Municipal Engineering Foundation Victoria

The Foundation has been in existence since 1966 and was established for the express purpose of providing opportunities for public works professionals working in local government in Victoria to enhance their technical and managerial skills. This is achieved by annually awarding scholarships for research on a wide range of local and overseas study topics.

A major focus of the scholarship awards is a group attendance at the American Public Works Association Annual Congress followed by individual study tours within USA, Canada, Europe or UK. These tours are usually of three to four weeks duration. Other awards are available for short term study visits and short courses within Australia.

The Foundation is very aware of the benefits to the individual and to the local government industry derived from such study tours, in particular the advantages of overseas exposure.

To recognise the major contribution of public works professionals, the Foundation also seeks on a bi-annual basis nominations for the MEF Victoria Municipal Engineering Excellence Award (the Cedric Tuxen Medal) for an outstanding engineering contribution to local government. The award can relate to the career of the nominee or to a significant construction or research project developed and overseen by the particular engineer.

In 2012 the Foundation established the Keith Wood Excellence Award to recognise the contribution made to the Foundation and local government engineering throughout Australia by past Chairman Keith H. Wood AM. The Award is to be presented on an occasional basis to a selected recipient of an Overseas Study Tour who has produced a report of exceptional quality.

Further details on the awards program are available from the Foundation and the Awards section of this web site.

For a full report on activities of the Foundation during 2020 and 2021, please refer to the reports by Warren Roberts, Chairman of the Foundation.  Chairmans Annual Report – 2020  Chairmans Annual Report – 2021

Overseas Study Tour

Due to travel restrictions resulting from Covid-19 and the subsequent cancellation of the 2020 and 2021 APWA PWX Congress,, the recipients of the 2020 MEFV Overseas Study Tour scholarship to the United States and Canada delayed their tour until 2022.   Please see the Awards section for further details.

History of the Municipal Engineering Foundation Victoria

Celebrating the 50th Anniversary of the Foundation, the History of the Foundation from 1996 to 2016 was compiled by past Chairman of the Foundation and IPWEA Emeritus Member, Robin Nuttall OAM.  In addition to fascinating insights into the development of the Foundation, the document records details of engineers granted scholarships and awards.  A History of the Municipal Engineering Foundation

Municipal Engineering Foundation Victoria Scholarship Awards Luncheon

The Municipal Engineering Foundation Victoria (MEFV) continues to provide scholarship awards to support the development of public works engineers in Victoria through the provision of opportunities to attend training courses/conferences and by awarding scholarships for national and international study tours.  To date, over 180 engineers from Victorian councils have benefited by travelling overseas on local government research programs.

To recognise recipients of awards in 2021 and 2022, the Scholarship Awards Luncheon is to be held on Friday 12th August 2022 at the Hotel Windsor, 111 Spring Street, Melbourne.   Further advice will be available here shortly.

The Scholarship Awards Luncheons are proudly sponsored by Urban Maintenance Systems

IPWEA (Vic) Public Works Conference 2022

Public works are at the forefront of our infrastructure-led economic recovery and engineering professionals are at the forefront of public works. IPWEA Victoria’s FOREFRONT Conference will showcase the people, projects and products at the forefront of public works in Victoria with a focus on:

  • TECHNOLOGY: Emerging technologies for infrastructure design, delivery, management and maintenance
  • SKILL BREADTH: Developing competencies for registration, management and leadership
  • COMPLIANCE: Knowing, understanding and discharging statutory obligations
  • SUSTAINABILITY: Operationalising climate change mitigation and adaptation strategies

Presented at Melbourne’s newest Conference venue on 30-31 May, FOREFRONT offers delegates an unparalleled engagement and professional development experience. With over 30 thought-leading presentations, Q&A opportunities, panel discussions and a dedicated Exhibition Hall, FOREFRONT is a must for state and local government public works professionals, engineering consultants, civil contractors and service providers to the sector.

FOREFRONT will put you at the forefront of public works…don’t miss it! Program information and registration options are available from the FOREFRONT ebook

For any further information on any aspect of the Foundation, please contact the Secretary, Merv Paton  at or phone 0412 115 055.