In partnership with the International Water Association Australia (IWAA), we’re offering scholarships to support and empower emerging Indigenous water leaders to attend both intrastate and interstate conferences, as well as receive mentoring from industry professionals.

An opportunity to learn

Recipients will be provided with opportunities to learn from experts, share their own knowledge, improve networking skills and enhance the value of their contribution to the sustainable management of water services, and crucially, their connection to Indigenous culture.

One of last year’s recipients was Taylor Hayward, a Senior Advisor for remote services at Water Corporation.

“I’m so thankful for the opportunities the scholarship provided me, and it’s so humbling to have been chosen,” said Taylor.

While his original proposal to research community driven service delivery wasn’t able to be completed under COVID restrictions, Taylor used the opportunity to further develop a network within the national and international water sector, which will help him complete his project in the future.

He was also able to establish beneficial mentoring relationships with professionals from businesses across the industry.

The scholarship funds travel, accommodation and admission to attend conferences and where possible, present at selected conferences. Each recipient will be supported and mentored by experienced and emerging industry professionals.

Applicants welcomed from across WA

We’re encouraging applications from everyone who identifies as Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander living and/or working in Western Australia, who has an idea to present related to:

  • Indigenous ways of knowing western scientific synergies
  • History of water in Indigenous communities, or
  • Needs and applications of cultural access to water

Other similar topics will also be considered.

How to apply

For information on how to apply, please email Team Leader – Aboriginal Employment and Development, Collene Castle.

Applications close 5pm Monday, 28 May 2021