Unlock Your Brand’s Potential:
Sponsorship and Exhibition Opportunities Now Available for ALDE 2024 Conference

We hope you are in great spirits and ready for an exciting announcement! The official Sponsorship and Exhibition Prospectus for the much-anticipated ALDE 2024 Conference is now available!

The ALDE 2024 Conference will be held at the Mantra Lorne and will give our industry the opportunity to come together, network, and learn about the latest initiatives and techniques in land development engineering.

ALDE 2024 Conference

Date: Monday, 19 August – Wednesday, 21 August 2024
Location: Mantra Lorne, Victoria
Theme: ‘Connecting the Pieces – Crafting the Future of Land Development’

At ALDE, we understand the pivotal role that land development engineers play in shaping the future. As we embark on this journey to ‘Connect the Pieces’, we invite your organisation to be a part of something truly extraordinary. Next year’s Conference promises to be a transformative experience for all involved, and here is how you can get in on the action:

Sponsorship Opportunities

Elevate your brand’s visibility

Forge lasting connections

Drive industry recognition

Expand your network

Exhibition Opportunities

Showcase your innovative products and services

Engage directly with decision-makers

Create unforgettable on-site experiences

Boost your sales and partnerships

The Prospectus Includes

A complete breakdown of sponsorship packages

Audience demographics and expected attendance

Benefits and privileges for sponsors and exhibitors

Information on how to secure your spot

But that’s not all! We’ve got some exciting features and interactive elements to make the ALDE 2024 Conference an experience like no other. You can expect dynamic sessions, insightful keynotes, and engaging social events to facilitate networking and idea exchange.

Act now to take advantage of our incredible packages, as it is on a first come first serve basis. Hurry and position your brand at the centre of this industry leading event.

Access the Conference Sponsorship and Exhibition Prospectus below

If you have any trouble downloading the prospectus document you can access it via the Conference Website.

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

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.   

ALDE has put forward a proposal in relation to the revision of the minimum experience levels for sewer and water  construction auditing with the goal being to provide individuals with an opportunity to progressively gain competencies while learning on the job.

  • Many auditing tasks do not require the same level of expertise currently mandated, therefore by adjusting the minimum experience levels, resources can be better allocated, focusing on the areas that genuinely demand higher expertise.
  • Easing the minimum experience requirements enables individuals to gain hands-on experience more readily, fostering a continuous learning curve, which will produce auditors who are more adept and knowledgeable over time, positively impacting the overall quality of auditing services.
  • Maintaining an adequate number of accredited auditors in the industry. Many individuals aspire to advance from construction roles to project management positions, leading to a scarcity of experienced auditors. Allowing for a more accessible path to auditing will attract new talent and mitigate the shortage of skilled professionals.

Last month ALDE participated in a Melbourne Water hosted industry forum; the Urban Planning and Development Strategic Collaboration Group.

The purpose of this new group is to identify and overcome challenges to the urban planning and development sector.
The group brings together many of the key players in this space; from industry bodies such as the Property Council of Australia (PCA) and the Urban Development Industry of Australia (UDIA), to government organisations including the Department of Transport & Planning (DTP) and Victorian Planning Authority (VPA).

The purpose of the Group is to deliver the objectives below, within a water context:

  • Improve communication between member organisations, enabling improved working processes, collaboration and integrated outcomes.
  • Facilitate closer collaboration among key stakeholders, to better respond to Plan Melbourne’s integrated objectives, and better anticipate and shape the future.
  • Identify significant policy, strategy and implementation challenges and opportunities within the urban planning and development sector.
  • Respond to priority issues, including opportunities to work together to advocate and influence decision-making regarding key policies.

Discussion themes centred around;

  • Better strategic framework alignment and climate change readiness through new frameworks and reform
  • Better planning & building approvals across Melbourne’s existing development system
  • Delivering Plan Melbourne
  • Turning strategy and innovation into delivery and execution (including integrated water management)
  • Communication on existing policy and strategy impacting delivery and community
  • Liveability, access, and design conflicting with flood protection decision guidance
  • Using land acquisition and legal tools to deliver flood and drainage infrastructure
  • Climate change policy and delivery implications
  • Solving joint challenges through collaboration and partnerships.

