VicWater Webinars

Our live session program will be updated regularly, with a range of topics and presenters selected to support our members and their interests.

To view our Webinar Jam sessions we recommend Chrome, Firefox or Microsoft Edge - older browsers such as Internet Explorer are not compatible.

To participate in interactive ZOOM sessions please ensure you have the latest version installed and your webcam and microphone are functioning correctly.

New Sessions

Digital solutions for capital investment in the water industry

When: Thursday 27 April 2023
Duration: 60 minutes
Cost: Free

The webinar will cover the latest trends and best practices in capital project management, as well as how technology can aid in capital deployment. Additionally, a new digital solution will be introduced, that provides real-time visibility of capital projects and helps boost overall capital productivity.

Watch On Demand

Missed a session? Watch the replay. Recorded in real time, these webinars can be viewed at a time that suits you.

For best performance we recommend viewing with Chrome, Firefox or Microsoft Edge. Older browsers including Internet Explorer are not supported.

Optimists Need Water: What's the 50 Year Strategy for Melbourne's Water?

Recorded: Friday 1 July 2022
Duration: 60 minutes
Cost: Free

Join Victor Perton and special guest Pat McCafferty, Managing Director of Yarra Valley Water and Chair of the Thriving Communities Partnership as they discuss the Draft Water for Life Strategy - to secure the water supply of Melburnians for the next 50 years.

WaterAble's Hour of Optimism

Recorded: 14 June 2022
Duration: 55 minutes

VicWater partnered with The Centre for Optimism to present this Zoom session. Helen Vaughan joined panellists, Heidi Biggin, Matt Iversen and Paris McMullen with co-hosts Donald Hughan and Victor Perton.

VicWater Annual Conference

Recorded 8 - 9 June 2022
Duration: check program for more details
All registered delegates have received details to access the replay.

Tailored exclusively to senior management and board directors, the VicWater Annual Conference aims to challenge and provoke the issues that matter and shape the Victorian water industry.

Coming out the other side of COVID

Recorded: Monday 23 May 2022
Duration: 60 minutes

Legal expert Rick Catanzariti, Partner at DLA Piper discussed what the current requirements are for vaccine mandates in the water industry.

This is a Webinar Jam session. To view the session we recommend viewing in Chrome, Firefox or Microsoft Edge. Older browsers including Internet Explorer are not supported.

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Regulators Forum

Date: Thursday 25 November 2021
Type: ZOOM
Cost: $110 +GST

VicWater hosted a Regulators Forum, with representatives from the Environment Protection Authority, Essential Services Commission and Department of Health, to discuss their respective visions for current and future regulation of Victoria's water corporations

For more details contact 


New Director Introduction Seminar

Date: Thursday 11 November 2021
Type: ZOOM
Cost: $100 +GST (by invitation only)

VicWater have developed a short introductory seminar specifically designed for new non-executive directors in the water and catchments sector. For more details contact 

VicWater Connect

Recorded: 20 & 21 May 2021
Duration: varies, check program for more details
Cost: Replay access exclusive to Connect delegates only

Ready to Connect?

The newest major event on the Victorian water calendar VicWater Connect features four concurrent streams – Leadership and Innovation, Policy and Environment, Finance and Risk, Diversity and Inclusion – all under one roof.

Replay available for delegates only

Smoothing the path for disability employment in the water industry

Recorded: Wednesday 3 March 2021
Duration: 91 minutes
Cost: FREE

Are you keen to build disability inclusion in your workplace? Are you looking to hire more people with disability, but are not sure how?

In this session we provide practical tips and information about how to source candidates, things to consider and expel some of the myths surrounding disability in the workplace. With special guest disability and mental health advocate Beau Vernon, plus panelists John Karageorge, Dean Barnett and Llewellyn Prain.

The session will suit hiring managers and human resource professionals wanting to create inclusive organisations that are disability confident.

