Occupational Health and Safety (OH&S)

Creating culturally safe and inclusive workplaces in the Victorian water sector

Celebrating National Reconciliation Week Victorian water corporations are working to develop their knowledge of Aboriginal culture and make sure they are culturally safe and inclusive by using cultural awareness training and other actions detailed in their Reconciliation Action Plans and/or Diversity & Inclusion strategies and plans. Several water corporations use cultural awareness training to help…

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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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Webinar: Supporting Staff through COVID-19

Join VicWater and Beyond Blue guest speaker Nikky Swanson for our free Webinar: Supporting Staff through COVID-19 on Wednesday 29 April, 10:30 am – 11:00 am In this free session Nikky will share her journey through depression and discuss how you can seek help to support a colleague, friend or family member who may be finding the…

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VicWater goes remote for COVID-19

Due to increased isolation precautions to minimise contact and assist in containing the spread of the COVID-19 virus, the VicWater office will be closed until further notice. Our staff remain active during this time and will continue operations in a virtual workplace environment. We thank you for your understanding during this unique situation. Peter Morison…

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VicWater and COVID-19

Dear members, Following the official government responses to the outbreak of the COVID-19 virus in Australia, I am writing to advise you of the action VicWater is taking to protect the wellbeing of our staff and members. Until further notice, we will not host meetings and other gatherings involving face-to-face interactions. This means that all…

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Increased representation and opportunities

Many Victorian water corporations have established traineeships or internships to encourage and support Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people into water sector jobs. While there is still more work to be done, increased representation on water corporation boards is providing greater visibility of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people within the industry, and leadership cultural…

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Creating an Inclusive Environment

The focus for industry action is on creating safe and inclusive workplaces that make employees feel confident and comfortable to identify as LGBTIQ+. Water corporations are doing this through a combination of awareness training, celebration days, and executive sponsorship. All 19 water corporations supported the launch of the Pride in Water network. The value of…

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Flexible workplaces supporting parents and carers

The link between having caring responsibilities and having flexible work arrangements is not always clearly identified. However all Victorian water corporations have established policies and procedures around parental or carers’ leave which is a relevant indicator of industry progress. In addition, some water corporations have specific programs in place to support employees on extended carers’…

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More focus needed to reach targets

Despite the progress that has been achieved to date, we know that a more dedicated focus is needed if the industry is to reach the 10% collective target for disability. Work is progressing through VicWater to set up ‘WaterAble’, a network for people with disabilities and their allies to promote and support disability inclusion and…

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