Water Skills Partnership

2021 marks ten years of successful industry collaboration by the Water Skills Partnership to address critical skills needs facing the urban water industry in Queensland. In October 2021, the Partnership was awarded the Queensland Premier’s Industry Collaboration Training Award in recognition of the successful collaboration by water industry professionals to deliver initiatives to support Queensland water industry skilling and workforce development.

The Partnership performs a number of functions in this role including securing skills and training funding for industry, producing reports and workforce planning documentation, coordinating industry wide skills/workforce development projects, piloting training initiatives, information sharing and collaboration opportunities and representation for Queensland on numerous national industry skills committees.

The Partnership was created in 2011 as a new industry-led initiative to address critical skills needs facing the urban water industry in Queensland. It extends the work undertaken through the Water Skills Formation Strategy (SFS) which commenced in late 2009 supported by the Department of Education and Training and hosted by qldwater.

Priorities of the Water Skills Partnership are determined by subscribers with two meetings per year and input from the broader industry gathered at the annual Water Skills Forum. The forum brings together water and wastewater managers and HR representatives from across Queensland to discuss skilling and training needs for the sector and provides valuable insights for priority setting. 

There are currently 51 subscribers to the Queensland Water Skills Partnership for 2022-2023 including;

  • Balonne Shire Council
  • Banana Shire Council
  • Barcaldine Regional Council
  • Barcoo Shire Council
  • Boulia Council
  • Bulloo Shire Council
  • Bundaberg Regional Council
  • Burdekin Shire Council
  • Burke Shire Council
  • Cairns Regional Council
  • Carpentaria Shire Council
  • Cassowary Coast Regional Council
  • Central Highlands Regional Council
  • Charters Towers Regional Council
  • City of Gold Coast
  • Cook Shire Council
  • Croydon Shire Council
  • Diamantina Regional Council
  • Douglas Shire Council
  • Etheridge Shire Council
  • Fraser Coast Regional Council (Wide Bay Water and Waste Services)
  • Gladstone Area Water Board
  • Gladstone Regional Council
  • Goondiwindi Regional Council
  • Gympie Regional Council
  • Hinchinbrook Regional Council
  • Logan City Council
  • Longreach Regional Council
  • Mackay Regional Council
  • Maranoa Regional Council
  • Mareeba Shire Council
  • McKinlay Shire Council
  • Mount Isa City Council
  • Mornington Shire Council
  • North Burnett Regional Council
  • Paroo Shire Council
  • Urban Utilities
  • Redland City Council
  • Richmond Regional Council
  • Rockhampton Regional Council
  • Seqwater
  • South Burnett Regional Council
  • Southern Downs Regional Council
  • Tablelands Regional Council
  • Toowoomba Regional Council
  • Townsville City Council
  • Unitywater
  • Western Downs Regional Council
  • Whitsunday Regional Council
  • Winton Shire Council
  • Woorabinda Aboriginal Shire Council

To join the Queensland Water Skills Partnership contact skills@qldwater.com.au. Membership is calculated on a simple cost per water and wastewater employee per financial year.