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The Institute of Public Works Engineering Australasia will host its biennial conference from 20 – 23 August 2017 in Perth, Western Australia.

Following on from the highly successful 2015 conference in Rotorua, delegates, sponsors and exhibitors are invited to join us in Perth for what will be a unique, dynamic and engaging conference.

As the largest public works conference held in Australia, the 2017 conference and exhibition, with it's associated social events will provide fantastic opportunities for learning, networking and building relationships.

Please click here for highlights of the 2016 Conference held in Rotorua.










The Institute of Public Works Engineering Australasia (IPWEA) is the professional organisation providing member services and advocacy for those involved in and delivering public works and engineering services to the community both in Australia and New Zealand.

Almost all of Australia and New Zealand’s professional consultancy firms which specialise in public sector infrastructure including roads, water, power, rail, ports and airports – are members of IPWEA. Our private sector members bring thought leadership, innovation and a commercial focus to IPWEA’s industry leadership.

The evolvement of IPWEA over the past decade from its traditional local government engineering focus to public works has added a new dimension to public works professionalism. Members come from the wide range of professions involved in public works and services – engineers, technicians, public works directors, contractors, consultants, managers, and other technical staff and managers. Membership grades also reflect their achievements within the Institute.

IPWEA is recognised nationally and internationally for its leadership and delivery of products and services aimed at advancing public works knowledge
and delivering better outcomes for the community.

One of the world's most expansive states, with diversity in climate, history, flora & fauna

Western Australia lies in the southern hemisphere, covering an area of more than 2.5 million square kilometres – that’s about the size of Western Europe and one-third of Australia’s total landmass.

Here, you can experience Australia’s sunniest capital city, whitest beach and largest expanse of outback, one of the oldest known living cultures on Earth, UNESCO World Heritage reef and rock formations, world-class surf, premium wines, and still have plenty of reasons to return.

Capital City, Perth

Set on the banks of the broad Swan River, this modern city is often described as the most isolated city of its size in the Western World. Boasting more hours of sunshine than any other capital City in Australia, the pleasant weather and diverse mix of urban, coastal and culinary experiences makes Perth an ideal holiday destination for both domestic and international visitors.

The whole region around Perth has been likened to one big holiday resort with multiple attractions, miles of clean beaches and waterways, award-winning wineries, adventure activities of every kind and accommodation to suit all budgets.

In Perth during August, the mean maximum temperature is 19.1°C and the mean minimum temperature is 8.3°C. For further information regarding weather in Perth, please click here for the Bureau of Meteorology.


The conference will include a dynamic program of invited speakers and a strong technical program delivered over 3 days, featuring a combination of parallel streams and keynote plenary sessions. With delegates from around the world, this conference aims to share our unique local projects and knowledge with the wider international public works community. Some topics that delegates can expect to see include:

Asset Management

Attracting & Retaining Staff

Best Practice


Climate Change

Coastal and Foreshore Works


Community Engagement

Demographic Trends


Emergency Management

Employee Management

Environmental Management

Finance and Funding Issues

Future Focus

Future of Work

Health and Safety

Innovations in Road Maintenance

Levels of Service

Organisational Management


Parks and Recreation

Plant and Vehicle Management

Procurement & Contracts

Project Management

Public Works Best Practice

Public Works for the Future

Rail, Ports & Airports

Risk Management

Road Pavement Management

Road Safety & Traffic Management

Roads and Transport


Smart Cities

Solutions to Reduce Costs

Stormwater Management

Sustainable Infrastructure

Sustainable Communities

Technology & Innovation

Urban Design

Urban Renewal

Waste Management

Water & Wastewater

Workforce Development

Sustainable Infrastructure

Sustainable Communities

Technology & Innovation

Urban Design

Delegates will enjoy an outstanding social program with many opportunities to network with their industry peers and leaders. The exhibition will further highlight the public works community and provide an environment ripe for engagement between our industry stakeholders and suppliers. In addition, the committee have also put together some exciting technical tours to complement the program with tours also planned for accompanying partners.

