About us

We are committed to supporting the University in its aspiration to be 'the difference' in the lives of its students, staff and visitors. We do this through planning, creating, and delivering modern infrastructure for the University and providing a full range of services that make La Trobe a lively, connected, safe and attractive environment in which to learn and work.

Our vision

Infrastructure and Operations will proactively lead, manage and support the University's property portfolio through planning and capital works, operations and maintenance to maximise their effective use. We will provide best practice support to enable the University's strategic plan by enhancing teaching, research, residential and other business activities and assets.

Our departments

Led by the Executive Director Mr Paul Farley who reports directly to the Vice President Administration Natalie MacDonald, the Infrastructure & Operations Group comprises of 4 departments:

Client and Business Services

Delivering excellent customer service and support to our colleagues across Infrastructure & Operations through business improvements and productivity. We provide leadership in environmental operations across the University as well as OH&S consultancy within our department.

Planning and Development

The Planning and Development department, led by Stephen Morris is responsible for keeping the projects pipeline charged. We facilitate and guide the property strategy in accordance with Future Ready objectives.


The projects teams is led by Owen Warlond. The Team is responsible for delivering projects across a range of spectrums and facilities, establishing and maintaining excellent relationships with clients, and integrating project planning, delivery, and maintenance. The department offers best practice advice around delivery methodologies and project solutions.

Operations and Maintenance

Sam Wishart's leads the Operations and Maintenance team. Sam is responsible for the strategy and management of all operations and maintenance within the buildings, facilities and grounds in order to exceed the needs of the University community.  This includes cleaning, waste, landscaping, security, electrical, mechanical, hydraulic, life safety, building fabric and civil works.

Business Transformation

Simon Barnes heads the Business Transformation for the Infrastructure and Operations Group and is a key member of the Infrastructure & Operations Senior Leadership Team and has accountability for delivering transformative business solutions and initiatives that support the University strategy and in particular those that support the development of the Melbourne Campus Vision.