VicWater Annual Conference


11-13 September | Melbourne

Keynotes with a fresh perspective

From water sustainability, to thought innovation and the future of human centred design, our speakers may challenge your view of where we are heading and what we are leaving behind.

Wessex Water global collaboration

  Wessex Water are excited to participate in VicWater’s Annual Conference for the first time. Serving 2.8 million customers across the south west of England, they see the Conference as a great opportunity to discuss innovations, technologies and service delivery models that may disrupt and transform the utilities sector. Wanting to learn from Victoria and share their…

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Energy Management 101

  Australia’s urban water sector delivers drinking water, sewerage and recycled water services to cities and towns across the country. Meeting the growing energy demands for urban water services while containing costs and mitigating emissions is one of the most important strategic challenges for the sector. Energy management – the deliberate and coordinated approach to…

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Networked Leadership: A new paradigm for growth in the water scarcity age

  Water scarcity in Australia is the defining crisis of the 21st century. To respond and prosper our governing institutions must contend with an array of dynamic pressures from population growth, declining infrastructure, and climate change. But are they equipped for a hyper-connected and complexity rising society? Water systems were originally designed for complicated order, linear…

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The Art of Story Telling

  Stories have been an essential driver of change throughout human history, and now more than ever, businesses, workers and leaders have opportunities to stand out, spread messages and make change happen. Once you master the art of story telling you will unleash a very powerful tool and a crucial element behind some of the…

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The Age of Robots

  Australia’s large geographic scale and small population density has necessitated the wide-spread adoption of automated systems. Uses for autonomous vehicles of importance to Australia include agriculture and wildlife monitoring, mining, defence, firefighting, search and rescue, border patrol, environmental research and cargo delivery. Join Dr Airlie Chapman to explore existing autonomous system implementations as well…

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Creating a Leadership Legacy

  Leaving a legacy in your organisation is firstly about setting out and communicating your vision internally and externally and then delivering on that vision. That legacy should flow onto all stakeholders. Over the past ten years Cheryl Batagol has been the Chair of the Environment Protection Authority (EPA) in Victoria and has led the…

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The Competitive Advantage in the Future of Work

  Around the world, the nature of work and business is shifting significantly. Digital disruption, globalisation and the casualisation of work is re-defining the way we live and how we do business. Join Author of ‘Future Fit’ Andrea Clarke to understand what the future of work really means and which skills will help you stay relevant…

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Medicating the environment

  Chemical pollution disrupts the balance of ecosystems, threatening the health of humans and wildlife everywhere. As one area of emerging concern, vast quantities of drugs taken by humans and animals are starting to make their way into rivers, lakes, and even drinking water. Dr Bob Wong will discuss current research highlighting the behavioural responses…

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Melbourne Water reveal four stage strategy lifecycle

  Melbourne Water have been on a journey to establish a four stage strategy lifecycle, from initiation to design and development, implementation and monitoring. To support this new approach they developed a strategy methodology which includes guidelines, case studies, governance arrangements, decision gates and reporting processes. They are also developing a process to translate trends…

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Water, Weather and Climate: Supporting Water Managers’ Strategic and Critical Decisions

  Join Neil Plummer and Louise Wilson from Bureau of Meteorology for a Workshop on Water, Weather and Climate: Supporting Water Managers’ Strategic and Critical Decisions at the VicWater Annual Conference this September. The session will describe the risks and opportunities for Victoria based on the latest science and explore the short, medium and longer-term decisions that need to be considered with climate…

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Greening The West

  On Day 2 of the VicWater Annual Conference, Simon Wilkinson from City West Water will present an abstract on the Greening the West (GTW) program. Greening the West is a regional collaboration of 23 stakeholder partners that span not-for-profit organisations and local and state government agencies. GTW was founded in 2010 by City West…

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How is it possible to future-proof an organisation?

  How is it possible to future-proof an organisation? How can leaders manage change and lead for innovation from any position? Join keynote presenter Gaia Grant as she delves into the secrets of global innovation leaders to reveal how to develop paradoxical individual, team and organisation innovation strengths for maximising innovation opportunities at all levels. This presentation…

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Water for Good: Ten Years On and What’s Next?

  Ten years ago, the South Australian Government embarked on a plan to secure water for the state until 2050. Join Aither presenters Rachel Barratt, Associate Director and Tim Ryan, Principal Consultant for ‘Water for Good: Ten Years On and What’s Next?’ on Day 2 of the VicWater Annual Conference: Leadership Legacy 2035 program this…

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Welcome to LL2035

  I warmly welcome you to join the Victorian Water Industry at its premier annual conference, 11-13 September at The Park, Melbourne.  Titled Leadership Legacy 2035, VicWater’s conference is capturing the foresight of our industry in seeking a positive legacy for our communities. With a strong impetus in the development of innovative technologies, adjusting to…

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Legacy Showcase presented by TechnologyOne

What will be your Legacy? This year we are asking members to share what they think their legacy will be. This could be a project or process, or it may be cutting edge infrastructure of which your organisation is most proud of. Once you’ve decided on your legacy, please submit your hero photograph (and up…

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2019 Highlights

Legacy Showcase

This year we are asking members to share what they think their legacy will be. It could be a project or process or cutting edge infrastructure that your organisation is proudest of. Submissions will be converted into a display showcase.

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Hon. Lisa Neville

As the Victorian Minister for Water, Lisa Neville’s work focusses on implementing the priorities in Water for Victoria - the Andrews Labor Government’s plan for managing our water resources now and into the future.

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Annual Dinner

The Annual Conference Dinner will be held at The Park, overlooking the Albert Park Lake precinct. Commencing with Cocktails on the Terrace, it's a chance to network with your colleagues and digest the topics from our Day 1 Program.

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