Enhancing the quality of life for all Queensland communities

#IPWEAQ19 Update

NEW #IPWEAQ19 Live Stream!

If you are unable to attend #IPWEAQ19, we invite you to join us via live stream for the following sessions:

Panel Discussion and Keynote speakers: $50 plus GST (up to 2 CPD hours) - Wednesday 23 October, 10:30am - 12:30pm

The Great Debate (rural engineers are more adaptable than their city counterparts): Complimentary - Thursday 24 October, 3:30pm - 4:45pm

Register via the Live Stream Registration Portal to confirm your attendance.

Any queries, please don't hesitate to contact Monica or Johanna.

Conference Delegate Video

Get the most out of your #IPWEAQ19 conference experience by downloading the Event app.

In this video, our Relationship Manager, Johanna Vanling explains the app features including how you can choose your table at the Excellence Awards and gala dinner.

Women in Public Works Engineering Masterclass

We are thrilled to have Dr Jillian Kenny facilitating our Women in Public Works Engineering Masterclass at #IPWEAQ19.

Jillian holds a Bachelor of Engineering (Civil) and a PhD from Queensland University of Technology.

Sponsored by GHD, this interactive masterclass ‘diversity as a superpower’ will provide relevant and authentic development strategies. Some sessions and Tech Tours are almost at capacity so register now to ensure you don’t miss out.

2019 IPWEAQ Excellence Awards

We’re readying for what is sure to be another amazing night at the #IPWEAQ19 Excellence Awards and gala dinner.

If you’re unable to participate in the full conference program but would like to attend the awards gala dinner, you can...

Individual event tickets are still available for $180 +gst each. Or get together a group of friends and colleagues and take advantage of our ‘table’ offer by purchasing an entire table for 10 people for the price of just 9 tickets – that’s just $1,620 +gst.

We're proud to coordinate the awards program and to be promoting the achievements of those individuals and project teams enhancing the quality of life for Queensland communities. Who will take out the awards for public works engineering excellence?

Be there for all the announcements at the Royal International Convention Centre!

Calling for Scholarship EOIs

IPWEAQ is currently inviting Expressions of Interest (EOI) from members who would like to apply for a scholarship to undertake an international study tour  of their choice, sponsored by the IPWEA Queensland Foundation.

Ashlee Adams was the recipient of the 2018 International Study Tour and attended the Smart City Expo World Congress in Barcelona in November. You can read more about Ashlee’s experience in her report for Engineering for Public Works.

IPWEAQ invites members to apply for a scholarship to attend an international tour or conference of your choosing. Please contact IPWEAQ CEO Leigh Cunningham for details.

ADAC Update

There have been some important developments in the ADAC space recently. The Strategic Reference Group (SRG) which guides the direction of and establishes protocols around ADAC has met twice in quick succession recently and is formulating some innovation in the way the Technical Reference Group (TRG) functions. The SRG has begun drawing up a restructure that will make the TRG more effective and give an even greater representative voice to all consortium members.

The group welcomed the inclusion of some newer member in Shellharbour and Ipswich councils and seeks to encourage any entities who are part of the consortium but who have still not fully integrated ADAC into their asset management procedures to reach out through IPWEAQ to get assistance in adopting the ADAC standard.

For any ADAC enquiries please contact Mark Lamont on 07 3632 6806.

Supervisor's Handbook

We have commenced our review of the Supervisor’s Handbook and would appreciate your thoughts on the topics covered in the current version. 

Consider the role of a modern civil construction supervisor - please send us any additional topics you think are relevant AND any topics that may no longer be required. 

You can find the current Table of Contents for reference here.

For more information on joining the Supervisor's Handbook Review Panel, please contact Craig Moss or Carol Humber.

Street Design Manual

In preparation for the stakeholder briefing and workshop on 25 October we are circulating reading material to prepare your feedback and solutions.

At the beginning of the month we distributed the draft Table of Contents.

We now invite you to reflect on a topic that will be covered in our Conference Panel Discussion: Future Australia – Planning for our communities in 2050. We hope this presentation will spark questions and solutions that can be applied to our published Manual.

