Ogden Transport Lecture

Details of the 2020 Ogden Transport Lecture will be available later in the year.

50th Anniversary Event of the Transport Group at Monash University

- Free public lecture

Panel Members

  • Sir Rod Eddington AO FTSE, JP Morgan
  • Jim Betts, Secretary, Department of Planning and Industry, NSW
  • Romilly Madew AO, CEO, Infrastructure Australia

Panel Discussion Topic

50 Years On: Transport Challenges and Opportunities, Looking Back and Looking Forward


The 50th Anniversary of the Transport Group at Monash University comes at time of great uncertainty, challenge and potential opportunity for the transport sector in Melbourne, in Victoria, in Australia, and across the world.

The last 50 years has seen Melbourne’s population double to more than 5 million people, and Melbourne’s transport system has evolved with it: the opening of the City Loop, the construction of Melbourne's freeway and tollway systems, implementing multimodal ticketing systems, modern light rail vehicles, SmartBus services and level crossing elimination.

As Melbourne grows beyond 5 million, what role will the transport system play in preserving Melbourne's livability while sustaining its economic efficiency? Do we know what to invest in, and what to prioritise, in spending billions of dollars on transport infrastructure? Do we know where and how people want to live, work and recreate, and what role new technologies, climate change and an uncertain international economy will play in shaping future demand for transport in Australia’s major cities? What will be the intended and unintended consequences of projects such as a Suburban Rail Loop, Geelong High Speed Rail, new freeway links or electric or autonomous vehicles?

We have assembled a highly qualified and well-experienced expert panel to address these challenges as we search for answers to these complex and interrelated questions.

Speaker Biographies

  • Sir Rod Eddington AO is the Chairman of Infrastructure Partnerships Australia and JP Morgan.  He authored the report “Investing in Transport” for Victoria in 2008, delivering the 8th Ogden Lecture that same year. In 2005, Sir Rod was awarded a Knighthood by the British Government for service to civil aviation and in 2012 was made an Officer of the Order of Australia (AO) for service to business and commerce.
  • Jim Betts served as the Director of Public Transport in Victoria from 2004-2008 and the Secretary of the Department of Transport from 2008-2013. He served ad the CEO for Infrastructure NSW for 6 years and is currently the Secretary for the Department of Planning, Industry and Environment in NSW. He delivered the 12th Ogden Lecture in 2012.
  • Romilly Madew is the CEO of Infrastructure Australia.  Recognised around the world as a leader in the property and construction industry, she led the Green Building Council of Australia since 2006. She has also held Board positions with the Australian Sustainable Built Environment Council, Sydney Olympic Park Authority and Chief Executive Women, and sat on numerous ministerial panels including the Cities Reference Group, National Urban Policy Forum and the China/Australia Services Sector Forum.


If you have further enquiries, please contact

Professor Geoff Rose
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