Awards Program

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. 

National Awards Program 

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

The 2019/20 State Water Awards are now closed. Please refer to the table below for the opening, closing and announcement dates in your state or territory for the 20/21 Awards. 
State Awards Open 12th June 2020 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
Program Innovation Award
Research Innovation Award

13 August 2020

24 September 2020
QLD

Water Professional of the Year Award
Young Water Professional of the Year Award
Student Water Prize
Infrastructure Project Innovation Award
Program Innovation Award
Research Innovation Award 
Regional Service Award
Distinguished Service Award
QLD Operator of the year Award

 24 October 2020 19 Novemeber 2020
WA

Water Professional of the Year Award
Young Water Professional of the Year Award
Student Water Prize
Infrastructure Project Innovation Award
Program Innovation Award
Research Innovation Award
Water Sensitive Urban Design (Grahame Heal) Award
Innovating for Sustainable Water and Environmental Outcomes Award

31 August 2020 23 October 2020

NT

Water Professional of the Year Award
Young Water Professional of the Year Award
Student Water Prize
Infrastructure Project Innovation Award
Program Innovation Award
Research Innovation Award

TBC September 2020

TBC October 2020

SA

Water Professional of the Year Award
Young Water Professional of the Year Award
Student Water Prize
Infrastructure Project Innovation Award
Program Innovation Award
Research Innovation Award 
Premiers Water Medal

TBC September 2020

TBC November 2020

TAS

Water Professional of the Year Award
Young Water Professional of the Year Award
Infrastructure Project Innovation Award

TBC September 2020

TBC November 2020

VIC

Water Professional of the Year Award
Young Water Professional of the Year Award
Student Water Prize
Infrastructure Project Innovation Award
Program Innovation Award
Research Innovation Award

8 October 2020

3 December 2020

NSW

Water Professional of the Year Award
Young Water Professional of the Year Award
Student Water Prize
Infrastructure Project Innovation Award
Program Innovation Award
Research Innovation Award 
Kamal Fernando Mentoring Award 
Roger Pettitt Award

TBC November 2020

Late February / Early March 2021


National Water Industry Safety Excellence Award
TBC February 2021
Ozwater'21 Gala Dinner

Australian Stockholm Junior Water Prize
TBC December 2020 Ozwater'21 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.
  • You can download a PDF copy of the online nomination form for your reference, however all entries must be entered online. 
  • If you start completing a nomination form, and cannot complete it at the time please call us on 1300 361 426 as we can retrieve a copy of your incomplete entry.
  • 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.


2019 National Award Winners

The 2019 Australian Water Awards were announced at the Ozwater'19 Gala Dinner, Wednesday 8 May 2019 in Melbourne. Read more here or download the Media Release below.

Download PDF Media Release: 2019 Australian Water Award winners announced

Previous national award winners

FAQs and conditions of entry


FAQs  Awards program conditions of entry

Should you have any questions please contact us on 1300 361 426 or email Katie Trevor