2020 Developers Conference

A professional development experience like no other

This member-only experience is an opportunity for property industry professionals to hear about topical issues and gain new insights.

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Event Summary


Tuesday, September 15, 2020


9am – 7pm


Howard’s Hall, Howard Smith Wharves



Networking morning tea

This is an opportunity to catch up with colleagues and make new property industry connections over barista coffee in the Business Lounge.
Session One

Honourable Cameron Dick MP, Minister for State Development, Manufacturing, Infrastructure and Planning – Queensland Government

Welcome address

The Minister in charge of planning for Queensland will welcome our Conference delegates and share insights into his department’s work facilitating economic outcomes for the State, including the timely delivery of land for housing.
Session Two

Besa Deda – St.George Bank

Simply the Besa

St. George Bank’s Chief Economist Besa Deda will close out our morning and its focus on the economic underpinnings of our industry. Besa will give you her take on the global market outlook and how Australia is positioned. This will come with a side of macroecomonic context in the form of looking at jobs, inflation, and productivity. She will also share her thoughts on the likely moves by APRA and the RBA over the next 12 months.
11:45am – 12:30pm
Session Three

Stephen Koukoulas

What’s Kouk-ing?

Independent Australian Economist Stephen Koukoulas will set the scene with his review of the national economy and how Queensland is positioned. With a reputation for telling it like it is, Stephen will share his thoughts on the housing market and what its drivers will be in the coming years.

Networking Lunch

Join other delegates in the Business Lounge for lunch and to mingle with our trade exhibitors.
Session Four

Alex O'Mara, Group Deputy Secretary – Planning, Industry & Environment, New South Wales Government

Being the boss of growth

Hear how our southern cousins are balancing a growing population with infrastructure provision and community attitudes towards increasing densification. NSW’s Group Deputy Secretary for Planning, Industry & Environment will share their experiences of managing the complexities of consolidating growth. Squeezing more people into our cities comes with challenges.
Session Five

Richard Hassell – WOHA

Green with envy

Internationally recognised as one of the world’s leading architecture firms committed to sustainability, WOHA has become famous for buildings covered in lush foliage. Co-Founder and Director Richard Hassell will share how they approach design to integrate environmental and social principles at every stage of the process. In the face of global warming, population growth, and increasingly dysfunctional infrastructure, WOHA’s architectural strategies and planning principles are applicable to every large city. They are intent upon improving the day-to-day existence of all city residents, whilst simultaneously preparing them for the impact of climate change.
Session Six

Mark Steinert, Stuart Penklis, and Tony Johnson

Thought Leaders

Sit down with some of these industry leaders and get their take on critical industry issues including finance, regulatory change, and innovation that delights buyers. Stockland’s Mark Steinert, Mirvac’s Stuart Penklis, and Villawood’s Tony Johnson will have a frank discussion about the state of play. Between this trio there’s more than 85 years of experience in the property industry.
Session Seven

Jonnie Penn

On the cusp of revolution

We’ve also locked in international Artificial Intelligence expert Jonnie Penn in to deliver our keynote. We’re on the brink of the fourth industrial revolution. Life and business are becoming more complex with the adoption of smart technologies. This revolution will impact all industries creating massive change at an unprecedented speed. Sit up and take note of how you can grapple with the changes that are set to make us question what it means to be human as well as how we live and work.

Networking drinks & canapes

Close out the day with an opportunity to debrief on the insights of speakers and network with your peers


Madonna King MC
Hon. Cameron Dick MP Minister for State Development, Manufacturing, Infrastructure and Planning Queensland Government
Besa Deda Chief Economist St.George Bank
Stephen Koukoulas Economist Market Economics
Richard Hassell Co-Founding Director WOHA
Mark Steinert Managing Director and CEO Stockland
Stuart Penklis Head of Residential Mirvac
Tony Johnson Co-Executive Director Villawood Properties
Jonnie Penn Artificial Intelligence Expert

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