State Awards

The Australian Water Association offers a range of awards at both state and national levels which play an important role in promoting excellence and the contribution our members make to the community.

Find out more about the range of state awards by clicking on the different state tabs below.

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SA Awards

2017 Awards - NOW OPEN

You can nominate for the 2017 SA Awards by clicking on the links below. Submissions close 25 September 2017.

The Australian Water Association’s South Australian Water Awards are the SA water industry’s highest accolades. 

Established in 1996 to recognise and celebrate outstanding contributions to the South Australian water industry, the Awards acknowledge the sector’s “best of the best”, shining a spotlight on exceptional achievements across the state in a range of organizational and individual categories.

Each year the number of entries grows, as do the number of attendees at the annual SA Gala Dinner and Awards Night, where the winners are announced.

This high-profile industry endorsement brings finalists and winners widespread recognition of individual and organizational achievements; generates PR and media opportunities; creates a point of difference from competitors; and generates team and corporate pride.

To recognise an outstanding contribution to the SA water industry, nominate yourself, your organization, a colleague, or student, for a 2017 South Australian Water Award by clicking on the links below. 

Update: the closing date for student nominations and abstracts is now Monday 23 October 2017. The submission date for all other awards has been extended to Monday 25 September 2017.

Organisational Awards
Individual Awards
Special Award
Online submission and presentation are not required for the Premiers Water Medal. Instead, the AWA’s SA Branch Committee makes written nominations directly to the SA Awards Judging Panel.
The Premier's Water Medal/ South Australian Water Professional of the Year
  • Each year the AWA’s SA Branch Committee nominates eminent individuals to be considered for the Premier’s Water Medal. 
  • The Medal recognises outstanding individual contribution to the South Australian water industry, or management and conservation of water in the state.
  • To be eligible for the Premiers Water Medal the individual must been based in SA for a number of years, have made a significant contribution to the state and/or national and/or international water industry, have an excellent reputation within SA, in other States of Australia and/or internationally for substantial contribution and commitment over an extended period to the social, economic and environmental sustainability of the community of South Australia.
  • The winner will represent South Australia as a finalist for the Water Professional of the Year at the Australian Water Awards, held at OzWater 8-10 May 2018


Student Water Prize: The Hodgson Medal

Closing day for nominations and abstracts: Monday 23 October
Presentation / judging day:
Wednesday November 1

All other awards
Closing day for submissions: Monday 25 September 2017.
Presentation/judging day: Friday 13 October.

All Awards, aside from the Student awards, are open to Australian Water Association members only. To download Conditions of Entry click here.

A judging panel will be formed by AWA SA Branch Committee, consisting of industry experts. Short-listed entrants will be required to give an oral presentation to the judges for final consideration. Judging dates are listed above (timeslots to be allocated after close of entries). 

To download the Awards FAQ, click here.


For queries about the SA Awards please contact:

Katie Trevor

P: 1300 361 426  E:


SA Honour Roll

2016 Award Winners (announced 18 September 2016):

The Hodgson Medal
Sina Moradi 
A High Commendation was awarded to Matthew Konetschka

The South Australian Young Water Professional of the Year
Jennifer Dreyfus, Allwater
A High Commendation was awarded to Kat Reid, SA Water 

Infrastructure Innovation Award 
Aurecon and Fulton Hogan for the Anderson Avenue Pump Station and Glenelg Inlet Works

Program Innovation Award
Allwater for their Allsafe Program - Moving our Organisation to a Healthier and Safer State

Research Innovation Award 
Allwater for research delivering savings to recycled water treatment plant membrane assets
A High Commendation was awarded to SA Water for the Adelaide Airport heat reduction trial

2016 SA Water Awards Gala Dinner Photo Album

Click here to view all the photos from the event

Photo Gallery

Past winners

Click here here to see a list of past winners and finalists.

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