About IPWEA

The Institute of Public Works Engineering Australasia (IPWEA) is the professional organisation providing member services and advocacy for those involved in and delivering public works and engineering services to the community both in Australia and New Zealand.

Previously known as the Institute of Municipal Engineering Australia (IMEA), the organisation is expanding its traditional local government engineering focus to the broader public works and thereby covering all tiers of government as well as the private sector, where we have over 30% of our membership.

Almost all of Australia and New Zealand's professional consultancy firms which specialise in public sector infrastructure including roads, water, power, rail, ports and airports - are members of IPWEA. Our private sector members bring thought leadership, innovation and a commercial focus to IPWEA's industry leadership.

In June 2013, INGENIUM in New Zealand joined as a Special Division of IPWEA to become IPWEA NZ. This followed many years of close cooperation and collaboration between the two organisations.

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 government.

Membership criteria for IPWEA is also changed 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 other technical staff and managers. Membership grades also reflect their achievements within the Institute.

To enquire about IPWEA membership please contact your State Division directly or email IPWEA

IPWEA has a long established working relationship with Engineers Australia, providing savings and additional benefits to members including accreditation of qualifications, training, networking and exchange of specialist expertise. Please contact 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 Australia and New Zealand.


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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.