WaterAble: Connections and Reflections

Recorded: Thursday 3 December 2020
Duration: 47 minutes
Cost: FREE

Celebrate the International Day of People with Disability. Hosts Llewellyn Prain, Donald Hughes and Matt Iversen connect with WaterAble Network members and industry leaders to discuss all things disability inclusion in the water industry. Hear their reflections and celebrate people with different abilities.

Embracing a Digital Water Future: Key Legal Issues, Challenges and Trends in Digital Transformation

Recorded: Tuesday 24 November 2020
Duration: 64 minutes
Cost: Included in subscription

Join VicWater and Ashurst experts Emma Butler, Partner and Caroline Hogan, Senior Associate for an exclusive Members presentation to run through some of the legal obligations related to digital technology.

Water infrastructure is critical to everyday life and the acceleration new technologies such as the internet of things provides opportunities for water retailers to transform their infrastructure and implement new, data driven solutions for effective asset management, efficient operations and remote device management. Embracing a digital solution and upgrading to digital equipment and systems will enable businesses to harness the vast amount of data generated by customers. In adopting this technology it is important to establish reliable and fit for purpose communication systems to support your equipment which are underpinned by robust agreements.

This presentation will analyse the trends in digital transformation and discuss the key legal issues including procuring IoT solutions, managing and exploiting "big data" and minimising privacy and cyber risks and strategies to manage these issues and risks in your contract.

This is a Webinar Jam session. To view the session we recommend viewing in Chrome, Firefox or Microsoft Edge. Older browsers including Internet Explorer are not supported.

VicWater Annual Conference 2020

Recorded: 9 & 10 September 2020
Duration: varies, check program for more details
Cost: REPLAY now available to watch FREE

Our first virtual conference is now available for everyone to view.

Enjoy over 15 hours of content including keynote presentations and specialist streams covering Policy & Economics, Technology & Innovation, Governance and Diversity & Inclusion.

Carbon Offsets for the Victorian Water Sector

Recorded: Wednesday 19 August 2020
Duration: 59 minutes
Cost: Included in Subscription

Join Michael Wheelahan, Proud Mary Consulting and James Cleaver, VicWater for this one hour session to improve understanding of what carbon offsets are and the issues related to their use. Designed for water corporation executives and directors, this session will cover:

  • Carbon offsets - how they work
  • Global, Australian and Victorian markets for offsets
  • Offsets in the Statement of Obligations (Emission Reduction) (SoO-e)
  • Available offsets under the SoO-e
  • Integrity principles for carbon offsets
  • Due Diligence required to ensure offset integrity and avoid risks
  • Offset procurement challenges – project lead times, development opportunities, expected price changes over time
  • The recently developed Decision Making Framework for Carbon Offset Use by Victorian Water Corporations

This webinar is recorded in Webinar Jam. To view the session we recommend Chrome, Firefox or Microsoft Edge. Older browsers including Internet Explorer are not supported.

WaterAble Network Launch

Recorded: Tuesday 28 July 2020
Duration: 57 minutes
Cost: FREE

VicWater is proud to support the launch of WaterAble, a network for people with disability and their allies in the Victorian water industry.

The network is open to anyone working in the Victorian water industry who has a disability or who wants to support the network. WaterAble encourages people to consider the full range of disabilities in our community to ensure our organisations cater to all our employees and customers. For example: people with physical disabilities; people with low hearing or low vision; people with long-term illness, including mental illness; people with brain injuries or people who are autistic.

Proudly sponsored by Western Water, City West Water and VicWater, the event will be hosted by Llewellyn Prain, Chair of WaterAble, and will feature panel speakers Colleen Furnaletto OAM, Liza McDonald and Yenn Purkis.

This session sold out - watch the replay now

Suicide Prevention with Beyond Blue guest speaker Simon Gillard

Recorded: Friday 19 June 2020
Duration: 66 minutes
Cost: FREE

In this free session Simon Gillard shares his lived experience with PTSD, depression, anxiety, identity crisis, suicide prevention and the importance of early intervention. He provides the important messages of hope, resilience and recovery to ultimately, save lives.
​​​​​​​Simon spent over fifteen years with the police force, as a Detective Sergeant investigating major crime throughout Sydney. Now a published author and motivational speaker, Simon knows that even in the darkest and hardest of times, a bright and highly meaningful life of recovery can be possible. ‘Never Give Up’ is Simon’s motto!

