Archive for August 27th, 2012

The revised Victorian Local Government Draft Best Practice Procurement Guidelines(the Guidelines) are designed to assist Victorian councils and regional library corporations better understand their obligations under the Local Government Act 1989. The Guidelines were first released by Local Government Victoria (LGV) in 2008.

In early 2011, LGV undertook a consultation process to establish the priorities for revision of the Guidelines as well as reflect changes that have occurred since the first version was released.  The revised Guidelines have been informed on recommendations contained in reports by the Victorian Auditor-General and the Victorian Ombudsman.

Local Government Victoria has released the revised draft Guidelines for consultation as the last stage in finalising this document.

Feedback on the revised guidelines is welcome from interested parties.  Where possible, comments should be lodged electronically to using the feedback template.  The closing date for submissions is 5.00pm (AEST) 15 October 2012. The Guidelines and submission template can also be downloaded at:


The draft of AS 5488 Subsurface Utility Information has today been released for Public Comment by SAI Global. The comment period closes on the 22nd of October 2012.

Draft Number DR AS 5488
Title: Subsurface Utility Engineering
Project Committee: IT-036 Subsurface Utility Engineering Information
Public Comment Closing Date: 2012-10-22

All non-committee members can access the draft from the SAI Global website:  AS 5488:

Members of the public will also need to register on the Standards Australia HUB in order to make comment. A PDF step-by-step guide on how to do this is provided at the following link:


Don’t forget to Vote in the IPWEAvic online Board election.  View candidate profiles here.

If you are having trouble using the helios voting system please contact Anne Gibbs or ph 03 90050860 to discuss alternative voting options.

Resultsof election will be announced at the AGM on 11 October 2012.

ARRB advise a discount of 10% is available to all local government delegates at the 25th ARRB Conference to be held 23-26 September in Perth WA.  The conference theme is “Shaping the future: Linking research, policy and outcomes”.  The discount is available for early bird registrations and you must register before Friday 31st August 2012 to obtain the discount.  It is for full registrations only, you must register online and write promotional code LG2012 into the VIP discount area on the online registration form.  Register at


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