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Investing in the future of water in Australia

Research is an investment in the future. It benefits the water industry, regulators and, most importantly, the community. We need high calibre research to improve operational practice and water industry guidelines, respond to emerging issues, and ensure the continued supply of safe water for our communities.

The water industry is facing an impending skills shortage. How can we ensure access to the expertise needed to deliver safe water, and value for money, to customers?

WaterRA's Student Program invests in Australia’s future water research capacity by facilitating sponsored scholarship packages for water-related PhD, Masters and Honours projects in chemistry, biology, engineering, environmental studies and social sciences. The Program has been highly successful building on the foundations of the CRC Water Quallity and Treatment with 90+% retention rate within in the industry.  CRCWQT's graduates are today's Water Utility managers!

EMMA PLANT - 2014 PhD Graduate


Student Projects are an effective means of delivering high quality research in a cost effective and timely manner. WaterRA invites members and non-members to sponsor student research projects with real-life application and high impact on the water sector.  Members are investing in the future by offering exciting and diverse career paths for students.

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 Emma completed her PhD in Adelaide in 2014, from her networking opportunities she gained employment with  Water Corporation of Western Australia as a Source Protection Consultant focussing on 'drinking water catchment management around WA'. Opportunties include leading a three-year R&D project into 'understanding and effectively monitoring pesticide risks to drinking water sources', providing advice for the 'management of a recently burnt catchment area'; acting in senior roles; and recently leading a team that 'monitors and maintains water quality through metropolitan Perth’s distribution network' as well as completing a part-time Masters in IWM  through the International Water Centre.



A networking package for students at member universities and ECR member employees.  This package provides the opportunity to connect with industry, research experts, fellow colleagues working on similar projects and other networking events.

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WaterRA is connecting with their Alumni, for further information click here



Click here for Graduate Theses (not linked yet, but is coming soon)