Department of Water, WA

The Australian Business Award for Project Management recognises organisations that have achieved outstanding results through excellence in project management.

[testimonials design=”classic” backgroundcolor=”” textcolor=”” random=”” class=”” id=””][testimonial name=”Mike Rowe, Director General” avatar=”none” image=”” image_border_radius=”” company=”Department of Water, WA” link=”” target=”_blank”]“The Western Australian Department of Water provides expertise, advice and technical guidance on issues influencing successful water management in urban and agricultural landscapes, advising on water resources, drainage, flood management, waterway protection and water services.

“The Project Management award for the Urban Waterways Renewal project is an example of how partnerships and good project management make real and long-lasting contributions to the Western Australian urban waterways environment.

“This is a real community partnership, and one of the most significant urban water projects ever managed by the Department of Water and delivered by a community group in Western Australia and improves water resilience, sustainability and liveability in our cities and towns.”[/testimonial][/testimonials][separator style_type=”none” top_margin=”10″ bottom_margin=”10″ sep_color=”” border_size=”” icon=”” icon_circle=”” icon_circle_color=”” width=”” alignment=”center” class=”” id=””]

The Department of Water is the state government agency that looks after Western Australia’s water. As the lead water resources manager in Western Australia, the Department of Water has a responsibility to protect, conserve and manage water resources.

The Urban Waterways Renewal project is an example of how partnerships and good project management make real and long-lasting contributions to the Western Australia urban waterways environment. The Urban Waterways Renewal project was a collaborative project between South East Regional Centre for Urban Landcare (SERCUL) and the Department of Water, in partnership with multiple waterways managers and stakeholders. The government agencies and community natural resource management (NRM) groups work together to develop outstanding on-ground water management outcomes in degraded waterways and urban drainage systems. The unique feature of the project has been the breadth and commitment of the stakeholder partnership, championed by community groups and underpinned by the rigorous science and engineering advice and project management provided by the Department of Water, and the involvement of a vast number of volunteers.

The Western Australian Department of Water’s Urban Water Branch managed the overall project including project coordination, provision of executive support and liaison with the Australian Government Department of the Environment. The branch also provided engineering advice for design of features such as living streams, bio-retention/treatment area and bio filters; and reviewed and provided departmental endorsement of designs. The department’s Water Science Branch managed the water quality monitoring and evaluation of the projects. The Department of Water’s project management, engineering and scientific skills guided the successful completion of this five-year project, which has achieved outstanding results and establishes a blue print for the department’s future collaboration. The Urban Waterways Renewal project has contributed to total water cycle management by optimising water quality, efficiency and reuse outcomes in an integrated manner.

The Department of Water is being recognised for a Project Management award in the Australian Business Awards 2016.

The Australian Business Awards are the regional chapter of an integrated, hierarchical leadership program conducted on a national and international level. Eligible organisations from each region are invited to participate in the international chapter of the program at The World Business Awards. Conducted annually and currently in the second year of its international launch, The World Business Awards seeks to engage with the world’s business, innovation and technology leaders through a global recognition and knowledge building initiative that is underpinned by the program’s established framework. The program engages with organisations worldwide to benchmark the full spectrum of their products, services and initiatives and to review their business performance. The cycle culminates in the recognition and celebration of organisations that implement world-class business initiatives and industry leading products and services on a prominent and far-reaching scale. All entries must be entered in the regional chapter where the organisation is based.

Organisational participation includes private companies, publicly listed companies, multinational subsidiaries, not-for-profit organisations, non-government organisations, educational institutions, franchise systems, partnerships, government departments, government agencies, local government and statutory bodies operating in Australia.

Initiatives can include but are not limited to projects, programs, processes, systems, technologies, developments, ventures and undertakings.

Entries are assessed utilising a robust and dynamic framework to ensure that the assessment process is pertinent and objective. The World Business Awards Framework (WBA Framework) is utilised as a structured model of assessment that enables the participating organisations to be benchmarked against world class performance standards. The Framework consists of specialised assessment modules pertaining to the evaluation criteria for each of the award categories. The criteria and sub-criteria provide a robust set of requirements that are used as the methodology for benchmarking and learning among the participating organisations.

Organisations that participate are provided with the unique opportunity to benchmark themselves against the top performers globally. The recipients are acknowledged for their achievements and recognised as the elite of their industry earning a place amongst a distinguished group by having their products, projects, initiatives, contributions and achievements recognised on a prominent and far-reaching scale. The program provides the ultimate platform for building knowledge, increasing brand awareness, equity, loyalty and retention through increased exposure, recognition and prestige. This establishes a valuable resource that can be used extensively to create opportunities for publicity, positive organisational profiling and heightened brand awareness within the respective industries both nationally and internationally.

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