Awards Program

The Australian Water Association offers a range of awards at both state and national levels, and plays an important role in promoting the contribution our members make to the industry and community.

The awards not only recognise the outstanding achievements of individuals and organisations, they inspire the entire industry to make a positive change and help drive a sustainable water future. 

Aside from the Student awards, all awards are only open to Australian Water Association members. Conditions of entry for the AWA Awards Program can be viewed here.

National Awards Program 

To enter the National Awards, you must first enter your state or territory Awards Program. Click on your relevant state for details about which awards you can enter.

State winners go on to compete in the National Awards which are announced each year at the Ozwater Gala Dinner. They are profiled in our magazine and across our digital platform. 

Important dates and info

The 2019/20 State Water Awards are now open. Please refer to the table below for the closing and announcement dates in your state or territory. 

2019/20 Award dates:

State Awards Open Awards  Close Winners Announced

5 June 2019


19 July 2019 5 September 2019
QLD 26 July 2019 13 September 2019

8 September 2019 25 October 2019


6 September 2019

17 October 2019


23 September 2019
* Note: SA Student Water Prize submissions are open until 8 October 2019.

8 November 2019


3 October 2019

21 November 2019


17 October 2019

5 December 2019


22 November 2019

28 February 2020

National Water Industry Safety Excellence Award
28 February 2020
Ozwater'20 Gala Dinner
Australian Stockholm Junior Water Prize   16 December 2019 Ozwater'20 Gala Dinner

To enter:

  • Check when your state awards open and close, see table above. Please note that no extensions will be granted after the closing date.
  • Complete the online nomination forms. We recommend you familiarise yourself with the award criteria, and the questions you will be asked in the form prior to completing.
  • You can download a PDF copy of the online nomination form for your reference, however all entries must be entered online. 
  • If you start completing a nomination form, and cannot complete it at the time please call us on 1300 361 426 as we can retrieve a copy of your incomplete entry.
  • Nominations will be entered into the State Awards. The winner at each state level will automatically advance to the national awards.
  • National finalists will be asked to prepare a three-minute video overview of their project/ of the nominee for promotional purposes.

2019 National Award Winners

The 2019 Australian Water Awards were announced at the Ozwater'19 Gala Dinner, Wednesday 8 May 2019 in Melbourne. Read more here or download the Media Release below.

Download PDF Media Release: 2019 Australian Water Award winners announced

To view the complete listing of all previous national award winners click here.

Frequently Asked Questions 

Click here to download the FAQs.

Should you have any further questions please contact us on 1300 361 426 or email Katie Trevor

Conditions of Entry

Conditions of entry for the Australian Water Association Awards Program can be viewed here.