The Before You Dig Australia (BYDA) AGM was held at BYDA’s head office in Blackburn, Victoria, on 24 November 2022. This was a significant milestone, being the first AGM for BYDA as a single national organisation, since the DBYD state entities merged on 1 July 2022. The meeting was well supported, with BYDA member representatives attending in person and online to hear about the successful transition to the new national organisation. Questions asked by attendees about BYDA’s strategy moving forward ensured that the meeting delivered future-focused conversation.

The transition from DBYD to BYDA began in 2019. At that time, existing state DBYD Board members agreed to streamline the organisation to be future-focused and to increase operational agility. After a lengthy process, BYDA emerged on 1 July 2022 as a new single organisation and BYDA continues to deliver the free national referral service to the Australian community. Our vision is for zero damage to assets and zero harm to the community. BYDA operates with improved efficiency, with more focused support to members, users, and the wider community. The successful process was documented, and you can view the transformation case study.

The new BYDA Board members are representatives from the various infrastructure asset members. Board members volunteer their time to support business operations and provide guidance for effective decision-making. Following the transition to BYDA, the Board established Advisory Councils in each region (NSW/ACT, QLD, SA/NT, VIC/TAS, and WA). The primary function of the Advisory Council is to maintain the engagement of members located in the relevant region. They also provide advice and recommendations to the Board to ensure the successful operation of BYDA.

Advisory Council meetings are held quarterly throughout the year. Have your voice heard as a member and help shape the strategic direction for BYDA in an Advisory Council role. To express your interest, please reach out to a member of the BYDA team via our contact form.