About Civilex /

Civilex is a leading Melbourne-based civil construction company that specialises in large civil projects throughout Victoria. We specialise in construction works for various industries including Transport, Port, Rail, Water, Resources, Urban Development and Energy. Our services include earthworks, road works, car parks, drainage works, landscaping, concrete paving and crushed rock/asphalt pavements.

We adopt a “best for project” approach to ensure our practices reflect the unique nature of every job. Our customers value our adaptability, innovative thinking and attention to detail, cementing our reputation as a contractor of choice with our clients. We value collaboration, and our long-term relationships with clients are testament to our open and transparent approach.

Our commitment to safety, quality and robust programming is evidenced by our core values that provide the basis for everything we do. We pride ourselves on providing safe workplaces, superior finishes and tight control over every project delivery for outstanding results and optimal outcomes.

As part of effective program management, Civilex assigns a dedicated team for every construction project, chosen for their expertise and skill level. Led by experienced Directors and Managers, our team has significant capability in delivering civil projects both large and small. We engage highly skilled subcontractors and suppliers with proven track records to complement our workforce. Our stringent selection process ensures our subcontractors align with the Civilex core values and quality outcomes.

Our vibrant team will deliver quality outcomes for your projects that exceed your expectations and reflect the results you expect.

Our Team /

Managing Director

Joe Bartolo

Joe Bartolo is the Managing Director of Civilex. With over 15 years’ experience in the industry, he has worked on hundreds of construction projects throughout Melbourne.

As well as his extensive background in construction, Joe has a vast knowledge across all aspects of construction including project delivery, risk management, business management and development, programming and financial control.

Combined with his analytical style and his problem-solving approach, his strong skill set includes identifying and developing business opportunities, management and all forms of construction. Joe has a strong emphasis on safety, innovation, efficiency and staff development, and has been instrumental in shaping the culture of the organisations that he leads.

Joe is a member of the Concrete Institute of Australia, Master Builders, Directors Institute of Australia and the Civil Contractors Federation. He has a Diploma of Project Management, Diploma Business Management and Certificate 3 OH&S, and has completed a Company Directors course, Contracts and Legal Obligations and Leadership course.

Joe is also a Director of Conset and Urbancorp.

Construction Director

Ray Dando

Ray Dando is the Construction Director of Civilex. In this role, Ray is responsible for business development and management of Project Managers, Project Engineers, Site Foremen and Leading Hands.

Prior to joining Civilex in 2010, Ray worked in a variety of Project Manager and Commercial Manager roles for various organisations working for clients such as CITIC, Vic Roads, John Holland, Deakin University, Metro Trains, PTV and a variety of local councils on projects up the value of $400 million. Recent Civilex achievements have included overseeing the Regional Rail Link Project (Leightons), Ravenhall Prison Civil Works (John Holland) and MLS Service Tunnel (Leightons).

Ray’s robust approach to the construction industry is a key driver of Civilex’s past and future success. Ray leads from the front and gives his team on site the responsibility to build projects that exceed the client’s expectations. Ray has now overseen over 200 separate projects for Civilex and has helped Civilex secure repeat work with our clients.

Ray has a Bachelor of Engineering (Civil), is a Member of IEAust and the Institute of Company Directors of Australia. Ray has also completed his Certificate 3 in OH&S along with a number of courses including Contract and Legal Obligations, Public Speaking, Company Directors and Project Management.

Estimating Director

Andrew Fairbairn

Andrew Fairbairn is the Estimating Director of Civilex. Since 2010, Andrew has overseen an Estimating Department that has successfully won over 200 project up to the value of $30 million. Formerly with John Holland and BMD as a Project Manager, Andrew has the industry know-how and technical capability to drive civil construction projects from inception to completion. Key projects he has overseen include the Design and Construct of Westernport Highway Duplication ($18 million) and the Thompsons Road Duplication ($12 million).  With this site experience, Andrew is able to utilise his knowledge in civil construction to ensure Civilex prepare accurate and thorough tenders.

