Victorian State Conference 2019 (V190816A)

8:00am Friday, 16 August 2019
1:30pm Friday, 16 August 2019
The Intercontinental Hotel - Melbourne
495 Collins St
Melbourne, Victoria 3000

The Victorian State Conference is back again with a fresh and dynamic program to keep you up to date on the latest industry trends. With an all-new program, featuring heaps of content, new session types and extra value for members this conference is shaping up to be one of our most exciting events yet. 

Following the conference, why not join us for a tour of Melbourne's only centrally located Microbrewery The Crafty Squire?! As demand for artisinal industries rises, it's worth considering just what is the value of a brewery, distillery or another artisinal industry building in the middle of the city. Join us for a discussion, a tour and of course some tasty samples as we close off the conference with a site visit of this unique property followed by some relaxed networking drinks. Cheers!


  • Dr Brendan Rynne, Partner, Economics and Tax Centre, KPMG Australia

  • Glen Lampard, Director, Charter Keck Cramer

  • Luke Bo’sher, Chief Executive Officer, Summer Foundation

  • James MacIsaac, Director of Disability and NDIS Policy, Department of Health and Human Services

  • Alison Mcleod, Director, Alimac Advisory

  • Clem Newton-Brown, Director, Whitemark Property and Planning, and Skyportz

  • James Lynch, Chief Executive Officer, CastleCoin

  • Rory Costelloe, Founder and co-Executive Director, Villawood Properties

  • Robert Marsh, Valuer General Victoria, Valuer Generals office

  • Paul Major, Project Director, Commercialisation, Land Use Victoria, Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning

  • Dr Georgia Warren-Myers, Senior Lecturer, Property, The University of Melbourne

Meet the presenters
Brendan Rynne

Dr Brendan Rynne
Partner, Economics and Tax Centre
KPMG Australia

Brendan has over 25 years of advisory experience, and is the Chief Economist for KPMG Australia.  He has been involved in nationally significant economic policy and reform engagements for all levels of Government, including as an external economic advisor to the Henry Tax Review and the recent Tax White Paper, and he was on the 3-person specialist advisory panel for Murray Darling Basin Commission.   Brendan has Bachelor’s degree, Master’s degree and PhD in economics, and a Master’s degree in Finance.  He is an Adjunct Professor at the School of Economics and Finance at Queen Mary University of London, a Visitor at the National Institute of Economic and Social Research in Westminster, and an Advisory Board Member of the Melbourne Institute of Applied Economic and Social Research at the University of Melbourne.

Glenn Lampard

Glenn Lampard
Charter Keck Cramer

As Director Valuations – Strategic Research, Glenn provides Charter Keck Cramer with a commercial property market prospective, adding to its already considerable existing research capabilities, in direct support of the Valuations team and the greater Charter business. Glenn leverages off over 20 years of property research experience across all market sectors, having provided a strategic research function for leading independent advisory firms and global real estate agencies. Glenn has a particular focus on communicating market intelligence and providing insights for both the Charter Keck Cramer clientele, and the property industry more broadly.

Luke Bo'sher

Luke Bo’sher
Chief Executive Officer
Summer Foundation

Luke is the CEO of Summer Foundation, Luke leads the organisation’s work to develop housing for people with disability using NDIS funding and managing relationships with

government stakeholders and communicating the findings of Summer Foundation’s work in order to influence government policy in relation to young people living in nursing homes.


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James MacIsaac
Director of Disability and NDIS Policy,

Summer Foundation

Luke is the CEO of Summer Foundation, Luke leads the organisation’s work to develop housing for people with disability using NDIS funding and managing relationships with

government stakeholders and communicating the findings of Summer Foundation’s work in order to influence government policy in relation to young people living in nursing homes.

