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The Water Industry Skills Taskforce (WIST), led by AWA, was established to promote and oversee a nationally coordinated effort to address the skills shortage in the water sector. It is the intention of the Taskforce to work collaboratively with Government initiatives to reduce the impact of the water skills shortage, through an appropriate combination of Government and Industry actions and strategies.
The Taskforce comprises CEO-level representation from the water industry and related education and government sectors. Current members of the Water Industry Skills Taskforce are:
Recent NewsIn November 2012, WIST convened a National Water Industry Skills Forum in Canberra. The Forum aimed to articulate the critical skills issues and identify current and emerging workforce needs of the sector and identify potential solutions for the future. Fully funded by participating members, this by invitation only event drew together the insights and expertise from leading industry members across Australia. Facilitated by the Nous Group, the Forum report was released in early January 2013. As well as identifying priority issues facing the industry it also provides an excellent resource for industry to refer to as they develop plans and strategies for the future.WIST met in March 2013 to discuss their response to the priority issues identified by the Forum. The meeting agreed that WIST would champion the implementation of the National Certification Framework. To this end they issued a communiqué outlining the status of and WIST’s role in progressing this important industry initiative. Both the Forum Report and the WIST communiqué are available for download below.
Next StepsThe last WIST meeting was held in October 2013. A business case for a National Certification Framework Pilot was presented by AWA working in close consultation with key stakeholders.
DOCUMENTS FOR DOWNLOAD
WIST Communique – June 2013
National Certification Framework Background and Options Paper NWC – Feb 2013 National Certification Framework Final Report – March 2012
Water Industry Skills Forum Report – Jan 2013
Charter Water Industry Skills Taskforce – July 2012
National Water Skills Strategy Business Plan Review – Feb 2012
AWA National Water Skills Audit Report – 2011
National Water Skills Business Plan - Oct 2010
National Water Skills Strategy - Dec 2009
Water Skills Audit - June 2008