Daniel Culpitt

Director

Daniel has over 10 years’ experience as an economic consultant, advising a range of private and public sector clients across several sectors, including water, ports, agriculture, rail, gas, and social policy. Daniel’s key capabilities lie in cost-benefit analysis and business case development, including undertaking needs analysis and demand assessments underpinning major infrastructure projects. Daniel regularly advises on water policy issues, such as water infrastructure pricing and demand management, and has a strong track record conducting robust policy evaluations across several disciplines. Daniel also has extensive experience in managing complex stakeholder engagement processes as part of major projects, including in the agriculture and health sectors.

Contact details

Phone: +61 7 3227 9580

Email: d.culpitt@synergies.com.au

Daniel Culpitt's Recent Projects

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Co-digesting organic waste at Wastewater Treatment Plants

While a cost for some business sectors, the rising cost of waste disposal and management is creating opportunities for wastewater utilities in terms of maximising the resource value that is recovered from wastewater and other organic waste products. Synergies conducted a comprehensive assessment of the financial and economic feasibility of two options for the implementation of co-digestion at Queensland Urban Utility’s Luggage Point Wastewater Treatment Plant. The analysis identified the option that would maximising both ...

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Peer Review of the Economic Analysis of the Nullinga Dam Preliminary Business Case

Synergies was engaged by Building Queensland to undertake a peer review of the economic analysis conducted as part of the Preliminary Business Case (PBC) for the proposed Nullinga Dam. The PBC identified an opportunity to expand irrigated agricultural production in the Atherton Tablelands through the supply of medium priority water entitlements from the proposed dam. The report presented to Building Queensland identified critical issues in relation to both the water demand assessment and economic analysis.

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Assessing the Economic Value of Bulk Water Infrastructure in Regional Queensland

Synergies was engaged by Queensland Treasury Corporation (QTC), on behalf of the Department of Natural Resources, Mines and Energy (NRME), to develop a methodology to assess the economic value derived from the productive use of water from bulk water infrastructure in regional Queensland. The methodology was also applied to two water supply schemes – the Proserpine River and Nogoa Mackenzie Water Supply Schemes.

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Assessing the economic benefits of the QUT Health and Wellness Precinct

Synergies was engaged by the Queensland University of Technology (QUT) to assess the economic benefits of the proposed QUT Health and Wellness Precinct, which will be designed to operate as a hub of excellence for translational research, innovation, teaching and learning with a strong focus on evolving technology. The project involved assessing the economic benefits of several programs and initiatives that are similar to the activities to be conducted within the Precinct in addition to ...

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Economic evaluation of the Burnett River to Howard Water Supply Pipeline Project

Synergies was engaged by the Department of State Development, Manufacturing, Infrastructure and Planning (DSDMIP) to conduct the economic analysis of the Burnett River (Paradise Dam) to Howard Water Supply Pipeline Project (the Burnett River pipeline project) in accordance with the requirements for a Preliminary Evaluation as set out in the Queensland Government’s Project Assessment Framework.

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Assessing the economic benefits and costs of regulation in Australia’s sugar industry

Synergies was engaged by Canegrowers and the Australian Cane Farmers Association (ACFA) to assess the economic benefits and costs of the Competition and Consumer (Industry Code – Sugar) Regulations 2017 (the Code). The project included a detailed assessment of the sugar industry, the conduct of its participants and the rationale for light-handed regulation of the marketing of raw sugar. The project assessed the Code’s impact on the industry since its implementation in 2017 and the ...

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Assessing the feasibility of the NuWater project

Synergies was engaged by the Queensland Farmers’ Federation (QFF) to undertake a water demand assessment and to assess the economic and financial and commercial feasibility of the NuWater project – a proposal to supply recycled wastewater from treatment plants in South East Queensland to agricultural producers in the Lockyer Valley and on the Darling Downs.

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Economic needs assessment of a proposed new landfill facility

Synergies was engaged by Lantrak to undertake an economic needs assessment of its proposal to develop a new landfill facility at Jeebropilly in the Ipswich City Council region. The objective was to prepare a report as an attachment to the development application, assessing the need for future landfill disposal capacity in Ipswich as well as the broader southeast Queensland (SEQ) region

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Water demand assessment for the NuWater Project feasibility study

This report presents the results of the economic and financial and commercial analyses of the shortlisted options for the NuWater project, which involves the supply of recycled wastewater from Sewage Treatment Plants (STPs) located in South East Queensland (SEQ) for beneficial reuse in the Lockyer Valley and on the Darling Downs. The economic and financial and commercial assessment of the shortlisted options was
undertaken following the completion of a demand assessment for the project. ...

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Economic and financial assessment of the NuWater project

Synergies was engaged by the Queensland Farmers’ Federation to undertake a water demand assessment, a financial and commercial analysis, and an economic analysis of a proposal to supply recycled wastewater from treatment plants in South East Queensland to agricultural producers in the Lockyer Valley and on the Darling Downs. This involved extensive consultation with agricultural producers to firstly establish a demand profile for the water to be supplied by the project and secondly to quantify ...

