Archive for April 4th, 2010

Department of Climate Change and Energy Efficiency is inviting comments on a discussion paper developed by Senior Officials Group on Energy Efficiencyon the National Building Energy Standard-Setting, Assessment and Rating Framework.  Comments are invited until 7 May 2010.

The Framework aims for consistency in how buildings are assessed and rated for energy efficiency and will set out a pathway for increasing minimum performance standards for new buildings over time and is developed under the National Strategy on Energy Efficiency.

The Department of Transport has released  a report on actions taken since March 2009 to develop cycling as a safe and appealing transport mode for all Victorians.  Access the Victorian Cycling Strategy Report Card here.  More information can be obtained from the Department of Transport website including a full version of the Victorian Cycling Strategy.

Its not too late to join in the 2010 IPWEAvic AFL Football Tipping Competition sponsored by BestPoint.

The competition is FREE to IPWEAvic members with over $1,000 in prizes to be won. Prizes donated by Best Point are:

  • 1st Prize: $650 flight voucher
  • 2nd Prize: $250 Myer voucher
  • 3rd Prize: $100 Bunning’s voucher

Weekly prizes will include footy match tickets, wine and vouchers all courtesy of Best Point

To be part of this competition you must register with BestPoint. To register send an email to, subject line: IPWEAvic footy tipping competition and supply your email address. John Maraia will administer the competition. You will then be sent an invitation to join the competition, username (ipweavic) and secret password (bestpoint), and directions to fill out your tips. You can put your tips in at anytime – from now, weeks in advance, right up until game time. You can even put them in from your mobile phone. Any problems with access contact BestPoint and John or the lovely Ilana will walk you through the process.

Geoff Barrow appeared in the April/May 2010 Edition of Professional Network Magazine (vol17 No 19) for APSEMA Members in an article on Breaking the Retirement Tradition.  Read the article here.

Jane Waldock appeared in the February/March 2010 Edition of Professional Network Magazine (Vol17/No 18) for APESMA Members in an article looking at finding lasting solutions to the profession’s labour market problems.  Read the article here.

IPWEA website is having a face lift.  If you want a say in redesign of the website please have your comments to Anne Gibbs or Mark Varmalis before 19 April 2010.   A National workshop has been organised to assist in planning of the new website and IPWEAvic has been allocated 2 places at this workshop.  If you would like to represent IPWEAvic at this website redesign workshop planned for 19th April please contact Anne Gibbs by 9th April.

NAMS. PLUS Workshop – “a guided pathway to sustainable asset management” – is coming to Melbourne 24-25 May 2010 and 24-25 June 2010.  These workshops are a great way to obtain tools and guidance to assist organisations to write their own asset management plans

State Government is gradually moving towards requiring long term financial plans founded on sound asset management plans to demonstrate financial sustainability. It is good practice to commence your planning as early as possible.

The NAMS.PLUS training program provides the tools to up-skill  staff to assist and encourage them to develop their first Asset Management Plan based on a ‘core’ or ‘advanced’ approach. NAMS.PLUS provides a series of templates, workshops, guidelines in the form of a comprehensive eBook, online modelling, help desk forum and newsletters.

Participants enrol in a series of 4 x 1-day workshops (Blocks) spaced a few months apart, to take them through the NAMS.PLUS program. Tasks are set for completion between workshops.  The topics covered in the 4 building blocks include: 

  • Block 1 – Asset Management Planning and Data Asset Register data, Condition assessment and remaining/useful life review template, Asset Management Plan (AMP) template.
  • Block 2 – Service Levels and Risk
  • Block 3 – Expenditure Projections
  • Block 4 – Towards Sustainable Service Delivery

Who should attend
Asset managers, finance managers, engineers, technical staff, parks managers.

NAMS.PLUS: How it works
To find out how to join in a nationally consistent approach to asset management planning, visit

Further information: IPWEA National .

View WHK Economic Outlook for 26 March 2010 here.

For more information visit WHK website here.

For those working in the construction industry, Minter Ellison’s construction lawyers have prepared a 24 chapter online resource entitled Construction Law Made Easy explaining legal concepts and terms.

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