Working Groups

Recreational access to potable water storages

Work is continuing on the DELWP project to undertake a ‘State-wide assessment of cost and time for providing on-water access at Victoria’s water storages’. VicWater and the water industry Recreational Access Working Group has provided significant input to the project scope, which aims to transparently evaluate cost impacts, lead time and other factors associated with…

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Submission to the Productivity Commission – Water Reform 2020

The Productivity Commission has published an issues paper on national water reform. VicWater met with Commissioner Jane Doolan (also a Western Water Board Director) during February to discuss water reform priorities, opportunities for the issues paper and a renewed National Water Initiative. Submissions are due by 21 August. VicWater will coordinate a submission with input…

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2021 Water Industry Asset Revaluation

VicWater has appointed Roy Farthing to update the 2015 Asset Valuation Methodology and Guidance for the 2021 valuation. The Water Industry Asset Revaluation Working Group, which includes water corporations, VAGO, DTF, VGA and DELWP is overseeing the consultancy. A draft update was circulated to all not-for profit members on 5 May and will be finalised…

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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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Victorian water corporations supporting Aboriginal economic development through social procurement

In line with Victorian Government’s social procurement objectives, water corporations’ social procurement strategies include the provision of opportunities for Aboriginal Victorians. Several water corporations engage Traditional Owner organisations and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander businesses to provide a range of goods and services in relation to water and land management as well as for other…

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Increasing Aboriginal inclusion in the Victorian water sector

Several water corporations, including Barwon Water, Gippsland Water, Yarra Valley Water, East Gippsland Water, Goulburn Valley Water, Coliban Water, Lower Murray Water, Central Highlands Water, South East Water, Melbourne Water and Westernport Water, have committed to sponsoring Aboriginal people in their vocational education by providing internal traineeships and/or supporting students to attain formal qualifications. Sam…

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Incorporating Traditional Owner ecological knowledge and cultural values in Victorian waterways

Victorian Traditional Owners have managed land and water sustainably for thousands of generations. The Victorian water sector is working with Traditional Owner groups across the state to incorporate their ecological knowledge and cultural values in water planning and management. Aboriginal Waterway Assessments (AWA) are an important tool to help incorporate traditional ecological knowledge into water…

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IDAHOBIT

Join Pride in Water to celebrate IDAHOBIT and LGBTIQ+ inclusion in the water industry International Day Against Homophobia, Biphobia, Interphobia & Transphobia (IDAHOBIT) celebrates LGBTIQ+ people globally, and raises awareness for the work still needed to support the LGBTIQ+ community. On IDAHOBIT (May 17), people all over the world stand against discrimination in support of…

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