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Defence Estate Quality Management System (DEQMS) BSI Certification

Estate Engineering Governance and Integrity System (EEGIS)

Policy Webinars

Environment and Engineering Branch (EE) will host lunchtime webinars focused on delivering relevant and interesting content to those delivering estate products. The webinars are intended to inform Defence staff and industry partners on the application of policies in their particular space. Each webinar will be delivered by the policy owners themselves and include plenty of time for direct engagement and questions.

Upcoming Events

The Webinar Series is done for 2020 but will pick up again in 2021. Please check back early in the new year as new events are scheduled.

If you have questions you want answered in a specific webinar, please email them to oliver.kerr@defence.gov.au.

Please note, as the webinars will be delivered over Zoom, a non-DRN device is required to register and attend.

Registration instructions

  • Option 1: if accessing this page from a non-DRN device, click the non-DRN device link to register directly.
  • Option 2:  use the second hyperlink to generate an automatic email with the registration link to your own personal email address. Use the link on your personal device to register. 
  • Option 3:  manually copy and paste the non-DRN registration link into an email and send it to your personal email address.  Use the link on your personal device to register. Make sure you choose Outlook as the application to open the link.

Check back regularly as new webinars are scheduled.


Past Events

Smart Infrastructure


Presenter: Luke Hutchinson, Assistant Director DERMS

Synopsis: This training session will use a successful submission of SMARTi to apply a practical approach to understanding Smart Infrastructure.  The session will discuss the reasons Defence created SMARTi, how it looks when it’s completed, and then how the data is used to report to the senior executive, ministers, senate estimates and other forums as required.  I’ll also touch on a few common areas of policy guidance including application of section J within the NT, requirement to use NSP metering standards rather than just NCC, and other common enquiries we receive.  In closing I’ll briefly touch on the new SMARTi form and requirements government placed on Defence under the National Waste Policy that impact on projects.

Tags: Planning, design/construction, Smart Infrastructure Checklists, common policy guidance.

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National Submetering Program: Where are we at and where are we going?


Presenter: Brenin Presswell, Assistant Director DERMS

Synopsis: Data can be used to inform decision making across the Estate Lifecycle via support to the design and maintenance of sustainable and efficient buildings.  The National Submetering Program has installed 1000s of meters across the country and aims to build a comprehensive picture about the  energy, water and gas consumption of Defence sites and facilities now, and into the future.  Turning raw data into meaningful information is a challenge, but it is one that can open up a wide array of savings and opportunities to build better, more efficient buildings.  Saving energy and water through good design and operational performance results in financial savings that can be reinvested. 

The National Submetering Program presentation will show how it is changing to deliver more refined, just-in-time information, and how similar data is used outside Defence to save money and build better buildings.  This presentation will be aimed at those seeking to understand building performance as part of a refurbishment or retrofitting project, are interested in understanding how typical Defence buildings perform as an input to a design targets, and how a data system can verify asset performance and assist early identification of problems.

Tags: National Submetering Program (RDMS), design/construction, maintenance, operation.

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Chemical Data Management


Presenter: Steve Rowe, Strategic Data Manager Directorate of Contamination Assessment and Remediation Management (DCARM)

Synopsis:  The Directorate of Contamination Assessment, Remediation and Management (DCARM) has implemented a strategic approach to contamination data management using a cloud based database and online mapping tool. This approach has enabled data visualisation and better links between knowledge creators with decision makers. Primarily this has been achieved through a shift from project specific contamination data management processes, to a single consistent approach across all contamination investigations. Defence anticipates this approach will enable proactive awareness and management of impacts, which will be particularly important for impacts that do not have a long history of management.  This contamination data training is targeted at personnel that use contamination data to inform project development and design, estate land planning, siting boards and environmental impact assessments.

Tags: Contamination data management, Defence Contamination Management Manual, Annex L, ESdatm, Webmaps, Chemistry data, Spatial data

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Update on Defence Airfield Regulations and Policies


Presenter: SQNLDR Nicole Sutton, DEEP-Airfields Team; FLTLT Chris Barry, Defence Aviation Safety Authority

Synopsis: On overview of the Defence Regulations, design requirements and estate policy that is used to govern the design, construction, operation and maintenance of ADF certified airfields. This will include DASR.139, ADRM Ch6 and the Handbook of Infrastructure Engineering – Aerodromes which is currently in development.

