Register now for the VIC Conference

WIOA invites individuals to join us in Bendigo for the 2018 Victorian Water Industry Operations Conference & Exhibition on Wednesday 5 September & Thursday 6 September 2018

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

Expo Sites for Water Industry Safety Event Opens

WIOA is pleased to announce that applications for companies wanting to exhibit at the Water Industry Safety Event (WISE) to be held at the Batman Royale in Coburg, Victoria on 24 October 2018 open on Wednesday 11 July at 1pm AEST.

This is the first safety focussed event WIOA has conducted and with support of Melbourne Water we look forward to providing this valuable network for the benefit of safety professionals, operational leaders, the operators and suppliers to the industry.

Application forms are available from 1pm at : http://wioaconferences.org.au/wise2018/wise-exhibitors/


Register now for the SA Conference

WIOA is pleased to announced the 2018 South Australian conference program, and is now accepting registrations for this event to be held in Murray Bridge on Wednesday 1 August & Thursday 2 August 2018

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

Victorian operators – Opportunities to be recognised

Consider nominating operational employees who have excelled in the workplace for these prestigious awards, winners will be announced at the WIOA Conference to be held in Bendigo. Nominations close on Friday 3 August 2018.

WIOA Queensland Award Winners Announced

Congratulations to all the award winners from the WIOA Queensland Water Industry Operations Conference held in Logan.

Awards presented for papers as well as the competitive main tapping competition and Water taste test all contributed to another successful event with almost 800 in attendance.

Photos of the winners can be downloaded from the 2018 Conference Photo Gallery.

Tony Cover from Goondiwindi Regional Council was announced as the 2018 Queensland Operator of the Year at the WIOA Awards Dinner. Tony won the award ahead of the other finalist in Gary Fenwick from Queensland Urban Utilities and Glen Ziph from Trility who also are congratulated.

The Queensland Young Operator of the Year Award was taken out by Andrew Hanifin from Unitywater and the Queensland Operator of the Year (Civil/All Rounder) was awarded to Brad Milfull from Logan City Council.

A highlight of the event was the Ixom Water of Origin conducted on Wednesday that saw NSW defeat Queensland for the first time in four years. Both samples, NSW from Port Macquarie and Queenslands Yeppoon will compete for Australia’s Best Tasting Tap Water at the national championship to be held in Toowoomba on 17 October during Water Week.

NT Team wins PASS Award

The PASS (Problem Accepted Solution Supplied) Award received a record 11 entries this year.  All entries will be published in the 2018 pass booklet that will be distributed to members.

The 2018 winner was Michael Cartmer, Martin Zardins, Quinton Caird, Stephen Casey & Michael Dixon from Power and Water Corporation in the Northern territory for their innovative Hydraulic Gatic Lid Lifter.

Consider entering for this award – applications are open for your chance to win a place on the WIOA tour to NZ. More information


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!