10 Sep 2021
The Edge, Fed Square
12 Oct 2021
ICC, Sydney

Charting a course to construction recovery

With the inaugural Be Summit just days away, here's a preview of the sessions and discussions that are set to help chart a course of recovery and build industry confidence for all sectors and professional within the built environment.

The first edition of the Be Summit launches next week, Tuesday 20th October 2020! With the wider business community looking towards the construction sector to drive growth, make sure you’re ahead of the game with the insights from key decision and policy makers to help you plan your roadmap to recovery. Here is a snapshot of what the program has in store:

Building Victoria’s Road to Recovery


We are delighted that the inaugural BE Summit will open with an address from Tim Pallas MP, Treasurer of Victoria and Minister for Economic Development and Minister for Industrial Relations. The Treasurer will offer his unique insight into the opportunities for the building and construction sectors to play a key role in the State’s economic recovery with the help of Victorian Government policy settings.

With the Victorian state budget set to be released in the coming weeks, and with it stimulus packages to drive infrastructure and construction investment across the state, this session allows you to hear directly from the lead architect of the budget and his plans for economic development.

How will the building and construction industry rebound after 2020? What government stimulus packages can the industry expect and which building sectors are likely to bounce back first? Find out all this and more in this not-to-be-missed session, sponsored by NBS Australia.

ACIF Forecasts Preview Briefing

10:00 – 10:50am

Trying to speculate what a post-Covid world will look like is difficult enough. Predicting how Australia’s construction industry will shape up, based on possible scenarios likely to play out in each state and territory, is considerably harder. Following on the from Treasurer’s address, we delve into the hard facts of just what has happened in the industry and offer some predictions about where it all might land.

Since its launch in 2002, the Australian Construction Industry Forum (ACIF) forecasts have become a primary source of market information for the building and construction industry in Australia. The ACIF Forecasts provide the industry with a relevant and credible ‘compass’ for upcoming demand for work across all sectors, including major projects, as well as what is happening with construction costs and labour requirements.

ACIF Chief Forecaster Kerry Barwise will give a preview of what can be expected in the November forecasts, followed by a panel discussion with ACIF Chair, Bob Richardson, Nerida Conisbee from REA Group, Andrew Scott from Morgan Stanley and Sarah Slattery from Slattery Australia. For the construction industry recovering from the COVID-19 pandemic and resulting economic situation, the outlook is not altogether clear, and this preview briefing will shed some light on what the industry can expect over coming months and years.

The Built Environment in a post-Covid world

11:00 – 11:45am

The final panel of the Be Summit, welcomes three speakers focused on the next stage of the built environment lifecycle, with an outlook on future growth opportunities for the sector and learning to build better built environments, as well as the impacts transformation design can have on the wider community.

What new products and processes are on the horizon for the Australian built environment and are we ready to adopt them here in Australia? What role will digital construction play in the future of our cities and policy? And where does the industry see the best opportunities for investment in a post-covid construction landscape?

With their insights from some of Australia’s most respected architecture and construction companies, this session will be the perfect place to round out the inaugural Be Summit and provide tangible takeaways for all built environment professionals.

The Be Summit will take place on the 20 October 2020 and is open to all senior professionals within the built environment. To register free for the event click here.