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Enhancing the quality of life for all Queensland communities

All of us at IPWEAQ wish you a very merry Christmas and a happy and successful 2018.


Our office will be closed from 22 December and re-open on 2 January 2018.


We look forward to continuing to support you in your career in the New Year!

New Queensland Construction Legislation

The Queensland Parliament has passed the Building Industry Fairness (Security of Payment) Bill 2017. It is unknown yet when it will commence.


In addition, the Building and Construction Legislation (Non-conforming Building Products—Chain of Responsibility and Other Matters) Amendment Act 2017 (Qld) entered into force on 1 November 2017 and imposes onerous obligations on supply chain participants to ensure that non-conforming products are not used.


IPWEAQ's valued Partner, McCullough Robertson, has prepared this article which explains the new laws and how they might affect you.

Upcoming IPWEAQ courses:

Register now for courses in 2018:

QUDM Workshops:
  • 24 January 2018, Toowoomba
  • 7 February 2018, Sunshine Coast
  • 21 February 2018, Gold Coast

Managing Risk on Lower Order Roads:

  • 27 February 2018, Gladstone
  • 28 February 2018, Rockhampton

  • Road Safety Audit, 13 – 14 February 2018, Brisbane
  • Road Safety Audit - Refresher, 15 February 2018, Brisbane
  • Bridge Inspection Levels 1 & 2, 6-8 March 2018

Find out more or register via the shopping cart in the IPWEAQ portalFor more information contact Craig Moss, Director, Professional and Career Development on 3632 6805.

The latest news from the Board of Professional Engineers of Queensland includes:

  • A word from the Registrar
  • Code of Practice specifics—continuing professional development
  • Special training available to fire engineers to tackle combustible cladding
  • Building Industry Fairness (Security of Payment) Bill 2017
  • Professor Simon Biggs appointed next UWA Deputy Vice-Chancellor
  • Welcome to our newest RPEQs

2018 President's Breakfast

Our President, Seren McKenzie invites you to join us for the 2018 President’s Breakfast for an opportunity to thank our Partners, Supporters and Sponsors for their contribution to our successes over the past year.

Friday 9 February 2018, 7am-9am
Captain's Room, The Pavilion, Allan Border Field
1 Greg Chappell Street, Albion

IPWEAQ Members $50 plus GST

MS Queensland Swimathons!

Join the IPWEAQ community in supporting the President's Charity, MS Queensland by participating in one of the Swimathons in 2018:

Sunday 11 February, Griffith - SEQ Branch
Sunday 25 February, Gold Coast - SEQ Branch
Saturday 17 March, Rockhampton - CQ Branch
Friday 20 April, Cairns - NQ Branch

Express interest in being part of an IPWEAQ team now at:

IPWEAQ Street Planning and Design Manual

IPWEAQ's proposed new Street Planning and Design Manual will be the most comprehensive contemporary manual for the planning and design of streets in Australia.

If you would like to contribute to the development of this key document or assist with funding, please complete the form on our website.

For more information contact Ross Guppy, Director, Technical Products or Leigh Cunningham, Chief Executive Officer.

SWQ Branch Conference Goondiwindi, 15-16 March 2018

Registrations are now open for the SWQ Branch Conference, Goondiwindi, 15-16 March 2018.


Register online now!


The committee is seeking submissions for papers to be presented at the conference. Topics of interest include:

  • Project learnings
  • Innovative technologies and practices
  • Asset management
  • Governance

Submit online before the call for papers closes this Friday 22 December! 

Sponsorship opportunities are available. For more information contact Amanda Mikeleit.

Have you had a chance to read the December issue of Engineering for Public Works?


This issue features a selection of papers and reports from the IPWEAQ 2017 state conference in Townsville, together with all of our usual reports from the President, CEO and Branch Presidents.


Read it now and share EPW with colleagues and friends. Contact Carlie Sargent if you have an article or advertisement for the March 2018 issue.

The 2017 state conference was our most successful conference to date with 347 delegates from 40 councils with 100 organisations represented and 48 exhibitors.

Conference podcasts including all seven keynote and plenary presentations, the Great Debate, Futures Challenge and 30+ papers delivered across 12 streams are accessible for free to (paid) delegates

If you were unable to attend #IPWEAQ17, you may wish to subscribe to the podcasts. This offers up to 22 CPD hours for less than $30 per hour!

SEQ Tech Tour - 22 February 2018

Register now for the SEQ Branch Tech Tour of the Alex Fraser Nudgee Facility on 22 February 2018.


Alex Fraser manufactures recycled road base and drainage aggregate to the Department of Transport and Main Roads' specifications. They have supplied materials and expertise to numerous major projects including Gateway Upgrade North, Mains and Kessels Roads Upgrade and the upcoming Ipswich Motorway Upgrade.


You are invited to join us for a working lunch and experience first-hand the strict quality procedures in place in the production of their high grade civil construction materials.


The program will commence at 12:00pm and is expected to conclude by 1:30pm. 


Register now or contact Johanna Vanling on 3632 6803 for more information.

IPWEAQ's jobs page includes the latest public works job vacancies in Queensland.


Contact Johanna Vanling to add your vacancy.

Follow us on Linkedin and Twitter and 'like' us on Facebook to receive daily news updates. 

Join the IPWEAQ Technical Group on Linkedin to participate in discussions relevant to the public works sector in Queensland.