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

The conference will feature six streams covering topics such as asset management, innovation and technology, leadership and management, community and infrastructure, pavements, stormwater, coastal management, street lighting and more.


More than ever, today’s PMOs are seeking to rise above the boom/bust cycle that threatens their own sustainability and the productivity of their organisation’s operations. Incorporating new methodologies, including agile techniques and operational transformations, will position the PMO for ongoing success as trailblazers of their organisation’s objectives and strategic alignment. A leader’s focus determines the reality of their team’s success, by driving productivity, efficiency and incorporating new techniques to achieve excellence through delivery. To add real value and cement a sustainable future within the organisation, PMO leaders must develop this focus alongside a culture of adaptability and flexibility, which is essential to transition smoothly through a volatile environment.


Advancing from a specialist to a leader requires more than just experience in the field, especially in Finance and Accounting roles where you are accountable for the successful running of your organisation. While technical expertise provides a strong foundation, stepping into leadership in today’s dynamic environment requires adaptability, authenticity and the ability to drive performance under pressure. These new frontiers of finance leadership bring great possibility and even greater challenges, and for women in finance and accounting there are still more challenges to overcome. Despite a much healthier representation in less senior finance roles, the gender gap remains markedly more pronounced in the C-suite, with Australia still lagging behind, with the top 100 employing almost half the number of female CFOs as their international peers.


The future of the banking and financial services sector hinges upon the next great leaders to forge the way. As research continues to show the value of a diverse leadership team, it is increasingly important to step up your game as a female leader in the industry. To successfully drive career progression, you must be ready to embrace opportunities, take risks to yield better rewards and develop the key strategies to maximise your leadership potential.


The recognition of cultural diversity playing an integral role in both an organisation and community’s success is at an all-time high. For Indigenous women, the opportunity to unleash their leadership capability and reach their career goals is greater than ever. The 6th Indigenous Women’s Leadership Summit 2017 is the leading platform for women to come together to share advice, key challenges and inspiring stories. This is a chance to hear from some of the country’s most accomplished Indigenous leaders. The two-day Summit will be a mix of case studies, expert commentaries and panel discussions designed to illustrate the challenges and opportunities commonly facing Indigenous women. This event is the ideal opportunity for Indigenous women to develop the necessary skills to position themselves for both career and community success.


Communications and PR have always been integral to business success, with the ever growing presence of technology and digitised strategy, the need for smart and dynamic leadership has never been greater. In an environment of unprecedented disruption and innovation, agile leadership is needed to survive and thrive. The 5th Women in Communications & PR Leadership Summit 2017 will delve into the hybrid nature of communication leadership, with speakers providing inspiring stories of leading, paired with technical leaders who are riding the wave of innovation and redefining the function of communications and PR. Whether you’re a seasoned leader or taking your first steps into leadership, this year’s summit will provide the insights you need to drive even greater success.


As we launch into the Asian Century, there is still a clear under representation of Asian Australian professionals at executive leadership levels. The 2nd Annual Asian Australian Leadership Summit is Australia’s only dedicated professional development event specifically designed to develop Asian Australian leaders. Through anecdotal case studies from inspiring Asian Australian leaders and expert advice from diversity and cross-cultural specialists, this event will equip Asian Australian leaders with the tools they need to overcome the barriers on the path to leadership.


The 21st Women in Leadership Summit 2017 is the paramount opportunity for you to be inspired by the most successful leaders across Australia and become a more confident and effective leader. Reflecting on advice, guidance and experiential how-to-lessons, you will develop your authentic leadership skill-set and be prepared for the challenges that come with advancing in today’s competitive executive landscape. This event is the opportunity to network with other ambitious, emerging leaders, refine your plan for progression and gain the skills necessary to excel as an executive leader.


As the premier learning and networking event, The 9th National Public Sector Women in Leadership Summit 2017 brings together a variety of leaders to share their inspirational journeys, practical advice and insights. We are proud to present a speaker line-up showcasing the Australian Public Sector’s diversity of thought, experience, gender and culture. Aspiring female leaders will gain valuable insights and advice through interactive workshops, case studies, expert commentary sessions and two interactive panel discussions. Discover strategies and skill-sets to navigate complex challenges, drive successful change, and achieve career excellence in the Public Sector.


By 2050, 9 billion people are expected to inhabit the planet. Water scarcity on the one hand, and flood-proof cites on the other will become our main challenges. Amsterdam International Water Week 2017 presents a new approach that tackles these challenges head on