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Water Directory 2013 PAGE 17 Specialist Networks A key benefit of AWA membership is the ability to join Specialist Networks. These are coalitions of individuals who work in water-related topics of common interest. Their purpose is to allow members to network, share knowledge, information and skills, and make beneficial professional and business contacts across specific interest fields. Current Specialist Networks include: • Asset Management • Biosolids Management • Catchment Management • Environmental Water Management • Membranes & Desalination • Operations • Small Water & Wastewater Systems • Source Management (Liquid Trade Waste) • Sustainability • Water Education Network (WEN) • Water Effciency • Water Management Law and Policy • Water in Mining • Water Quality Monitoring and Analysis • Water Recycling • Water Retail • Water Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) • Young Water Professionals. AWA supports the work of Specialist Networks by providing dedicated national office support, particularly to the committee of each network, which is responsible for putting together a specific plan for what the network will focus on and achieve over the next two years. These plans can be viewed at www.awa.asn.au/Specialist_ Network_Action_Plans Each network has its own unique mix of activities, specifically tailored to the current needs of that part of the industry. In the last two years, networks were involved in organising: • Seven National Conferences: Asset Management; Biosolids; Catchment Management; Membranes & Desalination; Operations; Water Education; Water Efficiency. • Two travelling roadshows: Water Recycling; WASH. • Four National Workshops: Biosolids; Environmental Water Management; Membranes & Desalination; Sustainability. • Nine Ozwater Workshops: Asset Management; Operations; Small Water & Wastewater Systems; Sustainability; Water Efficiency; Water Recycling; Water Management Law and Policy; WASH; Young Water Professionals. Aside from providing networking opportunities, Specialist Networks also engage members by seeking contributions to national projects such as Position Papers, Fact Sheets, Guidelines, Standards, Policies, and Community and Government Engagement. Specialist Networks also complement AWA's other communication channels by providing regular network-specific updates and newsletters, to keep you informed of all the latest developments in your field. Membership of the networks is only available to AWA members and active involvement is your opportunity to get the most out of your AWA membership. If you would like to get involved, visit the Programs & Networks section of the AWA website at www.awa.asn.au/networks/ Water Industry Skills Initiatives Like many Australian industries, the water industry is facing critical skills challenges. An ageing workforce, labour shortages, the impact of new technologies, climate change, and changes in regulations and legislation all influence the sector's ability to provide essential services. AWA is playing a leading role in a sector- wide response, collaborating with over 300 organisations to meet these challenges with strategic and practical initiatives. Over the last six years AWA has fostered many skills programs. Water Industry Skills Taskforce (WIST) WIST was formed following a Water Skills CEO Forum in Canberra in March 2008. The Taskforce comprises CEO-level representation from the water industry and related education and government sectors. Hosted by AWA, it was established to promote and oversee a nationally coordinated effort to address the skills shortages in the water sector.
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