In conjunction with 12d, ALDE will be introducing industry specific training for the land development industry in 2024.

The Self Paced Online Training Course will combine the theory behind the Land Development process, with 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.

Kim Dinh, Chair of the ALDE Education Subcommittee & Cameron Lowe of 12d recently introduced the program to our members at the July member forum. View Presentation here

BETA testing of the program will commence very shortly and the training course is set to be rolled out towards the start of 2024.


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.

The Water Industry Liaison Committee (WILC) has stakeholders represented from water authorities in the metro and regional areas, and industry associations (ALDE, Civil Contractors Federation (CCF), UDIA, ACSV and contractors that undertake significant capital works for the water authorities.)

ALDE raised the following for discussions at WILC:

Lowest acceptable tender for reimbursement 
  • Reimbursement for sewer works is being based on the lowest priced tender, even though the Contractor does not have capacity to commence work in a suitable timeframe.
  • Cost difference can be significant and due to budget constraints, the lowest conforming tender must be appointed.
  • Significant delays can be attributed to this which have an impact on the project and extra eduction time.
  • The MRWAs expectation with ALDE members is to deliver assets to the highest level of quality and safety but reimbursement is to the lowest possible price, with a claim that this is because their hands are tied with respect to tendering.
  • Current tender assessments undertaken by water companies is purely on price, without consideration of capability, capacity, safety, timeliness, contractor history & experience, relationships (eg. with head works contractor or Council), personnel, or tendency for variations.
Requirement for minimum of five (5) years’ experience for construction auditors, ALDE put forward a number of options for consideration which included;
  • An auditor having all the necessary qualifications and evidence of 12months mentoring from a suitably qualified auditor to be provisionally approved.
  • Full accreditation could require a further 2 years of experience post provisional approval.
  • The company would still be required to have at least 1 fully accredited auditor so that the more complex issues can be resolved.

Melbourne Retail Water Authories (MRWA) have launched a Safety page and are seeking feedback on the content.

If you would like to contribute, please direct any feedback to our executive officer Karen Leoncelli.


Yarra Valley Water (YVW) has news for the land development industry in relation to an Eduction Review, Redeye Cad Drawings and the move to GDA 2020.

Yarra Valley Water Eduction Review

YVW is undertaking an eduction review along similar lines to Greater Western Water due to the following:

  • significant time taken in discussing feasibility of eduction sites
  • eduction is taking longer than anticipated
  • issues in forecasting risk profiles
  • eduction occurring near occupied houses which can result in customer complaints.

Redeye CAD drawings 

YVW has recognised issues in relation to CAD drawing requirements for development works and are currently working through with the Redeye administrators to address them accordingly. ALDE will be providing feedback on the drawing standards for YVW.

If you would like to contribute to the ALDE response, please get in touch with our executive officer, Karen Leoncelli.

Yarra Valley Water GDA2020 update: 

Yarra Valley Water has moved its spatial GIS data from GDA94 to GDA2020. While consultants can still submit as-constructed data in GDA94, they prefer for all data to be supplied in GDA2020 from now on.

A combined communication from all Melbourne water retailers will be provided to the land development industry shortly and will allow consultants time to shift in work practices from GDA94 to GDA2020.

ALDE recently held the UDWAG meeting with Melbourne Water(MW) and provide the following updates for our members:

 Project-Based Issues 

Melbourne Water have implemented a new customer service team and escalation process to improve turnaround times on queries.

  • The primary submission or request for documentation is still through their online portal:
  • If you already have an MWA number, then emailing DevConnect@melbournewater.com.au with the relevant MWA number in the subject line is still the best way to communicate in an ongoing manner with your relevant officer at Melbourne Water. 
  • The hotline 131 722 is now recommended for any follow-up, query or escalation. The new phone-based service team will work as a triage service that looks to support you immediately or escalate the concern up through the required team for you.

MW are using this dedicated hotline to gauge their overall level of service and this is being closely monitored for performance. Over the past couple of months, Melbourne Water have used this process to reduce escalation call back times down from 20 days to 4 (and they are looking to further improve  on this figure month to month). All April 2023 service tickets are now closed.

