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Jodie Burger

Special Counsel

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Jodie is a procurement, outsourcing, major projects and infrastructure specialist with broad contractual and commercial experience.

She advises both public and private sector clients across a broad range of industry sectors, including aerospace and aviation (including drone technology), defence contracting, correctional services, mining, construction, health, technology, government, finance and import/export sectors.

Jodie provides end-to-end project advice, from procurement strategy to contractual drafting, negotiations and contract management, and also keeps a keen eye on emerging technologies and regulations. Having built a strong reputation in the market as a procurement expert, Jodie can assist clients with all delivery methods – including standard procurement models, managing contractor and PPP projects.

Jodie has a thorough understanding of the workings of both government and the private sector, having previously worked as both a policy analyst and an in-house lawyer in the Commonwealth Treasury. She also spent four years practising in the United Kingdom.

Jodie is a member of both the Aviation Law Association of Australian and New Zealand Limited and the Maritime Law Association of Australia and New Zealand.

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Corrections sector

Advised both builders and operators of corrections facilities in their procurement phases and during contract implementation. These projects include Grafton Prison PPP, South Auckland (Wiri) Prison PPP, Waikeria Prison PPP, NSW's John Morony Prison Outsourcing, Mt Gambier Prison Outsourcing, Parklea Prison Outsourcing, Arthur Gorrie Prison Outsourcing and Southern Queensland Prison Outsourcing.

Special Purpose Aircraft

Advised a consortium on its proposal to the Australian Government to replace the special purpose aircraft fleet transporting the Prime Minister, government executives and high profile personnel. Advising on client interactions with original equipment manufacturers (OEM) and providing strategic commercial and legal advice for project execution.

Victorian Desalination Plant

Advised the Victorian Government on the Victorian Desalination Plant, which was procured through the Partnerships Victoria Program. Evaluated tenderers and participated in parallel negotiations with tenderers, which resulted in the drafting of separate contractual documents to reflect the position of the respective tenderers. Developed initiative solutions to enable tenderers to bid for the project, notwithstanding the adverse market conditions which (at the time) were having a significant impact on the ability of companies to secure financing.

Sunshine Coast Hospital and Health Services

Drafting contractual arrangements with the Queensland Ambulance Services and shortlisted medical practices for a pilot program which is aimed at emergency department avoidance for low acuity patients who can be safely and efficiently managed in the primary care setting.

Sanctions regimes

Advising clients on the export of products to countries currently operating under international sanctions regimes.

Inbound investment

Advising international clients on inbound investments in Australia, including the rules, regulations and guidelines established by the Anti-Dumping Commission.

Building Queensland

Part of a team engaged to advise on a series of government building projects, including identifying legal risks which may arise during the construction phase and legal risks with the project not proceeding or proceeding only in part. The matter involved considering projected demand for service delivery by government.