SA 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 South Australian Water Awards below.

SA Awards

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 organisational achievements; generates PR and media opportunities; creates a point of difference from competitors; and generates team and corporate pride.

2019 SA Water Awards 

The winners of the 2019 SA Water Awards were announced on 8 November 2019 at the SA Gala Dinner & Awards Night. The winners were automatically entered into the National Australian Water Awards category to be presented at Ozwater'20 in Adelaide.

For more information about the 2019 award winners click here.

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Organisational Awards

Individual Awards
Special Award
Nomination for the Premier’s Medal must be made by a current member of the Association’s SA Branch Committee, via the online form.
The Premier's Water Medal/ South Australian Water Professional of the Year

  • Each year the Association’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 be a Professional Member of the Association, or an employee of a Corporate Member, have 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 5-7 May 2020 in Adelaide.

Important information

All Awards, aside from the Student awards, are open to Australian Water Association members only. To download the Conditions of Entry click here.
A judging panel will be formed by the Australian Water Association SA Branch Committee, consisting of industry experts. Short-listed entrants will be required to give an oral presentation to the judges for final consideration. 

In addition to your written award submission, you will be required to make a short presentation in person to the SA Awards Judging Panel.

Organisational Awards
Organisational Awards are exclusive to AWA Corporate Members. 
Where there are multiple partners in an award submission, some who are members and some who are not, the submission is eligible for entry. However marketing and publicity arising from the entry, inclusion as a finalist, and the award, will be limited to AWA Corporate Members.
If you have an award-worthy project, but are not a member, or if you are a non-member partner in a submission, please contact our SA Branch Manger, Cat Murtagh, at to discuss membership benefits.
Frequently asked questions
To download the Awards FAQs, click here.

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Previous Winners

Find out more about previous winners here.

For queries about the SA Awards please contact:

Caitriona Murtagh
P: 0439 893 304   E: