Water Journal : Water Journal December 2012
awa news regular features 32 DECEMBER 2012 water My Samoan Secondment “Good luck in Somalia” was the level of understanding I received from some people when I said I was moving to Samoa. I am currently an AWA employee on a one-year secondment with the Pacific Water and Wastes Association (PWWA). Twelve months on and I am still enjoying the education and facilitation of relationships between Australians and our Pacific Island neighbours. The connection to PWWA commenced in 2010 when I met Latu Kupa, PWWA’s Executive Director. It was then that I learnt about PWWA, a not-for-profit industry membership organisation for the region that services 21 countries and is supported by a voluntary secretariat from KEW Consult in Apia, Samoa. Latu told me about PWWA’s need to grow and sustain the Association to become independent and requested any assistance that AWA could offer. With AWA’s support I proposed a four-month analysis of PWWA through the former Department of Education Employment and Workplace Relations’ (DEEWR) Endeavour Executive Award program. On receiving the Award, I was able to fulfil these plans by conducting a review of the Association, then developing a Recommendations Report and a Memorandum of Understanding between AWA and PWWA. As a tangible commitment to the PWWA MoU and to assist with these new action plans, AWA sponsored a Samoan-based shared secondment arrangement. AWA is leading by example through this twinning style relationship and is credited as a valued partner for demonstrating solidarity and connecting Australian–Pacific enterprises. Over the last nine months both Associations and members have benefited from a joint resource. Some of the achievements to date include: • Successfully applying for and delivering $45,000 AusAID funding for travel costs for 15 participants from 10 countries to attend a two-day Wastewater and Sanitation Seminar; • Successfully applying for PWWA to have a one-year volunteer under AusAID’s Australian Youth Ambassador Development (AYAD) program. AWA is the Australian partner organisation; • Sharing of twinning contacts and facilitation of Australian/ Pacific utility partnerships; • Enhanced awareness and cross promotion of news, tenders, jobs and events; • Capacity building and improved PWWA procedures in order for them to demonstrate their value and also returns from members and stakeholders; • Significant improvement to the Pacific Association’s financial position with the value estimated to be $100,000 across the year. In the next three months there are plans to: • Extend the PWWA secondment; • Encourage Australian utilities to be matched as twins with Pacific utilities. PWWA with ADB funds is striving to form 10 partnerships over the next three years; • Establish the Pacific Secondment Program, which will enable individual Australian and Pacific water professionals to participate in development opportunities overseas; • Liaise with Australian research organisations to submit and deliver on joint Australian funding proposals. This has commenced with CSIRO and University of South Australia; • Increase the number of Australian PWWA members and, consequently, the opportunities for Australian businesses to be involved in the Pacific region. This is an exciting development phase for the Association. It is anticipated that with continued and new Australian water sector support, PWWA will become independent and sustainable, which will galvanise a stronger Pacific water industry. How can you play a role? There are four ways to liaise with PWWA and its members: 1. Become a PWWA member 2. Share expertise and resources 3. Become a twinning partner 4. Attend the Pacific Water Conference (PWC’13) in the Cook Islands. If you would like more information, why not visit us in our tropical paradise, Samoa – or you can go to our new website: www.pwwa.ws or contact Fiona Mackenzie: email@example.com or +685 30326. 2012 AWA Training and Professional Development Over the last 12 months, AWA has continued to build on its well-established reputation as a provider of quality water industry training and professional development. This year’s activities have focused on two key areas: Advocacy and Information, and Delivery: Advocacy and Information Key achievements include: • Strong representation on key skills-related bodies and committees: eg Water Industry Advisory Committee (WIAC), which advises Government Skills Australia, the Industry Skills Council responsible for ensuring that the Australian Qualification Framework keeps up with the skills needs of the water industry. One example of an outcome from this forum was ensuring that the excellent work of one of our members, City West Water, in designing an accredited training program to build engineering skills in the technical workforce was nationally endorsed and is now available in the National Water Industry Training Package NWP07 v3. • Ongoing management of the Water Industry Skills Taskforce (WIST): Key achievements include a revision of the existing Business Plan outlining recommendations for the future, implementing and reporting on a National Water Industry Skills Audit, proposing and undertaking a review of the WIST Charter to ensure that this industry body maintains its authority as a high level industry voice on matters relating to skills, and convening a National Water Industry Skills AUSTRALIA’S INTERNATIONAL WATER CONFERENCE AND EXHIBITION PERTH CONVENTION & EXHIBITION CENTRE REGISTER NOW EARLYBIRD RATES AVAILABLE UNTIL 8 MARCH 2013 www.ozwater.org PARTNER ASSOCIATION PARTNER PRINCIPAL SPONSOR TECHNOLOGY SPONSOR PRESENTED BY GALA DINNER SPONSOR Fiona Mackenzie The Volunteer Secretariat.
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