SA & VIC Call For Papers 2018

Share your experiences at the 2018 South Australian or Victorian Conferences.

The Call For Papers for papers closes on Friday 11 May 2018.

For further information go to 2018 Call For Papers

QLD Conference Rego’s Open

WIOA is pleased to announced the 2018 Queensland conference program, and is now accepting registrations for this event to be held in Logan on Wednesday 6 June & Thursday 7 June 2018

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

NSW Conference Winners

Congratulations to the award winners form the WIOA NSW Conference & Exhibition held in Tamworth.

Check out all the winners


NSW Operator of the Year – Finalists

  • Dave Cashen from Bathurst Regional Council
  • James Davis from Upper Hunter Shire Council

NSW Operator of the Year – Winner
Dave Cashen from Bathurst Regional Council

Actizyme Awards for Best Paper by an Operator

  1. William Constable – Tamworth Regional Council
  2. Adrian Cameron – Tamworth Regional Council
  3. Barry Young – Kempsey Shire Council

Iwaki Pumps Australia for Best Paper Overall
Thomas Lees – Ballina Shire Council

WIOA Award for Best Poster by an Operator

  1. Wes Trotter – Kempsey Regional Council
  2.  Danny Roberts – Port Macquarie Hastings Council
  3. Kent Harris – Moree Plains Shire Council

2018 Ixom Best Tasting Tap Water in NSW – Finalists

  • Kempsey Shire Council
  • Port Macquarie Hastings Council
  • Tamworth Regional Council
  • Walcha Shire Council

2018 Ixom Best Tasting Tap Water in NSW – Winner
Port Macquaire Hastings Council

Ron Bergmeier Award – Best Exhibition Site

WIOA Conference Charity Presentations

  • Manilla Fish Hatchery $1,000
  • Sailors with Disabilities $1,000 




SA Conference & Expo announced

See & hear the latest in the water industry at a WIOA conference

This is the first major event WIOA has conducted in South Australia and we look forward to receiving good support from operators in South Australia and suppliers to the industry.

More information from the SA Conference Website

Queensland Awards Opportunities

Reward outstanding operational performance in the Queensland water industry

WIOA, AWA and qldwater are pleased to support a number of awards that recognise the achievements of operational staff employed in the Queensland water industry.

The awards aim to encourage outstanding operational performance of Queensland water industry employees, and will be presented to operators who showed excellent performance, initiative and all round attention to detail.

All employers are encouraged to nominate their operators for these awards. Award winners will be announced at the WIOA Queensland Water Industry Operations Conference Awards Night on Thursday of conference week.

For more information go to the Queensland Conference website



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

Toowoomba’s water takes on the world

WIOA has worked with the team from Toowoomba Regional Council’s (winner of the 2017 Ixom Australia’s Best Tasting Tap Water) to ensure their sample will arrive safely and on time for the International Water Tasting Competition to be held in West Virginia, USA in February 2018.

The competition is a part of WIOA celebrating the role of the the operator and we congratulate all the water treatment and water quality personnel who work tirelessly to ensure high quality, safe drinking water is continually supplied to the customer’s tap.

Good luck Toowoomba RC, bring home gold for Australia!


2018 Australian Stockholm Junior Water Prize

The Australian Stockholm Junior Water Prize is an annual water science competition which showcases the unlimited potential of today’s high school students as they create solutions for current and future water challenges.

The Prize is awarded at Ozwater’18 in May 2018.

The competition challenges young people to think big and take a fresh look at water problems at local and global levels. The project encourages students to delve into all areas of water and aims to improve the quality of life through:

  • Improving water quality
  • Managing water resources
  • Water protection
  • Water sanitation
  • Water and wastewater treatment

The project must use scientifically accepted methodologies for experimentation, monitoring and reporting results.

For more information go to the AWA website here


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.

More information

Nomination form

2017 Highlights

Check out some of the 2017 highlights from WIOA.

More information