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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.  

NT Honour Roll

Water Professional of the Year Award
2023   Steven Tickell, Principal Hydrogeologist,  Department of the Environment, Parks and
            Water Security, Northern Territory Government  
2022   Terry Ward, Technical Director – Water, GHD
2021   Prof Charlie Fairfield, Charles Darwin University
2019   Eric Vanweydeveld, Power and Water Corporation
2018   Darryl Day, ICE WaRM
2016   Dr Kevin Boland, Tropical Water Solutions

Young Water Professional of the Year Award
2023   Skye Haigh, Practice Lead - Remote Development, Ekistica 
2022   Daniel Lane, Senior Chemical Engineer, GHD
2021    Jocelyn Ellero, SMEC
2020   Andrea Georgiou, GHD
2019   Christina Bruno, Tonkin
2017   Isabel Caballero, Tropical Water Solutions
2016   Cail Rayment, Power and Water Corporation

Student Water Prize
2022   Vanessa Solano, Charles Darwin University
           Carbon Cycling Through Wetlands and Streams in the Wet-dry Tropics
2020   Andrea Georgiou, Charles Darwin University
           Non-Revenue Water: The Effect of Pressure Reducing Valve Settings
           on a Reticulated Water Supply System

2019   Alea Rose, Charles Darwin University
          Leanyer Sanderson Waste Stabilisation Pond Microbiology
2017   Themelis Mousellis, Charles Darwin University
           Defining risk-based odour buffer zones for Darwin's wastewater treatment facilities:
          odour dispersion
modelling and field olfactometry

Infrastructure Project Innovation Award
2023   Regional: Laramba Water Treatment Plant: Improving the Health of a Remote
            Community – Power and Water Corporation and Clean TeQ Water  
2022   Regional: Remote Housing Program – Headworks, Power and Water Corporation
2020   Regional: Ngukurr Leak Reduction Project - Power and Water Corporation
2019   Borroloola Water Treatment System Upgrade: The Containerised Story – Power and Water
           Corporation and SUEZ
2017   Mt Todd, Discharge Plan - GHD
2016   Adelaide River Water Treatment Plant - Power and Water Corporation, SUEZ &
           Goodline (& National

Organisational Excellence Award (formerly Program Innovation Award)
2023    Territory Water Plan - NT Government agencies and Power and Water Corporation
2022   Drinking Water Quality Management System Improvement: 2016 to 2021 -
            Power and Water Corporation
2019   That’s My Water! – The Weather Web – Power and Water Corporation
2017   Community Leak Program - Living Water Smart -
           Water Services, Power & Water Corporation (& National Winner)
2016   Yurrawi integrated water efficiency trial - Power and Water Corporation in partnership
          with the Northern Territory Department of Housing and Community Development

R&D Excellence Award (sponsored by Water Research Australia)
2022   Water Conservation for Remote Dialysis - Purple House and Department of
            Agriculture, Water and the

Individual Awards

  • Water Professional of the Year
  • Young Water Professional of the Year

Student Awards

  • Student Water Prize

Organisational Awards

  • Infrastructure Project Innovation (Metro)
  • Infrastructure Project Innovation (Regional)
  • Organisational Excellence
  • R&D Excellence

Important Dates
Nominations close: 9 August 2024
Winners announced: 9 October 2024



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National Young Water Professional of the Year Sponsor


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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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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. The Innovating for Sustainable Water and Environmental Outcomes Award (WA only) is also open to non members, however the lead organisation must be a not-for-profit, local government body, non-government organisation, school or small business.

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 category or more than one state or territory 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/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 winners of the State Awards will be announced at their relevant state or territory event. Winners of the 2023 Australian Water Awards are presented at the Ozwater Gala Dinner, to be held in Sydney in May 2023.