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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 NewsFollowing the development of a Proposed National Certification Framework for operators within Drinking Water Treatment Systems, The National Water Commission presented back to industry, via the WIST, two implementation options; a mandatory and an industry-led approach. In May 2013, the Commission convened a workshop with industry stakeholders to further discuss implementation options, and the outcomes from this workshop were presented to the WIST in June 2013 meeting. WIST discussed the recommendations at length and despite acknowledging the difficulties of moving forward without Australian Government seed funding for implementation of a mandatory approach which has always been industries preference, supported maintaining momentum for this important water industry initiative via an industry-led approach.WIST members agreed that:
WIST Submission to National Water Commission Urban FuturesAs well as agreeing to support the implementation of the Framework by authorizing Pilots, the WIST is committed to ongoing advocacy aimed at achieving a mandatory Certification scheme. To this end, in Dec 2013 in consultation with WIST members, AWA prepared a submission highlighting the need for a mandatory approach to the National Certification Framework. The paper can be accessed in the Downloads below.
DOCUMENTS FOR DOWNLOAD
NWC Submission from WIST – December 2013
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