The hotline’s dedicated service officer will have full access to the file for every project and can easily confirm if a document is received, who the project has been assigned to and provide a follow up for you. An escalation process can also be used if you have concerns. 

  • Best practice will be to contact 131 722 for all queries going forward instead of established relationships so all enquiries and follow ups can be appropriately recorded, timed and assigned. 
  • If it’s a broader industry issue, then this can be raised via ALDE and the UDWAG meetings which are MW industry meetings with ALDE. Everything raised and discussed at these meetings is noted and followed up with actions where required and any outcomes or changes from these matters can be communicated to all members of the land development engineering community.
  • Melbourne Water are seeking feedback from consultants through this ongoing survey. This will be monitored monthly to assess service levels.

Melbourne Water Statutory Developer Services Leadership Team 

Melbourne Water has transformed the model of Statutory Developer Services (now Urban Planning and Development) and has brought in significant new skills and experience. View more details about the team and their experience in this Melbourne Water newsletter.

Flood safety and people safety in terms of risk – registered engineers and interpretation of the act 

Applications assessed by the Statutory Developer Services team are required to comply with the relevant legislative framework and supporting decision guidelines, at the discretion of Melbourne Water in its capacity as the floodplain management authority.

Key decision makers within our Statutory teams are empowered to exercise discretion in limited circumstances where evidence-based data allows. Reviews of Melbourne Water decisions can be done via VCAT, the Building Appeals Board or other relevant appeal bodies.

Historically, MW would have allowed matters to be resolved post permit and work through this with developers/ consultants, but this approach is not viable with the risk profile associated with interim works for unresolved sequencing of development.

As a regulator, Melbourne Water is required by legislation to assess applications against specific policies within the Victorian Planning System.

Urban Development & Planning Newsletter

MW released their Urban Development & Planning Newsletter with news on driving Performance Outcomes & their KPIs, new Interim Guidelines for Sea Level Rise, the Maribyrnong Flood Review & Enquiry & more. Read it here

The ALDE Safety & Environment Subcommittee has prepared the following update in relation to On Site Rock Crushing to our members. 

Melbourne is currently in the middle of a significant pipeline of construction project lead by Victoria’s “Big Build” infrastructure projects. Plants, quarries and cartage companies are providing priority service to high profile government projects which has resulted in increased competition in the private sector for the remaining local suppliers.

Infrastructure Australia’s December 2022 Market Capacity Report cautioned of an emerging capacity risk in Melbourne’s local markets where quarry closures are preceding the opening of greenfield sites. Producers themselves note that approvals for new quarries and or extensions of consents at existing facilities are very difficult, taking up to 10 years in some cases.

Due to such extended timelines, there is currently a real risk of a quarry ‘gap’ occurring in Melbourne’s supply chain. As a result, recycling virgin rock is becoming more popular on land development sites in Melbourne’s north and west. The decision to introduce rock crushing capabilities into a land development site is something that requires careful consideration to the site-specific risk and opportunities.

The ALDE Safety & Environment Subcommittee has highlighted some things to consider in relation to recycling virgin rock on land development sites: 

Advantages of on site rock crushing
  • Eliminating or reducing tipping fees and disposal costs 
  • Reducing demand and reliance on quarries 
  • Reducing transportation costs 
  • Lowering aggregate material cost 
  • Lowering traffic impact and reduced energy costs 
Disadvantages of on site rock crushing
  • Dust and other environmental concerns 
  • Requires a large space to stockpile and crush away from residents and other significant areas. 
  • Rock can only be graded to Class 3 without a pug mill. 
  • Sites selling and transporting crushed rock externally may be considered by some Councils as acting as a quarry. Additional permits may be required to do this legally. 
  • Crushing plants introduce significant OH&S concerns not normally present on subdivision sites. 
  • Contractual risks such as when rock is produced faster than it is able to be crushed and it needs to be removed from site when it was assumed to be crushed on site. 

ALDE has been consulting with the Melbourne Retail Water Agencies (MRWA) on a practical way to adopt the requirements of the Victorian Professional Engineers Registration Act 2019 (PER Act) into their submissions.

