Latest Skills Forecast 2020

The Water IRC Skills Forecast focuses on the prioritisation of the skills needs of the industry. Skills Forecasts are developed and reviewed annually and submitted on behalf of the IRC to the Australian Industry and Skills Committee (AISC) for approval.


Latest Projects

The NWP Water Training Package provides Vocational Education and Training (VET) qualifications for occupations involved in: water industry operations, treatment, networks, catchment and dams, irrigation, hydrographic survey, trade waste, drinking water, waste water, irrigation water supply and hydrometric monitoring.


Water Industry Reference Committee (IRC)

The Water IRC is made up of industry leaders and experts and acts as a conduit between the Water industry and the Australian Industry and Skills Committee (AISC).


The Water industry provides vital services that are fundamental to our economic growth, providing water and sewerage systems to households and businesses, and irrigation water in agriculture. The Water IRC are responsible for ensuring the NWP Water Training Package meets the needs of the industry and provides nationally recognised Vocational Education and Training (VET) qualifications for occupations involved in:

  • Water Industry Operations
  • Treatment
  • Networks
  • Catchment and Dams
  • Irrigation
  • Hydrographic Survey
  • Trade Waste
  • Drinking Water
  • Wastewater
  • Irrigation Water Supply
  • Hydrometric Monitoring

The Committee

Chair: George Wall, Water Industry Operators Association of Australia (WIOA)

Deputy Chair: Robert Allen, Icon Water


Committee members:

Akhil Palta, South Australian Water
David Cameron, Queensland Water
David Scott, United Services Union/Australian Service Union
Debra Henderson, City West Water
Jason Ip, NSW Water Directorate
Jeff Rigby, Water Services Association of Australia
Melissa Flynn, TasWater
Neil Hooley, Water Corporation
Steven Porter, Power and Water Corporation
Les Dallis, Sydney Water Corporation
Peter Morison, VIC Water
Anthony Evans, Wannon Water


George Wall

Water Industry Reference Committee Chair

George Wall is the Managing Director of the Water Industry Operators Association of Australia.


George has been involved in the water industry in a variety of roles since 1989, having started out as a wastewater treatment operator with Goulburn Valley Water before progressing to senior management roles.


George is a life member of the Water Industry Operators Association of Australia and has been the association’s Secretary Treasurer since 1995.


Having experienced the water industry in both operational and management roles, George has an excellent understanding of issues from both perspectives. He has been a strong advocate for the training and ongoing professional development of staff and has been instrumental in the establishment and implementation of an operator certification scheme.


George brings a wealth of diverse experience to the work of the Water IRC and is a passionate advocate for Vocational Educational and Training.


Ron Horne

Industry Manager - Transport and Logistics, Rail, Maritime and Water





Phone: 03 9604 7232

Mobile: 0448 166 536


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