Tags: design, construction, operation, maintenance, airfields, aerodromes, DASA, MOS139.

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DEPAC’s role as a policy owner and the Environmental Impact Assessment Process


Presenter: Ms Amanda Ellem, Assistant Director Environmental, Planning and Compliance

Synopsis: The Directorate of Environmental Planning, Assessment and Compliance is is Defence's Technical Authority for the Environmental Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 (EPBC Act) and is responsible for ensuring Defence uses a robust Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) process to meet its legislated EPBC Act obligations.

The EIA process ensures Defence understands and manages the impacts of its activities and projects on environment and heritage values. The specific requirements of the EIA process for each activity or project varies depending upon the degree of predicted, actual and perceived environmental risk. This presentation will provide an overview of the EPBC Act and Defence’s EIA process.

Tags: Environmental Impact Assessment, Environment & Heritage Manual, Environmental Factors, Capital Facilities & Infrastructure projects, Environmental Management System

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Defence Environmental Management System and Pollution Prevention - A stitch in time saves nine


Presenter: Travis Collins, Assistant Director Environment and Heritage Policy Development

Synopsis:  Through the implementation of the Environment and Heritage Manual, the Directorate of Environment and Heritage Policy Development has updated Defence’s approach to Integrated management systems. 

Defence undertakes a wide range of activities which require the use of potentially polluting and hazardous materials. The change in the approach to procurement, storage, use and disposal of fire fighting foam has facilitated initiatives that recognises that Pollution Prevention is in fact the best, and cheapest option. 

The Defence Environmental Management System aim is to reduce and manage the environmental risks of Defence activities through integrating environmental management requirements into Defence’s business systems and military processes.  Effective management of polluting activities and substances will enable Defence to avoid the costs of creating future contamination issues while improving health and safety performance, capability, environmental quality and reputation.

Tags: EMS, Environmental management system, Pollution prevention, Environmental awareness, AFFF, Fire fighting foam, PFAS.

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EEGIS – Using the Tools


Presenter: Oliver Kerr, Assistant Director for EEGIS Reform; Mark Power, Power Initiatives

Synopsis: This sessions will present and demonstrate the use of the EEGIS tools. The Conformance Matrix, the Advice Register, Product Report and Assurance Inbox, with plenty of time for discussion.

Tags: design, planning, construction, EEGIS Tools

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Defence Heritage Management 101


Presenter: Shelley James, Assistant Director Environment and Heritage Policy Development

Synopsis:  The Defence Heritage Management 101 Session will cover the fundamentals of heritage compliance on the Defence estate, including legislative requirements and how we implement them, and how heritage needs to be considered through project planning, design, construction and post activity reporting.

Tags: Planning, design, construction, post activity reporting, heritage

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EEGIS – Engaging with Policy Holders


Presenter: Oliver Kerr, Assistant Director EEGIS Reform; Luke Hutchinson, Assistant Director DERMS; Mark Power, Power Initiatives

Synopsis: How to engage with policy holders, what to expect, what they can do for you, how to get a better outcome.

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Estate Development in Bushfire Prone Areas


Presenter: Dr Fred Ford, Deputy Director Environment and Heritage Policy Development

Synopsis:  This session will outline the key considerations required when planning, designing and construction for a site within a Bushfire Prone area.

Tags: Bushfire, planning, design, estate, development

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Talking Rubbish – What you need to know about waste management in Defence projects


Presenter: Judi Barton, Assistant Director Assistant Director DERMS; Paul Anderson, Assistant Director DEEESD, SDD

Synopsis:  Project waste management. What are the policy requirements and risks, how to plan for and engage a waste contractor, what do we care about? What data should we be collecting and where does it go?

Tags: Waste, planning, design, disposal, construction, demolition, operating, base services

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Routine Water Quality Monitoring


Presenter: Travis Collins, Assistant Director Environment and Heritage Policy Development and Georgia Leech, Estate Environmental Officer

Synopsis:  This presentation is aimed at those with an active role regarding routine water quality monitoring and will give an overview of routine water quality monitoring policy requirements, as outlined in the Pollution Prevention Management Manual (PPMM). This training will be high level and provide context for understanding the Defence routine water quality monitoring policy requirements. This training will cover the Defence policy framework, pollution impacts, PPMM Annex 1L structure, roles and responsibilities, and answer the questions what is routine water quality monitoring and why is it important?