Andrew has developed a respected reputation with many clients including Vic Roads, Powercor, Metro Trains, Victrack, as well as a number of private clients through an engaging Estimating approach. Andrew has a Bachelor of Engineering (Civil), is a Member of IEAust and the Institute of Company Directors of Australia. He has also completed his Certificate 3 in OH&S, Leadership and Management, Risk Management and a Company Directors course.


Chris Hipwell

As Chief Financial Officer, Chris’ responsibilities include controller and treasury duties as well as economic strategy and forecasting.

Chris also provides commercial insight and strategy to the Board of Directors, leads the finance team, ensures that best practice is implemented and develops policies and procedures.

As well as this, Chris has a central role in the preparation of financial statements, managing the budgeting process, measuring and controlling Civilex’s business risks and assisting in the financial management of projects.

His years of experience afford him a great deal of skill and knowledge, enabling Chris to assist Civilex in its growth strategies.

Construction Manager

Matthew Gurney

A civil engineer with 11 years’ experience, Matthew Gurney is our Construction Manager at Civilex, responsible for delivering major construction contracts in the government and private-sector. A talented and astute professional, Matthew is adept at using his background in bridge, freeway, drainage, building, marine and airport construction and upgrade projects to deliver exceptional results.

His responsibilities cover the entire gamut of construction, including day to day contract management, quality assurance, project monitoring, cost reviews, programming, managing daily works and ensuring occupational health and safety compliance throughout all Civilex projects.

He holds a number of qualifications including: Bachelor of Engineering (Civil) (Honours), Inaugural Fellow of Roads Australia, WorkSafe OH&S Construction (White Card), Rail Safety Awareness (Level 1) and First Aid Certificate (Level 2).


Ben Virtue

Ben is an extremely experienced and talented Business Development Manager. He joined the Civilex team after a decorated career in business development spanning 15 years.

During that time he has built an enviable record of consistently exceeding the sales goals he has been set. His journey has included many branches of the infrastructure
industry and positions all over the Eastern seaboard of Australia.

The keys to Ben’s success are his negotiating capabilities and his strong networking skills. The network he has built includes many Tier One organisations in the construction sphere. Ben’s ability to think and act strategically enable him to ‘see the big picture’ and to build ongoing business-to-business relationships.


Olivia Bartolo

Olivia’s role as Human Resources and Industrial Relations Manager is multifaceted and includes a range of responsibilities including performance management, induction & on-boarding, end to end recruitment, counselling and grievance handing in addition to managing employment contracts, trade unions and employee wellbeing.

Olivia has extensive experience in employee relations, system review and analysis, and the implementation of policies and procedures.

Her 8 years in the human resources sector, has enabled the development of exceptional interpersonal skills coupled with an intuitive understanding of team dynamics and individual values. She is dedicated to delivering exceptional work outcomes and is passionate about providing high quality services to our clients and building on stakeholder relationships.

Olivia is highly regarded for her hard work, initiative, sound communication skills and commitment to personal development.


Matthew Bell

Matthew Bell is a vastly experienced manager who has worked for Civilex twice – once on secondment to manage some specific projects and later to operate as a permanent Project Manager. From there Matt was appointed the company’s first Procurement Manager. His journey has included a large number of successful civil projects as well as many years as a senior executive with one of Australia’s largest companies.

Matt holds qualifications in business, training and safety. Coupled with these are the numerous skills in negotiation, communication and management that he has collected along the way. He is street smart and impressive at every level.

Matt’s role as Procurement Manager revolves around sourcing and managing the supplies required in Civilex projects. This involves building strong relationships with other stakeholders. He also sources and manages subcontractors and oversees the agreements under which they work.


Aaron McArthur

Aaron McArthur is Civilex’s Survey Manager. Following more than ten years in the industry, he joined Civilex almost five years ago as its first surveyor. He was promoted to Survey Manager soon after. During his time with the company, Aaron has implemented and maintained the Survey Procedures and Policies used on every job.
Aaron holds qualifications in Spatial Information and Safety Awareness and has assembled extensive knowledge of civil construction works.

