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PASS Award (Problem Accepted Solution Supplied)

PASSApplications for the 2017 PASS Award are open 

All operational staff are invited to share their in the field innovations & fixes to problems so that others in the water industry can benefit.

The winner will join the WIOA team on their annual operational tour of New Zealand including attendance at the Water Industry Operations Group of NZ annual conference

Applications for the 2017 award will close on 1st March 2017.

pdfApplication Form in PDF (PDF)
pdfApplication Form in Word (Word)

2016 PASS Award Winner Announced 

The PASS award sponsored by Aqualift Project Delivery winner was announced at the 2016 NSW Conference held in Newcastle.

The winner was Darren Lord from TasWater, who came up with an innovation that has reduced the OHS issues associated with transferring Sodium Hypochlorite from containers and drums.

Our congratulations go to Darren and all of the other solutions that came from members.

PASS Award Winners

2016 Daren Lord
2016 PASS Booklet
2015 Frank Rinaldo
North East Water
2015 PASS Booklet
2014 Lester Little
2014 PASS Booklet
2013 Terry Randall & Danny Roberts
Port Macquarie Hastings Council
2013 PASS Booklet
2012 Mark Walker
Gippsland Water
2012 PASS Booklet
2011 Wayne Shaw
Gippsland Water
2011 PASS Booklet

About the PASS Award


  1. To create an opportunity which encourages water industry operational staff to share their “in the field innovations” and/or “fixes to problems” so that others in the water industry can benefit.
  2. To provide an application process which is easy to complete and utilises a standard template. This will give all water industry operational staff the same opportunity for presenting their innovation.
  3. To provide the opportunity for operational staff to receive recognition for their innovation and efforts.
  4. To encourage operational staff to become aware of and involved with the Water Industry Operators Association of Australia (WIOA).
  5. To allow WIOA to share the good ideas and innovations with other Members through the Operator magazine and/or other publications.


The PASS application Template can be downloaded from the WIOA web site or can be obtained from the WIOA office. Applicants complete the Template and return it to the WIOA office either electronically or by mail after obtaining management permission to submit the PASS application. All PASS applications received in the 12 month period ending 1 March annually, will be judged by an independent judging panel as nominated by WIOA.

The PASS application deemed the best based on the range of criteria below, will win the PASS award for that year. The recipient of the Award will be announced at the “Meet the Exhibitors Dinner” at the WIOA NSW conference each year. By submitting an application, PASS authors automatically grant WIOA permission to publish the application in the ‘Operator’ newsletter or another WIOA publication.


PASS applications will be reviewed by an independent judging panel as nominated by WIOA and assessed on a number of criteria, including:

• Commonality of the problem
• Benefit to OH&S, Water Quality, and the Environment
• Financial and sustainability benefits
• Application to other industries
• Uniqueness, adaptability and simplicity


The person who submits the PASS application deemed to be the best in that particular year will be announced as the winner of the PASS Award.

Aqualift Pacific Pty Ltd, as the PASS Award sponsor, will provide sponsorship for the winner to join the WIOA team on their annual operational tour of New Zealand including attendance at the Water Industry Operations Group of NZ annual conference. The tour and conference is normally held in early May annually.

The value of the prize is to a maximum of $2000. This sum will be paid to WIOA and WIOA will undertake all the necessary travel, accommodation and logistical arrangements on behalf of the PASS winner.

The winner will be responsible for obtaining the permission of their employer to attend the tour, will need to secure appropriate time off work, and will need a passport.


Last updated on 28-Nov-2016

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