Awards Program

ANZ
Proud supporters of the Australian Water Awards since 2015

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

The awards not only recognise the outstanding achievements of individuals and organisations, they inspire the entire industry to make a positive change and help drive a sustainable water future. 

Aside from the Student awards, all awards are only open to Australian Water Association members. 

2021 National Award Winners

Congratulations to all the winners who were announced at Ozwater’21 Gala Dinner, Tuesday 4 May 2021 in Adelaide. Read the full Media Release.

R&D Excellence Award (sponsored by Water Research Australia)
Northern Australia Water Resource Assessment - CSIRO and collaborators, supported by the Australian Government through the National Water Grid Authority - watch video

Organisational Excellence Award (sponsored by Stantec)
Wara Paring Indigenous Civil Construction Project - Aqua Metro Services and Melbourne Water - watch video

Infrastructure Project Innovation Award (Regional) (sponsored by SMEC) 
Port Stewart Water Supply - Arup and Centre for Appropriate Technology - watch video

Infrastructure Project Innovation Award (Metro) (sponsored by SMEC) 
Deriving Value Through Remote Access to Asset Information - CH2M Beca and Western Water - watch video

Water Industry Safety Excellence Award (sponsored by WSAA)
Confined Space Entry Simulator - Melbourne Water - watch video

Customer Experience Award (sponsored by WSAA)
Customer Experience Program - Barwon Water - watch video

Best Water e-Journal Paper - In honour of Guy Parker
Contaminants of Emerging Concern - By Laura Kuskopf, Dr Madoc Sheehan & Anna Whelan

Australian Stockholm Junior Water Prize (sponsored by Xylem)
Bioflocculation – Annabelle Strachan, Meriden School - watch video

Student Water Prize (sponsored by Guidera O’Connor)
An Innovative Way of Treating Wastewater and Sludge Employing a Novel Ammonia-Oxidizing Bacteria Genus Candidatus Nitrosoglobus – Zhiyao Wang, The University of Queensland (QLD) 

Young Water Professional of the Year
Simon Roberts - watch video

Water Professional of the Year
Dr Annette Davison - watch video
 

State Awards Program 2021/22 - Opening 15 June 2021

To enter the National Awards, you must first enter your state or territory Awards Program. Click on your relevant state for details about which awards you can enter and for more information on individual state awards.

ACT NSW NT QLD SA TAS VIC WA National
State winners go on to compete in the National Awards which are announced each year at the Ozwater Gala Dinner. They are profiled in our magazine and across our digital platform. 

Important dates and info

Please refer to the table below for the opening, closing and announcement dates in your state or territory for the 21/22 Awards. 
State Awards Open 15 June 2021 Awards  Close Winners Announced
ACT

- Water Professional of the Year Award
- Young Water Professional of the Year Award
- Student Water Prize
- Infrastructure Project Innovation Award (Metro)
- Infrastructure Project Innovation Award (Regional)
- Organisational Excellence Award
- R&D Excellence Award

12 November 2021

TBC February 2022
QLD

- Water Professional of the Year Award
- Young Water Professional of the Year Award
- Student Water Prize
- Infrastructure Project Innovation Award (Metro)
- Infrastructure Project Innovation Award (Regional)

- Organisational Excellence Award
- R&D Excellence Award

- QLD Regional Service Award
- QLD Distinguished Service Award

16 July 2021 10 September 2021
WA

- Water Professional of the Year Award
- Young Water Professional of the Year Award
- Student Water Prize
- Infrastructure Project Innovation Award (Metro)
- Infrastructure Project Innovation Award (Regional)

- Organisational Excellence Award
- R&D Excellence Award

- WA Water Sensitive Urban Design (Grahame Heal) Award
- WA Innovating for Sustainable Water and Environmental Outcomes Award

31 August 2021 29 October 2021

NT

- Water Professional of the Year Award
- Young Water Professional of the Year Award
- Student Water Prize
- Infrastructure Project Innovation Award (Metro)
- Infrastructure Project Innovation Award (Regional)

- Organisational Excellence Award
- R&D Excellence Award

31 August 2021

TBC October 2021 

SA

- SA Premier's Water Medal / Water Professional of the Year Award
- Young Water Professional of the Year Award
- Student Water Prize
- Infrastructure Project Innovation Award (Metro)
- Infrastructure Project Innovation Award (Regional)

- Organisational Excellence Award
- R&D Excellence Award

3 September 2021

* Student Water Prize submissions close TBC September 2021

TBC November 2021

TAS

- Water Professional of the Year Award
- Young Water Professional of the Year Award
- Infrastructure Project Innovation Award (Regional)

TBC October 2021

TBC November 2021 

VIC

- Water Professional of the Year Award
- Young Water Professional of the Year Award
- Student Water Prize
- Infrastructure Project Innovation Award (Metro)
- Infrastructure Project Innovation Award (Regional)

- Organisational Excellence Award
- R&D Excellence Award

9 September 2021

4 November 2021

NSW

- Water Professional of the Year Award
- Young Water Professional of the Year Award
- Student Water Prize
- Infrastructure Project Innovation Award
- Organisational Excellence Award
- R&D Excellence Award
 
- NSW Kamal Fernando Mentoring Award 
- NSWRoger Pettitt Award

12 November 2021

TBC February 2022


National Water Industry Safety Excellence Award
25 February 2022
Ozwater'22 Gala Dinner

Customer Experience Award
25 February 2022 Ozwater'22 Gala Dinner


Australian Stockholm Junior Water Prize
Monday, 30 November 2020: Project outline due

Monday, 15 February 2021: Completed project due
Ozwater'22 Gala Dinner














































To enter:
  • Check when your state awards open and close, see table above. Please note that no extensions will be granted after the closing date.
  • Complete the online nomination forms. We recommend you familiarise yourself with the award criteria, and the questions you will be asked in the form prior to completing.
  • Nominations will be entered into the State Awards. The winner at each state level will automatically advance to the national awards.
  • National finalists will be asked to prepare a three-minute video overview of their project/ of the nominee for promotional purposes.

FAQs and conditions of entry


FAQs  Awards program conditions of entry

Should you have any questions please contact us on 02 9436 0055 or email Katie Trevor