About us


IWA has a proud history, commencing life as a group of Water and Sewerage Trust Secretaries in Gippsland getting together in 1967 to share ideas and experiences to improve their individual and collective administrative capability and performance.

During the next couple of decades the IWA became a statewide body and played a leading role in developing skills and networks which helped the industry transform during the 1980’s & early 90’s. By the mid 1990’s the reform of the industry had reduced the number of Water Authorities by about 80%, and the IWA faced significant challenges with membership and attendances.

In 1997, the Institute responded to these challenges by undertaking a strategic planning process, which amongst other things, led to the birth of the Special Interest Groups, which have revitalised the IWA over the last decade or so.

Fast forward to present day, the IWA and its 10 different Special Interest Groups, in collaboration with VicWater and the Victorian Branch of the AWA is going stronger than ever.


To be recognised by the water industry in Victoria as the key forum for sharing information, networking and learning for executive management and business professionals.

Core Purpose

IWA exists to provide a forum for sharing information, networking and professional development in the Victorian water industry.

IWA specifically targets our offerings to executive management and professionals managing business related functions within Victorian Water Corporations.

IWA’s platform for delivering our services includes:

  • Regular conferences addressing strategic and contemporary issues of interest to our target audience;
  • Special Interest Groups which focus on a range of business functions within water corporations;
  • Social networking opportunities to promote fellowship and collaboration through Conference Dinners; and
  • Distinguished Service and Professional Development Awards.