Procurement, Quality & Urban Equity

9 November 2023

The ACA is pleased to support the second event in the Building Reform Series by the Melbourne School of Design, which will explore the critical impact of procurement in the building industry. This free two-hour event will include a thought-provoking panel discussion and Q&A with key industry stakeholders.


In the discourse surrounding building reform, procurement stands as the proverbial elephant in the room. Often managed by decision makers and government, its impact is profound and wide-ranging. This panel discussion will cover the critical implications of procurement, focusing on its impact on the pressing need to enhance the quality of our cities. In the process the panel will discuss issues of confidence in the building industry – as described in reports like the Shergold Weir – aimed to ensure control over liveability and the challenges of climate change.

Despite multiple efforts to address issues of the balance between time, cost and quality in construction, completed projects do not provide reassurance that we have things under control. This panel focuses on the tension between short-term value management and the imperative to create long-term resilient, accessible environments.

Light refreshments will be served following the panel discussion.


  • Norman Day, Architect, Educator & Writer (Moderator)
  • Wayne Liddy, Director, Gardner Group
  • Wendy Poulton, Manager Risk Services, informed by Planned Cover
  • Sarah Slattery, Chief Executive Officer, Slattery Australia
  • Adam Keikebosch, Regional Director, Aspect Studios


6.30–8.30pm Wednesday, 29 November 2023


Singapore Theatre (B120), Basement Level, Glyn Davis Building
University of Melbourne Building 133, Parkville VIC