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Skills eFlash #101 New - Release date:- 28-Sep-2021 In this edition: Celebrating Industry Training Collaboration| October Fundamentals Webinars| Have your say about VET Reforms| New NWP Units of Competency| Skills Advocacy| Upcoming Events1. Celebrating Industry Training CollaborationWe are excited ...

Skills eFlash #100 - Release date:- 27-Aug-2021 In this edition: Water Industry Workforce Snapshot Report| Operator Registration| Qualifications Reform Survey| Fundamentals Webinars| Lifelong Learning Report| Skills Advocacy| Upcoming Events 1. Water Industry Workforce Snapshot Report The 2020 Queensland Urban Water Industry Workforce Composition Snapshot ...

Skills eFlash #99 - Release date:- 21-Jul-2021 In this edition: Operator Certification Update | Reflections of a Scholarship Recipient | Council’s Precious Water Campaign | Digital Transformation Skills Strategy Webinar | Foundation Skills Micro-Credentials Extended | Register ...

Skills eFlash #98 - Release date:- 21-Jun-2021 In this edition: Congratulations to our Award Winning Operators!| Funding Boost for Employing Trainees| Enroll Now in Water Industry Micro-Credential Workshops| Fundamentals Webinar Next Week| Water Industry Outlook 2021| Digital Transformation Skills Strategy| Skills Advocacy| Upcoming Events1. Congratulations ...

Skills eFlash #97 - Release date:- 15-May-2021 In this edition: Celebrating the Water Skills Partnership| WIOA Conference and Mains Tapping Competition| Seeking EOIs for Water Industry Micro-Credentials| Fundamentals Webinars| Workforce Planning Webinars| Boost for Skilling and Training| Skills Advocacy| Upcoming Events1. Celebrating the Water ...

Skills eFlash #96 - Release date:- 01-Apr-2021 In this edition: Skills Forum Wrap-Up| Careers in Water| Nominate an Outstanding Operator!| Fundamentals Webinar| Review of Electrical Safety Act – Have Your Say| Skills Advocacy| Upcoming Events1. Skills Forum Wrap-UpAlmost ...

Skills eFlash #94 - Release date:- 05-Feb-2021 In this edition: Register now for the Water Skills Forum!| Certificate IV in Water Industry Operations released| Skills Reform Engagement Hub| February Fundamentals Webinar| Foundation Skills Micro-Credentials| Operator Competency Project| Queensland ...

Skills eFlash #93 - Release date:- 14-Dec-2020 In this edition: Water Industry Worker Regional Pilot Awarded!| Water Skills Forum 2021| New Micro-Credential Course Options Available| Fundamentals Webinar Reminder| Federal Government Employment Incentives| Skills Advocacy| Upcoming Events 1. Water ...

Skills eFlash #92 - Release date:- 29-Oct-2020 In this edition: Save the Date - Water Skills Forum 2021| Foundation Skills Micro-Credentials – Enrol Now!| Fundamentals Webinars| WSAA Mental Health Framework| Free Pre-Excavation Management Course| Skills Advocacy| Upcoming Events ...

Skills eFlash #91 - Release date:- 01-Oct-2020 In this edition: Brown Card Available Now! | Fundamentals Webinar Next Week | Water Industry Foundation Skills Micro-Credentials | Queensland Training Awards | Skills Advocacy | Upcoming Events Brown Card ...

Skills eFlash #90 - Release date:- 21-Aug-2020 In this edition: Water Industry Foundation Skills Micro-Credentials |Future Fundamentals Webinars |2020 Industry Skills Forecast |Water Industry Worker Program Recognised |Qualifications Update |Skills AdvocacyWater Industry Foundation Skills Micro-Credentials

Skills eFlash #89 - Release date:- 01-Jul-2020 Fundamentals Webinar RecordingThanks to those who joined us for our first ‘Fundamentals’ webinar on media filter backwashing, presented by Terry Fagg from Western Downs Regional Council. We received very positive ...

Skills eFlash #88 - Release date:- 04-Jun-2020 Join us for qldwater’s new Fundamentals Webinar Series   qldwater is pleased to invite you to the trial of our new “Fundamentals” webinar series. The webinars will provide practical demonstrations ...

Skills eFlash #87 - Release date:- 06-May-2020 1. Draft Certificate IV qualification available for review The Water Industry Operations and Treatment Review Technical Advisory Committee has reviewed the Certificate IV in Water Industry Operations and Certificate ...