He is also proficient in the use of a number of software tools used in creating survey programs.

In addition to his duties managing the survey team, Aaron is responsible for quality control and the checking and supervision of plans and survey models. He allocates jobs to the team and also helps out with servicing on equipment and technical support for the operators.


Kris Bogdanovski

As a new addition to the Civilex management group, Kris Bogdanovski brings with him considerable experience in the civil construction industry.

He has worked in hands-on roles as well as a range of supervisory and management positions. His history of promotion in his previous employment illustrates the obvious quality that Kris displays in his work.

Kris holds a mechanic qualification and plans to complete a business management course in coming years. He has a wide range of skills, encompassing technical areas along with planning, organisation, negotiation and management.

Kris’s central role within Civilex is to manage all the company’s plant and equipment, to make sure it is the best fit for each project and to ensure that it’s safe to use at all times.

HSE Manager

George Markelis

As HSE Manager of Civilex, George Markelis has responsibility for developing, auditing and reviewing our safe work practices to ensure we meet, and exceed, industry standards and legislative requirements. With a vast range of skills including construction management, workplace safety, contractor management and project planning, George works closely with our teams to assist with implementing appropriate safety management systems for every project.

Prior to becoming HSE Manager, George had operational knowledge of the construction industry in Victoria as both a Leading Hand at Civilex, and in a domestic construction business for a number of years. It is this ‘hands on’ knowledge that ensures George can make practical recommendations and is able to introduce innovative solutions that meet operational needs.

His outstanding qualifications include: Bachelor of Science (La Trobe University), HIA – Cert IV Building and Construction Management, MBAV – Cert IV WHS, and FPA Australia – Cert II in Fire Protection & Inspection. Additional training and certification includes: Construction Industry Safety Induction (Red Card), BLSC/MBAV – Managing Onsite Safety, Holmesglen/State Wide River and Stream Management – Site Environmental Management (Level 2), CPR – Applied First Aid (Level 2), Cert- Train Track Safety Awareness (Level 1), license to Perform High Risk Work (Class DG).


Michael Spiteri

As HSQ Manager, Michael works alongside George Markelis in maintaining Civilex’s AS 4801, ISO 9001 and ISO 14001 certifications.

Michael’s duties include liaising with regulatory authorities, monthly reporting to Civilex’s Executive Team and organising and maintaining all company training requirements and records.

In addition, Michael manages incident investigations, workplace safety reviews and statistical analysis as well as internal training and inductions. He is also responsible for all site inspections and quality auditing.
Michael’s high degree of skill and 12 years industry experience both in Australia and abroad assist him to manage his many duties.

Area Manager

Steve McInerney

With over 30 years’ experience in the construction industry, our Area Manager Steve McInerney has an outstanding reputation for quality and completing projects ahead of time. Steve has been involved in projects ranging from $500k to $150M, including road construction, drainage, earthworks, docks projects and airport pavements and much more.

As a key member of our Project Delivery team, Steve’s construction expertise has enhanced the way we manage each project. Prior to joining Civilex Steve has worked on several major projects at companies including Watpac Civil and BMD Constructions.

Steve holds certificates and qualifications in OHS (Level 3), OHS Construction Industry Induction, First Aid, Airport Safety Officer (Certificate), DLL Licence (various machinery), and a Certificate of Advanced Works Management.

Who We Work With /

We work with construction companies, developers and organisations seeking to engage an experienced, safe and innovative approach to civil construction services across a number of sectors and industries.

Our Vision /

Our Vision

To be the preferred civil construction partner for our clients and to be the benchmark on how others are measured.

Our Mission

Civilex is committed to providing a safe and supportive environment for all. We deliver civil infrastructure projects to the highest standards. We are proud and passionate about who we are and live by our core values of safety, respect, wellbeing, relationships and culture. We fulfil our vision as an industry leader and build well founded relationships with our stakeholders. We are recognised for our versatility and innovative approach to delivering exceptional outcomes on our projects. We are one team with a unified approach and embrace our responsibility where each of us, our communities and stakeholders can prosper now and in the future.