The abstract submission portal is now closed, however the committee may still consider papers of outstanding quality and those that address current issues. If your paper meets this criteria please email to


On Thursday 24 August, following the conclusion of the conference program, an exciting and informative range of technical tours will take place. Experience some of Perth's most innovative and exciting achievements by choosing from the options below:


Time: 9.00am – 4.00pm

Cost: $125

This tour will highlight a variety of exciting and innovative major projects in and around the Perth City Centre. The tour will commence with a short walk from the Perth Convention and Exhibition Centre (PCEC) to Elizabeth Quay. This landmark waterfront development reconnects Perth City with the Swan River to create a dynamic new entertainment and leisure precinct, set around a stunning 2.7km inlet.From here, we will catch the ferry across the Swan River to South Perth to hear about the South Perth Foreshore Strategy and Management Plan including the South Perth Station Precinct. Following lunch at the historic Windsor Hotel, the tour will return to the CBD via coach to the Perth City Link and Busport. Located in the heart of Perth’s CBD, Perth City Link is one of the City’s most exciting redevelopments. The project will reconnect the CBD with Northbridge for the first time in more than 100 years. The area, once just a network of bus and train connections, will become an exciting new destination with housing, shops, restaurants, offices and more. The train line separating Perth and Northbridge has always allowed easy access to the City, but limited the growth of the CBD to the North. Sinking the rail line and Wellington Street Bus Station will create a 13.5 hectare space with a wealth of exciting new possibilities. The new underground busport is a $217M project and a state of the art facility designed to accommodate 3,500 bus services per day by 2031.


Time: 8.30am – 4.45pm

Cost: $150

This tour will focus on some of the major infrastructure projects which have recently been completed or are still underway and are helping to drive our State’s economy.

The tour will kick off with a tour of the Gateway WA project, a major highway redevelopment, which incorporate road and bridge improvements, local road modifications, pedestrian and cyclist facilities, noise walls, landscaping and the use of Intelligent Transport System (ITS) technology. Next, we will travel to the air gateway to our State, Perth Airport. The Airport has recently undertaken Master Planning to accommodate unprecedented growth in patronage and the continued development of the site will be on a precinct basis. The visit to the airport will also allow an insight into the Forrestfield Airport Link – a new train line that will connect Forrestfield to the City, opening up Perth’s eastern suburbs to the rail network for the first time and giving Perth Airport users a travel option five minutes faster than by car. From here we will travel to the picturesque Swan Valley for lunch at one of the regions quality wineries. Finally, the tour will visit the NorthLink WA project a component of the Perth-Darwin National Highway. This $1.12 billion project is aimed at improving freight capacity, reducing urban congestion, improving road safety and creating value through affordable infrastructure.


Time: 9.30am – 4.00pm

Cost: $125

This tour commences with a visit to the Lathlain Precinct, the new home base for the West Coast Eagles AFL team. This project will be delivered by the Town of Victoria Park in partnership with the West Coast Eagles and Perth Football Club and it aims to set new standards in the delivery of an active community sports complex.

From there we will head to the bustling Victoria Park Café strip for lunch at the Balmoral Hotel. Following lunch, the tour will head to Mills Park in Beckenham; a 24 hr recreational space that has been transformed to provide high levels of sport and passive recreation. The Park features a new community centre, expanded green areas, walkways, boardwalks, new sporting infrastructure, rehabilitation of wetlands and waterways and a significant nature play space. Finally, guests will be taken to one of either the new Perth Stadium – a 60,000 seat multipurpose venue capable of hosting AFL, Rugby Union and League, Soccer, Cricket and entertainment events; With a ‘ fans first’ approach to planning and design, the stadium will offer an unrivalled spectator experience including exception event atmosphere and cutting edge stadium technology. or a tour of the new 6 Star Crown Towers hotel complex.


Time: 9.00am – 4.00pm

Cost: $150

This ‘not so technical tour’ will head to south of Perth to the idyllic coastal City of Mandurah.