Skills eFlash #86 - Release date:- 26-Mar-2020 Water Skills Forum presentations now onlineIt’s hard to believe we were gathered together only a few weeks ago for the third annual Queensland Water Skills Forum, before COVID-19 really started ...

Skills eFlash #95 - Release Date 02-Mar-2021: - In this edition: Last Chance to Register for the Water Skills Forum!| March Fundamentals Webinars| Operator Awards Open for Nominations| Queensland Training Awards| Skills Advocacy| Upcoming Events

1. Last Chance to Register for the Water Skills Forum!

Registrations close on Monday at 12pm to attend the 2021 Water Skills Forum to be held next Thursday, 4 March. Register before it’s too late! We invite you to join us and 60 other delegates in person at our training rooms in Eagle Form, or link into the forum virtually. We’ll be hearing from Jobs Queensland about how we can attract the workforce of the future; what utilities are doing to transition their experienced staff into retirement and share knowledge with trainees; innovation in delivering competency training programs; how water business leaders can drive change within their teams; a case study of a Victorian water utility’s wellbeing program for employees; future tools to support remote mentoring and training and importantly; explore opportunities to collaborate with NSW for industry skilling and training and we’ll be putting all options on the table to address the operator skilling crisis. We hope you’ll be part of the conversations! Water Skills Partners receive three free registrations (in person/virtual) to participate in the Forum, with registration also available for $50 plus GST for qldwater members who are not Water Skills Partners and $100 plus GST for non-members. View the registration options. Thank you to TAFE Queensland – SkillsTech for sponsoring the forum once again and welcome to our new forum sponsor, Trility. Thank you also to Diona, who will be sponsoring the networking drinks at the close of the forum. We hope to see you next week! Please contact Carlie Sargent on 07 3632 6853 or csargent@qldwater.com.au if you have any queries about the forum.

2. March Fundamentals Webinars

We are pleased to bring you two Fundamentals Webinars next month. Register now to hear Terry Fagg, Water Treatment Principal, Western Downs Regional Council discuss ‘Pumping Fundamentals at 10am on Thursday 11 March and then on Tuesday 23 March, Murray Thompson will present ‘The Fundamentals of Electrical Safety - Working on Metallic Pipes’. Fundamentals webinars are free for employees of qldwater members and Water Skills Partners, non-members may now participate in the Fundamentals webinars for a cost of $50 plus GST. Register now! Recordings of all previous webinars are available for members to access via the qldwater website.

3. Operator Awards Open for Nominations

Nominations are now open for qldwater’s Young Operator of the Year and Operator of the Year (Civil/All-Rounder) Awards, offered in conjunction with the Water Industry Operators Association of Australia (WIOA). The awards recognise the outstanding performance of operational employees of either qldwater full members or Water Skills Partnership member organisations and are a great way to reward your operators for the work they do for their community. Read about our 2020 Award Winners. Nominees for the Young Operator of the Year Award must be under the age of 35 years and be responsible for operating community water and wastewater treatment plants or industrial water or wastewater plants, operation and maintenance or construction of water and wastewater reticulation networks etc. They must have been employed in their role for four years or less. Previous winners of this award have received a paid trip to participate in the WIOA Utilities Tour of New Zealand, but due to ongoing COVID-19 travel restrictions, an alternative tour within Australia is currently being negotiated for 2021 winners. Prizes from previous years that would have typically involved travel/conferences have been preserved to be taken up when it’s easier to do such things. WIOA is currently looking into opportunities for past winners to attend events like Ozwater in Adelaide this year. Nominees for the Operator of the Year (Civil/All-Rounder) must be responsible for the operation and maintenance or construction of water and wastewater reticulation networks. The winner receives a $1500 voucher to put towards professional development. Nominations are due by Friday 23 April 2021 to csargent@qldwater.com.au. Winners will be announced at the Queensland WIOA Annual Conference Awards Dinner on Thursday 3 June in Toowoomba. Full details about the nomination process along with nomination forms are available on our website.

