Technical Groups

The ACA’s Technical Committees are dedicated professional groups that seek to represent the needs of the individuals, institutions and companies that are engaged in the day-to-day fight against corrosion in the Australasian area and beyond.

Our Technical Committees are a vital component of our Association and are instrumental in organising educational and networking initiatives within their specific niches. They play a vital role in framing the discussions taking place in their fields and guiding the ACA’s involvement.

If you’re interested in joining one of these committees, please register your interest below and we’ll make sure that the committee leaders reach out to you.

Meet Our Technical Groups

ApplicatorsDefence (New)
Cathodic Protection / The Australian Electrolysis CommitteeOil and Gas
CoatingsLaser Tech (New)
Concrete Structures and Buildings GroupYoung Corrosion Group

Applicators Technical Group

The Applicators Technical Group represent the needs of ACA Member specialist contractors in industries that serve the protection or restoration of corrosion affected structures throughout Australasia including New Zealand. These include companies and individuals in; concrete protection, applied concrete floor finishes, concrete repair, hazardous coating removal, surface preparation and coating application. 

2021 Committee
PositionNameCompanyPositionArea of ExpertiseLocationContact Person
ChairpersonJustin RigbyRemedy Asset ProtectionPrincipalCoatings - Consultancy & InspectionVIC
SecretaryMike RutherfordConspectusPrincipalConcrete - Consultancy & InspectionQLDContact Me
CommitteeChris BrooksBlastOne InternationalManagerCoatings - Equipment SupplierVIC
CommitteeDean WallCAKE Commercial ServicesDirectorCoatings - Site ApplicationNZ
CommitteeTim BillingNational Concrete SolutionsState Manager QLDConcrete - Coatings/RepairQLD
CommitteeDaniel PetrieFreyssinet AustraliaBusiness Devel MgrCoatings - Steel & Concrete/RepairQLD
CommitteeEden Di SipioThe Dasma GroupManaging DirectorCoatings - Site/Yard ApplicationVIC
CommitteeElenora StepanovaCSIROExecutive Officer PCCPAuditing and Quality AssuranceVIC
Our Initiatives

User Choice Industry funding for Certificate III training for surface finishing trades – sign our petition here

Our Awards

The Rust Award

The Golden Trowel Award


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Cathodic Protection Technical Group / The Australian Electrolysis Committee

2021 Committee

The Australian Electrolysis Committee was first formed in 1977, bringing together existing state electrolysis committees from Queensland, New South Wales, Victoria and South Australia. Over the years the Electrolysis Committee has run evolved to run biannual meetings, consisting of a full-day seminar and a forum at the ACA’s Corrosion and Prevention Conference. The mid-year meeting is the AEC’s main technical event and is scheduled as a full day meeting with presentations and active discussions about corrosion, cathodic protection, stray currents and any other issues affecting our industry. These mid-year meetings are generally held in different states from year to year to allow as many members as possible to attend. In 2015, the ACA and the AEC signed a Memorandum of Understanding to formalise and strengthen the ongoing relationship between the ACA and the AEC. In 2020 due to the COVID-19 Pandemic, the 87th meeting of the AEC moved online and saw over 100 attendees from Australasia and around the world tune in to celebrate the 43-year history of this group.

ChairpersonBruce AcklandBruce Ackland and Associates Pty LtdVIC
SecretaryAlireza KouklanMondoVIC
CommitteeGlenn BrownAus Group Industrial ServicesQLD
CommitteeRay ValdezGHDVIC
CommitteeGeraldine PedersenWater CorporationWA
CommitteeDean WallJotunTAS
CommitteeRobert Sirasch
CommitteeWayne BurnsAnode EngineeringQLD
CommitteeMark RiggAMAC CorrosionVIC
CommitteeMuhammad Awais JavedSwinburneVIC
CommitteeDavid Robertson
CommitteeBrent LindeCathodic Anodes AustraliaVIC
CommitteeNick DobloAPA GroupQLD
CommitteeJim HickeyAusgridNSW
CommitteeRamon Salazar RomeroSA WaterSA
CommitteePeter WadeEnergy Safe VictoriaVIC
CommitteeGeoff CopeGeoff Cope & Associates Pty LtdVIC
CommitteeUlf KreherAurecon Group
CommitteeAndrew HargraveAdetra Pty LtdVIC
CommitteeRajko VukcevicVIC
CommitteeMark SigleyFirst GasNZ
CommitteeDario StellaJemenaVIC
CommitteeRichard BrodribbM. Brodribb Pty LTDVIC

Coatings Technical Group

The ACA Coatings Group was founded in 1997 as the Protective Coatings Technical Group and it seeks to bring together like-minded individuals involved in surface preparation, coating application and asset preservation. Some of the many ways that they have served the coatings community include by coordinating annual technical seminars and sponsoring the ‘Victor Nightingall Award’ to honour a coatings specialist who has made an outstanding contribution to the protective coatings industry in Australia and New Zealand.

