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 /

Joe Bartolo

Managing Director

With over 20 years experience in the industry and hundreds of construction projects under his belt, Joe is the Managing Director of Civilex and has worked on hundreds of construction projects across Victoria with drive and passion. From humble beginnings, Joe now oversees over 400 diverse and highly skilled staff. The positive culture at Civilex is well known, and Joe plans to keep it that way.

Ray Dando

Construction Director

Ray’s extensive engineering, project and commercial management experience makes him the best person to take responsibility for business development and management of project managers and engineers, site foremen and leading hands. Ray, with Civilex since 2010, is known for his inspiring leadership and delivering beyond customer expectations.

Andrew Fairbairn

Pre-Contracts Director

With solid industry knowledge and an astute approach to estimating, Andrew has built a strong reputation within civil construction. Heading up Civilex’s Estimating Department since 2010, Andrew is eager to add to his list of over 200 successful projects.

Nabeel Sadaka

Chief Executive Officer

Nabeel’s calibre and experience in the construction industry will be a key strength in driving the Civilex group of business’ growth and consolidation. As a proven leader with an impressive foundation of engineering skills, business acumen, shared values and the natural ability to bring people together, Nabeel will materialise the strategic vision taking advantage of key market opportunities, partnerships and new business into the future.

Nicholas Murdoch

CHIEF FINANCIAL OFFICER

Nicholas has been a CFO for more than 18 years. He provides high level commercial insight and economic strategy to our Board of Directors, leads the Finance Team and develops policies and procedures. Nick’s key role of preparing financial statements, managing the budgeting process, and measuring and controlling business risks is paramount to our success. Nick also supports our Project Managers and Administrators with legislative assistance relating to the financial management of projects.

Olivia Bartolo

Group Corporate Services Director

Olivia’s focus on delivering a seamless employment experience for our employees and exceptional work outcomes has her held in high esteem. Her extensive experience in employee and industrial relations, change management, succession planning, and the development and delivery of HR processes and policy development positions her as a go-to cultural leader within our business.

Matthew Gurney

Operations Manager

With more than 12 years’ experience in the construction industry, Matt is a pragmatic, talented and astute professional. Matt’s responsibilities comprise the entire gamut of our business, primarily leading and supporting our Construction Managers, Project Managers and Engineers to deliver diverse projects efficiently and cost-effectively. He is responsible for the consistent quality of all major construction contracts in both the public and private sectors.

Jen Robertson

Construction Manager

Jen’s broad project experience ranges from buildings to roads, mining to marine and includes extensive expertise in rail. Accountable for the delivery of major construction contracts, Jen is a key driver within our Construction team. Her role encompasses supervising and supporting the engineering team, and her natural ability to mentor our Project Managers and Engineers, and unite the team is one of her many attributes. Jen also performs contract management, quality assurance, project monitoring, cost reviewing, managing works, and ensuring health and safety project compliance.

Rodric Carabott

Construction Manager

Rod commenced his construction journey as a Student Engineer gaining experience from both private and public sectors. Hard work and expertise have seen him rise in the ranks from a successful Senior Project Manager, to – more recently – Construction Manager. Rod has the experience and capability to run projects autonomously and mentor Project Managers. He is adept at managing key procurement negotiations, resolution of commercial issues, financial reviews and reporting, and liaising with key stakeholders. Rod thrives on diversity and a challenge, so he’s a great fit to our team!

Ben Delahunty

Construction Manager

Ben is a construction professional with over 13 years’ industry experience in both Australia and the UK. He has delivered numerous complex civil infrastructure projects – under a range of delivery models to private and public clients – in road, rail and marine environments.

Ben’s motivational leadership style coupled with exceptional interpersonal and communication skills are instrumental in successfully driving his team to continually deliver the best results.

Steve McInerney

Area Manager

With a career spanning more than 30 years, Steve has built an enviable reputation for completing complex projects ahead of time. His focus on delivering quality projects on time, under budget and safely has afforded Steve an influential name in the industry. Steve is ultimately responsible for supervising site staff and organising project resourcing and programming.

Nathan Sheehan

Area Manager

Nathan has more than 18 years’ construction industry experience, including 6 years in the role of Superintendent. He is a highly motivated Area Manager who works closely with our construction teams to develop and support a cohesive cultural environment, with a strong focus on compliance and delivering quality outcomes safely and efficiently.

Nathan has worked on major projects across Australia, managing and communicating all aspects of construction operations to deliver projects on time, within budget and to exceptional quality standards.

Ben Virtue

Group Manager of New Business & Strategy

With a development career spanning over 15 years in the construction industry, Ben is an extremely experienced and accomplished Business Development Manager. He carries an enthusiasm and passionate commitment to networking within the industry, consistently sourcing valuable and diverse opportunities for our business. Ben is adept at negotiating and his inherent ability in reading market direction ensures mutually beneficial success for our business and our clients.

Sandra Costanzo

Commercial & Legal Manager

With a Masters in Construction Law and having been admitted as a Barrister and Solicitor of the Supreme Court of Victoria Sandra’s commercial knowledge is unsurpassable. Her experience as a Construction Lawyer, coupled with exceptional negotiation skills in the implementation of contracts in the construction and civil engineering industry with Tier One contractors is second to none. She is a cornerstone to our ongoing business success.

Kris Bogdanovski

ASSET AND LOGISTICS MANAGER

With previous hands-on roles as well as supervisory and management positions, Kris brings an enormous amount of experience to the business. Formal qualifications as a mechanic, a passion for plant and machinery and management skills afford Kris a real advantage in the industry. Kris’ solid knowledge of our extensive fleet of plant and equipment and his technical understanding, coupled with solid planning, organisational, and negotiation skills ensure we provide the best-fit for our projects.

Matthew Bell

PROCUREMENT MANAGER

Prior to joining the Civilex family Matt previously spearheaded a large number of successful civil projects and had a senior executive role within one of Australia’s largest companies. With qualifications in business, training and safety, coupled with a street-smart mindset in negotiation, communication and management is what makes Matt an expert in sourcing and managing required supplies across our projects. Matt builds and maintains long-lasting relationships with a variety of stakeholders and manages our subcontractor agreements.

Shanil Dissanayake

Financial Controller

Shanil’s professional background includes Business Partnering and Management Accounting roles for Telstra, Zinfra and Downer. As Group Financial Controller Shanil draws on his 10+ years in finance, capably leading his large team to achieve results including cashflow management, financial statement preparation, tax and statutory compliance, forecasting and budgeting across the Civilex Construction Group as a whole.

Lisa Cole

Marketing & Communications Manager

Lisa has many years’ experience in communications and leads her team with a passion for creative thinking and marketing flair. Lisa’s strategic approach ensures communications with internal and external stakeholders are both consistent, effective and relevant. Delivered across a variety of digital and non-digital platforms, the collaborative nature of the marketing function means Lisa works closely with various departments and industry partners. She has a keen interest in keeping abreast of the exciting and constant changes taking place in marketing.

George Markelis

Group HSEQ Manager

George is responsible for developing, auditing and reviewing our safe work practices making sure 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 across the department teams to assist with implementing appropriate safety management systems on each project.

Michael Spiteri

HSQ MANAGER

Michael’s enviable skills and experience over 12-plus years’ working within the industry in Australia and internationally render him a valuable asset. Forming our Safety Team, Michael works alongside George in maintaining our business’ AS 4801, ISO 9001 and ISO 14001 certifications and is responsible for site inspections and quality auditing.

Michael liaises with regulatory authorities, reports monthly to our Executive Team and organises and maintains training requirements and records across the company. He also manages incident investigations, workplace safety reviews and statistical analysis as well as internal training and inductions.

Our Safety Program /

We’re lucky enough to work on some of the most transformative projects in Australia. But the nature of construction means potential hazards are never far away. Every year, the industry sees a wide range of workplace incidents, severe injuries and even fatalities, all of which could have been prevented.

As part of our commitment to safety, we’ve embarked on a collaborative journey with a diverse cross-section of our people to review our processes, benchmark them against industry-leading practices and help embed a consistent safety approach in the culture of our business.

The result is Safety 7 – a set of expected behaviours and risk management practices, mapped across seven core areas of our business.

Safety 7 aims to:

  • Clarify and standardise our approach to risk management
  • Help team members overcome the challenges of evolving project hazards through examples of best practice and compliance
  • Provide a standard for the execution of unique work activities.

Download the latest version of the Safety 7 Reference Guide.

Service and Asset Protection

To prevent harm to the health and wellbeing of people or damage to services and assets via a systematic approach, eliminating or reducing risks associated with our activities.

Traffic Management

To manage the interaction between mobile plant, vehicles, ground personnel and the public to avoid harm to health or damage to property.

Plant Operation and Maintenance

To control the operation and maintenance of plant to prevent harm to people or damage to property and the environment.

Excavation

To support the planning and execution of excavation work to prevent engulfment, ground collapse and temporary works failure.

Lifting Operations

To prevent lifting operation failures that could result in harm to people or damage to property arising from incorrect use of cranes or other plant, lifting/rigging hardware and stability conditions.

Working at Heights

To remove the possibility of a person or object falling from a height.

Unique Work Activities

To control risks associated with unique work activities.

Who We Work With /

Our Values /

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, innovation 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.

Our Values

We value our client partnerships, safe working environments and quality outcomes. Our core values are at the heart of all that we do:

  • Safety
    Safe Today to Enjoy Tomorrow. The safety of our staff and contractors is paramount at all times.
  • Respect
    We respect each other, the communities we work, and the environment.
  • Relationships
    Achieving our goals through teamwork. We develop long-term mutually beneficial relationships with clients and suppliers, and celebrate our successes with all stakeholders.
  • Well-being
    For all to be happy, healthy and prosperous. We value the well-being of our employees and promote a healthy work-life-balance in all we do.
  • Culture
    We are passionate about embracing a service culture that will results in a sustainable future distinguished by strong performance, innovation and excellence. In doing so, we draw on the strong values of family and respect.
  • Innovation
    Our constant quest for improvement ensures we embrace new technology and innovation in every project we undertake.