Survey – Technology and Innovation – The Impact on WA Industry and its Workforce

 Purpose of the survey:

Provide information from key stakeholders across WA Industry, in terms of how they see innovation and technology shaping the future workforce needs of their organisation, their industry and the WA economy.

The survey will assist in answering the following questions:

  • How current and emerging innovation and technology advances are changing the nature of work in some of WA’s key industries and in particular, the demand for future skills and jobs; and
  • Appropriate education and training strategies and policy changes, which will ensure that these workforce needs are met in the future.

Who should fill it out?  Industry associations, business leaders, innovation and technology specialists, research institutions and education providers

By when?  26th February 2017

How long will it take to complete?   10 minutes

Link to the survey:




Water Industry Reference Committee – Feedback on Structure

The Australian Industry and Skills Committee (AISC) is reviewing Industry Reference Committees (IRCs) to ensure that the structure and membership of each IRC provides the best possible industry coverage and expertise to support training package development for each industry sector.

The Water IRC is responsible for the NWP – National Water Training Package.

The water industry includes supplying irrigation water to farmers and other users and providing drinking water and wastewater services, including sewage treatment, to households and industry.

Core water industry skills are also required in a number of other industries, including mining, hospitality and local government. The NWP National Water Training Package includes nationally-recognised qualifications for occupations involved in water industry operations (generalist, treatment, networks, source, irrigation, hydrography, trade waste), treatment (drinking water, waste water) and irrigation.

Water Industry Reference Committee – Proposed composition

It is proposed that:

  • Two (2) permanent positions are allocated to representatives from the following peak bodies and associations:
    • Water Industry Operators Association (WIOA)
    • Rotating position (every two years) for the Australian Water Association and the Water Services Association of Australia (WSAA)
  • Nine (9) positions are allocated to employers, enterprises, organisations and individuals as follows:
    • Five (5) positions for representatives from government owned employers (open for nominations every two years)
    • Four (4) positions for employers, organisations or individuals with expertise in Australia’s water sector and access to networks in this sector (open for nominations)
  • One (1) position is allocated to a representative from the Australian Services Union.

The table below shows a proposed structure for the Water IRC. Industry stakeholders are asked to comment on the proposed structure to ensure it is representative of the Water sector.


You will hopefully be fully aware that the UEEA Training Council includes within its Board of Management the Training Manager from the Water Corporation WA – Mr Neil Hooley.

Neil has been heavily engaged at the national level representing WA needs under the old arrangements at GSA, and continues to sit on the interim IRC to this date.

Your views on the IRC membership are very important, particularly as we must ensure that all industry needs are considered in training package development work.  I urge you to consider the suitability of the structure above.

In your response, some factors you may want to consider and comment on include the industry coverage the proposed structure would provide and the balance of representation between the sub‑sectors.

Feedback is required by COB Thursday 15 December 2016, and you are free to complete the AISC feedback directly.  Should you choose to do so, I encourage you to let this office know what your views are.  Even a quick note in the comments below would be great!

NB: Industry stakeholders are being asked to comment on the proposed structure to ensure it is representative of the industry and sectors. Once the structure has been agreed, the AISC will call for nominations against the vacant positions. For more information about the review process please see the IRC Review Page.

The AISC adds that membership of the IRC is not the only avenue for stakeholders to raise their views. The Water IRC will be responsible for ensuring, with the support of its allocated Skills Service Organisation (Australian Industry Standards Limited), that all relevant industry stakeholders are given opportu­nities to provide input into the training package development process. Specific expertise / advice outside the reach of the IRC may also be sought on an as-needs basis, including through the establishment of a Technical Advisory Committee.

Let me further add that the UEEA Training Council is also your voice-piece – not only to the Industry Reference Committee, but also to our own Department of Training and Workforce Development, the State Training Board, and ultimately to the Minister.

Water Industry – Business Case for review of Diploma

Click here to download the discussion paper

Small waterPlease be advised that Australian Industry Standards has released a business case discussion paper relating to the Diploma of Water Industry Operations.

There doesn’t appear to be much of an appetite to review this qualification in WA, however other states and territories have found that the most recent version of the training package needs review.

The paper asks five questions within, which you are welcome to provide feedback against:

  1. Are there additional stakeholders that the Water IRC should invite to comment on this proposed Business Case?
  2. Are there additional issues to those listed in the paper that should be covered under the review of the NWP50715 – Diploma of Water Industry Operations?
  3. Are there other quantifiable benefits to reviewing the NWP50715 – Diploma of Water Industry Operations other than those listed in the paper?
  4. Are there other impacts to the review and development of NWP50715 – Diploma of Water Industry Operations qualification other than those listed in the paper?
  5. Do you support the proposed changes as described in this draft Business Case Discussion Paper?

I note that this work is to be completed by 22 November 2017.

I kindly ask that you either include the UEEA Training Council in any feedback you provide directly, or forward us your thoughts anyway and we will make sure that Australian Industry Standards and the Dept of Training and Workforce Development is fully informed of Western Australia’s views.  Feedback should be provided to us by COB 5 December 2016

Water Industry – Inaugural School Based Trainee Program

The UEEA Training Council had the pleasure of attending the graduation of four trainees who participated in the Water Corporation’s first School Based Traineeship program.

The nature of the water sector has, to date, meant that a job seeker cannot undertake water industry specific qualifications without first obtaining employment.  Whilst this initiative still involves employment, it introduces potential workers while they are still at school.

Driven by Collene Castle at the Water Corporation, this program was a significant effort involving Clontarf, Sevenoaks School, SMYL, South Metropolitan TAFE, the Perth Regional Alliance (PRA) and the Aroona Alliance.

Under Collene’s direction, this program was targeted at the selection of Aboriginal school students.Trainees were exposed to many aspects of work in the water sector and completed the entry level Certificate II, giving them broad skills in catchment management and water networks.

The program has been a success with interest to repeat the process in 2017 in the metropolitan area as well as explore the implementation of the SBT in the South West.

The UEEA congratulates all involved and the trainees who were awarded certificates by Sue Murphy, CEO Water Corporation on Monday 31 October.

Industry Consultant Position Available: Electrical and Utilities


For those that have worked with Trevor over the past few years with EUPA and the UEEA, I know you will be sad to see him go.  He has worked tirelessly in the electrotechnology space and will be missed.  Trevor is completing his final few weeks and will shortly leave us, which opens an exciting opportunity for someone else.

Please feel free to consider the vacancy and/or pass on to others that you know could contribute to our industry sectors.

Please click here to view the advertisement (seek)

Water Industry Draft 4 Year Plan

water-irc-planAustralian Industry Skills have released the draft 4 year work plan for the water industry.   The UEEA would like to hear from you directly should you have any feedback for this process.

Unfortunately, we are not provided with much time and so I ask for your attention at the earliest opportunity.  The UEEA must provide feedback no later than 28 September 2016 (next Wednesday).

Click here for the PDF Draft 4 Year Plan

The plan picks up on technology changes, data analysis, automation, climate change, regulatory changes and the significant size of the infrastructure required to manage water sources, treatment and networks which apply to WA.  The package also caters for irrigation, however our major stakeholders in WA have not adopted this training package.

National workforce data shows an overall decline in numbers, although female representation is up.  Industry data is not assisted in this sector due to the limited ANZSCO categories that apply.

Ageing is an issue, not only due to the impending retirement of workers, but also as new technology is rapidly introduced.

Please note that the most immediate action will be a planned review of the Diploma of Water Industry Operations along with the potential removal of some duplicate qualifications from the ZWV Humanitarian Training Package.


Expanding Career Options for Women Scholarship Program

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Expanding career options for women scholarships are available to help women get a job in a wide variety of non-traditional industry areas and trades, including construction, IT, automotive, maritime and agriculture.

There are more than 180 qualifications to choose from.  The qualifications cover all industries applicable to the UEEA…

Utilities – You may be interested in:

  • Certificate III to Advanced Diplomas in Civil Construction (RII)
  • Certificate II to Certificate IV in Telecommunications (ICT)
  • Certificate II and III in Electricity Supply (vegetation control and overhead distribution)
  • The Certificate III in Waste Management
  • Certificate II, III (and IV) in Water Industry Operations/Treatment

Engineering – What about:

  • Certificate IV’s in avionics
  • Cert II to Ad Dips, including trade fabrication and mechanical trades
  • Certificate III and IV in Competitive Systems and Practices

Electrical – Check out Certificate II to Ad Dips, including trade electrician and fitter qualifications

Automotive – You’re not forgotten!  There are Certificate III qualifications including trade qualifications across the spectrum as well as a Certificate IV.

There are also existing worker traineeships eligible for funding under FutureSkills WA that are also included in this program.