4. Queensland Training Awards

Nominations for the 2021 Queensland Training Awards are open now and we encourage you to consider recognising an individual or organisation for success, best practice and innovation in vocational education and training (VET). Nominations close 21 March 2021. There are a range of categories for apprentices, trainees, vocational students, teachers and trainers, as well as training providers and employers. Nominees in the individual and employer categories first compete at a regional level, with regional winners then contesting their category at the state level. More information about the awards is available at: https://desbt.qld.gov.au/training/qta/about-the-awards. In 2020, Shannon McNamara from Seqwater was the South East Regional Winner of the Bob Marshman Trainee of the Year Award and the North Queensland Water Industry Worker Program was a finalist in the Premier’s Industry Collaboration category. Both of these nominations provided a fantastic opportunity to recognise the value of water industry careers and the contribution that the industry makes to Queensland communities. 

5. Skills Advocacy

qldwater through the Water Skills Partnership and in our role as an Industry Skills Advisor to the Department of Employment, Small Business and Training (DESBT) and as a member of the Water Industry Reference Committee, is regularly asked to provide input to policy and investment decisions to support the skilling and training needs of the Queensland water industry workforce. The following is an overview of recent and other related activities: Future Water Industry Training Needs Submission Following consultation with Water Skills Partners, qldwater has submitted a business case to the Department of Employment, Small Business and Training with recommendations for future VET investment to meet the training needs of the water industry. The business case confirms that the Certificate III in Water Industry Operations continues to be the primary qualification for operational staff and acknowledges the generous funding of this qualification by the Department and recommends that this continue. The submission proposes an increase to the subsidy levels for the Certificate IV and Diploma of Water Industry Operations following feedback from Skills Partners that there is a significant gap between the existing subsidy and fees charged for delivery and with tight training budgets, this is a barrier to enrolments. We have also provided some options to find a mechanism for supporting upskilling in key gap areas through competency clusters or skill sets. Read the submission here. Skills Reform Consultation Following several reviews over the past 18 months, Federal and State Governments are progressing a number of key reforms to improve the VET system. There have been a number of requests for consultation in recent weeks and qldwater has represented Queensland water service providers at online workshops and provided submissions on a range of issues relating to the VET system, including quality of the VET workforce, improving the quality of training and the role of industry engagement in VET. More information about the review process and consultation opportunities is available at: https://www.dese.gov.au/skills-reform. There is expected to a be a new National Skills Agreement developed by August 2021.

6. Upcoming Events

  • Thursday 4 March, Queensland Water Skills Forum, 9am-5pm. Register Now!
  • WIOA Queensland Charity Bowls Day, Yandina, Friday 5 March 2021. For more information and to register visit: https://wioa.org.au/nevent/qldbowls-2021/
  • Thursday 11 March, 10am-11am – Fundamentals Webinar, ‘Pumping Fundamentals’ presented by Terry Fagg. Register Now!
  • Tuesday 23 March, 10am-11am – Fundamentals Webinar, ‘The Fundamentals of Electrical Safety - Working on Metallic Pipes’ presented by Murray Thompson. Register Now!
  • Foundation Skills Micro-Credentials, self-paced, online workshops and face to face workshops available. Enrol Now!
For more upcoming events, visit: https://qldwater.com.au/upcoming-events.

Skills e-Flash #85 - 21 February 2020 - Release Date 21-Feb-2020: - 1. Join us for the Queensland Water Skills Forum in two weeks! 2. Nominations invited for qldwater’s Operator Awards 3. Developing Future Water Industry Leaders 4. Associated Organisations’ Announcements

Skills e-Flash #84 - 23 January 2020 - Release Date 23-Jan-2020: - 1. Register now for the Water Skills Forum! 2. Water industry nominations invited for the Queensland Training Awards 3. Have your say in the National Careers Survey 4. Downs and Surat Basin Water Operators Forum a great success! 5. Queensland Future Jobs, Future Work Report 6. Business Services Training Package Review 7. Associated Organisations’ Announcements

Skills e-Flash #83 - 14 November 2019 - Release Date 14-Nov-2019: - 1. Value of Operator Competency Research Report released | 2. Your feedback invited about the Certificate IV in Water Industry Operations | 3. Promoting the Aqua Card in your organisation | 4. Outcome of Australian Qualifications Framework Review | 5. Associated Organisations’ Announcements

Skills e-Flash #82 - 3 October 2019 - Release Date 04-Oct-2019: - 1. Federal Government Skills Package | 2. Operator Certification Update | 3. Training Opportunities Survey Results | 4. National Water Industry Skills Survey | 5. Save the Date for the 2020 Water Skills Forum | 6. Associated Organisations’ Opportunities

