Australia's International Water
Conference & Exhibition



People are the essence of the water sector.  They provide the leadership, drive, vision and skills that ensure the sector delivers for customers and communities. A diverse and inclusive workforce is shown to be a more productive workforce with both tangible and intangible benefits including improved community relations and more creative ideas.  The water sector also plays an important role in driving greater diversity, inclusion and equity across the community, including through achieving liveability and access outcomes for all.   

  • Reconciliation action plans in practice: What it means for our people, workplace and sectors
  • Indigenous leadership of and involvement with water projects
  • Cultural transformation: shifting perceptions, behaviours and capabilities in the water sector 
  • Breaking the glass of the gender-cultural ceiling: what the water sector is doing to lead the way to ensure true diversity in leadership 
  • The importance of diversity in its fullest sense in building sustainable businesses
  • Workforce of the future: what are the skills and capabilities the water sector needs?
  • Water workforce mobility: how to support careers that span many organisations, sectors and roles, and the benefits for water sector innovation
  • Addressing unconscious bias in the water industry 
  • Investing in people and leaders 
  • Integrating inclusion and diversity into organisations 
  • Social responsibility and the water industry 
  • Attracting and retaining staff – a multi-generational approach 
  • Ensuring equity, diversity and inclusion in water and wastewater service provision 
  • Case studies on the benefits of diversity, inclusion and equity
  • How does the international community work to ensure inclusion and equity for all members of the community to receive access to safe water supply and sanitation services?




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