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


2017 Highlights

Check out some of the 2017 highlights from WIOA.

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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.

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.


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.

Tasmanian operators recognition opportunity

Consider nominating operational employees who have excelled in the workplace for the prestigious Tasmanian Operator of the Year and Tasmanian Young Operator of the Year award.

Nominations close on 27 September 2019.

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Victorian 2018 Network Operator Development Program

The Network Operator Development Program has been established to identify, mentor and develop future leaders in the Network Operations field across the Victorian Water Industry.

Applications for the 2018 program close on 20 November 2017.

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