Scholarships can be used towards a range of associated costs, such as student fees, learning resources, mentoring, coaching, accommodation, transport and even childcare fees.

Don’t miss out – applications close on 31 October 2016.

For more information or to apply for a scholarship visit


Australian Industry Standards has released a brief issues paper for the Water Industry sector.

The purpose of this paper is to provide industry stakeholders with a summary of the key industry and skills-related trends – domestically and internationally – that have been identified by the Water Industry Reference Committee (IRC). The contents of this paper are drawn from industry consultations and other research activities completed by the IRC this year. This information, along with feedback from stakeholders, will be used by the IRC in the development of the four-year Workplan for the Water Industry Training Package.

Australian Industry Standards has been tasked by the IRC to collect feedback from interested stakeholders about these issues on its behalf.

Please use this link to download the paper.

Please note that there are two questions that you can choose to answer at the conclusion of this paper.

How to provide feedback

Stakeholders are invited to submit their comments on the key themes and issues outlined in this paper by close of business on Monday September 12th 2016.

In considering the key issues and themes identified in this paper, AIS are keen to have any feedback that either confirms your issue has been covered, or else raises an issue you feel should be addressed in the four-year Workplan for the Water Training Package which will be submitted to the AISC on September 30th 2016.

Responses can be emailed to but we here at the UEEA would like you to also inform us of your issues or concerns.  Please consider sharing your feedback with us.

Water Industry Traineeships established

I am pleased to advise that the proposal to establish the following traineeships have been approved by the Minister for Training and Workforce Development and was published in the Government Gazette on Friday, 8 July 2016:

  • NWP20115 Certificate II in Water Industry Operations;
  • NWP30215 Certificate III in Water Industry Operations;
  • NWP30315 Certificate III in Water Industry Treatment;
  • NWP40515 Certificate IV in Water Industry Operations; and
  • NWP40615 Certificate IV in Water Industry Treatment.

The notice is available in the State Law Publisher website ( as Notice No. 123 of 2016.

Further, we have just received advice (July 2016) that funding is approved for the above traineeships, for new workers.

Water Industry Traineeship – Re-establishment

Drinking water, waste water, networks, dams, desalination, bores, irrigation, hydrography…

If you are in the business of providing water services to the community, you need to know that the Water Industry Training Package (now the NWP Water Industry Training Package) is ripe for implementation.

Is it urgent?

Yes indeed!  EUPA has been engaging every possible stakeholder at national and state levels to assist the industry and its training providers because a rather nasty unintended consequence of the endorsement process has occurred.

To everyone’s complete surprise, the old qualifications from NWP07 were deleted from and were not ‘technically’ replaced by the new qualifications.

Result – Those delivering the old Certificates II, III and IV in Water Operations have suddenly found they can no longer enrol new students using the normal transition arrangements. For an industry that is dedicated to traineeships as an entry-level employment pathway, this is very, very bad news.  If you have further questions on that please call me!

Re-establishing the Water Industry Traineeships

EUPA has now lodged the required paperwork with the State Training Board to commence re-establishing the traineeships.  We urgently need your support to do so and will be contacting all known stakeholders to present a water-tight case (oh, I had to get a pun in somewhere) for the Minister to gazette new traineeships.

EUPA will be seeking industry support to re-establish traineeships for the following qualifications:

• NWP20115 Certificate II in Water Industry Operations;
• * NWP30415 Certificate III in Water Industry Irrigation;
• NWP30315 Certificate III in Water Industry Treatment;
• NWP30215 Certificate III in Water Industry Operations;
• NWP40615 Certificate IV in Water Industry Treatment; and
• NWP40515 Certificate IV in Water Industry Operations;

* Note:  The irrigation qualification is new, although it was available within the old Certificate III in Water by selecting the appropriate electives.  This qualification will require additional industry input.

School based delivery

EUPA will also be seeking support to re-establish the school-based traineeship that was implemented last year by the Water Corporation and the Aroona Alliance.  The implementation of that program hit the news with the successful intake of a group of students from Clontarf College (media release here).

Register your interest

Please contact me on this email, mobile 0422 114 944 or the office on (08) 9240 2688 if you have an interest in these qualifications.  I will seek to ensure you fully understand the changes, and in exchange would like to document your support (or otherwise) for the new traineeships.

All consultation and reporting must be complete by the 17th May 2016.

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