NSW Seminar - Diversity and Inclusion in the Water Industry

20 September 2017

Written by Lee-Anne Sylva & Emily Ryan

In September the NSW Branch of the Australian Water Association, with support from Sydney Water Corporation and GHD, held an event on diversity and inclusion in the water industry. This event was part of the Channelling Change Program and a follow-up to a Women in Water event held by the NSW Branch Committee in 2016. The event, hosted at Sydney Water's Parramatta offices, provided a space for dialogue on topics of gender and cultural diversity, LGBTI inclusion, and indigenous representation in the water sector.
Angela Tsoukatos, General Manager of People and Corporate Services for Sydney Water, opened the session with an overview of Sydney Water's experiences with, and commitments to gender diversity in its workforce.

Nanda Altavilla, of the Department of Planning and Environment lead the discussion on the evening, with panellists Yvonne Sinanovic (Sydney Water), David Nixon (NixonClarity), Elle Davidson (GHD) and Shahadat Chowdhury (Department of Planning and Environment) sharing their individual experiences, insights and suggestions for the industry around diversity and inclusion.
Panellists and audience members discussed the value not only in terms of productivity gains, but also in terms of improvements to the safety and wellbeing and staff when creating work environments in the water industry that are more inclusive. 
The conversation closed on a consideration of what solutions and approaches have been successful in other industries, and what next steps individuals and organisations in our industry can take to become more diverse and inclusive.
NSW Diversity Seminar
NSW Diversity Seminar
NSW Diversity Seminar