NSW Operator of the Year Nominations

Consider nominating operational employees who have excelled in the workplace for the prestigious NSW Operator of the Year award that is sponsored by the Water Directorate to recognise the important work done by operators.

This annual award goes to an outstanding operator and will be awarded at the WIOA NSW Annual Conference in April. Consider nominating an outstanding operator as the winner joins the WIOA tour group to attend the WIOG New Zealand conference.

Nominations close on 23 February 2018.

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Nomination form

Nominate for the WIOA Committee

Nominations are invited from financial Individual members of the Water Industry Operators Association of Australia Inc, for the positions of Officers and Committee members for 2018.

The Committee will consist of up to 13 members comprising a President, Vice President, Secretary/Treasurer, the Chairperson/nominee of each State based Advisory Committee, and a minimum of three elected members.

More information and the nomination form

2017 Highlights

Check out some of the 2017 highlights from WIOA.

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Weekend Seminar & AGM

This year’s weekend seminar & AGM will be held on 3 & 5 March 2018 in Ballarat. The cost is free for members and is designed to be fun, informative and a great way to network and meet other WIOA members.

Register for this event online


NSW Conference Rego’s Open

WIOA is pleased to announced the 2018 NSW conference program, and is now accepting registrations for this event to be held in Tamworth on Wednesday 11 April & Thursday 12 April 2018

You can check out the program and download the Delegate Registration Form from the NSW Conference section of this site.

Tasmanian Operator Awards Announced

Congratulations to the two major WIOA award winners that were announced at a water interest day held in Longford on Wednesday 6 December 2017.

David Stacey was announced as the 2017 WIOA Tasmanian Operator of the Year, and Robert McDonald was awarded the 2017 WIOA Tasmanian Young Operator of the Year. Both awards are sponsored by TasWater as part of their rewards and recognition programs and we thanks the TasWater team for their support of these fantastic awards that recognise the operational employees for the dedication and work they undertake.

Both David and Robert will now join other WIOA members and award winners from other states across Australia on a tour to New Zealand water facilities in 2018. The tour will leave Australia on Friday 4 May 2018 and return from New Zealand on Saturday 12 May 2018 and includes the Water Industry Operations Group New Zealand Conference to be held at the Convention Centre, Palmerston North from 9 to 11 May 2018.

Congratulations to both David and Robert and to all the other nominees for these awards, unfortunately there can only be one winner and the fields of applicants was of a very high standard.

PASS Award Applications Invited

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 2018.

SA Operator of the Year announced

Congratulations to Brendan Roesler, Team Leader with the Trility Lower Riverland team on being announced as the 2017 South Australian Operstor of the Year, a fantastic award that is sponsored by .

Brendan is a detail-oriented person and is one of the most notable individuals within Trility regarding the understanding and adherence to appropriate procedures, most of which are based around our legislative and/or safety requirements. He has also been heavily involved as an operational representative through the implementation of Trility’s new contractor and visitor induction system, as well as the development of the upcoming operational data management program.

Brendan’s knowledge and experience has proved invaluable during development workshops, where his input has contributed significantly to the betterment of these systems prior to implementation.

Brendan acted in the role of Team Leader of the Lower Team for a decent portion of the most recent blackwater event in Trility’s Riverland Region, following the sudden departure of the previous Team Leader. The state of the sites, and subsequently the team itself, was in need of improvement and required significant work and attention to bring things back to the expected working order.

Brendan applied himself to the team, providing support for existing staff that were under additional stress and pressure, whilst also ensuring that routine duties were being properly addressed. Since entering into the acting role there was just one minor notifiable event at one of the Lower Riverland sites. In the two months leading up to his appointment there were six minor and 1 major notifiable event recorded.

Brendan has taken over the Team Leader role, where he has been continually praised for his professionalism, dedicated approach to work, experience, and calm demeanour from both within and outside of his team.

Brendan has been described as a ‘calming influence’ on the Lower Riverland team since his appointment as Team Leader earlier this year, and the performance results are indicative of this. He is one of the most efficient employees within the Riverland from a time and process perspective, and retains a breadth of knowledge of the sites he manages.


NSW Call For Papers 2018

Share your experiences at the 2018 NSW Conference to be held in Tamworth on Wednesday 11 April & Thursday 12 April.

The Call For Papers for both platform and poster papers will close on Monday 13 November 2017.

Download the NSW2018 CallForPapers

2018 Conference & Exhibition Dates

WIOA is pleased to announced the 2018 dates for our conference and exhibitions in NSW, Queensland and Victoria.

The NSW event will return to Tamworth, the Queensland event will again in Logan and the Victorian event will once again be conducted in Bendigo.

WIOA 2018 Water Operations Conference and Exhibitions

NSW in Tamworth – Wednesday 11 April & Thursday 12 April
Queensland in Logan – Wednesday 6 June & Thursday 7 June
Victoria in Bendigo – Wednesday 5 September & Thursday 6 September

All WIOA corporate members will be advised on the date that site sales will commence for these events about a week prior.

We will be making substantial changes to the application to exhibit to ensure the process is even for all our members.