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REGISTRATIONS NOW OPEN: IWA/AWA 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, registrations for our first conference program for 2018 titled ‘Leadership for liveability in our community’ can be accessed below.

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.

Laurie Gleeson Professional Development Award 2018

Nominations for the 2018 Development Award was formally launched on 22 June 2017. 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 2018. 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 20th October 2017 with the winner to be announced at the IWA Conference Dinner on 16th November 2017 in Melbourne where the winners’ video will also be screened.

For more information and to access the 2018 award nomination form please click 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.


Laurie Gleeson Development Award 2017:

Congratulations go to Kristy Elrington, Community Education Officer at Goulburn Valley Water who was announced as the 2017 winner of this highly valued industry award at our 50th Anniversary dinner held on 17th November. To view Kristy’s winning video submission and to learn more about what this Industry Development Award provides please click here. Special thanks to the awards sponsors MWH Global and Russell Kennedy.


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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