The MRWA made changes to the design drawing templates in response to the new legislation.

The Professional Engineers Registration Act 2019 & Land Development Engineers

The requirement for a civil and structural engineer to be registered in Victoria came into effect on October 2022.

Engineering Professionals must register with the Business Licencing Authority if they wish to continue legally providing Professional Engineering Services unless they are working under the guidance of a registered engineer or working only within a prescriptive standard.

MRWA supports the Victorian Government’s initiative to recognise the importance of engineers through a statewide registration process and considers the preparation of sewer and drainage documents as Professional Engineering Services.

Read the complete MRWA position here

Changes to MRWA designs due to the Professional Engineers Registration Act

MRWA proposes changes to the ‘Title Blocks’  MRWA design drawing templates to clearly identify the Registered Engineer involved in the process and abide by the PER legislation.

The MRWA design drawing template now includes: 
1. Registered Professional Engineer’s name and registration number
2. Sign-off on each design revision by the Registered Professional Engineer (instead of the authoriser).

MRWA Title Block Template Change Professional Registered Engineers April 2023
MRWA Title Block Template Change Example Professional Registered Engineers April 2023

The 100 Series water and sewer design standards drawing examples (PDF and AutoCAD files) have been amended on the MRWA portal website and are ready for use on projects.

All designs submitted from 1 July 2023 will be expected to adopt the new template and show the Professional Registered Engineer on the drawings.
The MRWA will be checking this requirement is being met on design submissions and after 1 July 2023 will not accept designs that do not include these changes.

Notification of changes to the ARCUS accreditation system will be advised in the near future.

View Sample Plans

Should you have any questions or wish to discuss these requirements further please contact
the relevant water retailer representatives:
 Ryan Leon (ryan.leon@yvw.com.au ) – Yarra Valley Water
 Bruce Johnson (bruce.johnson@sew.com.au ) – South East Water
 Nick Rhoden (nick.rhoden@gww.com.au ) – Greater Western Water

Greater Western Water (GWW) has successfully switched its geographic system map base to GDA2020 (Geocentric Datum of Australia 2020).

The change, which took place on 19th of February, ensures the alignment of the locations of building developments on GWW’s asset maps. The initiative is being led by Land Victoria and all Victorian water corporations are required to make the switch.

This project forms part of GWW’s program of work, aimed at transforming the way GWW captures, uses, manages and shares spatial information about its assets.

Supporting partners through the switch

GWW’s project team is on stand-by to provide any additional support its partners and contractors may need. GWW will support the submission of as-contracted plans in GDA94 to allow business partners to transition to GDA2020.

Please ensure all as-constructed plans submitted clearly state datum.

Find out more or get in touch

Visit the Land Victoria website to find out more about GDA2020.

If you have any questions, please contact the GWW project team on OurSpatialOdyssey@gww.com.au

The Local Government Infrastructure Design Association (LGIDA) has considered the matter of Registered Victorian Professional Engineers and has decided that it is currently up to each individual Council to determine their individual requirements. It is likely that a future edition of the Infrastructure Design Manual (IDM) will formally review the checklists that will incorporate the ability for Councils to have Registered Professional Engineers (RPEs) sign-offs where appropriate. 

Most Councils will be requiring sign-offs to be undertaken by RPEs who are able to verify, when checking plans and/or documentation, RPE independence from specific developments; and are in a position to meet any reasonable specific requirements of the individual member Council. 

Melbourne Water (MW) and ALDE meet on a regular basis to discuss the needs of the land development industry and our membership made up of consultants and suppliers.  The following outlines some of the discussion from our recent Urban Development Water Advisory Group (UDWAG) Technical meeting (keeping in mind the current caretaker period limits what can be discussed and agreed). 

 DELWP Guidelines for Development in Flood Affected Areas 

There is a discrepancy between the DELWP Flood Guidelines and the Melbourne Water LDM regarding the VxD values accepted.  Melbourne Water has provided feedback to DELWP on the difference and asked for clarification and an update of the Guidelines to reflect that.  While the Guidelines are being reviewed by DELWP, Melbourne Water have indicated that the DELWP Guidelines are the most recent and most up to date document.  They should therefore be the primary source of guidance.  Where these guidelines and expectations are difficult to meet on a project, direct negotiation with Melbourne Water is recommended. 

