Alison Sewell
Partner, Melbourne
With 20 years of firsthand experience working in the public transportation and major projects sector, I have unique public and private side experience in procuring and managing infrastructure and transport contracts.

I have a collaborative and solutions oriented approach with a strong focus on clear communication and pragmatic outcomes. My clients value my depth of experience across multiple jurisdictions and transport modes.

Career highlights

  • Victorian Bus Service Contracting – Since joining MinterEllison I have advised the Victorian State Government on the procurement of the Melbourne Metropolitan Bus Franchise (30% of bus services in Melbourne), the Metropolitan Bus Procurement Project (70% of bus services in Melbourne) and the procurement of regional school bus contracts and country and regional bus contracts. I have also advised on the trial of zero emissions buses in Melbourne and the process of transitioning to ZEB operations including through the Metropolitan ZEB Franchise.
  • NSW Public Transport Service Contracting – I advised TfNSW in relation to the Newcastle Integrated Services project, the Region 6 Bus Services project and the re-contracting of the Sydney Ferries Service Contract.
  • South Australian Heavy Passenger Rail Services – I advised DIT on the outsourcing and management of operation of the heavy passenger rail network in Adelaide.
  • Rail Franchising – I advised Yarra Trams during the renegotiation of its franchise to provide tram services in Melbourne and provided general commercial advice regarding operational and commercial matters. I was also an in-house lawyer for the Victorian train franchisee for eight years.
  • Northern Territory Public Transport Service Contracting – I have advised the Northern Territory Government on the privatisation of bus and air service operations in Darwin, Alice Springs and other regional areas and the provision of air services between Darwin and Katherine.
  • Rail side development – I have advised in relation to over rail developments including the upgrade of Flinders Street Station and the sale and development of railway land on Spring Street in the Melbourne CBD.
  • Fleet Procurement – I advised Public Transport Victoria and the Department of Transport in relation to the procurement of rolling-stock for operation on Victoria's regional rail network and the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning on the procurement of water tanker and other fire-fighting equipment
  • Public Private Partnerships – I have provided regulatory and rail interface advice in relation to a number of public private partnerships including the Melbourne Metro Tunnel PPP and the Southern and Western Road Upgrade PPPs.
  • Tertiary Sector Development – I have advised the University of Melbourne in relation to the construction and operation of student housing projects and other innovate precinct developments.