Issue 10 - 03 May

IPWEA Vic eNews

President's Message 

Readers of IPWEA’s intouch newsletter will recall the lead story from the last edition – Employment trends show engineers with 'soft' skills are ahead of the pack – which quoted from a recent Hays recruitment agency report that “strong technical skills are no longer a guarantee of employment for Australian engineers, with many employers now demanding ‘soft’ skills.”

The full story is available from

Our Engineering and Management Leadership Programs are designed to develop the technical and non-technical ‘soft’ skills required by today’s engineers, so I encourage you to download our Program brochure and see which one is right for you.

More information is available below and both Programs begin very soon, so don’t miss out on these opportunities to improve your employability!

Ossie Martinz | President, IPWEA (Victoria)
Ossie Martinz
 Ossie Martinz
President IPWEA Vic



The IPWEA (Vic) footy-tipping competition is up and running with 32 participants this year, but we don’t know who they all are!

If you’re part of the comp, please send your competition nickname to our organiser Ross Goyne via so we can identify you.

We’d hate to be unable to acknowledge a good effort or a win!

Member Surveys

We’re keeping our two surveys open for another week so please help us help you:

  1. Our next Workshop series will address Integrated Water Management and we’re keen to deliver the most useful content we can. Please help us tailor it to your needs by completing a 5-minute online survey at
  2. With a registration requirement for engineers looming, we’d like your views on CPD. Please complete our short survey at

Please submit your responses to both surveys by cob, Friday 5 May 2017.

Leadership Programs

April was a very disrupted month so we’ve delayed this year’s Leadership Programs.

The new start dates are below and fast approaching, so download a brochure from and register asap!

  • Engineering Program – Wednesday 10 May
  • Management Program – Thursday 18 May

We’ve also introduced 3-Session prices so you can choose which ones to attend if you don’t have time for them all:

  • Engineering Program – $1,425 (members) & $1,650 (non-members)
  • Management Program – $1,980 (members) & $2,310 (non-members)
Employment Opportunity

Indigo Shire has a full-time position available for a Development and Plant Engineer at its Beechworth location. Information is available from

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!

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.pdf

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.pdf

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 year and a terrific program of speakers and exhibitors is taking the date!


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



Congratulations to our 2017 Young Engineer of the Year and YIPWEA (Vic) Chair Stuart Joyce, seen here receiving his award from IPWEA (Vic) President Ossie Martinz.

If you’re a student or a member aged below 35 and you’d like to get involved with our YIPWEA Members Group, contact Stuart via


Upcoming Events

Landfill Management Workshops

Our Landfill Management Workshop series kicked off in Ballarat on 20 April with some great presentations, a lively panel discussion and lots of opportunities for questions.

The next Workshop is in Shepparton on 4 May followed by events in Melbourne and Warragul, so book early to secure a seat!

Register now