Melbourne Water response times 

Melbourne Water are looking for opportunities to streamline their processes and shorten their response times.  They are going to release further communication around this in the near future however we have some preliminary advice. 

If the development project lends itself to a change in the drainage scheme, its best to start discussion with Melbourne Water ahead of the permit process to negotiate the best outcome. 

Melbourne Water recommend the following steps: 

  1. Apply for pre-dev advice using the online portal
  2. Once received, if the scheme and advice presented needs to vary (ie you have a more innovative solution, the scheme has an error, other valid reason) then you should request a Pre-Development Meeting with MW.  To do this email devconnect@melbournewater.com.au with the MWA number from the pre-dev advice email asking for a Pre-Development Meeting.  MW have indicated that a meeting should occur within 2 weeks from the requested date. Due to the high volume of work, all meetings will be via Teams or Zoom.
  3. During the meeting you can highlight your concerns with the scheme and discuss an alternative solution (or two). MW will outline what reports/costings/justification they will need in order to change the scheme as proposed.  
  4. The reports can then be developed and prepared for submission.  Given the complexity of most projects of this nature, the pre-dev MWA number may expire and a new MWA number may be required upon submission.  Always reference the pre-development advice number in the new submission to tie the two activities together. 
  5. MW will then review the application ahead of the permit based 

 Project Escalation inside Melbourne Water 

Another great tip highlighted in the meeting was that all email signatures at Melbourne Water include an escalation manager.  Whilst we always encourage direct discussion with the assigned officer at Melbourne Water, if you feel the need to escalate your concern, now you can easily see the person you need to speak to next.  Remember email addresses at Melbourne water are FirstName.LastName@melbournewater.com.au 

A workshop focused on Unconscious Bias, facilitated by Warwick Cavell of Profitable Conversations was held Thursday 20th October by the Diversity and Inclusion Subcommittee. You can access the presentation here 

 ALDE and its members are committed to creating a more inclusive and diverse industry and enabling a sustainable and equitable business landscape where people feel pride and belonging. The event provided awareness to help identifying biases within our own thinking, to assist in breaking down unconscious patterns. 

 The Diversity Council Australia Inclusion@Work Index showed the incredible impact that inclusion can have on people and culture, showing that workers in inclusive teams are: 

  • 4 times less likely to leave their job in the next 12 months 
  • 10 times more likely to be very satisfied 
  • 4 times less likely to feel work has a negative or very negative impact on their mental health. 
  • 5 times less likely to experience discrimination and/or harassment 
  • 11 times more likely to be highly effective than those in non-inclusive teams 
  • 10 times more likely to be innovative 
  • 6 times more likely to provide excellent customer service 
  • 4 times more likely to work extra hard 

  Diversity Council Australia also provides infographic of the state of inclusion in the Australian workforce here 

The ALDE Diversity & Inclusion Subcommittee has an LGBTQIA+ information sheet for our members.

The ALDE Safety and Environment Subcommittee is pleased to release the 2022/23 Safety Booklet.  

This booklet is a safety guide for engineers and visitors to sites where land development works are in progress.
It is an introduction to onsite safety for engineers and site visitors who are not familiar with land development and is also designed as a refresher or reference guide for those who may have substantial experience in land development.

Land development sites can pose serious risks, with potential hazards created by deep trenches or holes and slippery surfaces that can cause serious injury or even death. These sites are typically of a large scale and contain powerful vehicles and equipment.

You can access the new ALDE Safety Booklet here

Thanks to all our member consultancies who supported the publication of the ALDE Safety Booklet:

Cossill Webley, KLM Spatial, Peak/Colliers, PGA, DCE, Millar Merrigan, Reeds Consulting, SPIIRE, SMEC, Taylors, Urban Design & Management, Creo, GHD, BPD, Calibre, Tomkinsons, Precinct, Beveridge Williams. 



South East Water has advised that they will be transitioning to GDA 2020 in October 2022.

