Enhancing the quality of life for all Queensland communities

Three days, four tech tours, 12 streams, 36 papers and an array of opportunities to connect. This is #IPWEAQ18!

Program streams

Due to an overwhelming number of high caliber paper submissions, we have added an additional track to our program this year. This will be our first Annual Conference to run with four consecutive tracks so there is sure to be a topic of interest to suit everyone.

Our streams include Technology and innovation, featuring papers on 'Emerging technologies advancing the capabilities of public infrastructure', 'City of Gold Coast Transport and Infrastructure’s integration of 3D visualisation technologies into its planning and delivery process' and 'Technology – Tried, tested and reviewed'

The Investing in safety stream features papers on 'A road safety policy for Queensland Department of Transport and Main Roads', 'Work Driving Safety: How well is your organisation managing the risk?' and 'A new approach to reviewing speed limits in Queensland.'

Other streams include Sustainable communities, Underground infrastructure assets and Resilience and recovery. For a full program overview please visit our conference program


We will have 50 exhibitors on display from organisations as vast and varied as Komatsu

(Our Principle Partner), CR Kennedy, Fulton Hogan, Turbid Water Solutions and Boral, just to name a few. 

These companies specialise in structural material and methodology, supplying heavy equipment and plant machinery, emerging technology and sustainable water solutions. For a full list of exhibitors please visit our exhibitors page or to enquire about joining the conference as an exhibitor please contact Paula Paul.


The networking opportunities the conference presents are outstanding. We are expecting more than 400 delegates from more than 40 councils and 100 organisations.

We have structured our social events to maximise your opportunities to meet and connect with industry peers, local government representatives and industry suppliers.

The welcome function on day one is hosted outdoors poolside at the Marriott Resort. The evening of day two is our renowned Excellence Awards Gala Dinner – this is kicked off with pre-dinner drinks and is the most highly anticipated social event of the conference with a live band, photo booth and of course our Awards ceremony – hosted in the Grand Ballroom at the Marriott Resort. While day three Closing Ceremony is a more casual affair at the Surfers Paradise Surf Club. What better way to finish than with a cold drink in hand, watching the sun set over the Gold Coast?

If you would like to join us on the Gold Coast, please visit our registration site to consider which registration option best suits.

Update on the Street Planning and Design Manual 

By Trevor Parminter SPDM Project Manager

(mobile 0437 752 996)

The Street Planning and Design Manual (SPDM) project is now well underway – the revamped Steering Committee and the two Working Groups are meeting regularly. 

Actions are in hand to augment the Street Planning Working Group with experienced planners from a range of larger Councils, and to strengthen both Working Groups with IPWEAQ Branch nominees/representatives (as “corresponding members”).

It has been decided to augment the project organisation structure by establishing a Reference Group (individuals who are available to assist the WGs – E.g. by undertaking specific tasks) and a Peer Review Panel. IPWEAQ members who wish to become involved in this way, or know of others who might be available, are asked to let me know.

The first significant ‘technical work’ for the project is a Literature Search that is being conducted by John Derbyshire – this work is identifying all relevant publications, research reports etc Australia wide & overseas. John’s report is expected in August – it will be available to all interested parties on the Knowledge Centre.

Infrastructure Priority List update 

Infrastructure Australia calls for submissions for the Infrastructure Priority List (IPL) update to identify infrastructure concerns and opportunities of national significance for update in the February 2019 publication.

While the IPL is a live document and is open to submissions at any time, to be considered for the next IPL publication update, submissions must be received before 31 August 2018.

The Assessment Framework provides information on the process including outlining submission stages and instructions on how to complete each template.

Please contact the Project Advisory team via email iplsubmissions@infrastructure.gov.au or call 02 8114 1900 for more information.

News from BPEQ

The new issue of the Board of Professional Engineers of Queensland (BPEQ) newsletter is now available. 

Catch up on all the latest BPEQ news including:

  • A word from the Registrar
  • Case note: BPEQ reprimands RPEQ and non-RPEQ
  • CQ meet and greet with BPEQ
  • Welcome to our newest RPEQs

This issue also features BPEQ Board member Yvonne Pengilly writing on the critical role of RPEQs in construction design projects.

Infrastructure and public works job opportunities

Do you want to keep your finger on the pulse of the latest jobs on offer in the public works sector? Or are you looking to fill a position within your organisation, and only want applications from highly-qualified candidates who understand the industry?

Hoopler4jobs is the job platform from IPWEA which is designed specifically to match infrastructure professionals with infrastructure jobs. Visit Hoopler4jJobs to find out more.

Critical Risk Management 

NEW workshop

(Up to 7 CPD hours)

Brisbane 30 August 2018

Sunshine Coast 12 September 2018

Toowoomba 26 September 2018

Despite a growing range of supporting systems and processes, in practice risk management often fails to meet expectations.

Learn how to move beyond process, documentation, review and analysis – and stimulate thinking about appropriate risk-taking when making decisions. 

At IPWEAQ’s workshop you will examine the influence of risk appetite and risk attitude, discover how emotional literacy can be used for managing risk attitudes, and be guided to develop a framework for increased risk management effectiveness. 

Please register via the shopping cart in the IPWEAQ portal. 

qldwater Annual Forum

Gold Coast

5-6 September 2018

Early bird registrations closing soon!


For a chance to network with 80-100 water industry professionals, typically including more than 30 councils and utilities organisations, join the team at the qldwater 2018 Annual Forum

This is also a great opportunity to visit some key Commonwealth Games sites and hear about the technical as well as the strategic, including the legacy the Games has left for the city and its water and sewerage services.

The Program outline is available on the event website or for further information,

please contact Diana Kislitsyna if you have any questions.

New insolvency laws seminar
29 August 2018

Registrations now open

From 1 July 2018, new laws commenced which stay the enforcement of ipso facto clauses, which would otherwise allow a party to terminate or vary the terms of a contract, where the other party is in administration, receivership or under (or soon to be under) an insolvent scheme of arrangement.

The legislation is complex and liability may arise for wrongfully terminating a contract or for performing certain obligations in reliance on an unenforceable right under an ipso facto clause. 

McCullough Robertson’s Government seminars like this one are designed for state and locagovernment lawyers and senior managers.

NATSPEC Overview, Production & Word Processing Seminar


16 August 2018 

Road Safety Audit 

(Up to 16 CPD hours)


21-22 August 2018

Road Safety Audit - Refresher

(Up to 6 CPD hours)


23 August 2018

Erosion and Sediment Control Level 3, Advanced Training 

(Up to 16 CPD hours)


11-13 September 2018

Type A, B & D Sediment Basin Design Course

(Up to 8 CPD hours)


13 September 2018 

Bridge Inspection Workshop Levels 1 & 2

(Up to 18 CPD hours)


18-20 September 2018

Please register via the shopping cart in the IPWEAQ portal. 

IPWEAQ President’s Breakfast


8 February 2019

International Public Works Conference


25-29 August 2019

IPWEAQ 2019 Annual Conference


October 2019