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Mott MacDonald has a long history of contributing to projects across Australia, going back over 40 years to tunnelling design for a major sewerage scheme in Melbourne – and continuing today with a range of developments in transport, buildings, water and health.

Our early portfolio featured involvement in strategic infrastructure such as Melbourne Underground Rail Loop, Sydney Harbour Tunnel, Sydney Water's MacArthur Water Filtration Plant and Pyrmont power station.

In 2010 we expanded with the acquisition of Hughes Trueman, an Australian engineering consultancy specialising in civil infrastructure and buildings. The company’s portfolio includes structural design of the award-winning Rouse Hill Town Centre and the main terminal building at Kuala Lumpur International Airport. Hughes Trueman also played a central role in the restoration and maintenance of Pyrmont Bridge in Sydney’s Darling Harbour and provided façade engineering services for the Queen Victoria Building, one of Sydney’s architectural jewels.

Our combined expertise means we provide our customers with an enhanced suite of capabilities embracing all facets of project development – from front-end advisory services backed by technical know-how to design and delivery of sustainable, cost-effective and value-added solutions. We have a broad staff base across Australia with significant centres in Sydney, Adelaide, Melbourne, Canberra, Brisbane and Perth, each able to draw on the global resources and expertise from around the Mott MacDonald Group.

Project management

Specialist consultancy Mortimer Project Management (MPM) also joined us, bringing an impressive record in the construction and property industry. Some of MPM's key assignments include the University of Adelaide Learning Hub, Flinders Ports, Burnside Village and the SACA Western Grandstand Redevelopment. Uniting these complementary skills and resources allows us to provide an even stronger service offering as well as expand our presence.

Public private partnerships

Public private partnerships (PPPs) are another field where we’re able to bring key benefits for our customers – recognised by winning Best Technical Advisor in the Partnership Awards six times in eight years. We’ve advised on a wide range of PPPs in Australia’s transport sector. These include:

  • Strategic advice on Brisbane North South Bypass Tunnel PPP
  • Development of an innovative PPP for maintaining and managing part of Cardinaishire’s highway network
  • Innovative long-term performance based highway maintenance contracts for Morningtonshire
  • Strategic advice and international peer review of the business cases for Brisbane’s Airport Link and Northern Busway projects


Water sector clients also draw on our multidisciplinary expertise through projects ranging from assisting with concept design, specifications and contract management of the Adelaide Desalination Project – comprising a 300ML/d sea-water reverse osmosis plant and 14km transmission pipeline – to other smaller water projects for SA Water.

Our capabilities in all facets of water management and infrastructure development are now reinforced by the addition of specialist water technology and consulting company AWT. AWT’s Melbourne team of scientists and engineers bring leading-edge technical expertise covering collection, conveyance, treatment, reuse and residuals incorporating water, wastewater (industrial and municipal) and stormwater. In addition, AWT’s specialist capability in real-time data management through the web portal H2knOw-how enables us to offer state-of-the-art network monitoring and analysis to assist with asset management and development.


Involvement in energy continues, with a portfolio including powersystems studies for expanding Woodside LNG facility, owner's engineer role for Callide power station in Queensland and due diligence for a number of power plant projects around the country.

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We provide specialist consulting and professional learning services for leaders, schools and departments across the country. Our specialist team is working with the Bastow Institute of Educational Leadership, a Victorian Department of Education and Training initiative, to provide ongoing coaching and support services for new principals in Victorian schools.

In New South Wales we evaluated the state government’s Safe Families Programme, which aims to tackle child sexual assault in Aboriginal communities. We worked with five remote communities to examine the level of Aboriginal people's engagement in the programme.

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