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REGISTRATIONS NOW OPEN: November 2016 IWA Conference and 50th Anniversary Celebration Dinner


The next IWA Conference titled ‘Looking forward, looking back – 50 years in the making’ will be held on 17 & 18 November 2016 at our new bigger and better location at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre (MCEC) . After many years of successful IWA conferences being held at the RACV City Club Melbourne, we’ve now outgrown the venue. With 10 high performing Special Interest Groups (SIGs) all meeting on the Thursday attended by over 350 industry professionals we will be pleased to be one again be able to host all IWA meetings and conference events under the one roof.

Click here to access the program and register for both the Conference and our 50th year anniversary dinner celebration. Tickets for both events are limited so get in quick to avoid disappointment!

Accommodation near the MCEC: We have arranged 2 options for reserved accommodation at nearby hotels Hilton South Wharf and the Crowne Plaza. Please click on the links below to be directed to IWA’s personalised booking pages to book your accommodation online.

We have been able to secure very competitive accommodation ranging from $260 per night to $350 per night at the above venues.

Laurie Gleeson Professional Development Award 2017

Nominations for the 2017 Development Award was formally launched on 23 June 2016. With thanks to our sponsors MWH and Russell Kennedy, the award offers a $5000 grant to a water industry professional to undertake a professional development project in 2017. The award grant can be used for travel costs, living expenses and other costs associated with the project or activity. It cannot be used to support study for formal qualifications.

Applications close Friday 21st October 2016 with the winner to be announced at the IWA Conference Dinner on 17th November 2016 in Melbourne where the winners’ video will also be screened.

For more information and to access the 2017 award nomination form please click 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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