After a huge inaugural event in 2020, the Critical Infrastructure Summit – Australia’s premier event for the whole infrastructure lifecycle – is back to bring infrastructure professionals the latest news, innovations and thought-leading discussion on the industry’s most pressing issues.

In 2021, the Critical Infrastructure Summit will feature four Virtual Conferences over two weeks from 13–22 April. Brought to you by the team behind Infrastructure magazine, the four free-to-attend conferences will explore the industry’s biggest challenges and predictions across the entire infrastructure lifecycle – construction, asset management and disaster resilience.

The 2021 conferences include:

  • Critical Infrastructure: State of play – 13 April
  • Asset Management for Critical Infrastructure – 15 April
  • Disaster Management – 20 April
  • The Future of Infrastructure – 22 April

Why attend?

The infrastructure industry is set to play a major role in Australia’s post-COVID recovery, creating enormous growth and opportunities, but also new challenges and pressure to meet demand.

This means it is critical for infrastructure professionals to stay informed on the latest in the industry, from projects to technologies, innovations and the future outlook.

Topics across the four events for 2021 include: meeting COVID recovery demand in 2021; funding; the project pipeline; the last six months in the infrastructure industry; state of the airport sector; operating models and organisational design for success in asset management; digital asset management industry panel; bushfire mitigation; cyber security; future-proofing infrastructure; digital twins; building our future cities– connected, sustainable and accessible; and much more.

As well as the four major Virtual Conference events, the Summit will also feature online networking opportunities, enabling delegates to make genuine connections with other industry professionals.

What’s new for 2021?

Building on the high-quality content from the 2020 event, 2021’s Summit will feature a new expert speaker lineup of leaders from across the infrastructure industry.

We want to give delegates more of what they liked best about the inaugural event, so we’ll be dedicating more time for delegate interaction and speaker Q&As.

This means greater participation, with attendees becoming a part of the discussion and having greater access to senior industry figures.

New live networking events

COVID-19 made it impossible to network with other infrastructure professionals due to restrictions, but in 2021 we’re introducing a live networking element to the event.

Attendees can still enjoy the entire Summit from the comfort of their homes or offices, but for those who want to get extra value from meeting up with peers in the real world, there will also be two live networking events to make connections and build new relationships.

Pending COVID restrictions, the live networking events will be held on Thursday 15 April in Melbourne and Thursday 22 April in Sydney.

This is the chance for delegates to network with like-minded infrastructure professionals in a fun and informal environment.


The Critical Infrastructure Summit is free to attend for professionals working at an infrastructure asset owner,  in government or a not-for-profit. Register for free at

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