Once in Mandurah guests will delight in experiencing the Estuary Cruise whilst learning about a number of innovative projects occurring in the area including:

  • The old Mandurah traffic bridge replacement;
  • The award winning new pedestrian bridge; and
  • The eastern foreshore wall replacement.

After lunch, guests will then be taken to the Millbrook Winery to delight in sampling some of their many wines and enjoying some tasty nibbles, before returning to the Perth Convention and Exhibition Centre.


Time: 9.00am – 4.30pm

Cost: $125

Reducing waste to landfill is a key driver for public works practitioners and this tour focuses on some of the innovative waste minimisation projects currently in operation in the region.

The tour starts with a visit to two sites operated by the Eastern Metropolitan Regional Council (EMRC). The first site is the Hazelmere Resource Recovery Park. Hazelmere Resource Recovery Park is home to Western Australia’s first mattress and timber waste recycling operations. The purpose of the park is to recover resources from some waste streams thus diverting waste from landfill and providing an opportunity to re-use materials. The Hazelmere Resource Recovery Park at is part of the EMRC’s Resource Recovery Project, an integrated plan for sustainable waste management in the region. As part of the overall Resource Recovery Project, planned expenditure for the Hazelmere Resource Recovery Park is estimated at around $25 million over a five-year period from 2015-2020.

Next is a visit to the renowned Swan Valley for lunch at one of the regions quality breweries From here we travel to the EMRC’s Redhill landfill facility. The EMRC operates this facility on behalf of its six member Councils. This site incorporates modern technologies of sanitary landfill design and operates, including leachate collections and methane gas capture.

All tours include transfers, lunch and afternoon tea. Please note that all tours are subject to minimum and maximum numbers. Please book early to guarantee a seat.


The International Public Works Conference will provide a variety of Keynote presentations that will feature a range of inspiring and engaging speakers. The Organising Committee are delighted to announce a few of such speakers below.


Professor Majid Sarvi

Melbourne University


Dhakshy Sooriyakumaran

Foundation for Young Australians


The Hon Kim Beazley, AC

Former Deputy Prime Minister of Australia and Australian Ambassador to the United States of America


Jon Williams



Simon Ginn


Master of Ceremonies – Gerry Gannon


Evan Pratt

Jennings Randolph Fellowship Award


Joanne Zhang

Jennings Randolph Fellowship Award

As additional speaker details are confirmed, they will be updated to this page.


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Perth, WA 6000

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Accommodation has been reserved in close proximity to the Perth Convention and Exhibition Centre with special conference rates when booked through All Occasions Management. Accommodation rooms are limited and allocation will be strictly on a first-come first-served basis. The accommodation availability and prices shown are current at this time; however, they are subject to change without notice in accordance with the terms and conditions of each supplier. Please book your accommodation as soon as possible to avoid disappointment. Please ensure that you read the terms and conditions carefully before completing your registration as terms differ for each hotel.


Registration is now open.
Early-Bird Registration will close on Friday, 9th June 2017.

*Applicable to those not residing in Australia or New Zealand.

Important Information

The fees outlined above are in Australian Dollars, exclusive of 10% Goods and Services Tax.

Delegates must hold a current IPWEA or Engineers Australia membership at the time of the conference in order to claim the Member rate.

Payment of Registration Fees

Delegates are to register their attendance using the online registration portal. Payment must be made at the time of registration using a valid credit card (MasterCard, Visa, American Express or Diners Club). The following processing fees will be incurred:  2.8% for VISA and MasterCard, 3.6% for AMEX and 4.95% for Diners. Please note that debits to your credit card will appear as “All Occasions Group” on your statement.

