ABOUT US

Connect with Australia’s largest water network

The Australian Water Association connects people, businesses and governments creating a sustainable water future.  Through our local, national and international network of 5,000 individual and business members we share information and opportunities, and connect to inspire positive change. 

Events, awards and specialist networks position our members as leaders in innovative water management. Build a career or build a business with support from our water community. 


Who are AWA members
 

Water utilities and authorities  
Local, state and federal government agencies 
Regulators  
Energy providers 
Universities and research organisations  
Manufacturers and suppliers
Laboratories and water testing companies 
Mining and resources 
Agriculture, aquaculture and irrigation  
Technology and IoT companies 
Infrastructure partners  
Specialist contractors 
Consulting and advisory companies 

OUR HISTORY

Since 1962 we’ve connected people and organisations working with water. 

1960’s – An Association begins 
The Australian Water and Wastewater Association creates 4 branches (QLD, NSW, VIC, SA) with post-war installation of water and sanitation high on the agenda.  The 1st Federal Convention held in 1964  

1970’s – The water network grows 
3 more branches added (WA, TAS, NT) 

1980’s – Open membership 
1st AWWA Executive Director appointed, Peter Hughes and membership open to anyone interested in water 

1990’s – Ozwater is born 
15th Federal Convention held on the Gold Coast with the exhibition titled Ozwater. AWWA dropped wastewater to become the Australian Water Association (AWA) 

2000’s – Expanding networks 
AWA registered as a company with Specialist Networks and the ANZBP formed. IWA Australia Committee recognised as a branch of AWA 

2010s – Building strong connections 
1st delegation to Vietwater, Channeling Change program launched and Strategy’22 introduced.  

2020s – Challenge, change, and 60 years of AWA 
In person Ozwater cancelled for the first time and the first Ozwater online held. Ozwater’21 returns as the largest business event in Australia since COVID began.  In 2022 we celebrate 60 years of advocating for people and organisations working with water and committed to a sustainable water future. 

Detailed History Past Presidents

STRATEGY'22

Developed by and for AWA members, Strategy’22 is our three-year strategic plan – supporting our vision to inspire and drive a sustainable water future. 

Strategy'22 was developed with our members who contribute to achieving our three strategic goals of strengthening partnerships, extending our reach and promoting diversity and inclusion.  

See Strategy'22

OUR TEAM


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The AWA is led by a CEO and Senior Leadership Team with team members across the country 

CEO - Corinne Cheeseman  

CEO since May 2020, Corinne has more than 20 years of water business experienceCorinne leads the team in championing change, driving digital transformation and delivering strategic objectives. She reports to the Board of Directors. 

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OUR BOARD & GOVERNANCE

Board of Directors 
The Association’s Board ensures we fulfil our purpose and is ultimately accountable for the sustainability, solvency and legal obligations of the Association. 

The skills-based Board meets at least 6 times a year. All Directors are AWA members from nomination through their term of office.  

Strategic Advisory Council 
The Strategic Advisory Council (SAC) consists of two representatives from each AWA branch and one representative from each Sustaining Member organisation.  The SAC selects Directors for ratification at the AGM and assists in the development of our strategy.   

Governance  
Australian Water Association Limited is a company limited by guarantee and a charity registered with the Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission (ACNC). 

AWA operates under a constitution, supporting by-laws, and in line with policies and procedures.   

AWA Board of Directors-Louise Dudley

Louise Dudley, President

AWA Board of Directors-Carmel Krogh OAM

Carmel Krogh OAM, Immediate Past President

AWA Board of Directors-Jim Athanas

Jim Athanas

AWA Board of Directors-Peter Dennis

Peter Dennis

AWA Board of Directors Karlene Maywald

Karlene Maywald

AWA Board of Directors Dr Sandra Hall

Dr Sandra Hall

AWA Board of Directors Shelley Shepherd

Shelley Shepherd

AWA Board of Directors Daniel Sullivan

Daniel Sullivan

AWA Board of Directors Kevin Werksman

Kevin Werksman

BOARD SUBCOMMITTEES


Chair: Peter Dennis   

Members: Sandra HallKevin Werksman 
 

AWA Executive Sponsor: Corinne Cheeseman

Terms of Reference 

Chair: Sandra Hall  

Members: Jim AthanasShelley Shepherd , Kevin Werksman

 

AWA Executive Sponsor: Lee Devereux    

Terms of Reference

Chair: Jim Athanas 

Members: Dan SullivanKevin Werksman, Shelley Shepherd   

 

AWA Executive Sponsor: Kirsty Blades 

Terms of Reference

Chair: Louise Dudley  

Members: Carmel Krogh OAM, Peter DennisKarlene Maywald 

  

AWA Executive Sponsor: Corinne Cheeseman 

Terms of Reference

Chair: Daniel Sullivan 

Members: Carmel Krogh OAM, Karlene Maywald 

   

AWA Executive Sponsor: Sally Armstrong 

Terms of Reference

ANNUAL REPORTS


Our Annual Report and Year in Review provides a snapshot of our strategic and member achievements and include our financial statements.

NOTICE OF AGM

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