Did you know our Geelong Chapter is leading the charge for Movember? Check out the lads down at the barber getting a close shave back on the 1st of November! We are super proud of their initiative and intention to help grow awareness around men’s health, especially mental health.

For more information check out the ALDE (Geelong) Mo Bros & Sistas page for more information on how to donate and support them: https://au.movember.com/team/2441638

Don’t Miss the Opportunity to be a part of the ALDE 2024 Conference

Abstract submissions close on Thursday 30 November 2023

By now you may have started to prepare your abstract for consideration in the ALDE 2024 Conference program. The submission deadline is only 4 weeks away, so why not set aside 20 minutes to complete your submission and submit it by the end of the week?

The Conference will be held at Mantra Lorne, on Tuesday, 20 and Thursday, 21 August 2024.

We are welcoming and encouraging submissions on the various areas involved in land development, including:

  • Effective Site Management
  • Smart Software Use
  • Collaboration with Land Development
  • Innovative Design

Presentations are invited that address the theme: ‘Connecting the Pieces: Crafting the Future of Land Development’ and explore one of the following streams that were listed above.

The Call for Abstracts Guidelines will provide you with all the information you require to prepare your submission and also include some ‘thought starters’ for your abstract within each of the four streams.

Conference presentations will be offered as 30-minute concurrent sessions. Abstract submissions must be made through the online submission portal by Thursday, 30 November 2023.

Submission Guidelines:


Submit an abstract today:


Get Ready to Elevate your Expertise

ALDE 2024 Conference

Lorne, Victoria | 19 – 21 August 2024

The Association of Land Development Engineers (ALDE) invite you to attend the ALDE 2024 Conference. This event promises to be a significant gathering of professionals, experts and thought leaders in the field of land development engineering.


Monday, 19 August – Wednesday, 21 August 2024


Mantra Lorne


Connecting the Pieces: Crafting the Future of Land Development

As we continue to navigate the challenges and opportunities in the world of land development engineering, our conference theme, ‘Connecting the Pieces: Crafting the Future of Land Development,’ will explore the latest trends, advancements and best practices in the industry. We are confident that this event will offer valuable insights and networking opportunities for all attendees.

Click on the link for more information: https://gems.eventsair.com/alde-2024/

What to Expect:

Engaging Keynote Speakers: We have invited top-notch experts to share their knowledge and experiences, providing you with fresh perspectives on the future of land development engineering.

Networking Opportunities:

Connect with peers, potential collaborators and industry leaders during our networking and social events.

Exhibition Area:

Explore the latest products, services and technologies offered by leading companies in the field.

Stay tuned for our detailed conference agenda, which we will send in the coming weeks. We believe that you will find it to be a compelling mix of educational content and ample networking time. Registration details and further information will follow soon. Register your interest via the link below to stay up to date with conference details as they become available.

Register for more information here: https://gems.eventsair.com/alde-2024/expressionofinterest/Site/Register

Please save the date, and we look forward to seeing you at the ALDE 2024 Conference. For any enquiries in the meantime, feel free to reach out to us at registration@gemsevents.com.au.

We are excited about this event and anticipate an inspiring and productive gathering. Together, we can shape the future of land development engineering.

Kind regards,
ALDE 2024 Committee
P: +61 2 9744 5252
E: registration@gemsevents.com.au

Your Expertise Deserves the Spotlight:
Submit Your Abstract Now for ALDE 2024!

Are you ready to be a part of the only Conference focusing on the land development sector, being held in 2024?

On behalf of the Association of Land Development Engineers (ALDE) we would like to invite you and your colleagues to participate in the ALDE 2024 Conference, where innovation, research and collaboration converge to shape the future of land development.

The Call for Conference Presentations is now available and will close on Thursday, 30 November 2023.

The theme for the Conference is ‘Connecting the Pieces: Crafting the Future of Land Development’.

This theme highlights the intricate nature of land development projects and the various components that need to come together seamlessly for successful outcomes. Just like assembling a puzzle, the land development team must skilfully connect different aspects such as infrastructure, environmental sustainability, urban planning, and regulatory compliance.

The Conference is set to explore the challenges and innovative solutions that we all employ to create liveable communities. For more information, visit our website via the link below.