2021 Committee
PositionNameCompanyPositionArea of ExpertiseLocationContact Me
ChairpersonJustin RigbyRemedy Asset ProtectionPrincipalInspection (Coatings)MelbourneContact Me
CommitteePeter GoldingGalvanizers Assoc AustraliaManagerGalvanizingNewcastle
CommitteePeter DoveGHDConsultantEngineeringMelbourne
CommitteeMatt O'KeefeInternational coatingsArea ManagerCoatings - ManufacturerNSW
CommitteeGraham CarlisleIAS GroupProject ManagerCoatings - sitePerth
CommitteeWillie MandenoOpus ConsultantsConsultantCoatings - ConsultantWellington NZ
CommitteeDean WallJotunSalesCoatings - ManufacturerLaunceston
CommitteeOscar DuyvestynAecomConsultantEngineeringCairns
CommitteeFariba MahdaviFuture Fuels CRCResearch Coordinator-Program 3: Network Lifecycle ManagementResearcherWoolongong
CommitteeRob ButcherWagner GroupBusiness Development ManagerSupplierMelbourne
CommitteeLucas GracePacific UrethanesSales Manager QLD, NT, NZCoatings - ManufacturerBrisbane
Our Awards

Victor Nightingall Award

Concrete Structures and Buildings Technical Group

The Concrete Structures and Buildings Technical Group is made up of a group of dedicated Engineers, Asset Owners and Asset Operators who are industry leaders in corrosion engineering as it relates to reinforced concrete structures and buildings. We aim to share and disseminate the latest best practice in terms of corrosion environments, build awareness of durability as a key component in the design of all structures and buildings involving reinforced concrete and promote sustainable solutions for concrete structures whilst ensuring durability outcomes are achieved.

2021 Committee
ChairDave ChartersDCL ConsultingWaitati, NZ
SecretaryJack KatenVinsi PartnersSydney, NSW
CommitteMatt DuncansonSMECGold Coast, QLD
CommitteLuke MenefySMECGold Coast, QLD
CommitteWarren GreenVinsi PartnersNewcastle, NSW
CommitteJonny GilfillanInpexWA
CommitteDr Matt HalesAureconQLD
CommitteFangjie ChenArup
CommitteJim GalanosCCENSW

Defence Technical Group

The ACA’s Defence Technical Group is still in its infancy. If you’re interested in getting involved at this early stage, you can fill out this expression of interest form to let us know.

Laser Tech Technical Group

The ACA’s Laser Tech Technical Group is still in its infancy. If you’re interested in getting involved at this early stage, you can fill out this expression of interest form to let us know.

Oil and Gas Technical Group

The ACA Oil & Gas Technical Group  (Oil & Gas TG) covers material engineering and corrosion control activities, from design to decommissioning of plant and assets associated with but not limited to the following industries: oil & gas upstream and downstream operations, refining, distribution, petrochemical, and chemical processing including coal methane gas.  

2021 Committee
PositionNameCompanyLocationContact Person
ChairFikry BaroukyAnti Corrosion TechnologyWAContact Me
SecretaryPhilip FlemingAS HarrisonNSWContact Me
Committee MemberRipan KapoorShellWA
Committee MemberBarry CarsonAIS Group
Committee MemberMartyn CooperSantosSA
Committee MemberJason MatthewsRefining NZNZ
Committee MemberConnor KinsellaWA
Committee MemberLaura MachucaCurtinWA
Committee MemberRon BerryNZ Corrosion Services LimitedNZ
Committee MemberDaniel LillasQCPCWA
Committee MemberPrem PanickerSA WaterSA
Committee MemberJulian Van Der KleyALS Global
Committee MemberThunyaluk (Kod) PotjanabunteongCurtinWA
Committee MemberRob SalvatoreQenosVIC
Committee MemberDavid LakeVIC
Committee MemberNestor SequeraSN IntegritySA
Committee MemberMike TanDeakinVIC
Committee MemberRolf GubnerCurtinWA
Committee MemberRichard CleggExpli
Committee MemberMargarita VargasSumma EngineeringSA
Committee MemberDavid FlaneryWA
Committee MemberDavid LepelaarSantosQLD
Committee MemberJared StillWoodsideWA
Committee MemberFred SalomeCTI ConsultantsNSW
Committee MemberDuan SelingSantosWA
Committee MemberJohn GrapigliaCCEWA
Committee MemberRy CollierMethanexNZ
Committee MemberArthur KokleoksLumin UltraVIC
Recent Posts

Young Corrosion Group (YCG)

The Young Corrosion Group serves the purpose of organising and implementing activities of value for professional and personal development to our younger members and those new to the corrosion industry. We endeavour to provide a forum for professional interaction, support and networking.

2021 Steering Committee
Chair (Interim)Hannah PollockVIC
SecretaryDymock DibbVIC
CommitteeAustin BennettVIC
CommitteeDominique VelosoVIC
CommitteeJames KolliasSA
CommitteeJavad NademQLD
CommitteeKyle FortuneVIC
CommitteeEli SuttonWA
CommitteeAnthony RoccisanoSA
CommitteeAnton BardakQLD
CommitteeDominic BoinNSW
CommitteeSri Kambhampati WA
Membership Subcommittee ChairWayne BurnsQLD

YCG Framework (Currently Under Review)