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.

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:


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.


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. 

The annual ALDE/ Winslow Golf Day was held at the Royal Melbourne Golf Club on Monday 1st May 2023, the event was presented by Winslow Constructors as naming rights sponsor for the 14th year in a row, with additional on course sponsorship support from Cossill & Webley, Precinct Land, Breese Pitt Dixon, AGIG, SPIIRE, DCE and R&S Grating for the on-course games for the day.

The event was able to raise funds for Camp4Cancer a charity formed and run by a group of close friends with its sole purpose to raise much needed funds for cancer research, in particular the Peter MacCallum Cancer Foundation. Since 2015 Camp4Cancer with the help of Winslow Constructors have donated in excess of 250k to the Peter Mac Cancer Foundation.


Winner of the ALDE Cup (consulting members only) Kyan Rafferty (Precinct Land)

Winner Official handicap – Kyan Rafferty (Precinct Land)

Runner up Official Handicap – Tim Chamberlain  (Precinct Land)

3rd Place Official handicap – Alvin Tian (Taylors)

Winner non-official handicap – Thomas Vanderlay (Winslow)

Runner up non-official handicap – Josh Munro (Taylors)

3rd place non-official handicap – Jack Massie (Jaydo)


  • Highest placed female – Leesa Murray (Beveridge Williams) 
  • Nearest the Pin Hole 5 – Alex Keyte-Beattie (Tonkin & Taylor) 
  • Nearest the Pin Hole 13 – Tim Chadwick (Tonkin & Taylor) 
  • Straightest drive hole 1 – Simon Williamson (Tonkin & Taylor) 
  • Longest Drive Hole 15 – Josh Munro (Taylors) 
  • Longest drive 2nd shot on hole 10 – Hasan Hayalie (Cossil Webley) 
  • NAGA – Linh Phan (Reeds Consulting) 
  • Nearest the Pin 2nd shot – Hasan Hayalie (Cossil Webley) 
  • Top team – Winslow East 


  • Longest Drive men on hole 15 – Peter Skinner (DCE) 
  • Longest Drive Women on hole 3 – Leesa Murray (Beveridge Williams) 
  • Nearest the pin 2nd shot on hole 10 – Hasan Hayalie (Cossil Webley) 
  • Nearest the Pin hole 16 – Rob Nassar (Lojac) 

Congratulations to Travis Shreeve (Tonkin & Taylor) for collecting the Darche swag at the auction! 

ALDE was once again pleased to be able to assist Winslow in contributing $5 from each ticket sale for a total of $1,350 to go towards Camp4Cancer. 

Photos from the day can be found here 

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

After a successful inaugural event, the ALDE Leadership in Land Development Luncheon is back again in 2023.

With a similar focus on featuring industry leaders, sharing diverse perspectives and encouraging engaging discussions, we hope many of you will join us and set the tone for the year.

The theme for 2023 was ‘Transformation’ and you can view the Event Report here

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 has received an update from the Melbourne Retail Water Agencies (MRWA) for guidance on how the Registration of Engineers Act will be administered in an engineering design and construction framework.

‘The MRWA have sought legal advice regarding the Professional Engineers Registration Act 2019.

Taking into consideration the legal advice, the MRWA are endeavouring to obtain a consistent approach on how the Act will impact the current interface between the accredited consultant and the MRWA.

While this work continues, it has been agreed the MRWA will not require Accredited Design ‘Checkers’ to be Registered Engineers. Notwithstanding the MRWA position on this issue, compliance with the Act rests with individual companies.

The MRWA do not consider the MRWA (WSAA) Codes to be Prescribed Standards. On this basis, designs being completed by consultants for the MRWAs are considered to be Professional Engineering Services and will require the involvement of a Registered Engineer in accordance with the Professional Engineers Registration Act 2019.

The MRWA  look forward to working with ALDE and your members to determine the best way to provide assurance of suitable Registered Engineer involvement in designs (for example, through the ARCUS system or a drawing sign-off process).

Note that it is still the responsibility of each entity submitting designs to ensure compliance with Professional Engineers Registration Act 2019 on or by 1 October 2022. ”

The MRWA represents Yarra Valley Water, South East Water & Greater Western Water.

For further information, please contact the ALDE Executive team.


The Conduit Newsletter is ALDE’s monthly E News publication sent in the third week of the month.

The newsletter features a round up of Victorian land development industry news, ALDE events, technical and authority updates.

Stay in touch with your industry and subscribe to The Conduit E Newsletter today!

Archive                Topics covered

Vol. 23  August 2023    President’s Address (AGM and Board Nominations) Upcoming Annual General Meeting, Wear It Purple Day,   ALDE Excellence Awards 2023 – Judging to Commence So Book Your Tickets, YEiLD Electrical Technical Event,  Upcoming Member Forum No.185,  ALDE Membership Renewals, IPWEA Vic Stormwater Management Foundations Course, Advocacy Updates – New Gas Connections Restricted, Water Industry Liaison Committee (WILC) Update,  Melbourne Water Update -Performance Feedback Survey & Urban Planning and Development Strategic Collaboration Group,  Main Drainage Subcommittee Update, Golbourn Valley Water Update, Greater Western Water Dispensation Forms Industry Notice, Get Involved in the Diversity & Inclusion Subcommittee, ALDE Member Events for 2023.

Vol. 22  July 2023    President’s Address (collaboration and partnerships with associate members) NAIDOC WEEK, Member Forum No. 184 (General Member Presentation, Reinforced Concrete Pipes Australia Presentation, Concrete Pipe Association of Australia Presentation, 12 & ALDE Self Paced Online Training Course Presentation,)   ALDE Excellence Awards 2023 – Applications Open, ALDE Membership Renewals, Stormwater Victoria Erosion & Sediment Control Webinar,  IPWEA Stormwater Management Foundations Course, Advocacy Updates – Safety & Environment Subcommittee Update On Worksafe Foundations for Safety Victoria,  Melbourne Water Update -Performance Feedback Survey & Urban Planning and Development Strategic Collaboration Group,  Melbourne Retail Water Agencies ARCUS Feedback, South East Water Update- New Accreditation & Revised Consultant Deed & New Customer Contributions, Greater Western Water Dispensation Forms Industry Notice, Yarra Valley Water Land Development Newsletter, Victorian Planning Authority Leadership Update and Protected Species found in Melbourne’s West, Get Involved in the Diversity & Inclusion Subcommittee, ALDE Member Events for 2023.

Vol. 21  June 2023    President’s Address (the power of communication,) National Reconciliation Week, International Women in Engineering Day 2023 INWED, ALDE Fine Food & Wine Event (link to presentation,) ALDE Excellence Awards 2023, ALDE Membership Renewals, Strategic Planning & Subcommittee Listings, New Members: Geelong City Council, Loetis,  IPWEA Road Foundations Course, Advocacy Updates – Safety & Environment Subcommittee On Respirable Crystalline Silica (link to article and resources,) Environment Protection Agency Fine Issued, Melbourne Water Performance Feedback Survey, Healthy Waterways Strategy, Gippsland Water New Customer Contributions, Melbourne Retail Water Agencies ARCUS Feedback, South East Water Accreditation, Greater Western Water Feedback Survey, Victorian Planning Authority Streamlining for Growth Program Update, Country Fire Authority Guidelines, Get Involved in the Diversity & Inclusion Subcommittee, ALDE Member Events for 2023.

Vol. 20  May 2023    President’s Address (Reserve Bank of Australia outlook,) ALDE Winslow Golf Day report- links to winners and photos, Member Forum No.183 – Links to presentations from Stormy Water Solutions, IPWEA, Useful Engineering Tools & Resources from Tonkin+Taylor, IDAHOBIT – links to resources regarding LGBTQIA+ discrimination plus guide from the ALDE Diversity & Inclusion Subcommittee, ALDE Fine Food & Wine Event,  IPWEA Road Foundations Course, New ALDE Member – Barwon Water, Advocacy Updates – Safety & Environment Subcommittee Update about Onsite Road Crushing, Melbourne Water Update about improving turnaround times for Project Based Issues, staffing and their Statutory Developer Services Leadership Team, and approach towards Flood safety and People safety in terms of risk and the registration of engineers, Yarra Valley Water news about an Eduction Review, Redeye Cad Drawings and the move to GDA 2020, Greater Western Water Safety Alert on Excavation & Trenching, Water Industry Liaison Committee Update, Spotlight on ALDE Technical Subcommittees – Energy & Education and Local Government, Call Out for the Diversity & Inclusion Subcommittee, ALDE Member Events for 2023, ALDE Membership.

Vol. 19  April 2023    President’s Address (ChatGPT, Artificial Intelligence) StormWater VIC/ALDE VUDM Industry Engagement Session, Anzac Day, MRWA Updates for the Registration of Engineers, Winslow Gold Day 01 May, Upcoming Member Forum 10 May, ALDE Fine Food & Wine Event 30 May 2023, New Member Plasgain, ADVOCACY UPDATES: MRWA Updates To Title Blocks, ALDE & Melbourne Water, MRWA DAS Advanced Knowledge Training Module Updates, Greater Western Water Draft Eduction Controls Matrix, Spotlight on Technical Subcommittees: Hydraulic Services Sewer & Water Subcommittee, Hydraulic Services Drainage/Stormwater Subcommittee, Call Out for the Education Subcommittee, ALDE Member Events for 2023, ALDE Membership.

Vol. 18  March 2023    President’s Address (Women’s History Month,) StormWater VIC/ALDE VUDM Industry Engagement Session, Member Forum No. 182 (including presentations from Before You Dig Australia & a Safety Focus from the Civil Contractors Federation)  2023 ALDE Mentorship Program Commences, 2023 ALDE Female Executive Observership Program Commences, YEiLD Event Bogan Bingo, ALDE Winslow Golf Day Dates & Sponsorship, Spotlight on Cultural Subcommittees – Safety & Environment + Future Directions, ADVOCACY UPDATES – Melbourne Retail Water Agencies (MRWA) Title Blocks amendment, Local Government Infrastructure Design Association (LGIDA) Technical Committee Update Stormwater & Rainfall response,  Greater Western Water makes the switch to GDA 2020, Melbourne Water Stormwater Survey, MRWA DAS Training Module Updates, Call Out for the Education Subcommittee, ALDE Event Calendar for 2023, ALDE Membership, The Conduit Archives


Vol. 17  February 2023    President’s Address (Interest rates and greenfield growth rates,) Transformation in the Land Development Industry – Leadership Luncheon Wrap Up, Congratulation Ken White OAM,  Upcoming Member Forum 08 March,  2023 ALDE Mentorship Program Update, 2023 ALDE Female Executive Observership Program Update,  New General Member – Water Studio,  Spotlight on Commercial Subcommittees – Training + Governance (including Professional Practices,) ADVOCACY UPDATES – Updated South East Water Consultant Accreditation Deed, Austroads Guide to Road Design Review, EPA Feedback on Civil Construction, Building & Demolition Guide, Call Out for the Diversity & Inclusion Subcommittee, ALDE Event Calendar for 2023, ALDE Membership, The Conduit Archives

Vol. 16  January 2023    President’s Address, ALDE Leadership Luncheon Tickets Available, Vale  Brett Bahen,  2023 ALDE Mentorship Program Extended, 2023 ALDE Female Executive Observership Program Extgended, Current Member Listing – General Members, Sustaining Members, Associate Members, Spotlight on Subcommittees – Diversity & Inclusion, Young Engineers in Land Development (YEiLD,) ADVOCACY UPDATES – Melbourne Water Urban Planning & Development Services Newsletter Released, Melbourne Water Team Contacts, Melbourne Retail Water Agencies (MRWA) Title Block Amendment, Updated South East Water Consultant Accreditation Deed, Essential Services Commission Greenfields Underground Negotiated Electricity Connection Consumer Standards, Call Out for the Diversity & Inclusion Subcommittee, ALDE Event Calendar for 2023, ALDE Membership, The Conduit Archives.

December 2022    President’s Reflection on 2022, ALDE Christmas Dinner, Subcommittee Chair Appreciation, Mentor Program Participation Certificate, ALDE Leadership Luncheon Event Information,16 Days of Action Against Gender Based Violence,  2023 ALDE Mentorship Program Closing Date, 2023 ALDE Female Executive Observership Program 2023, YEiLD Lawn Bowls Event, Geelong Subcommittee End of Year Lunch, New Member – Stormy Water Solutions, ADVOCACY UPDATES – EPA Publication Feedback Required and Survey for the Civil Construction, Building & Demolition Guide (CCBD,) Melbourne Water Newsletter Released, Melbourne Water New Construction Engineers & reallocated zones, ALDE Team Break, Call Out for the Diversity & Inclusion Subcommittee, Melbourne Polytechnic Work Integrated Learning, ALDE Special Event for 2023 Leadership in Land Development Luncheon, ALDE Membership, The Conduit Archives.


November 2022    President’s Address – A year of The Conduit, Member Forum No.182  & Presentation by Mike Day from Hatch/Roberts Day into international and future urban trends, Rememberance Day 11th November, Unconscious Bias Workshop including links to presentation and Diversity Council of Australia resources, Movember, ALDE Mentor Program Expressions of Interest, ALDE Female Executive Observership Program Expressions of Interest, ALDE Strategic Planning Session, ALDE Leadership Luncheon Date for 2023, Ausnet Reshaping Gas Operations, Spotlight on ALDE Subcommittees Geelong and Gippsland, ADVOCACY UPDATES: LGIDA Registration of Engineers Update, Department of Transport Presentation to Gippsland Subcommittee, Melbourne Water (MW) update from Urban Development Water Advisory Group (UDEWAG) including DEWLP Guidelines for development in flood affected areas, MW response times and escalation of projects, Consulting Surveyors update on surveys by unlicensed surveyors,  Call Out for the Diversity & Inclusion Subcommittee, Melbourne Polytechnic Work Integrated Learning, ALDE Membership, The Conduit Archives.


October 2022    Introducing the 2022/2023 ALDE Executive Committee, 2023 ALDE Mentorship Program, 2023 ALDE Female Executive Observership Program, 2022/2023 Safety Booklet, Mental Health Awareness Month, Engineering A Successful Career Event, MRWA Update on the Professional Engineers Registration Act, MRWA DAS Water Supply Design Advanced Module Course Dates, Infrastructure Design Manual Update, Greater Western Water High Voltage Powerline Strike Safety Alert, Yarra Valley Water Growth Summary & Price Submission Update &  Reminders about Deed Application and Water Connection Fees/Forms/Dry Taps Locations, Melbourne Water Processing Times, South East Water Move to GDA 2020, Ausnet Greenfield Developer Industry Forum on ‘The Future Of Gas,’ Get Involved with ALDE Subcommittees, ALDE Member Events, ALDE Membership.


September 2022      Update on the Registration of Engineers Act, Annual General Meeting No.28 Roundup, YEiLD Subcommittee Nominations, Vale Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, Women’s Health Week, R U OK Day, Member Forum No. 181 – Water Industry, YEiLD Engineering A Successful Career Event, New General Member – Afflux Consulting, Discovering Your Unconscious Bias Workshop, Advocacy Updates on the DEWLP 2019 Floodway Safety Criteria, Melbourne Water – Reference Numbers, EPA Act & The Flora & Fauna Guarantee Act, Performance Results, Get Involved in an ALDE Subcommittee, Curious Minds STEM Mentorship Program, ALDE Member Events, ALDE Membership.


August 2022        Update on ALDE Annual General Meeting & Board Nominations, Vale Doug Coomes, Wear it Purple Day, Roundup on the Diversity & Inclusion Committee Panel Discussion ‘ Take the Leap,’ New Gold Sustaining Member – Xylem Water Solutions, ALDE Safety Booklet, ALDE Membership Renewals, Advocacy Updates on South East Water Accreditation Deed, EDCM Technical Review, Wyndham Revised Style Guide, Get Involved in an ALDE Subcommittee, Curious Minds STEM Program, ALDE Member Events.


July 2022            Update on the Registration of Engineers, EA Women in Engineering Report, Naidoc Week, Diversity & Inclusion Panel Discussion, Member Forum No. 180 – Twin Wall Corrugated Drainage Pipes using Recycled Materials, Cyber Security & New Domain Renewal Changes, ALDE Member Survey Results, ALDE Newsletter Archive, Membership Renewals, Greater Western Water Education Policy, Integrated Water Management Planning & Urban Development, Industry Opportunities with Melbourne Polytechnic, Curious Minds STEM project for girls.


June 2022        National Reconciliation Week & Creating Reconciliation Action Plans, International Women in Engineering Day, Greater Melbourne Urban Water & System Strategy Consultation, Updated South East Water Fees, Victorian Planning Provision for Neighbourhood Batteries, Self Compacting Trench Backfill, Pavement Stabilisation Methods, New Road Design Guidelines, Industry Opportunities with Melbourne Polytechnic.


May 2022         Round up of the ALDE/ Winslow Golf Day, Member Forum No.179 – Inclusive Language in the Workplace (Diversity & Inclusion Committee) Registration of Engineers (Professional Development Subcommittee), Update on working with Crystalline Silica Dust, New Greater Western Water Development Deeds Processes, IDAHOBIT, Melbourne Water Statement of Compliance Update, Melbourne Water Model for Urban Stormwater Conceptualisation Guideline Industry Consultation.


April 2022         The Ausnet Rapid Earth Current Limiter Update, The Fine Food & Wine Event including ALDE Awards Presentation, ALDE Mentorship and Female Observership Programs commence, APA Gas Safety Awareness Update.


March 2022        International Women’s Day, Member Forum 178 – Trench Safety Alert from South East Water & Australian Contaminated Land Consultants Association (Safety & Environment committee,) the APA Compliance Clause, ALDE Subcommittees  members – (Membership & Sponsorship & Commercial Governance,) Wyndham City Engineering Style Guide Review, Yarra Valley Water Developer Connection Commissioning Fee, Melbourne Retail Water Authority LD Shared Asset Tendering Industry Notice, Naturally Occurring Nickel on Greenfield Sites.


February 2022   Sub-committee and Safety Updates, Member opportunities: ALDE Mentorship Program & Female Observership Programs, ALDE Leadership in Land Development Luncheon Round Up, ALDE Subcommittee members – (Training & Commercial Governance,) Live 22kV Cable Cut, South East Water Safety Alert – Unsupported Trenches, DELWP Guidelines for Development in Flood Affected Areas, Melbourne Polytechnic Industry Collaboration.


January 2022   A great new event – The Leadership in Land Development Luncheon Series, A preview of the Registration of Engineers for Victorian Services, update on the ALDE Mentorship Program & Female Observership Programs, Industry Recognition for John Kilgour  (ex Civil Contractors Federation,)  ALDE Subcommittee members – (Safety & Environment, Future Directions,) Wyndham Spec Roadworks, Great Western Water Deed – Indemnity Insurance.


December 2021   Recipients of the 2021 ALDE Recognition Awards, Updates on the ALDE Mentorship Program & Female Observership Programs, New Event Focusing on Leadership in Land Development for 2022, Bill Foley Award Winner for 2021 – Stephen Watters (SMEC), Recognition Award for 2021 – Ken O’Neill (Melbourne Water,) ALDE Subcommittee Members – (Diversity & Inclusion, YEiLD – Young Engineers in Land Development,) Melbourne Water Newsletter, MRWA Portal Upgrade, VPA Sodic & Dispersive Soils, Wyndham Council Roadworks.


November 2021   Winners of the Inaugural ALDE Awards for Excellence, Member opportunities: the ALDE Mentorship Program & Female Observership Programs, Spotlight on Regional Subcomittees (Geelong & Gippsland,) Model Tender Document for Member Consultancies, Spotlight on Sewer Design, Extreme Weather Resources, Greater Western Water Delivery Partner Safety Award, Melbourne Polytechnic Civil Engineering Panel.


October 2021   An Introduction to the new ALDE Executive Board, Expressions of Interest for the ALDE Mentorship Program & Female Observership Programs, Advocacy & Affiliate Partners, New Affiliate Partner – Institute of Surveying and Civil Design Training (a 12D Subsidiary,) Higher Learning Partnerships with Monash University, Swinburne University & Melbourne Polytechnic, Mental Health Month, Trench Safety, Melbourne Water Processing Times,  Review of Yarra Valley Water’s Land Development Manual, Wyndham City Council Roadwork Specifications.



Crystalline Silica Dust Reforms Introduced

The new Crystalline Silica regulations were approved and put into effect on November 15, 2021, and will be introduced in phases to provide duty holders enough time to prepared for the relevant changes to their duties and obligations. The second phase, commencement of “high risk crystalline silica work” reform, is set to commence on the 15 May 2022 and introduces new regulatory oversight of high risk crystalline silica work outside of engineered stone across all industries, including the construction and earth resources industries.

Crystalline silica dust is a hazardous substance which can lead to serious health effects if it is inhaled. When engineered stone products and/or material with high crystalline silica content (i.e., some forms of quartz, basalt, siltstone, and sandstone) are processed/excavated, for example by cutting, grinding with power tools and machinery, fine dust containing crystalline silica is released into the air. People working with these products, such as stonemasons and construction workers, are at high risk of being exposed to the dust if it is not controlled. Exposure can result in silicosis, chronic bronchitis, emphysema, lung cancer, kidney damage and scleroderma.

High risk crystalline silica work is work that is reasonably likely to result in an airborne concentration of respirable crystalline silica that exceeds half the exposure standard; or a risk to the health of a person at the workplace. The current exposure standard for respirable crystalline silica dust is 0.05 mg/m3 as a time-weighted average (TWA) airborne concentration over 8 hours. However, WorkSafe Victoria recommends that employers take a precautionary approach and reduce employees’ exposure to below 0.02 mg/m3 as an 8-hour TWA to prevent silicosis and minimise the risk of lung cancer.

Work Safe for high risk crystalline silica work requires a “crystalline silica hazard control statement”, which is a document that outlines the following:

· stating the associated hazards and risks, and

· describes measures to control the risks, and how these will be implemented, and

· if an analysis is required (under r319O), contains its results, and

· is readily accessible and comprehensible to persons who use it.


To assess if a site is deemed high risk, the regulation requires that before undertaking such work an employer and/or self-employed persons undertakes a risk assessment to identify whether the process or combination of processes is high risk, or identify that it is high risk work.


The risk assessment must take into account:

· the specific tasks or processes;

· the form of crystalline silica to be used;

· the proportion of crystalline silica in the material;

· previous atmospheric monitoring results;

· the likely frequency and duration of exposure to crystalline silica dust;

· any information about incidents, illnesses or diseases associated with exposure to crystalline silica dust at the workplace.

For further information please refer to more information from Worksafe

Prepared by the ALDE Safety & Environment subcommitee.


In June 2023. Worksafe recognised that increased awareness and behaviour change is needed to educate persons conducting a business or undertaking work about the risks inherent in working with silica and created specific resources.
Preventing exposure to crystalline silica dust
Video on Identifying High Risk Crystalline Silica Work
Key work health and safety statistics Australia 2022


The first Leadership in Land Development Luncheon for 2022 was a great success. Held at the Langham Hotel in Southbank Melbourne, this was the first time we offered an in person and hybrid event.

Our fabulous speaker Rachel Lunn of Melbourne Water shared some invaluable insights on her journeys within the land development industry. The industry panel featuring Monica George of GHD Australia and Sarah Watkins from Melbourne Water/Stormwater Victoria was a crowd favourite for their candour and interesting perspectives. Suzi Finkelstein from Women & Leadership Australia/Australian School of Applied Management spoke to the challenges females face within STEMs and broader industries.

You can read a full write up of this event on our LinkedIn page

A big thank you to our Event Sponsors: Millar | MerriganBildUrban, &  The Civil & Surveying Institute 12d Solutions.

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This fantastic event will be back in 2023 with an exciting new lineup of speakers centred around the theme of ‘Transformation.’ View details here

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