Please consider:

In the next 30 years, it is estimated that Australia’s population will be 36million people. 75% of this growth will be centred in Brisbane, Sydney, Melbourne, and Perth.

With growth comes a unique opportunity for our sector to remake and reinvent our communities. Whilst there are significant challenges, there are also planning opportunities for liveable communities that balance economic, social, environmental, and land use.

1. How can infrastructure planning best support the goals of:

  • enhancing the liveability of our communities;
  • advancing the sustainability of our natural and built environments;
  • creating an environment that promotes innovation and economic growth?

2. Almost 30% of Australians live outside major centres, including 10% living in towns with populations under 10,000 people. What are some planning solutions for regional communities?

3. How can infrastructure and design assist in building a smart city?

The SDM will provide world-leading guidance to future proof our communities. Throughout November and December an online consultation process will be open.

Registration to the workshop is free! Even if you cannot attend Annual Conference you are welcome to register for Friday only.

For more information on SDM, please contact Craig Moss.

SWQ Branch Conference

20-22 February  2020


CQ Branch Conference

30 April – 1 May 2020


SEQ Branch Conference

28-29 May 2020


NQ Branch Conference

10-11 June 2020


Notice of Annual General Meeting with Special Resolution

The 2019 Annual General Meeting of members of the Institute of Public Works Engineering Australasia, Queensland will be held as follows:

Date: Thursday 24 October 2019

Time: 12:45pm - 1:15pm

Venue: Royal International Convention Centre,

Meeting Rooms 1 & 2

Eligibility to Attend: You must be a financial member

Quorum: 17 members in person or by proxy. Please be prompt as the meeting will start on time!


1. Welcome

2. Special Resolution - that the Institute becomes a Company Limited by Guarantee (CLBG) and

adopts the new constitution as circulated to members (which supports the CLBG)

3. Minutes of Previous AGM, 12 October 2018

4. Receive and adopt the Annual Report including Financial Report for the year ended 30 June 2019

5. Appointment of auditor for 2019-2020

6. Election of Board (2019-2021)

The net profit of the Institute for 2018-2019 including the Institute as an individual entity, the Queensland Water Directorate (qldwater), a business registered by the Institute and the IPWEA

Queensland Foundation, a trust established on behalf of members was $157,000. As a registered charity, the Institute is tax exempt.

Note: Section 70 of the Associations Incorporation Act requires the Board to consider the need for public liability insurance and to report this to members at the AGM. The IPWEAQ Board has determined that there is such a need and policies are in place.

If you have any queries regarding the Annual Report and/or accompanying Financial Report, please do not hesitate to contact IPWEAQ CEO, Leigh Cunningham.

SEQ Branch social functions

At the last SEQ Branch committee meeting the committee decided to have two casual social functions per year starting with the first:

From 5pm, Thursday 28 November

Venue: Ship Inn at Southbank

There is no requirement to register and everyone is to purchase their own food and drinks. We look forward to seeing you there!

Job Opportunities

Somerset Regional Council - Director Operations

Somerset Regional Council are recruiting a new Director Operations. Please refer to the online application package and contact Kerri-Lee Jones, Director Human Resources and Customer Service on 07 5424 4000 for more information.

News from BPEQ

Take a moment to catch up on the latest news from the BPEQ: 

  • A word from the Registrar
  • Educating the next generation of engineers
  • BPEQ’s growing online presence
  • Four Corner report must prompt change in building sector: BPEQ
  • Mutual Recognition of Professional Registration.

New STEM Women Expert directory

Less than one in four STEM experts quoted in the media are women. The Australian Academy of Science is looking to bring more balance to STEM media representation and has created a online database where users can find female experts across all STEM industries.

As Women’s Agenda explains, the online directory can be used to find women for a range of purposes beyond just media activities alone, including: mentoring, providing an expert opinion, sitting on boards or committees, outreach activities, conference presenting and opportunities to collaborate. The directory enables users to search for women in STEM based on their expertise, location and other criteria.

We encourage women in public works engineering to sign up and add your own ‘expert’ profile on the STEM Women website.