Water Corporation employees were informed today that a schedule of workforce reductions foreshadowed last month would progress over the next eight months.

Over the past decade, Water Corporation has invested heavily and undertaken a large number of capital projects to secure water supplies in response to the drying climate and unprecedented population growth. This includes building capital intensive, climate-independent water sources and working with the community to reduce its water use.

While there remains a significant capital investment program Water Corporation’s predominant focus will become operations and maintenance.

As it nears the end of a capital intensive phase of infrastructure investment and population growth slows, the workforce needs to change to match the services being provided.

Work to confirm the exact number of people who will leave the organisation is still being finalised, but indications are that around 10 per cent or about 300 FTEs will potentially be made redundant.

Water Corporation will engage with the first round of employees in roles identified as no longer required over the next few weeks.

Water Corporation Chief Executive Officer Sue Murphy said these employees would receive redundancy packages and full support to assist them as they transition from the business. She said the decision to make positions redundant was a difficult one but had been done as part of a rigorous organisation-wide review.

The business transformation program will result in a more efficient organisation with the right number of people in the right roles. Water Corporation is confident that its asset maintenance and customer service levels will continue to be maintained with a reduced workforce.

Fact File
• Water Corporation manages $34 billion (replacement value) of assets to deliver water services across the entire 2.6 million square kilometre expanse of the state.
• Water Corporation is owned by the Western Australian Government and accountable to the Minister for Water for delivery of its services in a commercial manner.
• In 2013-14 it invested $984million in capital works and had an operating expenditure of $851million.

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