Latest Industry Outlook 2021

Find out what the key trends are impacting the skills needs in the Water industry.


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The NWP Water Training Package provides Vocational Education and Training (VET) qualifications for occupations involved in: water industry operations, treatment, networks, catchment and dams, irrigation, hydrographic survey, trade waste, drinking water, waste water, irrigation water supply and hydrometric monitoring.


Water Industry Reference Committee (IRC)

The Water IRC is made up of industry leaders and experts and acts as a conduit between the Water industry and the Australian Industry and Skills Committee (AISC).


The Water industry provides vital services that are fundamental to our economic growth, providing water and sewerage systems to households and businesses, and irrigation water in agriculture. The Water IRC are responsible for ensuring the NWP Water Training Package meets the needs of the industry and provides nationally recognised Vocational Education and Training (VET) qualifications for occupations involved in:

  • Water Industry Operations
  • Treatment
  • Networks
  • Catchment and Dams
  • Irrigation
  • Hydrographic Survey
  • Trade Waste
  • Drinking Water
  • Wastewater
  • Irrigation Water Supply
  • Hydrometric Monitoring

The Committee

Chair: George Wall, Water Industry Operators Association of Australia (WIOA)

Deputy Chair: Jason Ip, NSW Water Directorate


Committee members:

David Scott, United Services Union/Australian Service Union
Dr Emily Quek, Australian Water Association
Melissa Flynn, TasWater
Neil Hooley, Water Corporation
Lorna Black, Power and Water Corporation
Ron Wright, Sydney Water Corporation
Anthony Evans, Wannon Water
Maria Alcock, Icon Water


George Wall

Water Industry Reference Committee Chair

George Wall is the Managing Director of the Water Industry Operators Association of Australia.


George has been involved in the water industry in a variety of roles since 1989, having started out as a wastewater treatment operator with Goulburn Valley Water before progressing to senior management roles.


George is a life member of the Water Industry Operators Association of Australia and has been the association’s Secretary Treasurer since 1995.


Having experienced the water industry in both operational and management roles, George has an excellent understanding of issues from both perspectives. He has been a strong advocate for the training and ongoing professional development of staff and has been instrumental in the establishment and implementation of an operator certification scheme.


George brings a wealth of diverse experience to the work of the Water IRC and is a passionate advocate for Vocational Educational and Training.


Tricia Fidock

Industry Skills Specialist - Water and Transport & Logistics



Email: [email protected]

Phone: 0409 872 933


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