Trigger warning: This session includes PTSD and suicide themes.
If you or anyone you know needs help contact:

This session is recorded in Webinar Jam. To view the session we recommend Chrome, Firefox or Microsoft Edge. Older browsers including Internet Explorer are not supported.

The Australian economic outlook with TCV economist Emma Lawson

Recorded: Wednesday 20 May 2020
Duration: 44 minutes
Cost: $66.00 including GST

The present economic environment is extraordinary, unprecedented or any other superlative synonym you can think of. From the lows of employment, to the highs of retail hoarding, we haven’t before experienced these economic changes so fast or so far before.

In this session we examine what's happened to the economy in the last few months, what the RBA is doing and take a tentative look at what it might mean for the future.

This webinar is proudly presented by VicWater and TCV

This session is recorded in Webinar Jam. To view the session we recommend Chrome, Firefox or Microsoft Edge. Older browsers including Internet Explorer are not supported.

IDAHOBIT with Pride in Water

Recorded: Thursday 14 May 2020
Duration: 94 minutess
Cost: FREE

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 our LGBTIQ+ mates, colleagues and families.

This year, Pride in Water is celebrating with an online event Thursday May 14. Join us and our special guests as we connect the water industry to celebrate LGBTIQ+ inclusion. The session will run for about an hour with a short Q&A included.

This session requires Webinar Jam. To view the session we recommend Chrome, Firefox or Microsoft Edge. Older browsers including Internet Explorer are not supported.

Let's Talk Mental Health in Regional Areas with Beyond Blue guest speaker John Clark

Recorded: Friday 8 May 2020
Duration: 72 minutes
Cost: FREE

John grew up on a family sheep and cattle farm in Victoria, before moving to Melbourne to complete a Bachelor of Chemical Engineering. He began his career in the Pulp and Paper Industry, and relocated to Tasmania for work. After the demise of the industry in the North West, John switched to the community services sector for eight years. It was in this role John experienced serious burnout, with severe depression and anxiety. After some time in recovery, John commenced a new role with Anglicare as a Family Mental Health Outreach Worker supporting families affected by mental illness.

John is a qualified Mental Health First Aid Trainer, a volunteer speaker for Beyond Blue and Suicide Prevention Australia and is passionate about reducing stigma around mental illness, suicide and encouraging others to get help either for themselves, their families or their mates. He is equally passionate about his three children and wife of 25 years.

If John isn’t out and about talking to mates, you can find him bushwalking Tasmania’s mountains; fly fishing the pristine lakes; hunting and woodworking, cycling or volunteering for the SES Search and Rescue team. Whenever he can, John gets back to Victoria on the family farm because there’s never an end to the work to be done.

Trigger warning: This session includes alcohol abuse and suicide themes.
If you or anyone you know needs help contact:

John also recommended Heads Up -

Supporting Staff during COVID-19 with Beyond Blue guest speaker Nikky Swanson

Recorded: Wednesday 29 April 2020
Duration: 47 minutes (the first 60 seconds have no sound as the recording began a minute early)

Nikky shared her experience with depression and anxiety and how to recognise the symptoms. She also spoke about workplace stress and the personal tragedy and PTSD that led to hitting rock bottom before Beyond Blue helped her on the journey to recovery.

Nikky concludes the session with an audience Q&A and some simple mindfulness techniques.

Trigger warning: This session includes PTSD and suicide themes.
If you or anyone you know needs help contact:

Sponsorship opportunities are now open

Show your support for the Victorian water industry, with a range of programs and flexible options available

Have an idea for a webinar or want to be featured as a guest presenter? VicWater would love to hear from you.