Programs and Task Groups
VicWater has a number of programs and task groups responsible for shaping and developing our industry, which fall under our four primary concerns - Diversity and Inclusion, Finance and Risk, Leadership and Innovation and Policy and Environment.
If you would like more information or to participate in a specific group or program follow the links below or contact VicWater.
Diversity and Inclusion
Diversity & Inclusion Steering Committee
The objective of the Water Industry Diversity & Inclusion Steering Committee (WIDISC) is to focus on the implementation of the Water Industry Diversity Strategy and Action Plan and its vision of creating an inclusive and equitable water industry reflective of the richly diverse communities we serve.
Women in Water Directors Network (WWDN)
The Women in Water Directors Network (WWDN) has been established to create a positive and enabling environment so female directors can thrive and be successful in the Victorian water industry.
It aims to provide a place and space for women in water corporations to network, collaborate, mentor and support each other to ensure the Victorian water industry can achieve a truly diverse and equitable water sector.
Pride in Water Initiative
The Pride in Water initiative launched in 2019 as an opportunity to create a more inclusive water industry specifically for LGBTIQ+ staff, contractors and customers.
Working together, our vision is to create a water industry for all LGBTIQ+ people to feel safe, included and valued.
Work is progressing through VicWater to set up WaterAble. The purpose of this network is to promote and support disability inclusion and employment in the water industry. It is also to encourage collaboration and peer support across Victorian water corporations. For the purpose of WaterAble we interpret the term disability broadly and inclusively and include physical, cognitive, sensory disabilities, as well as chronic illness and mental health disorders.
Aboriginal Values in Water
The Aboriginal Values in Water recognises Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples as the First Nations of this country. We proudly acknowledge the Traditional Owners of the lands and waterways on which we work and live, and pay respect to their Elders past, present and emerging. We recognise and value the continuing rich cultures and contributions of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples to the Victorian community.
Water corporations are undertaking a range of initiatives and activities to support Aboriginal inclusion, participation, engagement and employment in the Victorian water sector, in line with the relevant actions and measures in Water for Victoria and the Victorian Aboriginal Affairs Framework.
Finance and Risk
Finance Issues Steering Committee (FISC)
VicWater’s Finance Issues Steering Committee (FISC) includes finance managers selected to represent all sectors of the water industry and serves as a steering committee on all finance related issues, including (but not limited to) influencing government on the development and implementation of finance-related policy, providing advice to industry on current practices or proposed policies, and coordinating comments from the industry.
Social Value in Procurement Steering Committee
The objective of the water industry Social Value in Procurement working group is to collaborate across the Water Industry to use our purchasing power to achieve social outcomes. We will work together to share information; promote consistency in policy; processes; reporting and strategic approaches in supply chain analysis. We will develop a methodology to incorporate social value externalities to support our decisions and ultimately recognise the support of our suppliers on this journey.
Leadership and Innovation
Policy and Environment
EPA Water Industry Reference Group
The EPA Water Industry Reference Group provides a forum for its members to raise and discuss any issues or concerns which relate to the Industry and the EPA.
The Group is considered the initial ‘go to’ point for the EPA and the water industry, and will allow the EPA to seek early input on EPA programs, policies and guidance. It will also provide the opportunity for the EPA and Industry to work collaboratively to address issues or concerns.
In some cases, a sub-group may be formed to discuss detailed issues on specific projects impacting the sector.
Dams Working Group and Steering Committee
The Water Industry Dams Working Group comprises headworks managers from all water businesses and a representative from the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning. The group aims to recommend procedures, processes and guidelines appropriate to the water industry and commensurate with the responsibilities of management and regulation. Each business retains accountability for dam safety, operation and management decisions for its own dams.
The group seeks to develop innovation in all areas of dam management. The group is also a focus for informing the Victorian representatives of the Australian Committee on Large Dams (ANCOLD) and a forum for the exchange of views, ideas and experience of members.