Organisations needed to run First Nations water management traineeship program

Media release | 14 September 2021

The NSW Government is calling for organisations to submit a proposal to deliver a First Nations metering traineeship program.

The $1 million program is being funded as part of the Australian Government’s $12.5 million package aimed at boosting metering and telemetry in the northern Murray-Darling Basin.

Bradley Delaney, Manager Aboriginal Policy Engagement at the Department of Planning Industry and Environment (DPIE) Water said the selected organisation/s will deliver a two-year traineeship program which provides indigenous participants with a Certificate III in Irrigation technology, paid industry placements and accreditation as a certified meter installer.

“Water has unique significance in Aboriginal culture, our river systems are integral to traditional teachings and ceremonies,” Mr Delaney said.

“Increasing Aboriginal representation in the water management industry will help us to build cultural values and traditional water management knowledge into the sector.”

Aaron Walker, Director Special Projects DPIE Water, encourages all suitable organisations to submit a proposal.

“We strongly encourage Aboriginal-owned organisations to express their interest in delivering this important program which will amplify the voice of First Nation Australians in water management,” Mr Walker said.

“Diversifying the water management industry will help to ensure NSW is delivering the best outcomes for community, industry, environment and culture.

“Delivering this program will create further employment opportunities for First Nations people by equipping the trainees with key trade skills to help them develop a career path in water management.

“The program will also boost the number of certified meter installers in NSW to support the roll out of the non-urban metering and floodplain harvesting measurement rules.”

The deadline for proposals is 28 September 2021, for more information about submitting a proposal visit the NSW Government tenders website.

The successful proponent is expected to be announced in October.