Public Works Engineering Foundation

Public Works Engineering Foundation

The Public Works Engineering Foundation (Western Australia) was established in 1985 to provide funds to enable engineers and others involved in providing public works engineering services to the community to undertake study and research and obtain experience in the science and practice of engineering and allied scientific subjects in overseas countries and within Australia.

The Public Works Engineering Foundation (Western Australia) provides grants and scholarships each year for a program of study tours and conferences organised by the IPWEA and receives applications for other events and activities related to the public works industry.


A Window to Professional Growth

In today’s ever-changing world, gaining an international and national perspective can play a vital role in your personal and professional growth. A Foundation study tour scholarship offers a wealth of benefits to

  • Expand your knowledge
  • Share information
  • Exchange ideas
  • Obtain unique insights into new methodologies
  • Network with fellow professionals
  • Maintain ongoing links and networks

Projects and Research Proposals

The Public Works Engineering Foundation (Western Australia) will consider proposals from applicants for assistance with research and projects relevant to advancing the knowledge of public works engineering in Western Australia.

Applications for funding of these proposals should be submitted to the Public Works Engineering Foundation (Western Australia) at least four months before the project or research is to commence.

Nominations for project and research funding grants should in the first instance be submitted in letter form and accompanied by the information detailed in the General Guidelines for Applications.

Public Works Engineering Foundation (Western Australia) Trustees 2021/2022


Martyn Glover


Helen Brookes


Maria Hulls


Francesca Lefante


Anthony Quahe

Mick Rogers

Mick Rogers

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Chris Thompson


Teresa Williams


Ross McKim


Doug Pearson

International Study Tours and Conferences

Opportunities are provided by the Public Works Engineering Foundation (Western Australia) for individuals employed in the public works engineering industry to attend IPWEA specifically structured overseas study tours to –

  • USA and Europe – annual (Aug. / Sept.)
  • NZ Asset Management biennial (Nov. / Dec.)
  • Australia IPWEA International Congress biennial (2013, 2015, 2017 etc.)
  • Western Australia Annual State Conference (March)

General Guidelines for Applications

Complete Guidelines and Conditions of Funding should be obtained from the Public Works Engineering Foundation (Western Australia) Secretary prior to submitting an application.

The minimum particulars to be contained in any application for a Public Works Engineering Foundation (Western Australia) Scholarship or Grant should include details of the applicant:

  • Full Name and Address
  • Employer and current position
  • Present responsibilities (description as they relate to the application)
  • Previous positions held (brief list)
  • Membership of professional associations or other like organisations
  • Involvement in IPWEA activities at a local, state, or national level
  • Community service and other activities outside regular occupation
  • Details of any previous scholarships or grants received from the Foundation

The application should also provide:

  • Details of the Scholarship or Grant being sought and the outcomes expected
  • Information on how the proposed study tour, conference, project or research proposal would contribute to the science and knowledge of Public Works Engineering
  • Details of the amount of funds sought, how they would be spent and what additional funds and other resources would be contributed by the applicant
  • Study topic and special interests to be pursued through the scholarship or grant (up to 300 words)
  • Brief outline of the benefits you expect to achieve if awarded a Scholarship
  • Any other information submitted in support of the application


Contact the Public Works Engineering Foundation (Western Australia) Secretary for further information:

Peter Pikor
Public Works Engineering Foundation of WA
708 Murray Street, West Perth, WA 6005
P: (08) 9321 5306