As per their statement:

“The transition from Map Grid of Australia 1994 (MGA94) to (Geocentric Datum of Australia 2020) GDA2020 is in full swing across Australia as demonstrated by;

– In October 2017 GDA2020 was formally defined as the national datum for Australia
– Victorian cadastral surveys (with limited exceptions) must adopt GDA2020
– The Victorian Digital Asset Strategy nominated GDA2020 as the datum for the management of spatial information

How South East Water is managing the change 
At South East Water, to keep our spatial information consistent, we’re migrating our internally managed spatial systems from a datum of MGA94 to GDA2020 in October 2022.
To best support transition to GDA2020 we’ll accept spatial data and asset information on both MGA94 and GDA2020 datums. Our preference is that data be supplied on GDA2020.
Supporting specifications and standards will continue to be revised into the future to reflect this transition from MGA94 to GDA2020.
“As GDA2020 is now our official datum, the transition to GDA2020 is something every organisation needs to make. At South East Water we’re doing so at a time reflecting the requirements of our many stakeholders,” said Manager Asset Information System, Heath McMahon.

The future of MGA94
At the moment we haven’t made a decision on how long we’ll still accept data provided on MGA94 but we’ll give the industry as much notice as possible when we do decide. In the short term we’ll continue to accept data on MGA94.

Need to get in touch?
If you have any questions or need more information, you can contact Heath on heath.mcmahon@sew.com.au

The 28th edition of the ALDE Annual General Meeting was held on Tuesday 6th September attended by General Members at the Wine House in Southbank.

It was a great opportunity to reflect on our achievements for the year in the various areas of interest based on the work of both the Executive Committee and the organisations’ themed Subcommittees.

Full board nominations and positions will be published shortly.

Ways in which ALDE have served our members in 2021/22 are; 

To further work to our mission of “representing the voice of our consultancy members, to raise the profile of our profession and guide the technical standards.”

You can view a copy of the Annual Report to Members here

A transcript of the speech on the night by President Sehon Pellew can be viewed here

To enquire about renewing or starting a membership, please contact our Executive Officer Karen Leoncelli.

ALDE Subcommittees

Ever wondered what happens on an ALDE subcommittee? A lot of our initiatives, direction and activities are undertaken by the fantastic volunteers who make up the various subcommittees. They meet regularly and workshop and co-ordinate a lot of the ‘behind the scenes’ of our organisation.

ALDE has 11 subcommittees and they cover a range of different areas of interest in relation to the running of ALDE, as well as the advocacy we undertake on behalf of the wider land development industry.


The subcommittees fall under various categories:

Strategic – Assist with the operations and directions of ALDE as an organisation.

Technical – Advocacy & collaboration with different authorities and stakeholders.

Regional – Region specific approach to local issues.


A chart featuring the different levels of the ALDE organisation and the various subcommittees

The goal of each subcommittee is to create communication lines within each area to allow fast and effective feedback to and from the Executive Committee, to resolve any issues as needed. All subcommittees are advisory only and can only act as directed by the Executive Committee. Sub-committees are required to meet at least 4 times per year. 

An Executive Committee Member is required to be included in each of these subcommittees. 

The full list of ALDE Subcommittees are:

  • Safety & Environment Subcommittee
  • Education Subcommittee
  • Membership Engagement Subcommittee
  • Power & Communications Subcommittee
  • Hydraulic Services Subcommittee
  • Local Government Subcommittee
  • Diversity & Inclusion Committee
  • Governance Committee (Closed to the Executive Board)
  • Young Engineers in Land Development (YEiLD)

The Regional Subcommittees are:

  • Geelong Committee
  • Gippsland Committee
  • Shepparton Committee (proposed)

An ALDE representative is also invited to participate in a number of relevant external industry groups as part of our relationships with particular organisations.

We feature the current committee members in different editions of The Conduit Newsletter. If you would like to find a member of a particular Subcommittee, have a look through our Archives.


Applications for the Female Observership for 2023 are now open but will close on 20 December. 



In 2022, ALDE launched the inaugural Female Observership Program to give women in land development an opportunity to observe the Executive Board up close. This initiative was introduced as since ALDE was formed in 1994, there has only been a single female member nominate and serve on the board. This program will enable the board to have a greater field of vision in terms of engaging with our members who may not feel that they are not represented on the board. 

