Building Regulation, Defects Management, Insurance, Fire Safety, Cladding and Facade Solutions for Owners, Developers, Certifiers, Surveyors, Fire Engineers, Insurers and Architects

Safe Buildings and Defects Management Summit, Sydney

Conference: 25-26 February 2020   |     Pre-conference workshop: 24  February 2020 
Systemic building defects pose a significant danger for the future of the Australian building and construction sector. From cracking apartment buildings to widespread cases of combustible external cladding, building defects have become an all-too familiar item in newspaper headlines. The extent of the problem has shattered public confidence in the industry, with many stakeholders declaring it has reached crisis levels. With building defect remediation costs projected to reach $6.2 billion nationwide, industry, government and building owners are scrambling to determine the stakeholders responsible, how to finance and remediate the multi-billion dollar problem and what needs to be done to prevent these issues from happening again. 
The Safe Buildings & Defects Management Summit 2020 is a must attend event for the entire building product supply chain. Building on its success over the last two years, the event will bring together key government policy makers and building and construction industry professionals from across the nation to develop strategies to mitigate the risk of defects, finance remediation and build confidence in the sector.
Gain up to 10 CPD points* 
* Assessment and administration of CPD points are awarded at the discretion of your applying organisation  
As the leading, first and only national event series, the Safe Cladding, Buildings and Facade Innovation Summit will also be taking place in Melbourne and Auckland (Nov 2019),  Brisbane (Feb 2020).
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Lindsay Le Compte

General Manager (Construction and Infrastructure)

Australian Industry Group

Chris Moore

National PI Manager, FINEX Australia

Willis Towers Watson

Paul Morton

Chief Executive Officer

Lannock Strata Finance

Professor Mark Hoffman

Lead Investigator

Opal Tower Investigation Final Report

Dr Nicole Johnston

Lead Researcher

Building Defects in Residential Multi-owned Properties Report

Warren Bird

Executive Director, Treasury & Investments

Uniting Financial Services

Paul McGuiggan

Assistant Commissioner Metropolitan Operations

Fire & Rescue NSW

David Tatler

Senior Quality Manager


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WHY ATTEND         

  • Find out how the latest regulatory changes impact your organisation, how to reduce risk and ensure compliance. 
  • Hear from the lead investigator of the Opal Tower incident on the causes of its structural defects and how we can avoid similar incidents in the future. 
  • Discover how to mitigate waterproofing defects and ensure you’re in compliance with changes to waterproofing standards with Standards Australia. 
  • Learn how training and educational institutions are enhancing teaching and professional development to drive significant improvements in workforce quality.  
  • Find out how the withdrawal of insurers from the Professional Indemnity (PI) market is threatening the future viability of the building and construction industry and strategies to resolve the crisis with Willis Towers Watson.  
  • Gain insight from our Insurance Panel on how we can address skyrocketing premiums in the sector and valuation of property with high-risk exposure. 
  • Apply lessons from Uniting Financial Services’ full replacement of combustible cladding on their commercial office building in Brisbane and find out how they have repositioned their refurbished building to attract greater tenant interest. 
  • Hear from the Metropolitan Fire Brigade and Fire & Rescue NSW about their rapid-response plans for high-risk buildings.       


  • Government and industry regulatory bodies and associations 
  • Building owners and asset managers 
  • Developers and construction companies 
  • Fire and rescue services 
  • Certifiers, accreditors and surveyors 
  • Waterproofing specialists 
  • Building material importers and suppliers 
  • Designers and architects 
  • Training and development managers 
  • Insurers, lawyers and strata bodies 
  • Fire safety and risk officials, engineers and technical managers 
  • Fire protection companies and solution providers






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Sheraton Grand Sydney Hyde Park

A: 161 Elizabeth St, Sydney NSW 2000 
W: Please see the website here 
T: +61 2 9286 6000
Discounted rates are available to any guest attending an event and wishing to stay at the hotel on the night prior to, or the night of the event. A 10% discount will be extended to the ‘Best Available Rate’ being offered at the time of booking. Please contact directly to reserve rooms at this rate, quote Aventedge conference.
Parking Charges: 
Onsite parking available $30.00AUD Hourly, $55.00AUD Daily. Valet Parking available at $65.00AUD.