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We are excited to invite you to our 2022 conference, which will be held on 17 November in Sydney and marks 30 years since IPART was first established. 

This is a 5 yearly event and aims to stimulate and push our thinking so we, other regulators from around Australia, consumer advocates and the businesses we regulate are challenged to focus on better meeting consumers needs and preferences for the long term.

The theme for this year’s conference is Rethinking Regulation in a changing world. Internationally renowned futurist, Mr Mark Pesce, will kick start our thinking on how fast our world is changing – economically, environmentally and digitally. We will explore whether the digital age and disruptors can counter-balance the power of monopoly businesses. 

International speakers 

Dimitri Zenghelis, Special Advisor for the Wealth Economy Project at the Bennett Institute and Laura Sandys, Chair of the UK Government’s Energy Digitalisation Taskforce – will provide their insights on whether our current economic paradigms still work and how regulatory practice needs to evolve. 

They will be joined by regulatory, economic and industry experts in interactive panel discussions designed to stretch and motivate us to contribute to a better future.

Conference details

We will host you in Sydney’s CBD at the Hilton Hotel providing the opportunity to connect and network with our speakers as well as the regulatory community from around Australia. An online option is available for those unable to be there in person.

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Paper: Minimising consumer harm for a successful energy transition
Author: Dr Ron Ben-David, Professorial Fellow Monash University

Recordings of the sessions are available by request to conference attendees. Please contact for access.



Conference Program

9:00–9:30 am Registration

9:30 am Session 1 Conference opening
  • Welcome to Country, Uncle Allan Murray, Metropolitan Local Aboriginal Land Council     
  • Chair’s Welcome, Carmel Donnelly, PSM, Chair, IPART
  • Official Opening, The Hon. Victor Dominello, MP, Minister for Customer Service and Digital Government
  • Brief reflections on 30 years, Tom Parry, AM, Inaugural IPART Chair
10:10 am Keynote speaker How and how fast is our world changing?

Mr Mark Pesce
Internationally renowned futurist

Mr Mark Pesce appears by arrangement with Claxton Speakers International

11:00–11:30 am Morning Tea

11:30am Session 2 Counterbalancing the market power of natural monopolies in the digital age
  • Lauren Solomon, Senior Researcher, AI Governance, UTS Human Technology Institute
  • Martin Stewart Weeks, Principal, Public Purpose
  • Louise Sylvan, AM, Consumer affairs expert

Facilitated by: Sandra Gamble, Tribunal member, IPART

12:30-1:30 pm Lunch

1:30 pm Session 3 Are current economic paradigms still fit-for-purpose?
  • Tim Buckley, Climate Energy Finance, Australasia
  • Lucia Cade, Chair, South East Water
  • Dr Paul Grimes, Secretary, NSW Treasury
  • Grant King, Chair, Sydney Water
  • Dimitri Zenghelis, University of Cambridge

Facilitated by: Deborah Cope, Tribunal member, IPART

2:50–3:20 pm Afternoon Tea

3:20 pm Session 4 ​​​​​​​How does regulatory policy and practice need to evolve?
  • Dr Ron Ben-David, Monash Business School
  • Anna Collyer, Chair, Australian Energy Market Commission
  • Laura Sandys, CBE, Chair, UK Energy Digitalisation Taskforce

Facilitated by: Carmel Donnelly, PSM, Chair, IPART

4:20 pm Closing Remarks

Carmel Donnelly, PSM, Chair, IPART


Conference pricing

Ticket Type


Early bird (before 5 October 2022)

3 or more registrations from one organisation
Online attendance
Online attendance (3 or more registrations from one organisation)


$740 each
$490 each

Full price (after 5 October 2022)

3 or more registrations from one organisation
Online attendance
Online attendance (3 or more registrations from one organisation)


$840 each
$590 each

Concessions (NGOs/Consumer advocates)
Concessions (NGOs/Consumer advocates) - Online attendance


Bookings can be made through Humanitix

If you require an invoice please contact us

Refund policy

A full refund is available for cancellations notified no later than 4 November 2022. After that date, organisations are able to substitute another delegate in place of the person registered for the conference or change to an online registration. Please send details of any cancellations or change of delegate


The conference will be held at the Hilton Hotel, 488 George Street, Sydney. The venue is fully accessible. For more information, please visit Hilton Sydney

Getting there

The Hilton Sydney is 30 minutes from the International and Domestic Airports, 100m/328ft from Town Hall Railway Station. Due to one-way road systems, please note that car access is via Pitt Street only. Please program 255 Pitt Street if using a car navigational device.


