Inside Infrastructure is a podcast co-hosted by two professional infrastructure nerds – Adrian Dwyer, CEO of Infrastructure Partnerships Australia and Ilya Zak, Associate Director at PwC Australia.

Each episode, Adrian and Ilya speak with a prominent identity shaping the future of Australian infrastructure – from CEOs of top ASX listed companies to Australia’s top political and bureaucratic brass.

Together they explore the ins and outs of infrastructure policy and the people behind it.


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Latest Episode

#17 Michael Brennan – Brennan on Australia’s reform opportunities and the future of productivity

July 9, 2020

Adrian and Ilya sat down with Chair of the Productivity Commission, Michael Brennan to discuss Australia’s reform opportunities, how the economy might evolve coming out of COVID-19, and what the future of productivity growth may look like in a services-based economy.

#16 John Pickhaver – on the evolution of infra financing, decarbonisation, and digital disruption

June 24, 2020

Prior to the outbreak of COVID-19, Adrian and Ilya sat down with Co-Head of Macquarie Capital, Australia and New Zealand John Pickhaver to discuss his journey from civil engineering to private finance, the evolution of infrastructure financing in Australia, and the opportunities of technological disruption.


#15 Marika Calfas – on the evolution of NSW Ports and technology’s impact on the freight supply chain

April 22, 2020

Before the outbreak of COVID-19, Adrian and Ilya sat down with CEO of NSW Ports Marika Calfas to discuss the evolution of NSW Ports, what the organisation is doing to sustainably grow trade and improve the efficiency of its supply chain, and the enormous change that new technologies and automation has brought to port operations around the world.

#14 Tony Shepherd – on COVID-19, infrastructure stimulus, and why he’s a GWS Giants enthusiast

April 7, 2020

Adrian and Ilya sit down with one of Australia’s most respected businessmen – and GWS Giants enthusiast – Tony Shepherd to discuss his career, insights on the COVID-19 crisis, and what stimulus and broader reform measures are required to battle the economic fallout of the global pandemic.

#13 Bernard Tabary – on his global career in transport & the value of different forms of procurement

March 10, 2020

Adrian and Ilya sit down with CEO International of Keolis, Bernard Tabary to discuss his global career in transport, his views on franchising and the future implications for transport as technology evolves.

#12 Amy Brown – on her career journey and the unquantified social benefits of infrastructure

March 10, 2020

Adrian and Ilya sit down with the Deputy Secretary of Strategy and Delivery at the NSW Department of Premier and Cabinet, Amy Brown to discuss her varied career across the public and private sectors, the often unquantified social benefits of infrastructure, whole-of-life service delivery, and how the NSW Government is changing its thinking about customer needs.

#11 Tim Nelson – Nelson on his early career and the tortured history of Australian energy policy

December 16, 2019

Adrian and Ilya sat down with Executive General Manager Australian Energy Market Commission Tim Nelson to discuss his early career, the tortured history of energy policy in Australia, and what the Commission is doing to optimise its regulatory frameworks to integrate a new wave of technological disruption.

#10 Jon Lamonte – on how he went from the Royal Air Force to building trains in Sydney

October 25, 2019

Adrian and Ilya talk with CEO of Sydney Metro Jon Lamonte about his 32 years in the Royal Air Force, what he learnt flying Hercules planes in the Falkland Islands and running transport for Greater Manchester, and his reflections on Australia’s largest metro project.

#09 Susan Anderson – Anderson on her Uber rating, the future of mobility, and road pricing

September 3, 2019

Adrian and Ilya talk with the General Manger of Uber Australia and New Zealand, Susan Anderson about her Uber rating, how the rider sharing platform has stayed ahead in the Australian market, and her reflections on the future of mobility and road pricing.

#08 Rodd Staples – Staples on his rise to NSW Transport Secretary and the power of transport data

July 31, 2019

Adrian and Ilya talk with Rodd Staples about his journey to the top job as Secretary of Transport for NSW, how the power of data is transforming the way Sydney’s transport network is planned and operated, and the big customer-centered changes underway at TfNSW.

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