COVID-19

July economic and fiscal update from Pitcher Partners

The Federal Government released its July Economic and Fiscal Update (JEFU) statement, painting a picture that Australia is performing better than many of its OECD equivalent economies. However, the reality is that COVID-19 has had, and will continue to have, a major impact on the domestic economy, unemployment, debt and GDP into the future. To…

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A Word from the CEO

On 15 July with WSAA we held a director and executive event considering the macro trends affecting our sector.  These trends were viewed with the circumstances of COVID-19 and identified using an analysis of the social, technological, environmental, economic and political (STEEP) factors.  The environmental scan reports of water corporations across Australia, global trends studies…

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E-signing: A change you’ll want to keep post-COVID

With many people working from home over the last couple of months, the processes we never thought twice about in the office have had to be adapted to ensure business keeps running smoothly. Document signing, a process which many companies still do physically, has had to be adapted as people work remotely. Thankfully, e-signing programs…

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Australia Post suspends Priority Letters service

Australia Post has announced from Monday 1 June 2020, their Priority Letters service will be suspended due to the significant impacts of COVID-19. While they are no longer selling the Priority Letters service to Business & Government customers, Australia Post will continue to accept and process Priority letters until 29 May 2020. Australia Post have…

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How is WaterAid working to tackle COVID-19?

All 35 countries where WaterAid works have confirmed cases of COVID-19, with most of them now reporting local transmission, meaning that the virus is passing from person-to-person in-country, rather than just being imported from outside of the country. In the face of this, WaterAid is running digital/social/media hygiene behaviour change campaign in collaboration with the National and…

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Let’s Talk Mental Health in Regional Areas

Join us 10.30am Friday 8 May for a free webinar focused on rural and regional areas. As parts of Australia are still recovering from drought, floods and bushfires, covid-19 has now added additional stress points. In some cases, water authority field staff may now be spending more time alone as they continue to complete essential service tasks…

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A Word from the CEO

After two months of being homebound, I have been able to witness the good and the bad of this isolation strategy.  For anyone with pre-school or primary-age kids, it’s interesting to say the least.  And we have learnt more about our colleagues’ lives since virtually co-existing. But I won’t focus on the challenging aspects of…

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Finance Issues Steering Committee update

The VicWater Finance Issues Steering Committee (FISC) met 23 April to discuss industry projects such as the 2021 Asset Valuation as well as COVID impacts on corporate planning requirements. The FISC Chair, Steven Waterhouse is leading an industry approach to managing uncertainty in financial forecasts in corporate plans.

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Water Research Australia leads national collaboration on sewage surveillance to support Australia’s COVID-19 response

Water Research Australia (WaterRA) with the support of the Water Services Association of Australia (WSAA) is leading an innovative, Australia-wide investigation that aims to integrate reliable results of sewage testing for SARS-CoV-2 with COVID-19 health data on a national basis. The national ‘ColoSSoS Project’ – Collaboration on Sewage Surveillance of SARS-COV-2— will track and monitor…

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