Abstract Submission Guidelines

Abstracts are being sought in the following Conference streams:

  • Effective Site Management
  • Smart Software Use
  • Collaboration with Land Development
  • Innovative Design

Presentation Type

The ALDE 2024 Conference will feature concurrent presentations of 25 minutes duration with an additional 5 minutes allocated for questions.

The following guidelines apply for the submission of abstracts for all concurrent presentations.

All abstracts must be submitted via the online Abstract Submission Portal.
In total, abstracts should be no more than 400 words in length. Abstracts exceeding this limit will not be considered.
Submissions must include a biography of the presenter/s of up to 200 words. Submissions not including a biography of the presenter will not be considered.

A complete guideline to submitting your Conference abstract can be found by clicking on the link below:


The ALDE Annual General Meeting will be held Wednesday 20th September 2023 from 5.45pm (for a 6pm seating) until approx. 9.00pm.
The meeting is open to all General Members only and will be held at the Wine House in Southbank.

All General members of ALDE are invited to nominate a representative for a position on the Executive Committee for 2023/2024. We are seeking Executive committee members that wish to play an active role in setting the direction of the Association and its activities.

Participation on the Executive Committee provides professional development and networking opportunities.  Nominees should take note of the following:

  • Executive committee meetings are held on the last Tuesday of every month, from 4.30pm to approx. 6.30pm.  Most meetings will be held via Microsoft Teams although other locations may be used, typically the office of the residing President for face-to-face meetings. Executive committee members are expected to attend the majority of these monthly meetings.
  • All Executive committee members are expected to play an active role in Association activities and will be required to undertake a specific role or task, including participation on a subcommittee. This will require attendance or involvement in meetings or teleconferences outside of the monthly executive committee meetings. Subcommittee meetings are typically held via zoom (or MS Teams) at a commonly agreed time by its members.
  • All nominees who wish to apply for a position on the Executive Committee are required to be a financial General Member of ALDE for the 2022/2023 financial year. If you wish to verify your financial status, please get in touch
Nominations for the Executive Committee must be completed and returned to the ALDE office via email by 5pm Thursday 13th September.   

In conjunction with Stormwater Victoria, ALDE members can register for specialist training through a webinar about Erosion Sediment Control.

This must attend webinar explains why Erosion and Sediment Control (ESC) on construction and building sites is as important as Water Sensitive Urban Design (WSUD) to protect environmental values and deliver sustainable development outcomes.

We all know the General Environmental Duty (GED) puts the onus on individuals and business to prevent environmental harm before it occurs but what does this look like as practical on-ground ESC solutions?

Hear from experts drawn from research and industry on the latest advancements in ESC policy and best practice from across Australia and how these apply in the Victorian context.
View details on your expert trainers

Date: Thursday, 3rd August 

 Time: 12:00pm – 1:30pm  

 Venue: Zoom Webinar  

Register through the following link
Registration closes Wednesday 2nd August 2023. 


Accreditation and Revised Consultant Accreditation Deed 

South East Water (SEW) reminds consultants in the land development industry to ensure their Accreditation is up to date and has clarified the requirements for the role of key personell (construction auditor, design checker & pipelaying accreditation. . 

Revised Accreditation Due by 26 June 2023

Companies that are currently accredited under an Accreditation Deed with South East Water to undertake engineering and audit services for the land development industry have now been issued the revised Consultant Accreditation Deeds. 

 The revised Consultant Accreditation Deed needs to be executed by 26 June 2023, otherwise SEW will remove your company from South East Water’s Accredited Consultant List and ARCUS. The final version of the Consultant Accreditation Deed is now available on SEW’s website and has been uploaded to ARCUS. 

South East Water Definitions of Key Personnel (Construction Auditor, Design Checker, Pipelaying Accreditation.) 

South East Water has provided clarification on the role of key personnel involved in the checking process.

Design Checker – Key Personnel  

  • SEW maintains 5 years is appropriate level of experience which is also consistent with the Registered Engineers requirement of 5 years.  
  • SEW will consider mentoring by an appropriate Key Personnel on a case by case basis. This is a current SEW practice for intended Key Personnel’s who currently do not the required minimum 5 years experience.  

