratelle of Fratelle group, Matt Rumbelow of Th!nk BIM, Andrew Bradley of ICN, and many more.

Confirmed Speakers Include

  • The Hon. Lily D’Ambrosio, Victorian Minister for Industry and Minister for Energy and Resources
  • Aladin Niazmand, Managing Director of Health Planner & Healthcare Architect at Health Projects International Pty Ltd
  • Ken McBryde, Principal at HASSELL
  • Dr Tuan Ngo, Director of Centre for Advanced Manufacturing of Prefabricated Housing
  • George Konstandakos, General Manager, Timber Building Systems
  • Daiman Otto, Chair of PrefabNZ
  • Dr Dale Steinhardt and Dr Karen Manley, Prefabricated Sustainable Housing Research Project, QUT
  • Linsey Siede, Director of Regional Business Development, AutoCRC
  • Monika Gluszak & Barry Howard from the Lean Constrution Institute Australasia
  • James Murray-Parkes, Founder at Modular Construction Codes Board
  • Eddie Pallotta, Operations Director at SYNC Building Systems
  • Rob Adams, Director of City Design at City of Melbourne
  • Laurice Temple, CEO at The National Association of Women in Construction
  • John Wardle, Founder and Principal at John Wardle Architects
  • Andrew Nieland, Head of Timber Solutions at Lend Lease
  • Rob Colquhoun, Managing Director at Prebuilt
  • Adrian Fratelle, Director and Design Partner at Fratelle Group
  • Tim Porter, Project Director at Holmes Solutions
  • Andrew Bradley of ICN
  • Peter Healy, Managing Director at Hollow Core Concrete
  • Warwick Stannus, Group Engineering Manager at A.G.Coombs
  • Jan Gyrn, Managing Director at Modscape
  • META Prefab Housing Hub – Key Findings

Site Visit Program

This year’s conference includes an optional site tour program to some of Melbourne’s most innovative prefabricated buildings across the education, health care, multi-residential and transportation sectors:

  • Caulfield Grammar in Wheelers Hill – an example of a modular prefab building supporting an entirely new way of student-led learning, with an emphasis on high-end IT functionality
  • Mitcham Hospital which in 2014 underwent a $5.5m expansion incorparating modular construction techniques which significantly reduced costs and on-site time
  • One9 Apartments – high rise modular apartment building in densely built up Moonee Ponds shopping precinct
  • Nunawading Train Station – successfully delivered in a demanding operational location.
  • Australand’s The Green apartment building in Parkville incorporating prefab sub-assemblies


The University of Melbourne, Parkville VIC 3010

Partner Hotel – The Larwill Studio – see orange box above for discount details.


14 September, 2015 (Optional Site Tour 10:30 am to 4:30 pm approx)

Tuesday 15 September 8:00am registration, Conference 8:30am – 5:00pm, then Networking drinks until 7:00pm.

Wednesday 16 September 8:00am AGM for PrefabAUS Members.  Conference 9:00am – 5:00pm.


Member without site tour, $1.265
Member with site tour, $1,390
Non-member without site tour $1,980
Non-member with site tour $2,105

Branded Corporate Table of 10 with site tour $12,510

For more information and to book: