The Institute of Public Works Engineering Australasia (IPWEA) is the professional organisation providing member services and advocacy for those involved in and delivering public works and engineering services to the community both in Australia and New Zealand.
Previously known as the Institute of Municipal Engineering Australia (IMEA), the organisation is expanding its traditional local government engineering focus to the broader public works and thereby covering all levels of government and private practice.
In June 2013, INGENIUM in New Zealand joined as a Special Division of IPWEA to become IPWEA NZ. This followed many years of close cooperation and collaboration between the two organisations.
The change of name reflects the new direction the organisation is embarking upon. Increasingly, engineers are working as part of multi-disciplinary teams, rather than working within traditional departments. Public works and services for all levels of government are being provided increasingly by consultants, contractors, suppliers of goods, services and machinery as well as those directly employed by government.