Clem Newton-Brown

Alison Mcleod

Alimac Advisory

Alison McLeod is a highly-accomplished property and finance executive and trusted advisor with multi-disciplinary experience. Her professional services are focused as a strategic advisor and influencer in the housing affordability area working with the development and finance industries to achieve contemporary private and public sector solutions addressing housing affordability. By formal education qualifications and experience Alison is an expert Property Valuer across a mix of asset classes.

In addition, Alison is a member of the Property Council of Australia’s Victorian Residential Development Committee and Affordable Housing subcommittee. Alison sits on the Board and Development Committee of Unison and the API National Educational Standards committee.

James Lynch

James Lynch
Chief Executive Officer

James Lynch is an innovative professional with extensive experience within financial services education and compliance, communication, human real estate, and blockchain technology. He currently operates as the CEO of CastleCoin, holds a Masters of Business Management, is a qualified Financial Planner, Mortgage Broker, Agents Representative, Vocational Trainer and leader in the business and financial services training sector with an exceptionally strong understanding of financial services, education, digital marketing and communication. In both the corporate and retail setting he leads the training and development of retail investors in addition to financial service professionals across Australia. 

Rory Costelloe

Rory Costelloe
Founder and co-Executive Director
Villawood Properties

Rory Costelloe, BE , Dip F.S. is the Founder and Executive Director of Villawood Properties with over  35 years of experience in Local Government, engineering and  broad acre development management.  He is acknowledged as one of Australia’s most creative and innovative developers and together with Tony Johnson has ensured that Villawood Properties today sets the standard in quality community development.  From humble beginnings as a Bendigo-based property syndicate group, Rory's hands on management has seen Villawood grow to become one of the Australia’s most successful and credentialed private property companies.

Villawood is currently partnering South East Water to deliver Aquarevo, which will become Australia’s most sustainable urban community.

With formal qualifications in Engineering, Rory contributes to a range of sector boards and leadership committees as well as industry, academic and government think-tanks.  He was a Board Director at the Urban Development Institute of Australia (Victoria Chapter) for 12 years, and is currently on the Geelong Authority, the RMIT Planning Advisory Committee, and Melbourne Water Liveability Directions Panel.  Rory is a guest lecturer for the RMIT Planning and Property courses, a Fellow of the Victorian Planning and Environmental Law Association (VPELA) and mentors a range of property related students and young workers, and in 2017 was awarded the lifetime achievement award by the Urban Development Institute of Australia (UDIA).

Robert James Marsh

Valuer General Victoria

Office of the Valuer General

Robert Marsh was born in Melbourne and grew up in Park Orchards. In October 2007 he was appointed as the Valuer General for Victoria with responsibility for Victorian Government statutory valuation requirements. In this role he has made significant changes to valuation policy and practice most recently by providing the policy and valuations for the introduction of the fire services property levy.  

Robert is a Fellow of the Australian Property Institute and Chair of the Institutes Panel of Examiners. He is a member and past president of the Municipal Group of Valuers and regularly presents at Universities and industry forums on statutory valuations. His tertiary qualifications are Assoc Dip Valuations - RMIT, MBA - Swinburne and Company Directors Course Dip - AICD.

Paul Major

Paul Major
Project Director, Commercialisation
Land Use Victoria, Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning

Paul has been an employee of the Victoria Government for 43 years across which time I have worked in land titling and performed project roles. My knowledge of land titling spans my work career and is during a period when change has been a fundamental and continual part of the operating agenda.

In my most recent roles I have managed a team responsible for business service support to the land titling industry which included consultation and support as the conveyancing professional community embarked on the journey to full digital delivery of property conveyancing and registry transaction lodgement. Currently I am in the position of Director Commercialisation at Land Use Victoria as we introduce a Private Operator, Victorian Land Registry Services to providing many of the registry services.

Georgia Warren-Myers

Dr Georgia Warren-Myers
Senior Lecturer, Property
The University of Melbourne

Dr Georgia Warren-Myers is a senior lecturer in Property at The University of Melbourne. Georgia undertakes academic research into various areas relating to commercial real estate and housing - with specific interests in climate change, risk assessment, sustainability, and housing affordability. Her research is nested in the contexts of valuation, asset management and investment, planning, urban development and sustainable construction.