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Confirmation of Registration

Registrations will be acknowledged by email to the address nominated at the time of registration. A tax invoice and receipt will be attached to this email. If a confirmation email is not received within 24 hours of registering, please contact

Privacy Policy

The All Occasions Group (encompassing All Occasions Management and All Occasions Travel) complies with all legislation which is designed to protect the rights of the individual to privacy of their information, including the Privacy Act 1988 (Cth). Information collected with respect to your registration for participation in this Conference will only be used for the purposes of planning, conduct of the event or communication regarding future events. These details may be made available to parties directly related to the Conference including but not limited to the IPWEA, the All Occasions Group, venues, accommodation and travel providers (for the purposes of room/travel bookings and Conference options), key sponsors (subject to strict conditions) and other related parties as deemed necessary. It is also usual practice to produce a ‘Delegate List’ of attendees at the Conference and to include the individual’s details in such a list.

By registering to attend this Conference, you acknowledge that the details supplied by you may be used for the above purposes. It is your responsibility to ensure that all information provided to the All Occasions Group is accurate and kept up to date. To access or update your information, please email or fax the All Occasions Group on or 08 8125 2233.


By attending this Conference, you grant both the Institute of Public Works Australasia (IPWEA) and the All Occasions Group the right to use your image and likeness for marketing and promotional purposes, unless you specifically request removal of the photo or video in writing by emailing your details, the photos details and the Conference name to detailing your request.


In the event of industrial disruptions or natural disasters, the Institute of Public Works Australasia (IPWEA), the Organising Committee, and All Occasions Group cannot accept responsibility for any financial or other losses incurred by the delegates. The IPWEA, the Organising Committee and the All Occasions Group take no responsibility for injury or damage to persons or property occurring during the Conference. All insurance, including medical cover, or expenses incurred in the event of the cancellation of the Conference is the individual delegate’s responsibility.

Attendees are encouraged to choose a travel insurance policy that includes loss of fees/deposits through cancellation of your participation in the Conference, or through the cancellation of the Conference itself, loss of airfares for any reason, medical expenses, loss or damage to personal property, additional expenses and repatriation should travel arrangements have to be altered. The IPWEA, the Organising Committee, and All Occasions Group will take no responsibility for any participant failing to insure.

Cancellation Policy

Delegates unable to attend the Conference are welcome to nominate a substitute delegate. If there is no one that can be nominated as a substitute delegate, a refund of registration fees, less a cancellation fee of $120 will be made if the written cancellation is received by close of business on 20 July 2017. Registration cancellations received after close of business on 20 July 2017 and up to seven days prior to the Conference will receive a 50% refund. No refunds will be given for registration cancellations received within seven days of the Conference; however a substitute delegate may still be nominated.


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IPWEA Excellence Awards

IPWEA Australasia is proud to announce the inaugural IPWEA Australasia Excellence Awards to be presented at this year’s IPWEA International Public Works Conference in Perth.  This will showcase the Best of the Best from across Australia and New Zealand.

Most IPWEA Divisions conduct excellence awards competitions at their State conferences to showcase excellence from the industry within their State or New Zealand.  These awards are keenly sought and are highly prized.  They provide recognition of excellence in public works infrastructure and showcase the diversity of projects, innovation within the industry and professionalism of those involved in managing these projects/services.   

IPWEA Australasia will now celebrate and applaud the very best projects from each Division to be awarded the title of Best of the Best from across Australasia.


Courtesy of AssetFinda, all delegates attending the 2017 conference will have the opportunity to win a Kawasaki Ninja 650 motorbike!


The Institute of Public Works Engineering Australasia would like to thank the following sponsors and exhibitors for their support.











Invitation to Sponsor

We are delighted to invite your organisation to participate as a valued sponsor or exhibitor. Sponsorship and exhibition packages have been designed to meet the needs of our sponsors and provide maximum exposure prior to, during and after the conference.

Contact us

Please contact the Conference Organisers with any queries:

All Occasions Group
12 Stirling Street
Thebarton SA 5031
Phone: (08) 8125 2200
Fax: (08) 8125 2233

Image Credits
‘Perth City Skyline from Above’ – Credit: City of Perth
‘Crown Perth & Swan River’ – Credit: Tourism Western Australia