CCF Online Masterclass: Advocacy in Action

Join us for this critical online event and receive insight to CCF's latest advocacy work and achievements in representing the interests of our Members to Government, addressing key issues most pertinent to our industry within the COVID-19 environment. 

Attendance is FREE for CCF Members!

Hosted by John Kilgour, CEO CCF Victoria, this webinar welcomes Special Guest Presenter Chris Melham, CEO of Civil Contractors Federation National, who will provide an overview of the activities and achievements of the Civil Contractors Federation National at a federal level over the past 12 months.

Chris will focus on CCF National’s advocacy efforts to respond to the economic impacts of COVID-19, and to highlight industry’s priorities in the lead-up to the 2020-2021 Budget.

Chris will also discuss:

  • The role CCF National plays to work on behalf of members to lobby for additional infrastructure investments from the Federal Government and to increase funding for skills.
  • The direct engagement CCF National had with senior ministers during the year, including the Deputy Prime Minister, the Hon Michael McCormack.
  • Surveys undertaken during 2020 to demonstrate our sector’s strong capacity to take on more infrastructure projects and employ more workers to stimulate the Australian economy.
  • The formal submissions CCF National has provided to the Federal Government on a range of matters consistent with CCF National’s policy pillars, including infrastructure investment, skills, industrial relations, procurement and foreign investment.
  • CCF’s engagement with a range of government and non-government bodies to advocate for policies that support the civil construction sector.

Chris will also speak about CCF National’s future activities, including the development of an Infrastructure Report that will underpin ongoing engagement with governments at both the federal and state levels.

This is your opportunity to hear from and directly engage with the CEO of CCF National and the CEO of CCF Victoria, who will also address key questions raised in a Q&A session.

Special Guest Presenter:

Chris Melham – CCF National, Chief Executive Officer

Chris Melham has accumulated over 30 years experience as an industry advocate within the not-for- profit industry association sector. He has represented a number of industries at state, federal and international levels and currently represents Australia’s civil construction industry as Chief Executive Officer of Civil Contractors Federation National (CCF).

In his capacity of CCF National CEO, Chris also sits on a number of high level Federal Government Advisory Committees representing the interests of CCF including:

  • Australian Government Security of Payments Working Group
  • Australian Taxation Office Fuel Schemes Advisory Group
  • National Heavy Vehicle Regulator Industry Reference Forum
  • Standards Australia Council
  • Australian Construction Industry Redundancy Trust Fund

Webinar Host:

John Kilgour – CCF Victoria, Chief Executive Officer

John Kilgour is the Chief Executive Officer for the Civil Contractors Federation Victoria. Known for his strong advocacy work and networks at local and state government levels, John joined CCF in February 2016 from the Committee for Ballarat where he was CEO. Prior to joining the Committee for Ballarat, John has a long and distinguished career in the downstream oil industry with BP.

During his 34 years with the BP Group of companies, John delivered major investment projects in the oil and gas, retail, petrol and convenience sectors throughout Australia, New Zealand and South East Asia. In February 2017, John was appointed President of the Victorian Civil Construction Industry Alliance, which CCF is a member.


Note: CCF Victoria will continue to host the series of webinars on topics most relevant to our industry over the coming months.