Georgia is a Certified Practising Valuer.

Clem Newton-Brown

Clem Newton-Brown
Whitemark Property and Planning, and Skyportz

Clem has spent a lifetime around politics, law, planning, cities and pushing the boundaries.

He started the first water taxi service on the Yarra River in 1992 and around the same time was getting around on a powered scooter, 25 years before the current trend for micro mobility.

Following service as Deputy Lord Mayor and Member of Parliament he is now focused on utilising his legal, planning and political skills to help bring about urban aerial mobility in the form of flying taxis.

It may seem like an audacious goal but let Clem explain how Melbourne is going to be one of the first cities in the world to get an Uber Air service.




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API Update: Amelia Hodge, CEO, Australian Property Institute

Find out what's been happening at the Institute and what is planned for the future of the API. 


APIV Update: Anna Shin, GM Compliance & Risk (APIV Limited)

This presentation will provide an overview of what the APIV Professional Standards Scheme is about, as well as updates on what’s been and will be happening in this space, including transitional arrangements for the Low Risk Valuation Scheme Amendment.


Australia’s Economic Outlook: Dr Brendan Rynne

With interest rates at a record low, where is the Australian Economy headed? Find out during this presentation on Australia's economic outlook.


Property Market Update: Glenn Lampard

With so many fluctuations in property this year, it's time to take stock of the market and understand where it is heading and what factors are driving these changes. 


Panel Discussion: NDIS Specialty Disability Accommodation

James MacIsaac, Alison Mcleod, Luke Bo'sher 

This discussion will feature a panel of experts from across a range of sectors to deliver insights into the growing field of Specialty Disability Housing.


Morning tea


Stairway to Heaven or Highway to Hell? This stream will take a look at current and upcoming transport infrastructure around the state. 

Sustainability under the microscope: A closer look at the impact that green infrastructure and  sustainability investment has on building values.

Musical houses: who owns what and how? This session will explore changes in property ownership and how it's changed, from Bitcoin to the privatisation of the Land Titles Registration Office.


ReVal Update

Robert Marsh

Presenting you with the highlights from this year's Reval Launch

Sustainable Development

Rory Costello

Hear from an industry expert on why they place such a focus on sustainability in their developments and what are the payoffs.

Blockchain - breaking it down for you Bit by Bit.

James Lynch

It looks like cryptocurrency is here to stay, so what is it? And how do people buy properties using it?


Rideshare your Airfair

Clem Newton-Brown

UberAir is coming to Melbourne in 2020. Why Melbourne? How will this change transport for the average commuter?

The Green Value

Georgia Warren-Myers

Looking at residential energy building ratings and understanding how they add value to a property. 

Government Vs Privatisation

Paul Major

What is the impact of the shift in how property titles are managed? Will the privatisation of the Land Titles Registration Office impact on valuers?


Lunch Break - Grab a plate and head in for our exciting new lunchtime session.


What keeps you up at night and what gets you up in the morning? 

Join us for a facilitated discussion with API CEO Amelia Hodge. This will be an informal networking and problem solving workshop to address some of the rising issues in the industry.  


Conference End


Break - Please make your way to the Crafty Squire via the 11, 12, 48, or 109 Trams up Collins St (approx. 3 stops). 
Address: 127 Russell St, Melbourne VIC 3000.

2:30pmBrewing in the city - how to value a microbrewery in the CBD.
3:00pmSite tours to begin in groups of 15 (Groups will be organised on a first come first served basis).
4:30pmGroup question and answer time with the venue.
5:00pmEvent close.


Registration Fees

Retired Member or Student$350
Conference registration + Micro Brewery site visit (Inc networking drinks) - Please register using this link.

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