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IWA Keynote Presentation & SIG Meetings –
Thursday 25 February, 2021


Please join us for this virtual IWA event, commencing at 9am with a plenary keynote presentation, followed by 10 Special Interest Group meetings that will run concurrently throughout the day.

You will need to register for both the keynote presentation and SIG meetings as 2 separate registrations – see link buttons below.


Keynote Presentation – Optimism and Innovation – Building Your Realistic and Infectiously Optimistic Innovation Team

Please click below to register for a keynote presentation with Victor Perton, Founder and Chief Optimism Officer of The Centre for Leadership.


SIG Meetings

The IWA Board looks forward to your participation in the SIG meetings. Please note SIG meetings are open to Victorian water corporation employees only.


Past Events

IWA SIG Meetings –
Thursday 19 November, 2020

While we are unable to proceed with a conference in November we are still offering a range of online SIG meetings, as well as a presentation by our sponsors Price Waterhouse Coopers.

The plenary presentation will run from 9:00am – 9:45am, followed by a 15 minute break before the SIG meetings commence:

The Future of Work – where to from here?

Australia is in the midst of significant transformation with the workforce of the future requiring new skills and new ways of working to make the most of new technologies and to meet challenges. The changes in technology, demographics, social, and regulatory environment have accelerated the challenges of staffing the right workforce, with the right skills, at a competitive cost. Extreme events such as COVID-19 have increased the speed and complexity of these challenges. But does the speed of changes forced upon us this year reset the way we should think about how we tackle these challenges?

Drawing on insights from across industries and leading thought leadership, PwC will suggest how these challenges may impact the workforce of Victoria’s Water Corporations and how they may be tackled.


 2020 Laurie Gleeson Professional Development Award

Congratulations to Apanie Wood, Melbourne Water’s Program Leader, Regional Services North West who was announced as the 2020 Laurie Gleeson Development Award winner at our November 2019 Conference dinner.

We look forward to hearing of Apanie’s learning’s from her upcoming study tour visiting Washington State Department of Ecology and the Government of British Columbia who are experts in spill prevention, preparedness, response and recovery. Apanie will explore innovative approaches and solicit new ideas to share with the broader water industry thus ensuring that agencies are better equiped to provide an appropriate level of pollution response and preparedness whilst continuing to deliver core services to the people of Melbourne.

Apanie’s award winning video submission can be viewed here.

Thanks to our sponsors Stantec and Russell Kennedy, Apanie has received a $5000 grant to undertake her planned study tour in 2020.


2020 John Robbins Memorial Award

We would like to congratulate two very deserving winners who received this year’s John Robbins Memorial Award at our November 2019 Conference dinner. Brett Millington and David Ryan for their distinguished contribution to the IWA and the Victorian water industry.

Brett Millington the now Chief Executive Officer of Mildura Regional Development and David Ryan the now Chief Executive at SA Water.

Click here to read more about our worthy recipients.


IWA Conference 12-13 March 2020

The first IWA Conference for 2020, sponsored by SUEZ, Barwon Water and our Strategic partner PwC Australia was held on 12-13 March 2020 in Geelong.

The theme for the conference, “Complex conversations in 280 characters” and featured PwCs Partner in their Experience Centre Suji Kanagalingam as well as a number of other Victorian water industry professionals. In addition, the ten Victorian water industry special interest groups met in Geelong with some participating in a tour of Barwon Water’s head office as well as their Northern Water Treatment Plant.

This conference was held at a very unprecedented time in Australia’s history with the COVID-19 situation rapidly evolving and was likely one of the last face-to-face events that will be run for quite some time.

Copies of speaker presentations from the Conference can be accessed by clicking here.

A big thank you to AWA for taking some great photos of the main conference dinner – click here to view and enjoy.

For those who attended, we’d love to hear your feedback via our quick survey: click here to commence. 

IWA Conference: 14-15 November 2019

The final conference for 2019 sponsored by Davidson Executive & Boards, Trility and our Strategic partner PwC Australia was held on 14-15 November in Melbourne. The theme for the conference “Solutions for a Changing Climate featured presentations from PwC’s Chief Data Scientist Matt Kuperholz, policy update from the DELWP Deputy Secretary Helen Vaughan and a number of other Victorian water industry professionals.

Copies of speaker presentations from the Conference can be accessed by clicking here.

A big thank you to AWA for taking some great photos of the main conference dinner – click here to view and enjoy. 

IWA Conference – July 2019

The mid-year IWA Conference sponsored by GHD was held in early July 2019 at Crown Conferencing Southbank. The theme for the conference was “Our Water Future in a Drying Climate” and featured presentations that explored balancing social, environmental, economic and health needs with the increasing demand for water for a multitude of purposes (recreational and otherwise). Copies of speaker presentations can be accessed by clicking here.   

IWA Conference – March 2019

Out first conference for 2019 was 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 – November 2018

The IWA November 2018 Conference sponsored by Trility and Davidson Executive & Boards was held on 22 and 23 November 2018 at Crown Conferencing 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 –  July 2018

Our 2018 mid-year 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 Crown Conferencing Southbank, Melbourne. To access the program, please click here.

2018 Biggest Ever ‘Laurie Gleeson’ Dinner

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 Conference – 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 Conference – 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 – 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 – 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.


IWA Conference and 50th Anniversary Celebration Dinner – November 2016

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.

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