Issue 9 - 20 April

IPWEA Vic eNews

President's Message 

With the dust now settled after our Conference, it’s time to look forward to the rest of this year’s professional development events:

  • We’ve made some changes to our Leadership Programs with a later start time and a new, three-session price...see below for more information.
  • Our Regional Workshop series on Landfill Management begins in Ballarat on 20 April
  • Planning is under way for the next series so have your say via our online survey!

Finally, the introduction of legislation requiring the registration of Victorian engineers   is anticipated later this year. We expect a mandatory Continuing Professional Development (CPD) obligation to be included, so we’re keen to get your thoughts on the alternatives you’d like to see. A survey link is available below.

CPD will soon be a way of life for practising engineers, so start a healthy habit and support your Institute.

Ossie Martinz | President, IPWEA (Victoria)

Ossie Martinz
 Ossie Martinz
President IPWEA Vic


Member Surveys
  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 30 April 2017.

Leadership Programs

We’re all a little time-poor these days, so we’ve delayed this year’s Leadership Programs so everyone can catch their breath after a hectic start to the year!

The new start dates are as follows, so register now to avoid missing the first session:

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

We’ve also introduced a new, three-session price so you can choose the sessions that suit you if you don’t have time for them all. The prices are below:

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

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 for more information.

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



Thanks to our Young IPWEA members who stepped up to contribute to this year’s successful Public Works Conference, especially:

  • Harry Hansen, who joined the 2017 Conference Committee and played a key part in establishing our future-focussed closing session
  • Harry, Pranjal Pawar, Jess Holmes and Stuart Joyce, who presented Following the Leader and set out the qualities young professionals look for in their leaders
  • Stuart, who chaired the final session entitled Designing 2050: Buildings, Infrastructure & Communities during which Jess joined the discussion panel
We look forward to the involvement of our YIPWEA members in the 2018 Conference and welcome comments or suggestions to


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!

AS 11000
Standards Australia has advised that it's 'back to the drawing board' for AS 11000, General Conditions of Contract ... more information here

Upcoming Events

Our next Workshop series starts on 20 April 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