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Member Benefits

We provide the science behind water, tackling the issues of today while designing tomorrow.

Established by the water industry, for the water industry

Water Research Australia is tasked by our members and stakeholders with managing research that will allow them to keep pace with change and address the industry’s long-term goals and challenges. It is a responsibility we take seriously and it defines our mission.

We work to bring together key water research groups, regulators and industry members to define and conduct targeted, priority research to address current and emerging issues in water.

We deliver value to the industry by defining research gaps, providing evidence to underpin decision-making and building national water industry capability.

Expertise where you need it

A global understanding
We stay up-to-date with the latest Australian and global knowledge so you can make better, more informed decisions.

Real time state-of-knowledge
For twenty years, WaterRA has developed an extensive knowledge library, created specifically for industry by our network of research, industry and regulatory experts.

The 360° view
We’ve built our business around collaboration, so no matter how complex the problem our model delivers a 360 degree solution that generates real impact for your business.

An independent eye
We provide the science behind water so you can make the best decisions for your business based on evidence.

Driven by members
Our research agenda has been co-designed and co-delivered by our extensive member base of research, industry and regulatory experts.

Maximised research investment
With over 10 years of success, our researchers, industry members and trusted partners come together right from the start, ensuring that the research outcomes advance the planning, operations, procedures and policies and of all water organisations, and are used as a basis to create new research.

Among the benefits of membership are:

  • Visits from WaterRA staff to provide updates and canvass member issues
  • Access to member-only resources on the website 
  • Monthly e-newsletter and "Health Stream" bulletin
  • Access to active and completed projects
  • Networking and information on local, regional and national matters through a range of meetings and events
  • Project and contract management systems
  • Participating in problem definition workshops
  • Member rates for research development service
  • Leverage of research funds through multi-partner projects
  • Access to wide (including international) technical expertise
  • Ability to nominate project topics and initiate communities of interest discussions
  • Mentoring of students

All staff of member organisations can access WaterRA’s research management services, as well as information on research findings and other resources, and exchange information and ideas. Through WaterRA, member organisations and their staff benefit from a knowledge network that extends all around Australia and across the world.

What some of our Members say...

Gabrielle O'Dwyer, Principal R&D Program, Water Corporation

WaterRA is a significant conduit for Water Corporation to interact with national and international parties and influence the national water agenda. The Corporation’s involvement with WaterRA:

    • provides an opportunity to influence the research agenda for the benefit of the national water industry
    • provide an opportunity to position itself to garner Commonwealth funding and influence science policy positions
    • increases the Corporation’s ability to leverage R&D funding and expertise
    • increases our understanding of water research needs and knowledge of other members’ activities
    • provides a forum for collegiate groups to discuss priority and emerging issues
    • provides a knowledge transition hub for newer members to the industry (fact sheets etc)
    • coaches and establishes a trusted scientific community for industry to utilise

Dr Alex Keegan, Manager Wastewater Research, SA Water

Samantha Pandelus, in her Honours project, investigated detection of radionuclides from medical treatments in SA Water wastewater treatment plants as the basis for establishing a monitoring program for the SA Environment Protection Agency (EPA). The EPA wanted to demonstrate that their guidelines for disposal and treatment of waste were effective in eliminating risk for WastewaterTreatment Plant operators and in networks. Detection of radionuclides was at background levels only, thereby demonstrating the effectiveness of dilution in the networks. The value to SA Water of this project was mainly risk mitigation rather than direct value/savings/ implementation etc, but a co-benefit was that it effectively brought together SA Water, Flinders Uni and SA EPA (radiation branch) to undertake a necessary investigation in a collaborative way.

Dr Judy Blackbeard, Melbourne Water

Melbourne Water has been a long term supporter of the WaterRA Education Program because we recognise the importance of developing capability within the water
industry. As a result, a number of Melbourne Water staff have come through the WaterRA PhD program and now hold senior positions with considerable responsibility. Melbourne Water also recognises it as an important mechanism for encouraging staff development leading to increased staff retention and greater continuity of corporate knowledge. A further attractive feature is the very simple contractual process used for sponsoring a graduate student.

The helpful and vibrant education team work hard to encourage development of a WaterRA student network through student conferences, student attendance at WaterRA meetings and local node meetings. The linking of students to industry mentors provides additional support for the students and gives them a greater understanding of the water industry.

The Honours and PhD program provides an opportunity for industry to sponsor students to research challenging problems facing the water industry. By working closely with an industry partner, the student learns about the water industry and the industry partner acquires greater insight into the issue being researched, with outcomes influencing industry practice. It also provides an excellent opportunity for industry to evaluate students with the potential for later employment, should the opportunity arise. Having completed a water related PhD in relative isolation, I can strongly recommend the WaterRA PhD program and the support and linkages to the water industry which it provides.

National Links

The political and socioeconomic landscape of the water industry has changed dramatically in recent years, with new specialised research centres established in many universities, and in some states Centres of Excellence with a water focus being established.

WaterRA recognises the importance of understanding the existing matrix of water organisations and of developing strategic linkages with them to provide synergistic benefit to WaterRA and its members. WaterRA works together with:

International Links

WaterRA also has strong relationships with the international water research community and these provide critical and timely information on emerging issues of concern and ensure that the best available knowledge and skills can be accessed by the Australian water sector when needed. International alliance and research collaborations are also a key component to the success of WaterRA and the dissemination of overseas research findings to the Australian Water Industry. There are several significant organisations with which WaterRA has formed relationships, and will continue to work diligently to sustain these relationships. These organisations include: