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Enhancing the quality of life for all Queensland communities

New CPD Tracking Portal

IPWEAQ's new online CPD logbook is the most efficient way to manage your CPD obligations with a dashboard and hourmeter to monitor your progress. 

Keep track of your CPD activities including conference attendances, conference presentations, articles written for the journal, private learning and more. Regular updating of your CPD logbook not only keeps track of your CPD hours, it builds your CV.

Create an account or contact Kate O'Riordan for assistance. 

RPEQ Renewals due 31 May 2021

Visit the BPEQ website for tips on getting renewal ready and read the latest BPEQ Newsletter:

Issue 76 March 2021

  • The PE Act for corporations, company officers, managers, local and state government
  • Else Shepherd: a pioneer in the truest sense
  • 2021 Infrastructure Priority List
  • World Engineering Day
  • Are you renewal ready?

Upcoming PD Opportunities

Public Works TV (PW-TV) - Register Online

28 April: Improving Stabilisation Outcomes 

12 May: Critical thinking with Dr Neal Lake

Professional Development - Register Online

21 April: Assessing Heavy Vehicle Access to Bridges, Brisbane

22 April: Street Design Manual Practitioners, Brisbane

27-29 April: Bridge Inspection Workshop, Brisbane

28 April: Queensland Urban Drainage Manual Workshop, Brisbane


19-20 May: Asset Management Symposium, Brisbane

3 June: Rural Roads Maintenance & Rehabilitation Forum, Dalby

16-18 June: NQ Branch Conference, Townsville

Member Milestones, May 2021

Congratulations to the following members celebrating 5 years this May! 
  • Tom Jamieson, Sunshine Coast Council
  • Stacey Marshman, Mount Isa City Council
Thank you for your contributions to IPWEAQ and to our sector.

Registrations Now Open

The long-term financial sustainability of our sector in Queensland depends on the successful management of our public infrastructure. Our communities not only depend on it, they trust that the professionals managing our public infrastructure have systems and processes in place to ensure we are functioning at optimal performance, now and for generations to come. Without full knowledge of the type, performance, cost, and age of their assets, asset owners are limited in their ability to make fully informed decisions about their asset renewal, maintenance, and replacement. The Symposium will provide delegates with a better understanding of the asset life cycle and an appreciation of the role they play in the efficient and effective management of the assets which have an impact on the quality of life of our citizens.

The Asset Management Symposium's objective is to provide a practical understanding of the different stages of the asset lifecycle underpinned by good governance. Experienced practitioners will address various aspects of asset management practiced supported by case studies.

The program is relevant for anyone involved in the infrastructure asset lifecycle including elected officials, engineers, financial Professionals, planners, GIS Technicians, operations staff and asset management specialists.

Register online or contact Kate O'Riordan for assistance. 

Nominate for an Excellence Award

There are 13 project categories this year including two new Road Safety categories: Community Road Safety and Road Safety Infrastructure. We have also introduced a new category for Projects over $20 million.


In addition to our five people awards, we have introduced two Employer Awards: Employer of the Year (Private Sector) and Employer of the Year (Public Sector). We are pleased to recognise organisations and employers that have developed leading workplaces which maximise the full potential of their workforce.

Nominate a person, project, or employer by 25 June 2021. All nominees and winners announced at the IPWEAQ Annual Conference gala dinner, 12 October 2021 in Cairns.

Contact Monica Robertson for further information or assistance.

Call for Papers

The Call for Papers is now open for the NQ Branch Conference, Townsville, 16-18 June. Earn up to 45 CPD hours preparing and presenting a paper for a professional industry conference.10 reasons for presenting a paper at an IPWEAQ conference.

Submit your paper by Thursday 22 April together with a bio and a 500 word abstract. Successful submissions will be notified by Thursday 7 May.

Please contact Monica Robertson for assistance.

IPWEAQ Knowledge Centre

The IPWEAQ Knowledge Centre is globally recognised in the Library Publishing Directory published by the Library Publishing Coalition in Atlanta as a critical resource for the public works sector.

