Marko Misko

Marko is one of Australia’s pre-eminent government, infrastructure and project lawyers, with nearly 30 years experience acting across the full spectrum of infrastructure sectors including: defence; transport (road, rail, ports, airports); social infrastructure (health, education, justice, sporting stadia, cultural facilities, international foreign aid); energy and natural resources (including wind, solar and tidal); housing; utilities; property development (commercial, retail, industrial); and services outsourcings.

Marko acts for both the public and private sectors, including: government agencies; infrastructure owners; utilities; developers; financiers; project sponsors; contractors and consultants. His focus is on collaborative approaches to project delivery models and risk allocation (including by deconstructing the supply chain and creating integrated project teams), increasing the use of dispute avoidance techniques within industry, and greater adoption of technology to improve asset delivery and performance (including building information modelling and digital engineering) throughout the asset lifecycle.

Marko is appointed to a number of industry boards, including Roads Australia, Infrastructure Sustainability Council of Australia and the Australasian BIM Advisory Board, and is recognised by many directories, nationally and internationally, including most recently by Who’s Who Legal: Australia 2018, ranking him as the most highly regarded government contracts lawyer, and by WWL: Australia 2018 as a leading construction lawyer.


Marko’s recent experience includes:

  • Department of Defence: Next Generation Suite of Contracts – working with Defence for 25 years in developing and implementing its suite of infrastructure delivery models. The latest initiative has involved the creation of a unique suite of integrated project delivery models which are ultimately intended to enable the optimal use of building information modelling and greater digitalisation of data across the entire asset lifecycle;
  • Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade: Angau Memorial Hospital, Papua New Guinea (PNG) – developing a highly bespoke two-phase managing contractor model for the delivery of this major foreign aid project in Lae, PNG, including advice on the complex commercial structure, contract negotiations and collaborative kick-off meetings in Port Moresby;
  • Broadspectrum: Outer Suburban Arterial Roads PPP – advising Broadspectrum as part of the winning consortium on this project, Australia’s first road maintenance PPP, which reached financial close in December 2017, including advice on risk allocation under the new Victorian standard form project deed, contract negotiations and drafting of upstream and downstream project documentation;
  • Melbourne Airport: Runway Redevelopment –  advised Melbourne Airport on the development of a bespoke two-phase managing contractor delivery model, designed to maximise early contractor involvement and more effective risk allocation and management. The project is critical to the future of the airport, as it involves the development of a second parallel runway; and
  • Vicinity Shopping Centres: advised on a series of retail and commercial development projects nationally, including most recently on the 5-star hotel development at the flagship Chadstone Shopping Centre.

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