Enhancing the quality of life for all Queensland communities

#IPWEAQ18... And that's a wrap!

What an amazing three days on the Gold Coast! And what wonderful feedback from delegates, speakers, sponsors and exhibitors alike that this was our 'best conference ever!'

Not only was it our 'best conference ever' but also our biggest with 485 conference participants, 50 exhibitors, four streams and 36 sessions over three days. Thanks to a very high caliber of presenters, we delivered a diverse, relevant and informative program that kept our delegates engaged from start to finish.

MC Michael Pascoe kept us on track (and amused) again this year, day 2 keynote Michael McQueen spoke about future trends and business disruption, and on day 3 Nic Marchesi and Lucas Patchett from Orange Sky inspired us with the amazing work they do in our communities.

City of Gold Coast band 'the Waves', Michael Pascoe and artist in residence Col Chandler kept audiences entertained throughout the gala dinner. And the excellence awards program was a particular highlight, recognising people and projects demonstrating best practice, innovation and positive community impact in public works projects across Queensland.

Thank you to everyone who joined us - we look forward to seeing you next year in Brisbane at #IPWEAQ19!

Conference proceedings

For those of you who were unable to attend the conference, you can still enjoy the conference videos and PowerPoint presentations.

The entire #IPWEAQ18 conference set is available for $600 for members and $900 for non members. This represents exceptional value at 24 CPD hours for $25 per hour. Find out how to access the IPWEAQ Knowledge Centre for more information. 

IPWEAQ native title and cultural heritage compliance

We were excited to receive such enthusiastic feedback at the #IPWEAQ18 launch of the our compliance portals for native title and cultural heritage, which is planned for release in early 2019.

The portals were developed in response to the Timber Creek case in the Northern Territory and to assist councils in ensuing infrastructure and other public works projects are undertaken in compliance with the Native Title Act (1993) and the Aboriginal Cultural Heritage Act (2003).

The opportunity to attend the seminar and learn from experts in the area was invaluable. We are grateful to the team from Marrawah Law - Cassie Lang and Kylie Aldridge and to Barrister-at-law Josh Creamer, for presenting at #IPWEAQ18. We are happy to make the ‘Timber Creek case explained’ presentation and portal demonstration videos available for your review. 

Proposed General Meeting to adopt new constitution and legal structure

Date: Thursday 23 May 2019

Location: Rockhampton, in conjunction with the CQ Branch Conference

Time and venue: to be advised

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 the Institute constitution on the dedicated constitution website briefing page.

Please note that if you are unable to attend the General Meeting on 16 May 2019, you can vote by Proxy. To do this please complete the Proxy Form and return it to the IPWEAQ CEO whenever you are satisfied with the proposed new constitution but before 10 May 2019.

News from BPEQ

You may also like to take a moment to catch up on the latest news from the Board of Professional Engineers of Queensland (BPEQ). The October issue of the BPEQ newsletter is now available and includes the following articles:
  • A word from the Registrar
  • Mentoring key to professional and personal growth
  • The PE Act for corporations, company officers, managers, Local and State Government
  • Confidential reporting scheme for structural safety issues launches in Australia
  • AusIMM SQSC at New Leaders Conference and National Mining Games
  • Welcome to our newest RPEQs

This issue also features BPEQ Community Representative Sarah Hansen on the benefits of mentoring for individuals and companies.

Infrastructure and public works job opportunities

McArthur is currently recruiting a Senior Development Engineer for Bundaberg Regional Council.

In this role as the key lead on all development engineering activities, you and your team will provide specialised support across broader, large scale community-facing development initiatives.

This is a rare opportunity to combine both career and lifestyle aspirations with a contemporary-thinking Council located in one of Australia’s most attractive regions. 

More information on this exciting opportunity can be found on the McArthur website.

Lifting the Bonnet on Successful Asset Accounting & Management
20 November 2018
RACV Royal Pines Resort, Gold Coast 

The Local Government Financial Professionals (LGFP) in conjunction with IPWEAQ will be holding a masterclass titled Lifting the Bonnet on Successful Asset Accounting and Management as a part of their 2018 Annual Conference being held from 20 - 23 November at the RACV Royal Pines Resort on the Gold Coast. This masterclass will focus on the practical steps to enable better asset accounting and asset management.

For more information or to register, please refer to this course brochure.

Brisbane: 11 December 2018

Basic Geometric Road Design Workshop 

(Up to 12 CPD hours)

Rockhampton 22-23 November 2018

Melbourne 6-7 December 2018

Administration of Construction Contracts Workshop

(Up to 14 CPD hours)

Rockhampton 23-24 January 2019

Cairns 26-27 November 2018

Tender Administration

(Up to 14 CPD hours)

Cairns 20-21 February 2019

Rockhampton 19-20 March 2019

Bridge Inspection Workshop

Levels one and two

(Up to 18 CPD hours)

Brisbane 20-22 November 2018

Melbourne 29-31 January 2019

Darwin 26-28 February 2019

Managing Unsealed Local Roads Workshop

(Up to CPD hours)

Gatton 29-30 November 2018

Erosion and Sediment Control

Level 3, Advanced Training

(Up to 16 CPD hours)

Brisbane 27-29 November 2018

Type A, B & D Sediment Basin Design Course

(Up to 8 CPD hours)

Brisbane 29 November 2018

Treatment of Crash Locations Workshop

(Up to 12 CPD hours)

Brisbane 4-5 December 2018

Townsville: 22 November 2018

Please register via the shopping cart in the IPWEAQ portal. 

IPWEAQ President’s Breakfast


8 February 2019

IPWEAQ SWQ Branch Conference

Gatton and Esk

7-8 March 2019

IPWEAQ CQ Branch Conference


15-16 May 2019

IPWEAQ Northern Roads Symposium


June date to be confirmed

International Public Works Conference


25-29 August 2019

IPWEAQ 2019 Annual Conference


22-24 October 2019