Watch a video explaining the program here

The intent of the Female Observer/s are to:  

  • Contribute to the development of future female leaders; and 
  • Use the position as a training opportunity for females with potential to move into subcommittee roles and/ or the Exec board 

 The Observership program was hailed a success for 2022 and past participant Shuiyan Li shares her experience: 

“The Observership Program has provided me an opportunity of sitting in the executive meetings to learn from our senior leaders in the land development industry and observe how: (1) to manage an independent non-profitable body in all areas at a business level, (2) to analyse, predict and manage the impact of an requirement changes on the processes and/or procedures to the wide land development consultancies community, (3) to work with all forms of government bodies, agencies and authorities to implement processes and procedures in a role of representing all consultancies from small to large.

Participating in ALDE is the best way of spending my spare time to contribute back to the industry and learn from the industry leaders. ”


The ALDE Observership Program begins with the first board meeting of the year and finishes with the last. 

  • As part of the application, Observer/s agree to the Program’s confidentiality terms. 
  • During the Observership year, ALDE will facilitate Observer/s attending all board and any relevant subcommittee meetings as non-voting members so they can both contribute and learn about fundamental principles and functions of the board, the role of board members, the decision-making process and governance priorities. 
  • Board minutes will note that Observer/s are present in the capacity as Observer/s and not as Directors.
  • The point of contact for the Observer/s is the Executive Officer Karen Leoncelli, any questions about serving as an Observer/s on the board, including details for board meetings, board expectations of their Observer/s, behaviour and board culture. 

Benefits of the Female Observership Program 

  • Actively developing the next generation of leaders for the land development industry;
  • Inject a fresh perspective into the ALDE boardroom;
  • Involvement in strategic projects to deliver benefits to ALDE;
  • Observer can contribute to areas relating to their skill set through subcommittee involvement;
  • Strengthen the ALDE board renewal strategy 

For further information, requirements and to apply for 2023, please refer to the ALDE Female Observership Program Flyer

Female Observership Application Process

The Female Observer/s are appointed through an expression of interest process that includes an interview.  

Observer/s will need to notify their employer of their participation in the Program to ensure their support when  attending ALDE board meetings. 

This process is managed by the Executive Officer and a member of the Governance Committee. Female first year graduates are also eligible to apply for the position (subject to attendance at a previous ALDE event). They can serve a single term of one year. ALDE board meetings are typically held last Tuesday of the month (12 in total), observer/s will need to make themselves available to attend these meetings. 

Applications close December 2022.



More feedback from the program:

“As a civil engineer, the Observership Program has expanded my views on the areas other than technical in land development area. I have learnt a great deal of skills and knowledge on the areas of business management, finance, communication, and negotiation during all sessions I have participated.

I have a sense what is a big picture at the various stages of my career, where my managers, mentors have pushed me to look. This program is the mentor at the highest level, who have challenged me in this perspective.

As a female engineer, I have realised that we, female engineers, need to do more and to take challenges and opportunities to give our opinions in land development area, which provide end products servicing nearly half of the communities.

As a migrant engineer, I would like to see more representations of migrant engineers in ALDE while we are facing skill shortage in the industry and beyond, how ALDE can support the industry to take advantage of the huge pool of professional engineers the government immigration program has brough into the country.” –  Shuiyan Li , 2022 Female Observer

Applications for the ALDE Mentoring Program for 2023 are now open and will close on 20 December.

ALDE Mentoring Program Overview 

A selection of the ALDE Executive Board’s senior professionals will act as mentors for early career professionals seeking to get exposure to liaising with authorities in framing and reviewing policy. Participants will have the opportunity to broaden industry networks, attend selected board meetings, participate/ coordinate industry events as well as learn new skills and gain the knowledge required to progress as tomorrow’s leaders. 

The purpose of this is to cultivate the board members of tomorrow and provide the board with a fresh perspective and actively mentor the next generation of leaders.  

