2023 Annual Conference – Panel Sessions Day 1

The Annual Conference Program will include 3 panel sessions on Day 1, focusing on key issues that are impacting the water sector and how the current economic state is adding further challenges to these already complex issues. We will talk to experts from the water sector and external subject matter experts to hear their perspective and advice on how we can tackle these matters.

Regulators Panel

Maintaining good regulatory outcomes in an increasingly challenging economy. How do we balance health, environment and customer?

The Victorian water sectors key regulators: the Essential Services Commission , the Environment Protection Authority and Department of Health join to discuss their respective regulatory postures and visions for delivering a comprehensive regulatory framework for Victoria's water sector.

Facilitator: Freya Marsden, Chair at Victorian Government Sustainability Fund


  • Kate Symons, Commissioner and Chairperson, ESC
  • Lee Miezis, Chief Executive Officer, EPA
  • Dept. Health Victoria

Taking place on Day 1: 11:00am - 12:00pm, Wednesday 13 September 

Customer Affordability Panel

Cost of living pressures are impacting a greater proportion of our community with people having to make hard decisions regarding which bills to pay.

What trends are panellists seeing in this space, what support is offered to customers and how is its effectiveness being measured?

Facilitator: James Garriock, Executive Director, InSync


Taking place on Day 1: 1:30pm - 2:30pm, Wednesday 13 September 

Capital Project Challenges Panel

New capital projects are facing a number of challenges including competition from Victoria’s Big Build program, global supply chain constraints reducing the availability and driving up the price of materials, increasing govt regulation/requirements and a constrained labour market.

How are project proponents dealing with these challenges and what learnings are there for future projects?

Facilitator: Tim White, Founder & Executive Director at Utilities Regulation Advisory


Taking place on Day 1: 2:30pm - 3:30pm, Wednesday 13 September