Date: 10–12 May 2022
Venue: Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre

Ozwater is Australia’s most prominent international annual water conference and exhibition, considered the highlight of the water sector’s calendar of events. Over the years, Ozwater has evolved to include a comprehensive and inspiring three-day conference program and is the most extensive water exhibition in the Southern Hemisphere. This year’s theme is Our Water Journey, which celebrates the evolution of the water sector from its rich history, where we are now and what possibilities lie in our future.

With a diverse range of sub-themes, this is a fantastic opportunity to showcase the work you, your team or your organisation are doing to inspire and drive a sustainable water future. For more information, visit the event website.

AWP at OzWater’22

Panel: Partnering for climate-resilient water security in Asia Pacific

Date: Wednesday 11 May 2022, 4.00–5.30pm (AEST)
Location: Stream 2 – Room M1; this session is also part of Ozwater’s online program.

Part of the Australian Water Sector’s journey is our proud history of assistance to countries in our region. This session aims to increase awareness of this untold story, and to invite interested partners to discuss the importance and value of partnerships to provide effective support. The session presents case studies of partnerships that not only address water management and water supply, sanitation and hygiene issues but also consider emerging risks associated with climate change. These case studies illustrate how Australian water skills & expertise is being included in partnerships in the Asia Pacific region to increase climate resilience of water systems and improve water security.

The Australian Water Partnership, Griffith University’s International WaterCentre and WaterAid are partnering to share with the Australian water community some of the good work done that contributes to water security and to the Sustainable Development Goal 6 in the Asia Pacific.

This interactive session will illustrate the value of being a development partner and working in partnerships with local and international partners present examples of demand for Australian expertise to address climate-resilient water security and provide a platform for attendees to discuss and reflect on the best ways to address those development problems.

  • Kristen Knight, Divisional Manager, Operations, Yarra Valley Water, Victoria
  • Navara Kiene, Director of Programs, WaterAid, Papua New Guinea
  • Dr Regina Souter, Senior Research Fellow, International WaterCentre at Griffith University, Queensland
  • Facilitator: Lucía Gamarra, Senior Partnerships and Impact Officer at Australian Water Partnership, ACT

International Stream: Water for Development

Date: Thursday 12 May 2022
Location: Stream 8 – Room P1
Time: 11.15–3:15pm (AEST)

Partnerships for Improving Resilience and Water Management Capability in Vietnam, Cambodia, Indonesia and Fiji (11.15am – 12.45pm)

An interactive session featuring senior representatives from our Vietnamese, Cambodian, Indonesian and Fiji partners showcasing the recent programs delivered in partnership with Australia; including the Water Utility Improvement Programs, Technology Demonstrations, Policy Forums, and SARS-CoV-2 Environmental Wastewater Surveillance Program. The presentations will showcase: the problem addressed; the partnerships formed; the knowledge exchange opportunities; and how Australian water expertise contributes to development in the region and the future of collaboration.

Emerging Water Leaders Showcase (1.45–2.15pm)

The Online Emerging Water Leaders Program has brought together over 30 young water professionals from across Australia and the South East Asia and Nepal region, to share knowledge and experiences on common water challenges and water sector priorities. This session will share the outcomes of the Program and present future opportunities for Young Water Professionals across Australia, South East Asia and Nepal.

Panel: Driving Adaptation and Improving Responsiveness to Disruption and Challenges through Partnerships for Development (2.15–3.15pm)

A panel discussion led by AWA and AWP with our partners to share thoughts on ingredients for successful partnerships: what it means to be in partnership; what types of conversations do we need to be having, and how often; and how do our in-country partners see partnerships with Australia moving forward

View the Ozwater’22 full program.

Check out the outcomes of Ozwater’21.