Our state and national water awards program recognises outstanding achievements of individualsorganisations and students. The awards showcase innovation, leadership, infrastructure and inspiring positive change to drive a sustainable water future.  

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Awards for organisations


Open to AWA member organisations, nominate your projects for infrastructure innovation, organisational excellence, research, safety, and customer experience. 

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Awards for individuals


Open to AWA members and corporate member employees, have your commitment recognised as Water Professional of the Year or Young Water Professional of the Year.

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Awards for students


Students can enter the Student Water Prize showcasing excellence in water studies and research, and the prestigious Australian Stockholm Junior Water Prize for high school students.  

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LATEST ANNOUNCEMENTS


Queensland Water Awards Winners

Queensland celebrates achievements at water awards


The winners of the AWA Queensland Water Awards were announced at the Gala Dinner & Awards Night on Friday 10 September at the Hilton Brisbane, recognising the contribution of the Association’s members for their inspiring leadership and innovative research, programs and projects.  

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Photo Gallery: QLD Gala Dinner and Awards 2021


More than 300 water professionals gathered to celebrate the outstanding achievements of Queenslanders working in water. Masks were the latest fashion accessory featured, a reflection of the times we are living in. Can you spot yourself or a colleague?

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Industry superstars

Industry superstars celebrated at Ozwater’21


A glittering Ozwater’21 gala dinner and Australian Water Awards sponsored by ANZ was capped with the announcement of Dr Annette Davison as the winner of the Water Professional of the Year award.

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2021 AUSTRALIAN WATER AWARD WINNERS


FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS


To compete in the Australian Water Awards, entries will first be judged at the appropriate State Awards, with winners automatically entered as a finalist for the National awards (aside from our two National Award only categories).

In addition to the 10 national award categories, each state runs independently other award categories. These programs, like the national, recognise and reward individuals and organisations for innovation, commitment and leadership in the Australian water sector.

All Awards, aside from the Student Water Prize and Australian Stockholm Junior Water Prize, are open to AWA members only.

For organisational awards, the lead organisation/s must be a current Corporate Member. Any partner organisations listed in the submission must also be a current Corporate Member to receive recognition if announced as a finalist and/or winner. This recognition includes the organisation/s being listed as a finalist on award collateral (online and print), on email communications announcing the finalists and/or winners, on any certificates and/or trophies, on the awards visual presentation (if applicable) and on media release statements.If the partner organisation/s listed in the submission are not current Corporate AWA Members, they will not receive the recognition as listed above.

For individual awards, the nominee must be a current individual AWA Member or an employee of a current Corporate Member.

To enter, nominations must be submitted using the online entry forms. Please note when your relevant State or Territory award submissions close.

There is no entry fee associated with the AWA Awards program.

Duplicate nominations are not permitted in the awards program. This means that you cannot nominate the same individual or project/activity for more than one award in the same year. You can enter more than one award in the same year, as long as it is not with the same project or activity.

The submission close dates are specific to the state or territory award being entered. Please click your relevant state/territory button on this page to view the closing dates.

All nominations must be submitted via the online nomination form. Please check the relevant award category page to view the requirements to complete the nomination form.

State judging is coordinated by the relevant Member Engagement Manager and committee. Each state convenes a panel of experts to assess the applications.

National judging is coordinated by the National Awards Manager. The panels of experts are approved by the Honours & Awards Sub-committee of the Board to take part in the judging. Each panel includes at least three judges and is chaired by an AWA Board Director.

At both state and national levels, judges score each nominee based on how well they address the award criteria. The panel then meets to review the scoring and discuss the merits of all submissions. Final scoring and ranking is based on a majority vote from all eligible members of the judging panel.

All judges adhere to a code of conduct which includes a policy to prevent conflicts of interest. The judges’ decision is final and no discussion about the merits of entries will be entered into with nominees.

Award finalists and winner of the State Awards will be announced at their relevant state or territory event. Winners of the 2022 Australian Water Awards are presented at the Ozwater Gala Dinner, to be held in Brisbane in May 2022.