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Economic analysis of the Lower Fitzroy River Infrastructure Project

Synergies was engaged by Building Queensland to assist with the development of the Detailed Business Case for the Lower Fitzroy River Infrastructure Project. Synergies’ key task was completing an economic analysis of the proposed Rookwood Weir, which will be capable of supplying up to 76, 000 ML per annum for urban, industrial and agricultural use. Synergies also assisted with the preparation of several other chapters of the business case, including the base case, public interest ...

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Emu Swamp Dam – Agricultural and industrial water demand assessment

Synergies undertook an assessment of the agricultural and industrial water demand that could potentially be met by the proposed Emu Swamp Dam. The analysis was part of the Strategic Assessment of the project, the purpose of which was to inform the decision on whether a Preliminary Business Case was to be taken.

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Health and safety benefits of electrical switch protection devices

Electrical safety switches are now commonplace in most residential premises, but under current regulatory requirements in Queensland, only power and lighting circuits need to have safety protection devices installed. The Office of Industrial Relations (OIR) engaged Synergies, in partnership with DBM Consultants, to assess whether the current regulations should be extended to require safety switches installed on all circuits, thereby eliminating the risk of accidental electrocution in the home. To answer this question, Synergies surveyed ...

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Providing early intervention to children with autism

Synergies was engaged by the AEIOU Foundation for Children with Autism to assess the impact of providing good practice Early Intervention (EI) to children with autism, focusing on those children with moderate to severe autism. The aim of the advice was to assess what level of funding is required for the delivery of good practice EI and whether that level is met by the funding made available for small group interventions by the National Disability ...

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Cost benefit analysis of the redevelopment of the National Herbarium

Synergies was engaged by the Royal Botanic Gardens and Domain Trust to conduct an economic evaluation of the proposed relocation of the National Herbarium of New South Wales to a purpose-built facility in the Australian Botanic Garden at Mt Annan. The current location provides sub-optimal conditions and has reached capacity. Our cost benefit analysis of the proposed relocation evaluated the positive and negative economic impacts of the relocation.

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Should WA’s gas retailers be obliged to maintain a supply contingency?

This report assessed the economic case for implementing a ‘gas contingency service obligation’ on gas retailers. At the time, the WA government was considering such a measure as a means of ensuring that retailers have the capacity to maintain supply to small-use customers in the event of a gas supply disruption caused by physical failure of a gas processing plant or the Dampier to Bunbury Natural Gas Pipeline (DBNGP).

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Cost-benefit analysis of the implementation of landfill disposal bans in Queensland

The Department of Environment and Heritage Protection (DEHP) engaged Synergies Economic Consulting (Synergies) and MRA Consulting Group (MRA) to assess the feasibility of introducing landfill disposal bans in Queensland.

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Review of the Decision Regulation Impact Statement on the introduction of national licensing of property occupations

Synergies Economic Consulting was engaged by the Office of Best Practice Regulation (OBPR) within the Queensland Competition Authority (QCA) to undertake a review of the Decision Regulation Impact Statement (DRIS) released by the National Licensing Steering Committee (NLSC) earlier in 2013, which assessed the impact of the introduction of a national licensing system for property occupations. The purpose of the review was to assess the net benefits and adverse impacts the DRIS would have on ...

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Cost-Benefit Analysis of Providing Early Intervention to Children with Autism

Synergies Economic Consulting was engaged by AEIOU to assist with drafting a submission in response to the PC issues paper that responds to the issues to be addressed in the PC inquiry that were of interest to AEIOU in terms of the impact on its future operations, particularly in relation to the provision of government assistance and the appropriate models for providing childcare and early learning services to children with developmental disabilities.

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AARC Elimatta – Economic Impact Assessment

The project involves an open-cut pit mining thermal coal at up to 8 Mtpa run-of-mine (ROM) coal to produce 5 Mtpa of product coal for export. The project will develop of a rail line to connect the Elimatta project to the Surat Basin Rail, north of Wandoan. The development of the rail line will facilitate the development of coal reserves located to the west of the Elimatta deposit.

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Economic Costs of Autism Spectrum Disorder in Australia

Synergies Economic Consulting was engaged by the Not for Profit Children’s Lobby Group to undertake a cost-benefit analysis of early intervention for children with autism, Cerebral Palsy, Down syndrome, hearing impairment and visual impairment. The first stage of the project involved undertaking detailed literature reviews on lifetime outcomes across the five disabilities, early intervention treatments commonly employed and also studies assessing the benefits of early intervention.

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Proposed declaration of Sucrogen’s Herbert River tramway service network

Synergies was engaged by Corrs to assist with the preparation of its submission to the NCC in relation to an access declaration application by the North Queensland Bio-Energy Corporation Ltd (NQBE) in regards to below rail services provided on Sucrogen’s Tramway Service Network in the Herbert River district. Following the release of the NCC’s draft recommendation not to declare the below rail services of the Tramway Service Network, we prepared a supplementary expert report in ...

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Rural Water Pricing Business and Scheme Overview

Synergies was engaged by the Queensland Competition Authority (QCA) to compile a background report to inform the QCA’s investigation of the prices to apply to SunWater’s irrigation customers for the 2010/11 to 2015/16 pricing period. This report involved the analysis of a large volume of pricing and supply-related data provided by SunWater.

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