YWP Specialist Network
The Australian Water Association's Young Water Professionals (YWP) network exists to engage, represent, service and inspire young or new water sector professionals. There is no hard and fast definition of a YWP but as a guide our activities may be most relevant to those under the age of approximately 35 years, those with up to approximately ten years water sector experience across all disciplines (regardless of credentials). In addition, those with less than five years experience in the industry may qualify for a reduced AWA membership rate.

What are the benefits of being in the network?

In addition to regular member services and benefits, the YWP Network aims to provide information, resources and events that will improve networking and career opportunities for the next generation of water professionals and, in so doing, enhance the value of their contribution to the sustainable management of water.
YWP network activities and services vary in each branch location but may include:
  • General informative and interactive sessions on water issues
  • Social and networking events
  • Mentoring and leadership opportunities
  • Presentation/public speaking opportunities and career development sessions
  • Access to volunteer and community outreach programs
  • Conference scholarships
  • Joint events and links to other organisations

Why have we set up this network?

By specifically embracing this next generation of water workers, the Australian Water Association is seeking to secure a more sustainable water future and develop a water sector that is forward looking and able to respond effectively to new social, economic and environmental dynamics.

Join the Young Water Professionals Network

We are a pretty active network and get involved in a wide range of areas within the water industry! If you or a colleague would like to keep updated on our events, then join us! To join this network you must be a member of the Australian Water Association. 

Ozwater'17 YWP Program (15 & 17 May 2017)

Are you an early career water professional or new to the industry? Defining the role of our Young Water Professionals, the Ozwater’17 YWP Program will inform, encourage and motivate the industry’s future leaders. This program has been developed by the Australian Water Association’s YWP Specialist Network to encourage all YWPs across Australia to recognise themselves as future water leaders. You do not need to register for Ozwater’17 to sign up for the YWP Program. The YWP program is a separate registration to the conference but great value at just $195 for a Member.
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Latest News

1. Article: Why you don’t have to be the next Google or Tesla to be innovative

2. Read the latest update from the YWP National Representative Committee President Robert Goedecke here.

Facebook logo3. YWP Facebook page: Like the YWP page the keep abreast of news, photos and opportunities! www.facebook.com/youngwaterprofessionals

Upcoming Events

YWP Events are run all around the country. To find out when the next one is, visit the Events page and filter by 'Young Water Professionals'.

Got any ideas for our network?  We are driven by our member's interests, so why not send us an email and let's see what we can do!      

Quick links

There are a number of YWP committees across the country. The 2015-2017 committees were appointed in 2015.
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This award recognises young water professionals who have outstanding career achievements to date and who have the potential to play a large and influential role in the water industry.
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This section provides links, both within the Australian Water Association's website and externally, which serve as tools with which you may enhance your career in the water industry.
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Are you new to the Water Industry? Get discounted membership for 2 years!
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