Skills e-Flash #81 - 3 September 2019 - Release Date 03-Sep-2019: - 1. Help us address the water industry’s skilling challenges | 2. Regional Water Industry Worker Program kicks off this week! | 3. Water Industry Qualifications Update | 4. First Aid Training Package Review

Skills e-Flash #80 - 8 August 2019 - Release Date 09-Aug-2019: - 1. Your feedback requested on potential water industry training opportunities

Skills e-Flash #79 - 29 July 2019 - Release Date 29-Jul-2019: - 1. Water subject matter experts needed for review of Certificate IV qualifications

Skills e-Flash #78 - 18 July 2019 - Release Date 19-Jul-2019: - 1. Last chance to provide feedback on revised Water industry qualifications | 2. Queensland Urban Water Workforce Snapshot Report | 3. An Aussie Operator’s Tour of NZ

Skills e-Flash #77 - 19 June 2019 - Release Date 20-Jun-2019: - 1. Congratulations to our Award Winners! | 2. New Workforce Planning Toolkit | 3. Training and Development Webinar

Skills e-Flash #76 - 16 May 2019 - Release Date 16-May-2019: - 1. New Technical Competency Handbook for the Water Industry | 2. WIOA Conference, Bundaberg, 5-6 June 2019 | 3. qldwater Scholarship nominations closing soon!

Skills e-Flash #75 - 16 April 2019 - Release Date 16-Apr-2019: - 1. Aqua Card available now! | 2. Outcome of the VET Sector Review | 3. eBook: Future Skilling Our Workforce | 4. Nominations closing soon for qldwater Awards and Scholarships | 5. WIOA Webinar: Women in Water

Skills e-Flash #74 - 21 March 2019 - Release Date 21-Mar-2019: - 1. Water Skills Forum Wrap-Up | 2. 2019 Water Industry Skills Forecast | 3. Awards and Scholarships in 2019 | 4. Aqua Card coming soon! | 5. Online and Social Media Training Package

Skills e-Flash #73 - 26 February 2019 - Release Date 26-Feb-2019: - 1. Have you registered for the Queensland Water Skills Forum? | 2. Qualifications and VET Sector Review Update | 3. The Future of Work in 2030 in Queensland | 4. WIOA Queensland Charity Bowls Day

Skills e-Flash #72 - 17 January 2019 - Release Date 17-Jan-2019: - 1. Register now for the Queensland Water Skills Forum! | 2. Revised Diploma of Water Industry Operations approved | 3. Australian Government Review of VET Sector | 4. Nominations open for Queensland Training Awards | 5. WIOA Call for Papers

Skills e-Flash #71 - 12 December 2018 - Release Date 13-Dec-2018: - 1. Queensland Water Skills Forum 2019 | 2. National Water Package Qualifications Review | 3. Emerging Skills for the Water Industry | 4. Aqua Card | 5. qldwater Events 2019

Skills eFlash #70 - 16 October 2018 - Release Date 16-Oct-2018: - 1. Your feedback invited about the Certificate II in Water Industry Operations | 2. Queensland Water Skills Forum – 7 March 2019 | 3. WIOA FNQ Water Interest Day | 4. Associated Organisations’ Announcements

Skills eFlash #69 - 16 August 2018 - Release Date 16-Aug-2018: - 1. Join us for the qldwater Annual Forum | 2. Valuing Operator Competency – your input requested | 3. Diploma of Water Industry Operations | 4. Industry Skills Forums

Skills eFlash #68 - 20 July 2018 - Release Date 20-Jul-2018: - Water Quality / Aqua Card Course now available for members.

Skills e-Flash #67 - 20 June 2018 - Release Date 20-Jun-2018: - 1. Draft Diploma of Water Industry Operations | 2. Congratulations to our award winners! | 3. WIOA Queensland Conference wrap up| 4.Feedback on Skilling and Training

Skills e-Flash #66 - 23 May 2018 - Release Date 22-May-2018: - 1. Your feedback invited about Skilling and Training |2. National Water Training Package Qualification Reviews |3. WIOA Queensland Conference – Logan, 6-7 June

Skills eFlash #65 - 13 April 2018 - Release Date 13-Apr-2018: - 1. Draft Water IRC Skills Forecast . | 2. Jobs Queensland Research Report . | 3. Networks Certification Framework . | 4. Funding for Certification Gap Training . |

Skills eFlash #64 - 19 March 2018 - Release Date 21-Mar-2018: - 1. Changes to the National Water Package from the Water IRC . | 2. Inaugural Queensland Water Industry Skills Forum . | 3. Certified Operators Presentation . | 4. Aqua Card . |

