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Awards Program

The Australian Water Association offers a range of awards at both state and national levels and plays an important role in promoting excellence and the contribution our members make to the community. The awards not only seek to recognise and reward outstanding achievement of individuals and organisations in the water sector, but also to identify those who have displayed conspicuous service to the profession and exceptional performance in the practice of water management. 

All Awards, aside from the Student awards, are open to Australian Water Association members only. Conditions of entry for the Australian Water Association 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 what 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.

2018 National Award Winners

The 2018 Australian Water Awards were announced at the Ozwater'18 Gala Dinner, Wednesday 9 May 2018 in Brisbane. Read more here or download the Media Release below.

Download PDF Media Release: 2018 Australian Water Award winners announced 

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

Important dates and info

The 2018/19 Water Awards are now open and you can submit your entry at any time up until the closing date. Please refer to the table below for the closing and announcement dates in your state or territory. 

2018/19 Award dates:

State Awards Open Awards  Close Winners Announced

 1st June 2018


3 August 2018

7 September 2018

3 August 2018 13 September 2018

7 September 2018 18 October 2018


31 August 2018

26 October 2018


1 October 2018

23 November 2018


15 October 2018

29 November 2018


15 October 2018 (extended)

6 December 2018


15 November 2018

8 March 2019

National Water Industry Safety Excellence Award
1 March 2019 8 May 2019 (Ozwater'19 Gala Dinner, Melbourne)
Australian Stockholm Junior Water Prize   14 December 2018 8 May 2019 (Ozwater'19 Gala Dinner, Melbourne)

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 one-minute video overview of their project/ of the nominee for promotional purposes.

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