Issue 6 - 08 March

IPWEA Vic eNews

President's Message 

At a recent Victorian Civil Construction Industry Association event attended by our Vice-President and CEO, Parliamentary Secretary Daniel Mulino indicated that legislation requiring the mandatory registration of engineers was likely to be put before Parliament later this year.

Our expectation is that it will mirror legislation currently in place in Queensland and stipulate participation in continuing professional development activity as a pre-requisite for registration renewal.

With this in mind, we’re very pleased to announce that the IPWEA (Qld) President will be presenting ‘Engineer Registration – The Queensland Experience’ at our Conference on 31 March. His session will include a short presentation by Professionals Australia’s CEO about their plans to establish PA as an affordable assessment body.

A mandatory registration requirement will impact many of our members and I encourage you to be as prepared as possible for its introduction.

Ossie Martinz | President, IPWEA (Victoria)

Ossie Martinz
 Ossie Martinz
President IPWEA Vic


Victorian Chief Engineer

Reporting into the Projects Victoria CEO (former Cut & Fill MD Antony Damiani), the Victorian Chief Engineer is responsible for championing engineering and project delivery excellence to and for the Victorian Government, and acting as the key resource for advice to Government on major infrastructure issues within Victoria. View position details

Regional Groups

IPWEA (Victoria) members wishing to meet other members and colleagues are encouraged to attend our regular Regional Group meetings.

Details of the Regional Groups, our Group Chairs and the meetings are available from

We look forward to seeing you at your next Regional Group meeting!

Leadership Programs

The Engineering Program has been created to develop the technical skills of public works practitioners in supervisory or co-ordination roles whilst the Management Program has been created to develop the business skills of public works practitioners in or seeking management roles.

Each Program comprises six, full-day face-to-face sessions at locations around Melbourne and runs from April to September 2017, concluding with a Certificate Presentation Dinner on 12 October 2017.

Everyone surveyed after the 2016 Programs said they would recommend them to a colleague, so don’t miss these opportunities to enhance your skills for the ‘whole role’ of the contemporary engineer...see here for more information.

IPWEA Awards

The Keith H Woods Medal recognises an outstanding engineer in public works who has demonstrated exceptional dedication, leadership, and contribution to both the industry and IPWEA over some significant number of years and is worthy of the highest industry commendation.  This is the most prestigious award presented by IPWEA and recipients can only be nominated by their peers.

The award is made in honour of Keith H Wood AM, a founder of the Australian Local Government Engineer’s Association which later became the Institute of Municipal Engineering Australia, now the Institute of Public Works Engineering Australasia (IPWEA).

Nominations close on 31 May 2017 and a Nomination Form is available from K H Wood Medal Call for Nominations


The Public Works Leadership Medal has been created to recognise the performance of an individual IPWEA and/or Engineers Australia member for leadership in the delivery of public works excellence over the two-year period preceding the IPWEA International Public Works Conference in one or more of the following areas:

  • The administration and management of a significant infrastructure project or service that has had a major positive impact on a local government and/or extended community.
  • The administration and management of a program of works or services that collectively has had a major positive impact on a local government and/or extended community.
  • Service in an appointed (non-elected) position on a board and or commission charged with the oversight of policy development and/or review of public works or infrastructure issues.

Nominations close on 31 May 2017 and a Nomination Form is available from Public Works Medal EA

Other News

National Works and Engineering Conference

The 24th annual National Works and Engineering Conference will be presented in Bendigo on 31 August – 1 September this the date!


The IPWEA Victoria LinkedIn page is updated daily with content curated for public works professionals... follow it today!



Come join us for an evening on the green at the inaugural IPWEA Victoria Lawn Bowls Challenge, proudly presented by Young IPWEA!

The main event will be a 4-way battle for lawn bowls supremacy between the IPWEA board, IPWEA women, Young IPWEA and a very special IPWEA "Legends" team with a trophy for the winning team and the honour of deciding what next year's event will involve.

We welcome all IPWEA members to come and join us for a night of bowls, banter and beverages with extra lanes available for everyone to have a go.

The event will be a fantastic opportunity to mix and mingle with fellow engineers from the industry, in a relaxed and social environment whilst feasting on some delicious hot pizza and ice cold drinks from the bar!

WHEN: Thursday 16th March, 2017, arrive at 5.30pm for a 6pm start

WHERE: Richmond Bowls Club (RUBC), 6 Gleadell Street, Richmond

COST: Free for IPWEA Members | $10 for Students | $20 for Non Members

RSVP: Monday 13 March 2017


Upcoming Events

IPWEA Vic Public Works Conference 2017 | 30 - 31 Mar 2017

Our 2017 Conference brochure is now available!

With speakers addressing Service Planning, Asset Creation, Infrastructure Management and Leadership, the Conference will provide exposure to end-to-end, best-practice public works practices and opportunities for networking with colleagues and sector providers.

The brochure and Registration Form is available from

VCCIA Business Lunch

The Victorian Civil Construction Industry Alliance (VCCIA) is pleased to announce that the Hon Matthew Guy – Leader of the Victorian Liberal Party and the State Opposition – will be speaking at its next Business Lunch on 28 March 2017.

Details are available from

Street Lighting + Smart Controls Conference | 14-17 March 2017

There’s still time to register for IPWEA’s 3rd International Street Lighting + Smart Controls Conference (14-17 March, Brisbane). This is a highly technical conference, bringing the most experienced international experts to Australia to discuss how we can accelerate the roll-out of cost savings and energy saving LEDs and smart controls.

Group discounts are available...register at

Landfill Management Workshops

Our next Workshop series starts in Ballarat followed by events in Shepparton, Melbourne and Warragul.

With presentations by experts on Landfill Design, Construction, Compliance, Closure and Rehabilitation and a focus on Leachate, Landfill Gas & Odour Management the Workshops will provide a wealth of information, so book early to secure a seat.

Register now

View all upcoming VIC events