Individual Awards

Water Professional of the Year

Honouring individuals who have displayed passion and commitment to the water industry, while also demonstrating leadership and influence.

 Nomination form

Judging criteria:

  • Displayed an exemplary personal and professional contribution in their field
  • Recognised for their leadership and influence amongst colleagues and peers
  • Recognised for raising the profile of careers in the water industry
  • Held in high esteem for the mentoring roles they play to junior water industry professionals
  • Recognised for their contribution to water awareness in the 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? (500 words)
  • From a voluntary and personal perspective, how have they contributed to the water sector? (500 words)
  • How has the nominee's leadership positively impacted their organisation, colleagues and peers? (500 words)
  • How has the nominee raised the profile of careers in the water industry? (500 words)
  • Provide examples of how they have mentored Young Water Professionals. (500 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)
  • 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)

2017 Winner - Australian Water Professional of the Year

2017 Australian Water Professional of the Year

Professor Craig Simmons FTSE, Director, National Centre for Groundwater Research and Training, South Australia
Craig is a leading groundwater scientist, recognised for major national and international contributions to groundwater science, science leadership, education and policy reform. As catalyst, developer and founding Director of the National Centre for Groundwater Research and Training, the largest Australian Research Council Co-funded Centre of its kind in Australian history, Craig has raised the profile of groundwater from a relatively obscure academic discipline to a front and centre concern for science, management and policy both nationally and internationally. Craig is an indefatigable advocate for water issues and is committed to advancing better management of water in Australia.

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