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NSW Heads of Water Forum, Gala Dinner & Awards 2023

Icon of a calendar 3 Mar, 2023 - 3 Mar, 2023 | Small clock icon 1:30pm – 11:00pm AEDT | Icon of a map pin AECOM (Forum), Hilton (Dinner)

Join us for the 2023 NSW Heads of Water Forum, Gala Dinner and Awards in Sydney as we hear from water leaders and celebrate the state's outstanding achievers.

Heads of Water Forum
The NSW Heads of Water Forum brings together leaders of the NSW water community to discuss the current issues and opportunities for our water future. The theme for this year's Forum is Water for Energy and will explore, transitioning to projects from Hydropower, Hydrogen and other water related energy projects and the recognition of the significance of water in planning, delivery and operations of these systems.

The speakers for this year's Forum include:

  • Simon Kelley - Head of Hydropower at AGL Australia
  • Dr. Fiona Simon - CEO at the Australian Hydrogen Council (AHC)
  • Andy Howard - Global Energy, Water and Resources Leader, Arup

Find out more

Heads of Water Gala Dinner & Awards
Following the Forum, we will be announcing the winners of the 2023 NSW Water Awards at Hilton Sydney. This is an opportunity to celebrate our achievements across the state. 

See 2023 Finalists

Event Details

The Heads of Water Gala Dinner and Awards night will follow the Heads of Water Forum being held earlier in the day. Please note registration is required separately for both the Forum and the Dinner. 

Heads of Water Forum

Date Friday, 3 March 2023
Time 1:30pm - 5:00pm AEDT
Address 420 George St, Sydney NSW 2000

Heads of Water Gala Dinner & Awards

Date Friday, 3 March 2023
Time 6:30pm - 11:00pm AEDT
Venue Hilton Sydney
Address 488 George Street, Sydney, NSW, 2000
Dress Code After 5 (see 2021 Gallery here)


Please select one of the options from below. If you wish to find out more about AWA's membership benefits, contact

Registration Type Forum Gala Dinner
Member $65 $250
Non-Member $90 $350
Concession Member $50 $185
Concession Non-Member $90 $350

Important Reminder
Seating at the dinner will be allocated with ten individuals to a table. To purchase a "Corporate Table" please purchase 10 x individual tickets.

To purchase multiple individual tickets, select the "or add multiple" option displayed under a ticket type, and input the quantity required.

Concession Member rates apply to AWA Concession Members (AWA nominated students, retirees and YWPs under the age of 25). 

Tickets for the Forum and Gala Dinner and Awards Night are now sold out.

For enquiries about your Forum registration, please email
For enquiries about your Gala Dinner registration, please email

Discounted Accommodation
Hilton Sydney have offered attendees a 10% discount off best available rates. To book click here or call 1300 445 866 and quote the group code GDYN10. Subject to availability, cancellation policy is 1 day prior.

For more information please contact:

Heads of Water Forum: Esther Micah, Events Coordinator | P: (02) 9467 8434 | E:

Heads of Water Gala Dinner & Awards: Elyse Gradwell, Events Manager | Ph: 02 9467 8414 | E:

Membership, Awards and Sponsorship:
Tanya Cameron, Member Engagement Manager | Ph: 02 9467 8407 | E: 

Thank you to our Sponsors 


Heads of Water Forum Event Host



Major Dinner Sponsors
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National R&D Excellence Award Sponsor
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National Young Water Professional of the Year Award Sponsor



Organisational Excellence Award Sponsor

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Student Water Prize Sponsor



Water Professional of the Year Award Sponsor


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