State Conference

2019 State Conference


2019 State Conference: Wednesday 13 March: Technical Workshop
2019 State Conference: Thursday 14 – Friday 15 March: State Conference
2020 State Conference: Wednesday 11 – Friday 13 March 2020

Call for Papers Now Open!

Members of the Institute, professionals and academics working in the public works engineering space are invited to submit expressions of interest to present at IPWEA-WA’s 2019 Annual State Conference to be held in Fremantle in March next year.

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 - especially local government. It provides a great opportunity to promote your organisation and yourself to about 300 or more delegates who attend this event.

The Conference Theme – Challenges & Solutions – will focus on the various challenges facing the Public Works industry as we strive to be at the forefront of new technologies and trends, and may offer some solutions to issues being faced by those at the coalface – you and your colleagues.

Conference Streams


✔ New Technologies

✔ Traditional Methods

✔ Road Safety

✔ Urban Development

✔ Parks & Environment

✔ Roads

✔ Build Environment

✔ Asset Management

✔ Research & Projects

✔ Coastal Issues

✔ Stormwater & Drainage

✔ Regional Issues

✔ Levels of Service

✔ Major Projects

✔ Transport & Infrastructure

✔ Leisure & Recreation

✔ Enterprise Project Management

✔ Leadership & Innovation

✔ Emotional Health & Wellbeing

✔ Staff Training & Retention




Abstracts addressing the conference topics should include a focus on challenges, solutions – both proven or possible, lessons learned, and the inclusion of case studies is always welcomed. Potential presenters are requested to provide a personal bio, a photograph (in JPEG format) and an abstract of no more than 300 words outlining the content of their paper by Friday 2 November 2018.

Written Papers vs Presentations Only

Recognising that life is busy and people still wish to contribute but may not have the time to write a technical paper, this year the Institute is allowing abstract submissions for both presentations with a technical paper supplied, and for presentations only with no technical paper required.

Please indicate as part of your submission whether a technical paper will be provided, and which stream you believe your abstract should be presented in.

Submit a Video Abstract!

This year IPWEA WA will be trialling the submission of abstracts via video. Videos should be no more than 5 minutes long and will need to be submitted via a dropbox file. All dropbox file invitations should be directed to and the invitation should include a notation that the file contains a conference abstract video submission.

Abstracts should be forwarded to IPWEA WA by Friday 2 November 2018

Presenters who are selected for the Conference will be advised by the end of November and full papers will be required by Friday 1 February 2019 for judging purposes. Presentations will be required by Friday 1 March 2019.

The Geoff Dutton Best Paper Award & Presentation Award

The author of the best paper presented at the 2019 WA Annual Conference will receive the Geoff Dutton Best Paper Award.

A separate prize category was introduced in early 2018 for those who are submitting presentations only.

For further information, please contact myself, Cathy Higgs, Conference Organiser on (08) 9321 5470 or email

Please feel free to pass this email onto anyone you believe may be interested in presenting.

Upcoming Conferences


The Esplanade Hotel, Cnr Marine Terrace & Essex Street, Fremantle

The Call for Papers for the 2019 State Conference will be sent out in July 2018 with submissions closing mid-September.

 It is anticipated registrations will open in mid-December.

 Foundation Scholarships are available for this event. Please refer to the Public Works Engineering Foundation page of the website for details on how to apply.

2018 State Conference

IPWEA WA 2018 State Conference
Papers and presentations from the 2018 State Conference will be available shortly.