Posts Tagged ‘diversity’

Let’s discuss the benefits of being an inclusive employer

Dean Barnett is the Program Director of the Intelligent Water Networks (IWN). In Dean’s 30-year water industry career, he has been fortunate enough to have been involved in the building of teams through staff recruitment. Dean is one of the panel guests for the upcoming VicWater webinar: ‘Smoothing the Path for Disability Employment in the…

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VicWater launches WaterAble network to improve inclusion in the water sector

The Victorian water sector is leading the way on diversity and inclusion, with VicWater set to launch WaterAble this week – a network for people with disability and their allies. The network aims to help raise awareness of people with disabilities in the state’s water sector, while also providing the opportunity to share stories, promote inclusion and increase advocacy.…

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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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Ever heard of Ellen Swallow Richards?

You might never have heard of Ellen Swallow Richards, but her work in water quality analysis and sanitation engineering was both pioneering and game changing. Discover the true story of this amazing woman in Tanya Ha’s latest article. Read more

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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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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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Victorian UDIA 2019 – Western Water wins Diversity in Development Industry Award

Western Water are demonstrating they are leaders in workplace diversity and inclusion taking out a Victorian award for Excellence from the Urban Development Institute of Australia (UDIA). UDIA’s Awards for Excellence is a high-profile annual award program to recognise and reward excellence and innovation in the urban development industry. Western Water’s General Manager, People, Culture and…

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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 Innovation – all under one roof. Registrations open soon, stay tuned.

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