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HERE is the NATSPEC Winer Update.  Take a look at the standards that have recently been updated including:

  • AS/NZS 2891 Methods of sampling and testing asphalt.
  • AS 4685 Playground equipment and surfacing
  • AS/NZS 1012 Methods to testing concrete.
  • AS/NZS 1141 Methods for sampling and testing aggregates.
  • AS 1172 Water closets (WCs).

NATSPEC has developed a Tech-Note on specifying R-Values.  Take a look at the document HERE

The Transport Accident Commission is seeking proposals from Councils for funding for small-scale infrastructure treatments to address pedestrian and cyclist safety under the Local Government Grants Program.  Information on how to apply is available from the TAC website at this url


Read all about the Ladies of IPWEAvic Leadership Event held 20th June at Geelong HERE

IPWEAvicHighTea Event Newsletter

Thankyou to Dial Before You Dig for sponsorship of this event.

If you missed this event another is currently being planned.

9 June 2014

In accordance with Section 6 of its Constitution, an election is to be held for the Board of Directors of the Institute of Public Works Engineering Australasia Victoria Division, for the term 2014 – 2017.  Three current Board of Directors positions will be declared vacant at the IPWEA (victoria division) 2014 Annual General Meeting.   All financial members1 of the IPWEA (victoria division) are eligible to stand for election.

Nominations are called for the position of Director on the IPWEA (Victoria Division) Board.    Three positions are available.

Download a Nomination Form HERE  For a nomination to be acceptable, the nomination form is to be completed, signed by the nominee, and two other financial members of the Institute of Public Works Engineering Australasia Victoria Division.

Duly completed Nomination form together with the Candidate Profile (Download here ) and Candidate Declaration Form (Download here) are to be lodged with the Returning Officer at IPWEA (Victoria Division), PO Box 115, South Oakleigh Vic 3167 by mail or email by  4.00pm on Wednesday 9 July 2014.

The results of the election will be declared at the Annual General Meeting of IPWEA (victoria division) to be held Thursday 9th October 2014. Confirmation of the date, venue and time of this meeting will be advised shortly.

For those members wishing to nominate, an information package explaining Director’s responsibilities, expenses etc., is available from the Chief Executive Officer by phone (03)9005 0860 or email

Today Google unveiled their prototype self driving car.  It has no steering wheel or brake pedals or accelerator pedals and it is predicted to hit the streets by 2025.

A video of the car is posted on the google blog at this link

This has far reaching implications for our lifestyle with the potential to change how we live and work.


IPWEAustralasia have rationalised the membership fee structure of IPWEA across all states of Australia.

The new membership fee structure for 2014/15 is as follows:

Members    $275

Under 35’s $165

Senior for Over 65’s   $82.50

Students   Free

These categories are the same for each division of IPWEA

IPWEAvic has also retained the Fellows Category which is charged at the members rate of $275

The Retired Category has been renamed Seniors and is for those over 65 years of age with a rate of $82.50

If you are retired by under 65 then the full member rate applies.

The Institute of Public Works Engineering Australasia Victoria Division (IPWEAvic) seeks expressions of interest from suitably qualified and experienced persons to fill a casual non-executive director vacancy on the IPWEAvic board of directors from 1 July 2014 until the AGM in October 2014.

IPWEAvic is the leading organisation for all persons involved in the planning and provision of public works and services in Australia.  IPWEAvic members strive to enhance the quality of life in Australian Communities through public works and services.  More information about IPWEAvic can be found on the website

The applicant should have one or more of the following attributes

  • experience as a board member with AICD qualification or equivalent desirable,
  • understand governance and funding arrangements of not-for-profit organisations,
  • be politically astute and
  • have a state government background or extensive knowledge of state government.
  • skills in marketing
  • skills in finance
  • legal skills would be highly regarded.

In addition the applicant must be a member of IPWEAvic and be prepared to contribute to the operation of the Board, must show a personal commitment to integrity, disclosure of interests and be able to maintain confidentiality on relevant board matters.

No remuneration is available for the position.

Essential information for applicants and expressions of interest forms may be obtained by contacting Dr Anne Gibbs at or by phone 03 9005 0860.

Expressions of interest close 5pm Friday 18th July 2014.  Applications are to be lodged via email to

The Victorian State Government released Plan Melbourne on 19th May 2014

Visit Plan Melbourne website to download a copy of the document

and find links for

  • Summary Guide
  • Resource library
  • Suburbs profile tool
  • an interactive online 360deg panoramic images tool to view places of interest in metro Melbourne
  • map room
  • fact sheets

For reference The Victorian Government’s official population and household projections can be found via this link:


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