Much of the content in the Knowledge Centre is only accessible to IPWEAQ members including the proceedings of all past IPWEAQ branch conferences (valued at $2,000 + GST per annum) and past Public Works TV (PW-TV) sessions.

Updates to the Knowledge Centre (searchable by topic, author, title etc) include:

Log in to the Knowledge Center to access the above content OR join IPWEAQ to gain access. Please contact Johanna Vanling if you require assistance. 

Traffic Management Working Group

IPWEAQ is facilitating a Working Group to develop a compliant toolkit to support the planning and design of safe, cost-effective and efficient temporary traffic management solutions for low volume Category 1 roads. This is in response to concerns raised by councils that the adoption of the Austroads Guide to Temporary Traffic Management (AGTTM) would place an undue burden on work activities related to roads with traffic volumes of less than 1,000 vehicles per day.

As the new Standards for all Queensland roads become mandatory 1 August 2021, the Working Group will focus its efforts on roads with an AADT of 250 vpd or less. The initial set of tools developed will be:

  • standardised tools to assist a Traffic Management Designer (TMD) make informed, risk-based decisions.
  • a suite of generic traffic guidance schemes for all standard situations.
  • a suite of traffic guidance schemes that can be modified to suit site-specific requirements.
  • guidance materials to assist in the consistent application of products and processes.

Once the initial set of tools are completed, the Group will investigate solutions for higher traffic volumes and other complementary tools that support the process.

We wish to acknowledge the efforts of those actively contributing to this initiative, in particular, Adam Brighouse from Toowoomba Regional Council who is chairing the Group.

For more information about this initiative, or if you would like to contribute to this Working Group, please contact Craig Moss.

Assessing Heavy Vehicle Access to Bridges

With the ever-increasing drive to improve the productivity of our road freight network, we are continually asked to assess requests for access to road and bridge networks. This requires specialist knowledge and understanding so join Dr Neal Lake, an expert in above-ground structures, in Brisbane Wednesday 21 April 2021. Register online. Listen to Neal's preview of this program

Every Community Needs an Engineer

Our 2021 Every Community Needs an Engineer calendar features 14 diverse projects delivered by public works engineers for Queensland communities. Download a copy!

Papers, articles and presentations in the nature of each feature are cataloged in our globally-recognised Knowledge Centre under the 'Every Community Needs an Engineer' community.

Please submit content for any of the featured months including April (memorials) and May (man-made waterways) to Johanna Vanling to upload to the Knowledge Centre. 

Access current ECNE Collections for airports, coastal engineering and parklands. 

Review: Street Design Manual - Walkable Neighbourhoods

The Street Design Manual – Walkable Neighbourhoods was released September 2021. Developed for industry by industry, the Manual recognises streets as an essential connector to multi-purpose social spaces in our neighbourhoods. Importantly, the Manual also supports the new mandatory provisions and Model Code by providing guidance on active transport options which will deliver safer neighbourhoods and a sense of community.

To ensure leading practice is being achieved, IPWEAQ seeks ongoing input from users. Please download the feedback form and forward completed forms to Craig Moss, Director Professional Services.


27 April: Fundamentals Webinar #10, register online

Electrical Safety Working on Metallic Pipes presented by Murray Thompson

19-20 May: qldwater Barcaldine Conference, register online

The conference will be held in Barcaldine on the 19th and 20th May, hosted by Barcaldine Regional Council. Theme for the conference will be focussed on 'Service Delivery in the West' and we hope to be able to showcase some of the activities of the Remote Area Planning and Development Board’s Water and Sewerage Alliance which is supported through QWRAP. This event will be ran as a hybrid event with virtual and in person attendance options.

Visit https://www.qldwater.com.au/ to view their ongoing blog and regular industry focused newsletters and e-flashes.

IPWEAQ Socials

MS Brissie to the Bay: 13 June 2021

Join TEAM IPWEAQ in the ride to fight MS. Please contact Johanna Vanling for further information or to order a complimentary IPWEAQ jersey!

The Sunday Mail Bridge to Brisbane: 29 August 2021

Join Team IPWEAQ or donate today to support our President's Charity, Rural Aid Australia.


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