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The Water Industry Skills Taskforce (WIST) was established in 2008 to promote and oversee a nationally coordinated effort to address the skills shortage in the water sector. The WIST was originally led and administered by AWA. In early 2015, qldwater (The Queensland Water Directorate) took over the secretariat function for a period of 12 months.
WIST, through the Australian Water Association, has historically overseen a number of key initiatives, including those focussing on careers marketing, industry mentoring and industry. The National Framework for Certification of Drinking Water Operators has recently been the major ongoing focus for the WIST.
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:
On 31 March 2015, WIST resolved to appoint the Queensland Water Directorate (qldwater) as Taskforce Secretariat for a period of 12 months. Dave Cameron, qldwater CEO was elected Chair.
A revised Terms of Reference for WIST has been approved and is available to view in the documents below.
Short term priorities for the Taskforce include:
WIST intends to issue periodic communications through its members’ networks as its work program develops.
For more information contact Dave Cameron.
WIST Terms of Reference (updated May 2015)
WIST Communique June 2015
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
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