Young Water Professional Program

The Australian Water Association’s Young Water Professional Program exists to attract, engage and empower Australia’s young water professionals and emerging leaders. This is achieved through the sharing of knowledge and experience to develop early career water professionals across the country.

Young Water Professional events are held across each state and territory branch in Australia with the support of the local State/Territory Manager and Branch committees. This encourages the direct engagement of Young Water Professionals through events and programs which are relevant to their experience, interests and development and to allow them to grow their professional networks and experience through the Association.

Through these networks, Young Water Professionals can become connected, informed and be inspired by their fellow Water Industry professionals. The Program coordinates and delivers activities of local and national significance such as The YWP National Conference and the Ozwater YWP Program, events which provide a platform for Young Water Professionals to discuss emerging challenges. 

Young Water Professionals organise events that focus on current and future matters of interest to the water sector. The YWP National Conference, which is run every two years, has a focus on exploring collaboration between industry, research and government as well as the value of connections. Through collaborating across different Association events, Young Water Professionals can accelerate their ideas into action and enhance their professional development. 

Young Water Professional initiatives are aimed to engage all professionals across the water sector although the focus of activities are for water professionals below the age of 35 or those with less than 10 years’ experience working in the water sector. Those who are interested in getting involved can join through attending events organised by local Branches or through the Association’s Mentoring Programs run across the country.

The Association’s Young Water Professionals are also recognised through the Association’s annual Awards process to highlight the many positive contributions our emerging water leaders are already making to society.

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