Skills eFlash #63 - 7 February 2018 - Release Date 07-Feb-2018: - 1. Welcome Carlie . | 2. Water Skills Partnership Forum . | 3. Water IRC skills forecast key findings discussion paper . | 4. Operator certification funding support . | 5. Training in Emerging and Innovative Industries Fund Opportunity . | 6. Operator of the year awards open . |

Skills eFlash #62 - 12 January 2018 - Release Date 12-Jan-2018: - 1. 2018 Water IRC Skills Forecast Survey closes 16 January . | 2. qldwater Water Skills Forum – Register Now! . |

Skills eFlash #61 - 15 December 2017 - Release Date 15-Dec-2017: - 1. qldwater Water Skills Forum Update . | 2. WSAA Workforce Skills for the Future . | 3. Stakeholder Consultation on Unduly Short Courses and Training Product Reform . |

Skills eFlash #60 - 6 December 2017 - Release Date 06-Dec-2017: - 1. qldwater Water Skills Forum Date Claimer – 28 February 2018 . | 2. WIOA Recertification Webinar – 12 December . | 3. WIOA Qld Operations Conference – Logan 6 & 7 June 2018 . | 4. Activated Sludge Training Course – June 2018 . | 5. Funding for Female Leaders in the Water Sector . |

Skills eFlash #59 - 27 October 2017 - Release Date 27-Oct-2017: - 1. Expression of Interest – Annual Intake – Operator Certification (Including Dual/Multiple Streams) . | 2. IWC Master of Integrated Water Management Scholarships – Last Chance to Apply . |

Skills eFlash #58 - 24 July 2017 - Release Date 27-Oct-2017: - 1. Water Industry Skills Taskforce Meeting Communique . | 2. Certification Framework for Operators of Wastewater and Recycled Water Systems Released . | 3. Drinking Water Operator Certification Position /Regulatory Options Paper . | 4. Quick links - Associated organisations, training events and announcements . |

Skills eFlash #57 - 23 May 2017 - Release Date 23-May-2017: - 1. qldwater to represent Queensland on national Water Industry Reference Committee . | 2. First STP Operators to be Certified at WIOA Qld Conference in June . | 3. Summary of Qld Water Skills Partnership Meeting . | 4. Quick links - Associated organisations training events and announcements . |

Skills eFlash #56 - 20 March 2017 - Release Date 20-Mar-2017: - 1. Industry feedback invited on draft Certification .| Framework for Operators within Wastewater & Recycled Water Treatment Systems. | 2. Initial scoping of a standardised water industry online induction program .|

Skills eFlash #55 - 8 March 2017 - Release Date 08-Mar-2017: - 1. Advancing skills for the future – Consultation Draft . | 2. Water IRC Skills Forecast . | 3. IXOM now offering accredited training from NWP . |

Skills eFlash #54 - 30 January 2017 - Release Date 30-Jan-2017: - 1. qldwater re-engaged to provide water industry training advice to DET . | 2. Changes to Qld User Choice Funding Policy . | 3. Nominations now open for the 2017 Queensland Training Awards . |

Skills eFlash #53 - 18 November 2016 - Release Date 21-Nov-2016: - 1. Queensland Urban Water Industry Workforce Snapshot Report 2016 Released .| 2. SEQ STP Operator Certification Pilot Progress Update . | 3. Qld Apprenticeship and Traineeship Discussion Paper – qldwater submission . |

Skills eFlash #52 - 27 October 2016 - Release Date 27-Oct-2016: - 1. Funding to support gap training for Operator Certification - EOI . |

Skills eFlash #51 - 5 October 2016 - Release Date 05-Oct-2016: - 1. South-East Queensland STP Operator Certification Pilot Commences . | 2. Certification Framework for Recycled Water Operators . |

Skills eFlash #50 - 31 August 2016 - Release Date 06-Sep-2016: - 1. National Training Product Reform - Consultation . | 2. Youth Jobs PaTH Employer Incentives. | 3. 2016/17 Queensland VET Investment Plan . | 4. WIOA FNQ Interest Day – 6th October. |

Skills eFlash #48 - 27 April 2016 - Release Date 29-Apr-2016: - 1. Certification Framework for Operators within Drinking Water Systems – amendments & appointment of Certifying Body . |

Skills eFlash #47 - 12 April 2016 - Release Date 12-Apr-2016: - 1. Implementation of the new National Water Training Package – update.| 2. Extension of small contract to provide water industry training advice to DET.|

Skills eFlash #46 - 17 March 2016 - Release Date 17-Mar-2016: - 1. Implementation of the new National Water Training Package – update . | 2. Updates to free Urban Water Industry Online Learning Resources . | 3. Online Team Leadership Course for Young Water Professionals - AWA and IWC . |

Skills eFlash #45 - 17 February 2016 - Release Date 17-Feb-2016: - 1. Implementation of the new National Water Training Package . |

Skills eFlash #44 - 4 December 2015 - Release Date 04-Dec-2015: - 1. New National Water Training package endorsed (NWP15) .| 2. Industry comment sought – amendments to National Certification Framework for Drinking Water Operators .| 3. STP Operator Certification Framework – amendments .|

Skills eFlash #43 - 20 October 2015 - Release Date 21-Oct-2015: - 1. qldwater to provide water industry training advice to Government . | 2. Closure of Government Skills Australia (GSA) & NWDF Contracts . | 3. Water Industry Skills Taskforce Meeting Communique . | 4. Queensland Water Skills Partnership Members for 2015/2016 . |

Skills eFlash #42 - 6 August 2015 - Release Date 06-Aug-2015: - 1. Release of Final Draft National Water Training Package material . | 2. Dial Before You Dig Locator Certification Program . | 3. International WaterCentre Scholarships now open . |

Skills eFlash #41 - 15 June 2015 - Release Date 16-Jun-2015: - 1. Queensland Government 2015-2016 Annual VET Investment Plan Released .

Skills eFlash # 40 - 4 June 2015 - Release Date 05-Jun-2015: - 1. Sewage Treatment Plant Operator Certification Framework Released . | 2. National Water Industry Skills Taskforce Changes . | 3. EBA Rates Comparison Document Available (members only) . |

Skills eFlash #39 - 6 May 2015 - Release Date 06-May-2015: - 1. New arrangements for development and maintenance of Training Packages . | 2. National Water Training Package Changes – feedback sought . | 3. Reminder – Upcoming Queensland training workshops . |

Skills eFlash #38 - 20 March 2015 - Release Date 20-Mar-2015: - 1. Water Industry Training Centre to cease operating as an RTO in 2016 2. Upcoming Queensland Training Workshops

Skills eFlash # -37 - 21 January 2015 - Release Date 21-Jan-2015: - 1. Clarification of User Choice Funding Eligibility for Water Operations Qualifications; 2. Reminder: Industry Partnerships Strategy Expressions of Interest due 13th February.

Skills eFlash #-36 - 19 December 2014 - Release Date 19-Dec-2014: - 1. Significant training support funding opportunity - water industry submission for Industry Partnerships Strategy - EOI . |

Skills eFlash #35 - 11 December 2014 - Release Date 11-Dec-2014: - 1. Queensland Urban Water Industry Workforce Composition Snapshot Report 2014 Released . | 2. Water Industry Worker Program Evaluation Report . 3. Introduction to Risk Management in the Urban Water Industry – Online course available . |

Skills eFlash #34 - 20 October 2014 - Release Date 21-Oct-2014: - 1. Diploma of Water Operations now funded through Higher Level Skills Program. | 2. National Water Training Package Changes – available for review. |

Skills eFlash #33 - 13 October 2014 - Release Date 14-Oct-2014: - 1. qldwater contracted to provide Water Industry Intelligence to the Ministerial Industry Commission. | 2. Water Operator Technical Assessment and Mentoring Project a success – final report . | 3. Water Occupations Census – participation . | 4. Introduction to Queensland Water Industry Legislation – new course version available online . |

Skills eFlash #32 - 5 August 2014 - Release Date 05-Aug-2014: - 1. Certification of Drinking Water Operators – Queensland Pilot. | 2. Exposure Draft of Modern Queensland Local Government Award Released . | 3. Queensland Water Industry Snapshot Report – Data Collection . | 4. Government Skills Australia (GSA) – Water Activities Update . | 5. Welcome to new Queensland Water Skills Partnership Members . | 6. Water Industry Training Opportunities and Events . |

Skills eFlash #31 - 18 June 2014 - Release Date 18-Jun-2014: - 1. qldwater NWDF Application Approved. | 2. New Pre-Qualified Supplier for User Choice Training (Water) - Enviro-Check Enterprises . | 3. Griffith Smart Water Research Centre - Training Surveys. | 4. New State Funding Opportunities – Water Qualifications. | 5. Australian Water Occupations Framework Released . |

