The Institute of Public Works Engineering Australia (IPWEA) is a
professional organisation providing member services and advocacy for
those involved in and delivering public works and engineering services
to the community.
Previously known as the Institute of Municipal Engineering Australia
(IMEA), the organisation is now expanding its traditional local
government engineering focus to public works and thereby covering all
levels of government and private practice.
The change of name reflects the new direction the organisation is
embarking upon. Increasingly, engineers are working as part of
multi-disciplinary teams, rather than working within traditional
departments. Public works and services for all levels of government are
being provided increasingly by consultants, contractors, suppliers of
goods, services and machinery as well as those directly employed by
Membership criteria for IPWEA is also changing from an emphasis on
engineering qualifications and position within council, to criteria
based on what people do in their jobs. Members come from the wide range
of professions involved in public works and services - engineers,
technicians, public works directors, contractors, consultants, managers,
and strategic planners. Membership grades also reflect their
achievements within the Institute.
To enquire about IPWEA membership please contact your State Division
directly or email the IPWEA
The IPWEA has recently established a new working relationship with
the Institution of Engineers Australia (IEAust)., providing savings and
additional benefits to members including accreditation of
qualifications, training, networking and exchange of specialist
expertise. Please contact the IPWEA for more information.
The evolvement of IPWEA maintains the traditional expertise of local
government engineering but by broadening the base of expertise and
experience, adds a new dimension to public works professionalism in
The IPWEA Logo
The triangular symbol represents the three pursuits of the Institute
- professionalism, education and technical expertise. It is also
symbolic of the Institute's direction - the application of resources and
technical knowledge to a future of progress and achievement.