Department of Water, WA

The Australian Business Award for Business Sustainability recognises organisations that have successfully implemented initiatives that demonstrate leadership and commitment to sustainable business practices.

[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”]“This sustainability award recognises the work achieved by the Western Australian Department of Water and its predecessors in developing the tools and approaches to managing the State’s rivers and estuaries.

“Assessment of the values, threats and condition of our waterways is a core element of the department’s function, and helps us determine the requirements to support our aquatic environments while regulating water use and managing the impacts of land use and climate.

“The South West Index of River Condition (SWIRC) provides us with an ecologically robust and accurate assessment protocol to determine and adapt best practice for sustainable management of waterways.”[/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 department supports liveable communities, enables prosperous businesses and protects water resources and environments, while recognising climate and social change, population increase and economic development.

The department uses its expertise and recognised science capability to deliver a range of key water resource management services. It also delivers strategic priority projects that respond to opportunities and generate new and innovative solutions for water management. Sufficient water of the right quality is essential for thriving communities and economic growth. The department works to ensure the government, industry and community have timely knowledge of resources suitable for drinking water, agriculture, mining and industry in areas where it is most needed.

South West Index of River Conditions (SWIRC) is a toolkit designed to provide standardised methods for collecting, analysing and scoring river conditions in the south-west of Western Australia. It is an index which has standardised the science behind river health, whilst being designed for application across a range of purposes and is cost-efficient. The SWIRC uses a series of indicators to examine six broad ecological themes that underpin ecological condition of waterways. The SWIRC studies have made a significant contribution to the more efficient and sustainable management of our river systems. The SWIRC, and the studies which have been undertaken using this diagnostic tool, have significantly improved The Department of Water’s understanding of the river systems. The evidence gathered is used to improve their management of water resources which will ultimately benefit the entire community.

The Department of Water is being recognised for a Sustainability 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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