Skills eFlash #30 - 19 May 2014 - Release Date 20-May-2014: - 1. ADWG Workshop Tuesday 3rd May (linked to WIOA Qld Conference). | 2. Government Skills Australia E-Scan 2014 Release. | 3. Federal Budget: Skills and Training Implications. | 4. Award Modernisation: Local Government Awards. |

Skills eFlash #29 - 16 April 2014 - Release Date 16-Apr-2014: - 1. Delivering Sustainable DWQMPs - Capacity Assessment and Building Workshop. | 2. National Workforce Development Funding Application on hold.| 3. Upcoming ICE WaRM Courses. | 4. qldwater Sponsored WIOA Operator Awards – Nominate your staff! |

Skills eFlash #28 - 4 February 2014 - Release Date 04-Feb-2014: - 1. WIOA Operators Conference Queensland - Call for Papers. | 2. qldwater Sponsored WIOA Operator Awards - Nominations Now Open. | 3. Water Operator Online Training Available. |

Skills eFlash #27 - 17 December 2013 - Release Date 17-Dec-2013: - 1. Draft Water Industry Competency Framework Released for Comment | 2. Water Training Australia now a Pre-Qualified Supplier for User Choice Training (Water) 3. New Practice Aptitude Quiz Available – Water |4.Wide Bay TAFE – Graduation Ceremonies |

Skills eFlash #26 - 20 November 2013 - Release Date 20-Nov-2013: - 1. Progress Update - Technical Assessment and Mentoring for Regional and Remote Drinking Water Operators Project. | 2. Upcoming ICEWarm Courses for 2014. | 3. IWC Partial Scholarships for Water Education Programs. | 4. Update on the Water Industry Occupations & Competency project. |

Skills eFlash #24 - 1 October 2013 - Release Date 03-Oct-2013: - 1. Draft Water Industry Competency Framework (Processing) - Available for Comment. | 2. Upcoming Water Industry Skills Meetings/ Workshops. |

Skills eFlash #23 - 6 September 2013 - Release Date 06-Sep-2013: - 1. Free "Introduction to Water Treatment" online course - starts 16 September (EdX). | 2. Qldwater Skills Partnership Members 2013/14. | 3. GSA Annual E-Scan Survey. |

Skills eFlash #22 - 21 August 2013 - Release Date 21-Aug-2013: - 1. Supporting Women Scholarships Applications Open. | 2. Water Industry Training Package Demand Survey. | 3. Changes to Australian Apprenticeship/Traineeship Federal Incentives. | 4. IWC Scholarships Currently on Offer. | 5. Banana Shire Council Takes on School-Based Trainees in Water Operations. |

Skills eFlash #21 - 17 June 2013 - Release Date 18-Jun-2013: - 1. Queensland Urban Water Industry Workforce Composition Snapshot Report Published! 2. New Water Skills Partnership Members. | 3. Intro to Urban Water Industry Online Course now Available in HTML. | 4. Wide Bay TAFE New Offerings! | 5. The Queensland Government Reform Action Plan for Further Education and Training. |

Skills eFlash #20 - 9 May 2013 - Release Date 13-May-2013: - 1. qldwater secures Skills Queensland Workforce Development Funding. | 2.New TAFE Queensland. | 3. Specialist Water Industry Training Providers – List available on website. |

Skills eFlash #19 - 16 April 2013 - Release Date 16-Apr-2013: - 1. Taskforce Recommendations - National Certification Framework for Drinking Water Treatment Operators. | 2. GSA Workforce Development Workshops - May. | 3. Upcoming Water Industry Short Courses - June. | 4. Compliance Training Requirements list - available qldwater website. |

Skills eFlash #18 - 8 March 2013 - Release Date 08-Mar-2013: - 1. National Workforce Development Fund Application Approved! | 2. Smart Water Research Centre Courses - May and June. |

Skills eFlash #17 - 22 February 2013 - Release Date 22-Feb-2013: - 1. Water Industry Operators Conference (Gold Coast 5-6 June) Call for Papers. | 2. Water Industry Competency Framework Project - Feedback Sought. |

