WIOA is a finalist in the Associations Forum – 2021 Association Awards that recognise excellence and accomplishment by associations. We submitted our first ever entry into these awards for the Best Tasting Tap Water campaign that has been a great success in 2022, highlighted by the Gold medal win at the international competition.

The Association External Campaign of the Year Award (previously Association Achievement of the Year Award) is presented to an association that has made an outstanding achievement through an external campaign that has resulted in significant improvement for the association’s mission, sector or members.

Members are invited to submit an expression of interest for consideration for a position on the Diversity & Inclusion Group.

  • Expressions of interest close Friday 10 December 2021.
  • Successful nominees confirmed by Friday 17 December 2021.

We look forward to working with the Diversity & Inclusion Group to deliver even more services for our Members across the country.

The national Drinking Water Operator Certification Framework originally adopted name “Certification” as it most accurately reflected the needs of the water industry at the time.

Over time, there has been confusion over the term as it relates to Certificates awarded as a qualification on completion of Vocational Education and Training.

Individuals hold a qualification, for example a Certificate II or III, but that does not mean they are “Certified”.

To remove this confusion the Drinking Water Operator Certification Framework and the WIOA Water Operators Scheme will change from certification to registration.

Certified Operators will be automatically recognized as “Registered Professional Operators”.

The administration system Acuario provides an easy-to-use interface for the administration of the scheme. Demonstrations of Acuario can be made on request.

If you are interested in becoming a Registered Professional Operator, contact WIOA.

Due to the COVID restrictions, WIOA has postponed the Victorian conference in Bendigo. This conference will now be held on Wednesday 24 & Thursday 25 November 2021.

We will draw advice and information provided by both Federal and State government authorities. WIOA is committed to implementing all recommended precautions from Health authorities, and will encourage all event attendees to follow all the guidelines in place.

You can check out the program and register for this event.  A strict COVID Safe plan is in place for this event.



Help the water industry get recognised in the 2021 census by using one of the 28 occupations we have provided. https://wioa.org.au/anzsco/  

Congratulations to the team at TasWater & TRILITY on winning the Best Tasting Tap Water in the World competition healed in Barkeley Springs!

The Practical Guide to the Operation and Optimisation of Microfiltration & Ultrafiltration Membrane Processes is now available to Pre-Order

Click here to order online 

45th Queensland Water Industry Operations Conference & Exhibition held in Toowoomba


The 2021 WIOA Annual General Meeting will be held online – broadcasting to all Members on Wednesday 21 April 2021.

Interested Members can access the meeting via an online facility by registering by 19 April 2021.

Instructions for access to the WIOA AGM Zoom room will be confirmed by email on registration.

Registration is essential

Wednesday 27 & Thursday 28th of October 2021 – new dates have been set for the NSW conference

We are continuing to monitor COVID-19 across Australia and are confident that we will return to face to face events in 2021. The WIOA NSW Water Industry Operations Conference & Exhibition will now be held on Wednesday 27 & Thursday 28th of October 2021, and we look forward to your support for this event in Tamworth.

We will be following advice from state Health departments to ensure our events meet all COVID safety requirements.