Issue 13 - 14th June

IPWEA Vic eNews

President's Message 

The release of a revised Code of Practice for Operational Responsibility for Public Roads is good news for any public works engineering professionals uncertain about their road asset obligations.

According to the VicRoads website, the Code “...provides guidance in determining the physical limits of operational responsibility between road authorities for the different parts or elements within the road reserves of public roads [and] includes the following main changes:

  • expanded guidance on responsibilities for road infrastructure at the interface between freeway access ramps and the connecting roads (i.e. arterial roads or municipal roads)
  • improved guidance in the allocation of responsibilities between VicRoads and local Council road authorities at arterial road / municipal road intersections
  • reviewed responsibilities associated with road embankments, cuttings, retaining walls, pedestrian underpass structures and the roadside
  • clarification of responsibilities for drainage infrastructure within the road reserve
  • updated guidance on responsibilities for roads on Crown land
  • ·new guidance on responsibilities for public transport (road, rail, tram, bus) related infrastructure within the road reserve.”

The Code is available from

Given the importance of clarifying road authority responsibilities – and following the success of our recent series of Workshops on the Code of Practice for the Management of Infrastructure in Road Reserves – we’ve approached VicRoads about a presentation of this important new document.

Ossie Martinz | President, IPWEA (Victoria)

Ossie Martinz
 Ossie Martinz
President IPWEA Vic



The IPWEA (Vic) footy-tipping competition is getting interesting with 32 participants all striving for success, but we don’t know who they all are! If you’re part of the fun, please send your nickname to so we can identify you.

2017 Public Works Conference

Thanks again to everyone who attended our recent Public Works Conference. The papers are now available from ourlibrary.

Planning is under way for our 2018 Conference which is planned for 19-20 April 2018, so save the date...more details will be provided as they come to hand!

Engineering Excellence Awards

Best of luck to our 2017 IPWEA (Vic) Engineering Excellence Award winners in their quest for an IPWEA Excellence Award. The IPWEA Awards will be presented at the International Public Works Conference in Perth on 23 August (for information about the Conference, see

Our 2018 Awards will be launched at the Municipal Engineering Foundation Victoria lunch on 4 August 2017... save the date!

Membership Renewal

Please note that membership renewal invoices will be issued in July this year to align the invoice date with the year-of-membership.

Let us know if this presents a problem for you.

Leadership Programs

Our 2017 Leadership Programs have commenced but there’s still time to take advantage of our 3-Session prices if you don’t have time for all six:

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

Our 2015 and 2016 Program graduates are also encouraged to register for the new Session 6 which will be presented in September. Prices are as follows:

  • Engineering Program Session 6 – Community Engagement for Service Planning

    $395.00 (members) & $460.00 (non-members)

  • Management Program Session 6 – Change and Innovation towards 2050

$550.00 (members) & $640.00 (non-members)

All details and dates are 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!

Upcoming Events

Landfill Management Workshops

Our final Landfill Management Workshop is in Lardner (near Warragul) on 14 June, but there may still be time for you to book a seat! Read more

It’s our last CPD event before the National Works & Engineering Conference in August but we’re planning a series of Integrated Water Management Workshops later in the year...stay tuned!


Our 2017 AGM will be held at 4:00pm on 12 October, preceded by an Infrastructure Innovation seminar and followed by our annual Presentation Dinner.

Don’t miss these important professional development, governance and recognition events or the opportunity to exercise your voting rights as an IPWEA member.

National Works and Engineering Conference

The 24th NWEC will be presented in Bendigo on 31 August – 1 September 2017 and a terrific program of speakers and exhibitors is taking shape so save the dates!

The National Works Officers Association and the Conference organising Committee are also calling for applications for the NW&EC Institute-International Study Tour Award from practising Works Officers/Supervisors with three years minimum experience in a supervisory capacity. More information is available from

SENG Conference

The Sustainable Engineering Society (SENG) – a technical society of Engineers Australia – will be holding its biennial national conference in Melbourne on 18-19 October 2017.

The title of the conference is 'Engineering Sustainable Cities' and the venue will be the new Engineers Australia Innovation Hub, level 31, 600 Bourke Street, Melbourne. The conference will focus on urban and regional sustainability and be structured around two parallel streams with the following themes:

•   Sustainable Infrastructure for a net-zero GHG economy.

•   Resilience and community capacity building.

The organising committee is accepting registrations and calling for abstracts on or before 4 June. Further details on the conference program, and procedures for paper submission are available on the conference website.



Our Young IPWEA Members Committee has done some great work during the past year including representation on three IPWEA Board Committees, presentation at the Public Works Conference and (who could forget?) staging the inaugural Lawn Bowls Challenge!

We’re also working on exciting projects such as a coaching program for young members.

We aspire to do even more next year so if you’d like to be part of our YIPWEA Members Committee, contact Stuart Joyce via

Anyone joining the Committee during the next few weeks will have the opportunity to participate in our July planning session, so get involved!

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