NWP Water Network Maintenance

Project scope


The purpose of the project is to create four new units to address specific skills for maintaining and cleaning water networks, and for non-destructive investigation of water assets.


Water asset management has been significantly transformed in recent years. In the past, damaged or soiled pipes had to be excavated by a professional to locate and repair or maintain the network. Optical cameras and other leak detection technologies are now regularly used in the water industry to monitor the condition of assets in both water reticulation pipelines and wastewater sewers and in above ground and underground situations. The technologies allow the identification of current or potential issues within either network. This could be blockages, damage or cracks in pipes causing leaks, or intrusion of tree roots which could potentially cause pipe blockages. Reviewing the data allows these issues to be identified and appropriate plans made for repairs.




The Water IRC will have oversight of this project, which will be facilitated by Australian Industry Standards (AIS) in consultation with industry stakeholders. A Technical Advisory Committee (TAC) will be formed to provide subject matter expertise for the development of Training Package materials.


If you have any questions about this project, or are a subject matter expert and would like to be considered for the TAC for this project, please contact the Industry Skills Specialist.




The Case for Endorsement and draft materials are due to be submitted by 31 August 2022.




The following products will be submitted to the AISC for consideration:

  • 4 new Units of Competency
  • Case for Endorsement
  • Updated Companion Volume Implementation Guide

TAC Established


19 OCTOBER 2021


The NWP Water Industry Reference Committee has established a Technical Advisory Committee (TAC) for this project.  


Comprising seven subject matter experts from Industry, RTOs, regulators and Union, the TAC has been tasked with: 

  • Providing specialist industry subject-matter knowledge regarding Water Network Maintenance to develop Units of Competency 
  • Validating the technical content of the Training Package products 
  • Identifying relevant qualitative and quantitative data sources to inform the development of draft materials 
  • Reviewing feedback from stakeholders through public consultations 
  • Assisting in identifying and engaging broader industry networks to participate in consultation and/or validation activities during the duration of the project 
  • Offering advice and guidance to assist in informing the direction of the project throughout its duration 
  • Making recommendations on the developed Training Package materials to the relevant IRC, which has the final decision-making authority. 


The first meeting of the TAC is scheduled for Mid-November 2021 

Technical advisory committee





Work on this project has commenced and the Water IRC is forming a TAC.


Your industry expertise and insight are welcome to help review and develop Training Package materials to develop four new units to address specific skills for maintaining and cleaning water networks, and for non-destructive investigation of water assets.


Registrations closed Wednesday, 15 September 2021.




Quality Assurance












Tricia Fidock

Industry Skills Specialist - Water and Transport & Logistics



Email: [email protected]

Phone: 0409 872 933