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 continued to grow and provide a unique learning and networking platform for the Victorian Water Industry for more than 20 years now.
To ensure that the IWA continues to meet the needs of our members and the wider industry, in late 2016 (our 50th anniversary year), the IWA Board developed a strategic intent of ‘helping the water industry to become more extraordinary’ which now assists in planning future conferences and events. Adoption of this intent also assisted the Board to establish the following ‘Why’ statement based on the Simon Sinek model.
Fast forward to present day, the IWA and its 11 different Special Interest Groups, in collaboration with VicWater and the Victorian Branch of the AWA is going stronger than ever.