The water industry provides critical services to communities and enterprises across Australia including the treatment of drinking water and wastewater management. It has been estimated that the sector employs in excess of 80,000 people.
The skills of the water industry workforce must adapt to and manage Australia’s highly variable rainfall, frequent water shortages and floods. Efficient use of water resources is essential for the long-term sustainability of Australia’s productive land and natural environment.
The water industry specific skills include major sectors of:
- water sourcing, catchment, groundwater management, storage, bulk water supply, treatment and distribution
- sewage and stormwater collection, treatment and recycling
- asset design, construction, maintenance, management and decommissioning
- water quality management, monitoring and measurement.
Core water skills are also required in a number of industries, including mining, hospitality and local government.