Enhancing the quality of life for all Queensland communities

Smoothing the path to RPEQ status

Engineers occupy positions of trust and responsibility within the community, industry and across government. Increasingly, engineering career opportunities – especially those more senior roles – are requiring candidates to have their RPEQ status as part of selection criteria.

Registration as a RPEQ is formal recognition of the qualification and competency of an engineer and it is a requirement of the Queensland Professional Engineers Act 2002 that professional engineering services are carried out by an RPEQ. This makes it illegal in Queensland for engineers to sign off on engineering decisions without RPEQ status.

If you are considering the move to becoming an RPEQ, IPWEAQ as a registered assessment entity can provide this service and offers all the assistance and advice you need throughout the process.

David Sexton a Principal Engineer and Stormwater and Waterway Management Associate at Engeny Water Management shared his experience of the RPEQ process with IPWEAQ saying, “From the time I submitted my application the process probably took about four weeks. I’m thankful to IPWEAQ for making the RPEQ process so simple. If I’d known it was going to be that easy I really would have done it much earlier.”

For anyone considering an application, a great starting point is our RPEQ website. Any enquires can be directed to Mark.Lamont@ipweaw.com

Proposed General Meeting to adopt new constitution and legal structure

1.00PM, Thursday 23 May 2019

Heritage Village, Rockhampton in conjunction with the CQ Branch conference

The constitution documents the rules that will govern the operation of the Institute for the benefit of its members. 

Our constitution has not been updated since 2006 and owing to various ad hoc amendments over the years, there are a number of conflicting rules and others that don’t respond to the needs of a modern organisation. One obvious example is the requirement for postal voting rather than electronic voting.

We encourage you to read more on our constitution on the dedicated website constitution briefing page.

Please note that if you are unable to attend the General Meeting on 23 May 2019, you can vote by Proxy. To do this please complete the Proxy Form and return it to the Chief Executive Officer whenever you are satisfied with the proposed new constitution but before 10 May 2019.

TMR driver safety feedback request

Transport and Main Roads (TMR) is investigating new and innovative ways to address driver distraction caused by devices, including mobile phones.

In 2017, there were 37 deaths and 1,124 hospitalised casualties as a result of crashes involving distracted drivers or riders. Distraction clearly presents a danger to drivers and other road users.

To help address this issue, TMR has commenced a multi-stage project investigating the causes of driver distraction from drivers using their mobile devices while driving and developing solutions to address the road trauma caused by these risky behaviours.

TMR would like to get your views to build our understanding of potential solutions.

To facilitate a straightforward and undemanding feedback mechanism for our members and stakeholders, IPWEAQ has initiated a very quick two question survey:

TMR Driver Safety Investigation

  1. Do you have potential solutions to minimise mobile phone usage while driving either from an engineering or social perspective?
  2. Do you have potential solutions to minimise driver distraction while driving either from an engineering or social perspective?

The information you provide can be as simple or as detailed as you like – we encourage deeper responses and you can even upload supporting documents.

We will collate all feedback and lodge a formal response to TMR on behalf of IPWEAQ members and stakeholders.

Queensland Walking Strategy

Whether you walk like an Egyptian, walk on sunshine, do the walk of life or walk 500 miles, walking is great for your health, for local economies and for the environment.

The Queensland Government is preparing a Queensland Walking Strategy which will provide the framework for promoting walking as an accessible, active transport mode across the state.

You can have your say on the future of walking in Queensland by completing our community attitudinal survey, providing a written submission, and sharing your thoughts on our ideas wall.

The ideas wall is like a digital sticky-notes wall where you can upload photos and ideas with the #WeWalkQLD hashtag to show others what you'd like to see included in the strategy.

We encourage you to have your say on the future of walking in Queensland! See the TMR website walking page for more information.

News from BPEQ

You may also like to take a moment to catch up on the news from the Board of Professional Engineers of Queensland (BPEQ) if you missed the last issue of the BPEQ newsletter for 2018.

Articles of interest in this include: Engineering technologist prosecuted for practising while unregistered, Engineers specified in chain of responsibility legislation and welcome to the newest RPEQ.

Infrastructure and public works job opportunities

Aurukun Shire Council are recruiting a temporary Director Technical Services.

The Director Technical Services is responsible for the provision of strategic leadership to Council’s Technical Services Department. The Department is responsible for the efficient delivery of all technical services including road construction and maintenance, building construction and maintenance, parks and gardens, water sewerage and waste services, airport operations, disaster management, asset management.

This role will be based in Aurukun with some fly in fly out options and is available with an immediate start for a three to six month term. The package will include accommodation, free power and full use of car in Queensland.

For more information, contact Peter Chapman, Human Resources Manager at Aurukun Shire Council.

Bundaberg Regional Council are recruiting a Road Corridor Manager.

The Road Corridor Manager provides day to day management of Council’s road network for the benefit of transport users and the community. This is a key position responsible for ensuring Council’s transportation corridors and associated assets are operated, maintained and enhanced in an integrated, safe and cost effective manner.

For further information in regards to this position, please contact Dwayne Honor, Bundaberg Regional Council Branch Manager Engineering Services on 1300 883 699.

To view the Position Description or to apply for this position, please visit the Bundaberg Regional Council employment website.

President's Breakfast

8 February 2019

The Pavilion at Albion

We are delighted to announce our annual President’s Breakfast in Brisbane, offered exclusively to our members and partners.

For the first time, we are proud to be hosting satellite breakfasts around the state, offering an opportunity for all to be involved.

Although approaching soon, there is still time to register and enjoy a relaxed breakfast, whilst listening to IPWEAQ’s 2018 Engineer of the Year delivering a presentation on the 2018 Games legacy.

Register via President’s Breakfast event website.

SWQ Branch Conference

March 7 – 8 March 2019

In partnership with Somerset and Lockyer Valley Regional Councils, this year’s SWQ Branch will be held in Gatton.

In addition to showcasing local projects, the conference also invites attendees to partake in a cycle tour of the Brisbane Valley Rail Trail (BVRT). The BVRT was the winner of IPWEAQ’s Excellence Award 2018 for projects $2 million - $5 million and highlights a project benefitting the community. 

Register via the SWQ Branch Conference event website.

Queensland Water Skills Forum

7 March 2019
Crosby Park Events Centre

This second forum is the result of strong industry interest in sharing knowledge and experiences around meeting the challenges of recruiting, retaining and upskilling staff.

The program includes presentations from industry representatives from across Queensland and offers an optional dinner to continue networking and hear from special guest speaker, Neil Brennan, CEO Seqwater. 

Register via the Queensland Water Skills Forum event website.

Queensland Urban Drainage Manual Workshop
(Up to 7 CPD hours) 

13 February 2019

27 February 2019
Gold Coast
(condensed workshop

Bridge Inspection Workshop
(Up to 18 CPD hours) 

29-31 January 2019
Melbourne SOLD OUT*

26-28 February 2019

12-14 March 2019

*The Melbourne course is now full. Please contact us for future dates.

Road Safety Audit Workshop
Levels 1 & 2
(Up to 16 CPD hours)

19-20 February 2019

2-3 April 2019

Road Safety Audit Refresher Workshop
(Up to 6 CPD hours)

21 February 2019

Please register via the shopping cart in the IPWEAQ portal for all training courses

We say farewell to Paula Paula who leaves us to return to family in Canberra and a big IPWEAQ welcome to Monica Robertson!