Please note conference registration does not include accommodation. For delegates booking at the Hilton, 10% off the best available (flexible) rate is available through central reservations or call 1300 445 866 and quote the group code GDYN10. Alternatively, the Hilton Honors program is free to sign up and offers 10% off the room rate when booking directly through their website, complimentary standard wifi, and points towards discounts to food, beverage and accommodation. There are also numerous other accommodation options within a short walk of the Hilton Hotel.

Conference format

The conference is being held as a face to face event - registrations are available to attend in person or online. Recordings of the sessions will be made be available to delegates after the conference.

Contact us

For more information or assistance please contact us or phone Asha Mears, Executive Office Manager, on 02 9019 1906.

Conference Speakers
Ron Ben David
Dr Ron Ben-David

Dr Ron Ben-David is a Professorial Fellow with the Monash Business School. Between 2008 and 2019, he served as full-time chair of the Essential Services Commission, Victoria’s economic regulator.

Tim Buckley
Tim Buckley

Tim has 30 years financial markets experience, including providing public interest related financial analysis in the seaborne coal and electricity sectors since 2013. Tim founded Climate Energy Finance Australasia in 2022, having worked with the global thinktank IEEFA over 2013-2021.

Lucia Cade
Lucia Cade

Lucia is an experienced non-executive director with a professional engineering and commercial background. She is the Chair of South East Water and Paintback and a Director of Urban Utilities, Engineers Australia, Carbon Revolution and the Future Fuels CRC.

Anna Collyer
Anna Collyer

Anna Collyer is a leading energy expert and the Chair of the Australian Energy Market Commission and Energy Security Board. She has more than two decades of public and private sector experience in energy and has worked extensively on industry reform with energy ministers.

Victor Dominello
The Hon. Victor Dominello, MP

Victor Dominello is a senior Minister in the New South Wales Government. In 2019 he was appointed the inaugural Minister for Customer Service and in 2021 was also appointed the inaugural Minister for Digital Government.

Paul Grimes
Dr Paul Grimes, PSM

Dr Paul Grimes PSM was appointed as the 28th Secretary of NSW Treasury on 29 January 2022. Dr Grimes is responsible for strategic management of the entirety of the State’s finances, budget, assets, liabilities and financial risk management framework and transformation.

Grant King
Grant King

Grant King is the chairman of Sydney Water. Grant is an experienced public and listed company director with more than 30 years of executive management experience in the Australian energy industry. 

Laura Sandys
Laura Sandys, CBE

Laura Sandys CBE is chair of the UK Government’s Energy Digitalisation Taskforce driving change in energy and is chair of the British Standards Institute Advisory board on Net Zero.  She is also an Independent Director at SGN Network chairing the ESG Committee and on the board of the Energy Systems Catapult and Highview Power. 

Martin Stewart-Weeks
Martin Stewart-Weeks

A strategic thinker, organisational consultant, policy analyst, facilitator and writer, Martin’s work draws on 35 years' experience spanning government, the "for purpose" or social sector and the corporate sector. 

Lauren Solomon
Lauren Solomon

Lauren has produced leading research on the digital transformation of markets, and has advised on public policy design in regulated markets for over fifteen years in the not-for-profit, corporate, and government sectors.

Louise Sylvan
Louise Sylvan, AM

Louise has significant experience in consumer affairs policy analysis and advocacy. Louise is Chair and Director of The Energy Consumers Australia Board. 

Dimitri Zenghelis
Dimitri Zenghelis

Dimitri Zenghelis is Special Advisor for the Wealth Economy Project, which he previously led, at the Bennett Institute, University of Cambridge and is a Senior Visiting Fellow at the London School of Economics.