 Watch a video explaining the program here

Mentoring Program Objectives 

Providing early career professionals opportunities to engage with experienced/ senior industry professionals, empowerment and building of confidence, through exposure to the wider land development industry. More specifically, the objectives are: 

  • Experience the benefits of getting involved with your Industry, 
  • Create connections in the industry, build relationships and networks, 
  • Develop leadership skills, and build confidence in your capabilities, skills and knowledge, 
  • Identify and plan to achieve your career goals, 
  • Promote connections between senior leaders in the industry and early career professionals, and 
  • Engage early professionals in peer-oriented development environments. 

Comments from previous participants in the Mentor Program:

“The program was quite open and most importantly challenged you (as a mentee) to explore your options and think outside the box, it encouraged me to sit down and contemplate on what I was interested to learn about.

You are mentored by a senior engineer who has extensive experience within the land development industry, and I would strongly encourage anyone who has a passion for land development to consider this program; it is both beneficial and informative! “ Kerrolos Rofael 

“I gained a greater insight into other areas on the land development industry as well as advice and suggestions on how I should go about making decisions, setting goals, and progressing in my own career and life in general.

I found the program extremely rewarding and would highly recommend.” Rebecca Saber

NB: 2023 applications for the Mentorship Program are now open. 

For further information or to apply for the ALDE Mentor Program view the enrolment flyer

Applications close December 2022.

More Testimonials: 

“There is a lot to consider whilst being in the land development industry and that there is no one right answer. The field is vast and there are a lot of moving parts that work hand in hand to complete a project.

The program is a great way to gain insight into the land development industry and what to expect from yourself and from others whilst working in the field. It is an open conversation where I felt comfortable talking about all things related to career progression/decisions.” Kent Diep 

“I appreciated most the opportunity to connect with recognised industry professionals on a deeper level outside of the standard office setting, to discuss things pertaining to career and skills development. The program also facilitated connection between other like-minded young professionals. Highly recommend. ” Dennis Graf



 (Image used under license from Freestock.com)

For the first time, ALDE will recognize engineering excellence in land development engineering with the inaugural ALDE Awards for excellence—it is the industry’s opportunity to recognise Engineering Excellence within land development engineering, amongst businesses and individuals. We have engaged the services of a production company with host Gavin Wood to bring this event in an engaging virtual format.

The ALDE Awards have been created with the purpose of:

  • Promoting the Land Development Industry
  • Promoting Consultant excellence
  • Promoting project and industry attributes and successes
  • Sharing knowledge, innovation & best practice
  • Providing networking opportunities

Businesses within the land development industry can see tangible benefits in:

  • Increased brand awareness and positioning in the industry
  • Positioning brand and products in the industry
  • Assisting with customer acquisition and retention
  • Providing opportunities for networking


The winners for 2021 are:




High Commendation: HARRISON SPURLING (Spiire)




High Commendation: SMEC



Winner: SPIIRE





High Commendation: BLUE FROG





Watch the livestream of the Awards Ceremony here 


For more details on the criteria refer to https://alde.com.au/awards/alde-excellence-awards/

The judges that assessed the entries were:

  • Maurice Stabb
  • Stephen Webb
  • John Chambers

Members are invited to close the year off as part of our annual Christmas Dinner.

Please note the new event date  – Wednesday 15 December 2021 @ 6.00 -10.00 pm at The Event Centre, Collins Street., Melbourne.

Please note this is a members only event and tickets are limited.

Sustaining Members will have specific ticket allocations (1 for Bronze level, 2 for Silver level, 3 for Gold level, 5 for Platinum level.) General Members and additional tickets $180 per person incl GST (subject to availability)

Individual members (employees of member companies are encouraged to contact their local ALDE representative before purchasing tickets.

RSVP by 08 December 2021 here

Enquiries & further information contact Karen



ALDE Christmas Dinner

When: 15 December 2021, 6.00 -10.00pm

Where: The Event Centre, Collins Street., Melbourne.

ALDE held our annual member’s Christmas Dinner this week. A great night was had by all at The Events Centre in the city. This year Steve Webb of City West Water received the ALDE Recognition Award from our President Rodney Jackson. The award acknowledges excellence in the advancement of our Land Development Industry and we thank Steve for his outstanding contribution.