Tags: : RWQM, WQMP, monitoring, plan, routine water quality, pollution prevention. Annex z1L

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Defence ICT – Passive and Active Approvals and HOTO Process


Presenter: Daniel Mogaldeanu, CIOG Liaison Officer

Synopsis:  This presentation is aimed to briefly describe CIOG engagement during EIG Facilities Project Delivery, there are two district areas of focus Active ICT and Passive ICT.

The Chief Information Officer (CIO) is responsible for ensuring Defence has a dependable, secure and integrated Defence Single Information Environment to support Defence business and military operations. The Secretary and the Chief of the Defence Force (CDF) have also directed the CIO to contribute to Defence and Government security by supporting strategies to raise security awareness, establish a strong security culture and improve security management.

Tags: CIOG, ICT Corporate Systems, HOTO, CFI, Region, PMCA

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Defence UXO Management Policy and Manual


Presenter: Brian Barkworth, Assistant Director, DCARM (National Unexploded Ordnance Program)

Synopsis:  This webinar will focus on how Defence aims to achieve a structured, outcome-based approach to unexploded ordnance (UXO) management through the recently released Defence UXO Management Policy and the Defence UXO Management Manual (DUXOMM).

The Defence UXO Management Policy provides Defence's overarching policy position for the management of UXO, whilst the DUXOMM acts as an enabling document of the policy, containing doctrine, guidance, standards and processes.

This webinar will outline how the Defence UXO Management Policy and the DUXOMM apply to different stakeholders internal and external to Defence,  including how the DUXOMM can help them understand their responsibilities under the policy and how they can manage the risk of UXO including planning and delivering projects with UXO components.

Tags: Unexploded Ordnance, UXO, NUXOP, Explosive Ordnance Materiel, EOM, project planning, project delivery

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Manual of Infrastructure Electrical Engineering – The New Aeronautical Ground Lighting (AGL) Technical Guide for Self Certification of AGL Cable Depths


Presenter: Gino Jacovelli, Assistant Director DEEP - Electrical

Synopsis:  This webinar will present the new Technical Guide which has been introduced to reduce the administrative burden on projects delivering AGL series circuits. This Technical Guide sets out Defence’s accepted practice for the design and installation of AGL primary series circuits in accordance with Section 1.9.4 – Compliance by Specific Design and Installations of the Wiring Rules – AS/NZS 3000:2018.

Tags: MIEE, Manual of Infrastructure Electrical Engineering, Self-Certification, compliance by specific design, DSC, PMCA, CFI.

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Site Selection Process, including Airfields and Aviation Activities Technical Risks. For Submitters and Assessors


Presenter: Anthony Deutschmann, Assistant Director Airspace Protection and Strategic Projects
Gary Lee & Piotr Horbacki, Executive Officers Obstacle Assessments.

Synopsis:  The Site Selection Process is Defence’s procedure for approving the location of buildings, facilities and infrastructure across the Defence Estate.

The approval authority for all Site Selection Process is the Assistant Secretary Estate Planning, within Infrastructure Division. This authority for Full SSB’s has been delegated to Estate Planning Regional Directors and for Regional Review SSB’s to Service Delivery Zone Directors.

The key driver behind the Site Selection Process is the sustainability of the Defence Estate. New facilities or infrastructure should “fit” appropriately within their surroundings and not adversely affect existing facilities and operations, or the safety and wellbeing of Defence and non-Defence personnel or neighbouring civilians. The process is designed to give consideration to a range of potential issues for all projects.

The Site Selection Process assesses the proposed sites against a number of criteria, or considerations, to determine the optimal siting for the project. It is designed to be a strategic instrument to identify and mitigate risks and allow for the highest and best use of the Defence Estate.

Topics to be addressed in the Site Section Process are to include:

  • Site Selection Review Types and Boards (Full and Regional);
  • Site Selection Approvals (5% Pre-DBC Design Phase and 30% DBC Design Phase);
  • Templates: Process Flow Chart; Review Type Determination; Site Selection Review Types and Boards; Guidance Documents (Process, Matrix (focus on Airfields and Aviation Activities Technical Risks), Board Processing);
  • SME Contacts; and
  • Published FAQ's.

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