State Conference


Welcome to the 2021 State Conference “A Whole New World”. 

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The IPWEA WA Conference is the leading public works engineering event on the Western Australian calendar and it is attended by participants from all areas of public works. It provides a great opportunity to promote your organisation and yourself to delegates who attend this event.

The Conference theme, “A Whole New World”, is based around the way we thought of the world, particularly the way technology and innovations were heading pre-COVID 19, which is so very different to the way world adapted during COVID-19, and the way the world will go/is going forward post-COVID 19 in the “new normal” as everyone has had to be more innovative and creative to remain relevant.

The State Conference also offers the opportunity to create & strengthen relationships between people and organisations.

The Program includes full and engaging days of keynote speakers, concurrent technical presentations that cover a wide range of public works and services and includes numerous networking opportunities. The event will help busy professionals identify ideas for future focus, collect knowledge and practical measures that can be applied straight away to make a real difference in the workplace.

It is well known that one of the most important benefits derived from attending conferences is what we learn from our colleagues in one on one interaction, and this will always remain a focus of the conference committee.

This year, the Conference includes a number of new options for delegates and for sponsors and exhibitors including:


Can’t attend in person this year? No problems, we’ve got you covered! In an exciting new first, our interactive online streaming platform will allow delegates to attend sessions from the comfort of their home or office. Recording of sessions will allow us to provide on demand access to training after the event.


If you are unable to physically join us at the Conference, you can still have the same conference experience by booking a livestreaming registration.

If you are based in a regional area and want to see how the livestreaming works before you book, contact Cathy, the Office & Events Manager on to arrange a viewing of sessions using the livestreaming platform - we are more than happy to show you how it works.


Need to provide for a large number of staff but don’t have your usual budget to do so? No problems! We have introduced a very special new option just for organisations which allows you to cater for a large number of staff, or even entire departments, for a very cost effective price, from the comfort of your boardroom. This option is only available via livestreaming, standard shared registrations are applicable for those attending onsite.


In yet another exciting new first, we have included an online exhibition area which will allow exhibitors and delegates to chat with each other, make appointments, and check out new products - just like you’re standing in front of each other! Delegates who have already confirmed their booths will receive an online booth as part of their exhibition package.


Keynote Speaker Brian Briscoe will take us through the challenges of motivating and engaging your team and how the COVID pandemic has added to this challenge by changing the wants and needs of both employers and employees.

Keynote Speaker David Morgan will take us on a journey of both personal and professional learning as he explains how he and wife Carley took on the challenge of creating 100% off grid renewable energy home.....and how their passion became a business!

Keynote Speaker Iain Cameron, Chair, Road Safety Panel, will take us through the next decade of action for Road Safety, including emerging challenges and new opportunities to work together to reduce our road toll.

The Happiness Co. will be providing two interactive workshops during the Conference, with one focussing on emotional intelligence, resourcefulness and resilience and one focussing on leadership and culture for workplace happiness.

Keynote Speaker Nicole Lockwood will talk about the various infrastructure projects happening around the state. Don't miss these thought provoking and insightful presentations by some of the industries best leaders!


The Networking Dinner will be held at Little Creatures.


The State Conference includes the presentation of the IPWEA Excellence Awards at the Gala Dinner on Friday evening, and we encourage you all to attend the dinner and celebrate in the industry's successes.


Our favourite MC, Gerry Gannon, is back one again by popular demand and his strong personal interest in public works engineering, ability to ask the right questions and spontaneous wit will ensure an entertaining Conference and keep everyone on their toes.


The State Conference also provides opportunities for grants from the Public Works Engineering Foundation for financially-constrained members, especially those from regional and remote local governments. Please see the website for details, or email us .

We look forward to seeing you in March at "A Whole New World" at the Esplanade Hotel in Fremantle.

Gavin Harris
Deputy President & 2021 Conference Chair