The Australian Water School provides rapid upskilling on the fundamental science, technology and governance underpinning best practice in sustainable water management. In three days you can be up to date on state-of-the-art water management.


Karlene Maywald

National Water Commission

Until recently Karlene Maywald was the Chair of the National Water Commission. Karlene was the representative for the seat of Chaffey in the South Australian House of Assembly from October 1997 until ... Read more

Paul Dalby

In Fusion Consulting

Paul is a leading innovator in connecting science, policy and community together to drive innovation in improved management of water, natural resources and agriculture. He is an experienced practition... Read more

Andrew Johnson PSM


Andrew has nearly 40 years’ experience in natural resource, water and environmental management working in environmental impact assessment, soil conservation and land management, landcare, dryland sa... Read more

Ben Fee


With a strong background and extensive understanding of the region, built throughout his twelve-year career in South Australian Government, Ben is passionate about sustainable development throughout t... Read more

Ben Kele

Arris Water

Ben is the Director at Arris Water and completing his PhD at Central Queensland University. Ben has 20 years’ experience in the water industry and has researched, built and operated a wide range of ... Read more

Kane Aldridge

The University of Adelaide

Research Fellow at The University of Adelaide. Kane is a limnologist with a broad interest in the biogeochemistry, primary productivity, algal/macrophyte ecology and the ecological functioning of stre... Read more

Jennifer McKay

University of South Australia

Professor McKay has researched, taught, consulted on water resource management and law issues throughout Australia and in India and the USA and is a part time Commissioner of the SA Environment, Resou... Read more

Tom Rooney


Tom is the founder of Waterfind which is Australia’s most well-known water market specialist and Brokerage Company. Tom started in the water industry in 1989 and, over this time, has gained extensiv... Read more

The Australian Water School is delivered by Australia’s leading thinkers in water management. They include researchers, field staff, educators, consultants and leading government and industry professionals, national mentors dedicated to sharing their knowledge and experience.

Attendees at the School include staff working in a wide range of water-related roles including policy, management, environment, mining, agriculture, research, education, water companies, water-service industries, consultants and many others.

Adelaide-TorrensWhat’s included

  • Best-practice Australian case studies
  • Problem solving tools from proven problem solvers – bring your own questions
  • Mentoring from the most highly regarded water leaders in Australia
  • A global perspective by interaction with international water professionals
  • Handouts including a water resources book, course notes, practical sessions and case studies
  • Catering: morning and afternoon teas and lunches


  • A background in water science is not required
  • All aspects of the School will be presented from first principles

Who should attend?

  • Government or private sector employees
  • Consultants
  • Business owners
  • Anyone who needs to understand how water management impacts on their work or business
  • Water professionals who need to update their knowledge and build networks

Why attend the Australian Water School?

Stamford-Plaza-AdelaideFor staff members:  You will:

  1. Gain an overview of the importance and key drivers for water management.
  2. Appreciate the science behind leading-edge water management.
  3. Become familiar with new technologies that deliver best practice water management.
  4. Understand the fundamentals of water governance and policy.
  5. Engage with other industry colleagues and build a wider professional network.
  6. Use case studies, real-world examples and interactive exercises to examine ways to develop more effective water management.
  7. Be able to claim 20 CPD hours with Engineers Australia (Under Type 2 of the EA guidelines available here).

For employers: Your organisation will:

  1. Get answers to your water management questions through real-world problem-solving – during and after the School.
  2. Be at the leading edge of water management thinking.
  3. Have staff with a considered view on emerging technologies, policies, legislation and commercial opportunities.
  4. Improve staff motivation as they are inspired by AWS’ thought-leaders.
  5. Develop your staff by building and sharing knowledge in a participative manner.
  6. Benefit from staff team-building when a group attends the School.
  7. Enjoy increased productivity and efficiency.

Click here for help on employer-approval . Also A short Pro-Forma Approval Letter is here.

Classroom-AWS-WEBAustralian Water School topics include:

  • Sustainable water management: water cycle,
  • Climate change impacts, sustainable use
  • Water demand and planning: principles, supply security, water use across sectors, Australia and internationally
  • Water processes: hydrology, groundwater hydrogeology, surface water groundwater interaction
  • Developing a business case for engaging communities in water management issues
  • Hydrodynamics and water quality
  • Biological and ecological processes: wetland processes,carbon fixation, nutrient cycling, exotic and pest species, catchment scale processes
  • Urban water supply distribution and treatment: sources and storage, treatment processes, disinfection, distribution, alternative water sources, metering
  • Wastewater treatment and disposal: physical and biological treatment processes, nutrient removal, industrial wastewater, environmental impacts
  • Innovation in urban water management: managed aquifer recharge, sewage and stormwater recycling, infiltration basins, integrated water systems
  • Water supplies for agriculture and mining: irrigation, dryland agriculture, water in mining
  • Water governance: constitutional / jurisdictional, water law, institutional structures and responses, policy responses
  • Case Studies and Tutorial