 Construction Auditor – Key Personnel  

  • SEW maintains 5 years is appropriate for experience for a Construction Auditor Key Personnel.  
  • SEW acknowledges this matter has also been discussed by ALDE at the recent Water Industry Liaison Committee (WILC). As agreed at WILC, the Metropolitan Retail Water Companies (MRWA) will review ALDE’s proposal and the introduction of a ‘mentor’ program. 

Requirement for pipelaying accreditation – RIICRC208A for a Construction Auditor Key Personnel  

ALDE Member forums are centred around topical information designed for members to network with key public sector individuals. Theses forums are held throughout the year and themed around the relevant subcommittees.

These industry events provide a platform to exchange information and experience between ALDE members and guests as well as serve as a valuable networking opportunity between authorities and colleagues.

ALDE Member Forums for 2023

The proposed schedule for Member Forums for 2023 are:

Date          Theme
13 Sept        Water Industry
08 Nov          Local Government/Council/VicRoads

Past ALDE Member Forums

Member Forum 184  July 2023

Member forum no.184 was themed Construction / Infrastructure with a supporting theme of Complimentary Sub, Consultants. View the General Presentation

We had the following presenters;

Adrian Cahill, Technical Manager, Reinforced Concrete Pipes Australia (RCPA)  View Presentation

Karen Thompson, Executive Director, Concrete Pipe Association Australia (CPAA)  View Presentation
Cameron Lowe, Self-Paced Online Training manager, 12d Solutions with Kim Dinh, Chair of ALDE Education Subcommittee, Quality Assurance Manager at Marshal

Kim and Cameron presented the Self-Paced Online Training course being developed by ALDE and 12d Solutions for the Land Development industry in Victoria.

The course will cover the theory behind the Land Development process, as well as include the application of 12d Model for road and stormwater design tasks, tailored to Victorian requirements.

The course will make use of 12d Solution’s Self-Paced Online Training (SPOT) platform, through the Civil & Surveying Institute. View Presentation

A recording of the Member forum is available to members upon request.

Member Forum 183  May 2023

Member Forum no.183 was themed around Professional Development and Diversity & Inclusion which aligns with our respective subcommittees. View the General Presentation

We had the following presenters;

Val Mag, Principal at Stormy Water Solutions presented on Hydrological & Environmental Engineering Training

David Hallett, CEO, IPWEA Victoria on the IPWEA Public Works Foundations Program which ALDE has entered into an agreement with to offer training programs.

Travis Shreeve, Senior Principal Environmental Consultant / Land Sector Lead from Tonkin & Taylor’s
David Glover, Principal Geotechnical Engineer from Tonkin & Taylor’s presented about useful engineering tools.

View the Presentation here

Websites Referenced in the Presentation:

Visualising Victoria’s Groundwater – Visualising Victorias Groundwater (VVG)

GeoVic – GeoVic – Earth Resources

Melbourne 1945 – Melbourne 1945

Nearmap – High Quality Aerial Imagery Maps & Geospatial Data | Nearmap AU

Melway – Melway Online Map Edition 1 – Melway Maps

Victoria Unearthed – Victoria Unearthed (environment.vic.gov.au)

Victorian Background Soil Database – Victorian Background Soil Database [V 1.0.0] (soilexplorer.org.au)

A recording of the Member Forum is available to members upon request.


Member Forum No. 182  March 2023

Our first member forum for 2023 was held in March and themed around ‘Safety and Environment’ which aligns with our respective subcommittee.
View the General Presentation

The following speakers presented;
Graeme McKenna  from Before Your Dig Australia (BYDA) who works with members, users and partners across Victoria and Tasmania to communicate the importance & value of the BYDA service to all stakeholders. Graeme also works with BYDA asset-owning members to familiarise them with the Referral Response Automation Solution offered in conjunction with Esri Australia to streamline BYDA enquiry response management and improve asset protection. View presentation here

Geoff Reynolds, on behalf of the Civil Contractors Federation (CCF) is the representative for the Engineering and Design Construction Manual (EDCM) and the Local Government Infrastructure Design manual (LGIDA) under the Victorian Planning Authority (VPA). He has also been a reference group member for the EPA in the development of civil construction industry guidance documents supporting the introduction of the Environment Protection Amendment Act 2017. View presentation here

A recording of the Member Forum is available to members upon request.