Young Water Professional of the Year

Recognising young water professionals who have outstanding career achievements to date and who have the potential to play a large and influential role in the water industry.

Note: To be eligible nominee's must be 35 years & under when the Australian Water Awards are presented, Wednesday 17 May 2017.

Nomination form

Judging criteria:

  • Displayed an exemplary personal and professional contribution to the water industry 
  • Recognised for raising the profile of careers in the water industry
  • Recognised for raising water awareness in the community
  • Recognised as a leader, communicator and/or educator amongst colleagues, peers and the broader community


When completing the online nomination form you will be asked to answer the following.

  • How has the nominee contributed professionally to the water sector? (350 words)
  • From a voluntary and personal perspective, how have they contributed to the water sector? (350 words)
  • Outline the nominee's top three career highlights to date (500 words)
  • How has the nominee raised the profile of careers in the water industry? (350 words)
  • Water awareness in the community is important. How has the nominee raised a greater awareness of water across the wider community? Please provide at least one example. (500 words)
  • What is the nominee’s proudest ‘water’ achievement to date? (500 words)
  • In summary, outline why the nominee should be awarded Young Water Professional of the Year. (500 words)
  • Please upload:
    - Biography
    - Resume
    - Hi-resolution photos x 3
  • Please provide a short introduction of the nominee, to be used at the awards presentation night, should they be selected as a finalist. (50 words)

2016 Winner - Australian Young Water Professional of the Year 



Kathryn Silvester, Chemical Engineer, Sydney Water, New South Wales 
As a young leader in the industry, Kathryn dedicates herself both professionally and voluntarily to contribute to the future direction of the water sector. Her work at Sydney Water, has provided a strong foundation in both water and wastewater treatment. Whilst her involvement with the Australian Water Association, the International Water Association and Engineers without Boarders has allowed her to make an impact beyond her nine to five job.