Critical Infrastructure
- An Aviation Perspective

Tuesday 1 May 2018
1400 - 1630

Open to registered accredited delegates, click here for FREE registration now

Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre
Ms Pip Spence, Deputy Secretary, Department of Infrastructure, Regional Development and Cities.

This session, hosted by the Department of Infrastructure, Regional Development and Cities, will focus on the infrastructure that is essential for the aviation sector – what it is, how it is regulated and what happens when there is an accident.

The session will bring together senior representatives from the Department of Infrastructure and Regional Development and Cities, the Australian Transport Safety Bureau and Airservices Australia.  Attendees will have a unique opportunity to both understand the role of these organisations as well as being able to participate in a panel discussion on how the agencies work with industry to support and protect a sector which is so vital to Australia’s economy.



Pip Spence PSM
Deputy Secretary
Department of Infrastructure, Regional Development and Cities.

Pip Spence, born, raised and educated in the island state of Tasmania, knows first-hand the reliance communities around Australia place upon critical aviation infrastructure.

Pip is a deputy secretary at the Department of Infrastructure, Regional Development and Cities where her responsibilities include all matters relating to aviation and airports.

Prior to returning to the then Department of Infrastructure and Regional Development in December 2015, Pip had a number of senior leadership roles in the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet and the Department of Broadband, Communications and the Digital Economy. She commenced her career in the then Department of Transport and Communications, where she worked in a number of aviation-related areas, including as adviser to the then Minister for Transport.


Lachlan Phillips
A/g General Manager, Aviation Environment, Aviation and Airports 
Department of Infrastructure, Regional Development and Cities

Lachlan Phillips is the acting General Manager Aviation Environment Branch within the Department of Infrastructure, Regional Development and Cities with responsibilities for administering regulations on Airspace Protection and Aviation Noise.  The Branch also oversees/manages/coordinates/leads the National Airport Safeguarding Framework as well as coordinating our engagement and compliance with the International Civil Aviation Organisation.

Prior to this Lachlan was Australia’s Transport Counsellor to the Middle East and India, with responsibilities for Australia’s Aviation relationships and interests in the region.  Mr Phillips also worked within the Office of Transport Security with responsibility for delivering Australia’s National Civil Aviation Security Quality Control Program.

How do we protect our airports?

The presentation will look at what government does to get the balance right between supporting the growth in aviation activity at airports and ensuring the amenity of the communities who live nearby.

Greg Hood
Chief Commissioner 
Australian Transport Safety Bureau (ATSB)

After the accident

Greg Hood is the Chief Commissioner of the Australian Transport Safety Bureau (ATSB), the national transport safety investigation agency for rail, marine and aviation serious incidents and accidents.   Prior to this appointment, he held executive management positions at CASA and Airservices Australia.

This presentation focuses on the immediate aftermath of an accident, how the ATSB interacts with police and other emergency services, and works to preserve evidence whilst at the same time giving due consideration to Australia’s critical aviation infrastructure to minimize disruption to local business and community activity.

Greg is a former RAAF Officer, air traffic controller, glider and private pilot.

Stephen Angus
Executive General Manager Air Navigation Services
Airservices Australia

Transitioning to a new model of air traffic management

The ever increasing use of Australia's airspace by so many industry participants creates opportunities for Airservices Australia. It is Airservices’ responsibility to ensure that Australia’s airspace maintains its internationally envied safety reputation by protecting the integrity of associated critical infrastructure. The protection of critical aviation infrastructure does not just effect Australia - Airservices provides over 10 per cent of the world’s air traffic management (ATM) surface coverage. Hear how Airservices Australia is positioning itself to respond to future ATM demands and its protection of critical aviation infrastructure.

Stephen Byron
Managing Director
Canberra Airport and the Capital Airport Group

Running an airport 101

Stephen Byron has been Managing Director of Canberra Airport and the Capital Airport Group since the airport’s acquisition from the Commonwealth in 1998 by his father Terry Snow.

Having heard from the government, this presentation will focus on the practical applications of maintaining and enhancing the critical airport infrastructure across all platforms. Passengers, airlines, Airservices’ installations, emergency planning in the unlikely event of an accident.

For more information:
Ken Keech
Critical Transport & Infrastructure Conference Coordinator