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SAVE THE DATE ~ Next IWA Conference – 4&5 July 2019 Crown Conferencing Melbourne

The final touches are being made to an exciting conference program due to be released in late May.


Can be pre booked now with special event rates secured at Crown Promenade hotel with rooms starting from $275 per night. Click here to access the online booking system.

IWA Conference – 28 February & 1 March 2019

Out first conference for 2019 has been another great success with over 250 industry specialists participating in our Special Interest Groups collaborating, sharing ideas and solving critical issues to serve our customers better. An engaging and heartfelt presentation from Emma Murray (Richmond FC secret weapon) reinforced the power of bringing your ‘A’ game while Victor Perton (author of The Case for Optimism, founder of The Australian Leadership Project and Yarra Valley Water Director) challenged our thinking about what makes an optimistic leader. Special thanks to our event sponsors Yarra Valley Water and SUEZ, industry supporters AWA Vic Branch and VicWater as well as our enthusiastic delegates for the valuable knowledge sharing and positive learnings that we all take back to our businesses. Click here to see if you were snapped in our event photo gallery or to access copies of our speaker presentations, please click here.

IWA Conference – 22 & 23 November 2018

The IWA November 2018 Conference sponsored by Trility and Davidson Executive & Boards was held on Thursday 22 and Friday 23 November 2018 in the River Rooms, Level 1, Crown Towers, 8 Whiteman Street, Southbank, Melbourne. The timely theme for the conference was “ Trust: a critical success factor for culture, customers and community” and featured presentations that highlight the key factors for trust-building in society through ethical and engaged leadership. Conference Keynote speaker Rocky Scopelliti explored Interconnected Trust. For the Conference Dinner,  we were delighted to hear from Saroo Brierley  as our guest speaker who shared his life story which was recently recounted through the Academy Award winning movie Lion.  

Laurie Gleeson Professional Development Award 2019

Congratulations to Dean Phillips, Water Treatment Coordinator at Western Water who was announced as the 2019 Laurie Gleeson Development Award winner at our November 2018 Conference Dinner. We look forward to hearing of Dean’s learning’s from his upcoming study tour to America and Canada exploring what technologies and processes these countries use to meet their stringent Drinking Water Guidelines. Special thanks to our long term sponsors Stantec and Russell Kennedy  the who fund the $5000 grant to a water industry professional to undertake a professional development project each year. Dean’s award winning video submission can be viewed here.

IWA Conference – 5&6 July 2018

Our 5-6 July 2018 Conference Program proudly sponsored by GHD featured a keynote address from the Rev Tim Costello AO and Chief Advocate of the Thriving Communities Partnership. We also look forward to welcoming DELWP Secretary John Bradley plus many more. Thanks also to our returning support sponsor GHD. The conference was held in the River Rooms 1 & 2, Level 1, Crown Towers, 8 Whiteman Street, Southbank, Melbourne. To access the program, please click here.

2018 Biggest Ever ‘Laurie Gleeson’ Dinner ~ 5 July 2018

2018 marked the 3rd event of this kind where in excess of $150,000 has now been raised for prostate cancer research and awareness campaigns. Over 300 guests enjoyed a fabulous evening of networking and education of mens health and the ground breaking medical treatment that is restoring post cancer sufferers quality of life. This years event was held at the prestigious Members Dining Room at the Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG) on Thursday 5 July 2018 on the night before the IWA’s July conference and in place of the traditional June/July conference dinner.

To view photos from the event, please click here.

IWA March 2018 Conference – 1&2 March 2018

Featuring a keynote presentation from Dr Sue Brown, Associate Dean – Engagement for the Faculty of Health and Program Coordinator of the Sport Management Programs at Federation University Australia, feedback from our delegates at the first conference for 2018 titled ‘Leadership for liveability in our community’ was very positive .

IWA November 2017 Conference – 16 & 17 November 2017

The exciting program for the November 2017 IWA Conference at Crown, Melbourne themed “Workforce of the Future – Becoming more extraordinary” was recently held for our delegates. This conference explored skills of the future, leadership, team building, personal wellbeing, etc with a keynote address from Steve Griffith – CEO of Griffith Consulting who spoke on the Future of Leadership – the five focus strategies for energising and creating a high-performance culture of results and accountability. Copies of the conference presentations can now be accessed by clicking here.

IWA Conference – 22 & 23 June 2017 – Doing business in a disrupted future #Innovation

Featuring an innovative program format, our June conference featured over 20 different industry speakers including a keynote presentation from Peter Ellyard, Australia’s most prominent futurist and a highly interesting and motivated speaker. Copies of all presentations can be accessed by clicking here

IWA/AWA Regional Conference – 23&24 February 2017

Featuring a keynote presentation from the Minister for Water, Lisa Neville MP, our first conference for 2017 titled ‘Renewing energy in the water industry‘ was a sell out event with over 250 people attending the Special Interest Group meetings and a further 280 delegates attending the Conference and Dinner over this 2 day event. To see what you missed, click here to access the program.

To access copies of the Conference presentations and photos from the event click here.

November 2016 IWA Conference and 50th Anniversary Celebration Dinner


The final IWA Conference for 2016 was held on 17 & 18 November at our new bigger and better location at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre (MCEC) . Titled ‘Looking forward, looking back – 50 years in the making’ attendees received engaging and insightful presentations from our keynote speaker Bernard Salt as well as several other Industry and Government representatives. Copies of these presentations are available to delegates by clicking here.

A big thanks also to those who helped us celebrate our 50th anniversary in style at the MCEC. Did you manage to get snapped by our resident paparazzi? Check out all the pics by clicking here.


50 years of the IWA and beyond

To commemorate the IWA’s 50th Anniversary of operation, an interactive timeline was launched at the celebratory dinner and can be accessed by clicking here.


IWA/AWA Conference – June 2016

The IWA Executive with the support of the AWA Vic Branch were pleased to host our mid year state conference held at the RACV City Club Melbourne on 23 & 24 June 2016. An exciting program of speakers based on the theme ‘Building diversity in our water industry’ was delivered which explored all elements of diversity and inclusion and the benefits and opportunities they bring to our Industry both now and into the future. Copies of the presentations from the conference can be accessed here.


The 2016 Biggest Ever Laurie Gleeson Dinner

The 2nd annual Biggest Ever Laurie Gleeson Dinner was held on Thursday 23 June 2016 at the Medallion Club Etihad Stadium which coincided with the June IWA Conference and Men’s Health Week. A fabulous night of fine food, education and awareness of mens health issues and networking was had by over 400 attendees. Profits raised from the night are currently being tallied to be handed over to the Prostate Cancer Foundation of Australia. Click here to check out our photo gallery and view the educational presentation from Dr Bernie Crimmins.

IWA/AWA Conference – February 2016


Based on the conference theme of ‘Water: The Social Fabric’ delegates received highly engaging presentation from Tabby Gibson, Project Officer, Wathaurung Aboriginal Corporation. Tammy’s presentation then followed into an interactive State Water Plan Facilitated Consultation Workshop coordinated by DELWP. Thursday night conference dinner guests were treated to story of Rachael Robertson an Antarctic Expedition Leader, best-selling author and expert in leadership and teamwork who successfully led a year-long expedition to Davis Station, Antarctica and is only the second female to do so. Rachael revealed how she kept her team inspired and productive through the long, dark winter and provided simple yet effective tools to build respect and teamwork, stay resilient, and lead without a title.

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