Skills eFlash#16 - 6 February 2013 - Release Date 06-Feb-2013: - 1. Water Industry Competency Framework Project - WSAA Handover to GSA. | 2. AWA National Water Skills Conference - 5-7 March Sydney. | 3. Training Opportunities - Risk Management and Australian Drinking Water Guidelines (Wide Bay TAFE), |

Skills eFlash#15 - 10 January 2013 - Release Date 10-Jan-2013: - 1. Proposed National Certification Framework. | 2. First Water Treatment Operators Certified in Victoria. |

Skills eFlash#14 - 13 December 2012 - Release Date 13-Dec-2012: - 1. Changes to Australian Apprenticeship Incentives.| 2. Summary - National Water Industry Skills Forum. |

Skills eFlash#13 - 25 October 2012 - Release Date 25-Oct-2012: - 1. Government Skills Australia (GSA) EScan Survey. | 2. Workshop - Working with New RPL Resources for the Water Industry - 6 December 2012. |

Skills eFlash #12 - 15 October 2012 - Release Date 16-Oct-2012: - 1. Queensland Water Industry Workforce Composition Snapshot Report - 2012 Data Collection. | 2. Government Skills Australia National Conference. |

Skills eFlash #11 - 20 September 2012 - Release Date 20-Sep-2012: - 1. Potential Funding Opportunity: Expressions of Interest - National Workforce Development Fund. | 2. New Queensland Water Industry Legislation: Information Resource Online Module. | 3. Updates to Introduction to Queensland Urban Water Industry Online Module. |

Skills eFlash #10 - 24 August 2012 - Release Date 24-Aug-2012: - 1. Book in now - WIOA workshops in Longreach and Townsville in November. | 2. New overview of the Queensland Urban Water Industry online resource for school students. 3. Applications open for scholarships to support women in male dominated industries. |

Skills eFlash #9 - 23 July 2012 - Release Date 23-Jul-2012: - 1. New Water Industry Training and Events Calendar - qldwater Website. | 2. Subscribers to Queensland Water Skills Partnership 2012/13. | 3. AWA Coal Seam Gas Workshops and Courses. | 4. Call for Abstracts Water Skills /Water Education /Water Efficiency Conferences . |

Skills eFlash #8 - 25 June 2012 - Release Date 25-Jun-2012: - 1. WSAA Workforce Development Project - Additional Feedback Sought. |

Skills eFlash #7 - 13 June 2012 - Release Date 13-Jun-2012: - 1. WSAA Workforce Development Project - Feedback Sought. | 2. Congratulations to 52 Water Operators (Civil) Graduates from Allconnex. | 3. Strategic Investment Funding (SIF) Progress. |

Skills eFlash #6 - Release Date 16-May-2012: - 1. Changes to National Training Package (NWP07_V3) and WIAC Meeting. | 2. Short Course Training Workshops. | 3. Queensland Water Skills Partnership Call for Subscribers 2012/2013. | 4. Federal Budget Training and Skills Impacts. | New WSAA Water Industry Workforce Development Project. |

Skills eFlash #5 - Release Date 28-Feb-2012: - 1. Strategic Investment Fund contract finalised - Funding for training places now available!. | 2. Asset Management Training Pilot - Register your interest. | 3. Water Legislation & SWIM Training Workshop - Emerald. | 4. Supervisor Training (Water) - Bowen. | 5. Queensland Water Skills Partnership welcome Banana Shire Council. |

Skills eFlash # 4 - Release Date 19-Dec-2011: - 1. Outcomes of Water Skills Partnership Project Prioritisation Workshop. | 2. Strategic Investment Fund - Training Places funding available. | 3. Water Skills Formation Strategy achievements - strategy concludes 31 December. | 4. Queensland Water Skills Partnership - discounted membership for remainder of financial year. | International WaterCentre launches new Graduate Certificate in Water Planning. |

Skills eFlash # 3 - Release Date 15-Nov-2011: - 1. Water Industry Induction Released! |

Skills eFlash #2 - Release Date 11-Nov-2011: - 1. Certificate IV & Diploma Water Operations Declared Traineeship in Queensland. | 2. Water Industry Advisory Group Meeting held 28/29 September 2011. | 3. AWA development of RPL and Training and Assessment Resources. | 4. Water Skills Partnership Project Prioritisation Workshop - 16 November 2011. |

Skills eflash #1 - Release Date 30-Sep-2011: - Item 1. Skills Partnership Prioritisation Workshop - 16th November. Item 2. New Skills and Training resources on qldwater website. Item 3. Queensland Water Skills Partnership