Policy & Economics stream


Insights from our sector economics review


The Victorian water sector provides significant value to the health and wellbeing of Victorians, and to the state’s economy and environment. Yet there are growing challenges facing the sector, and maintaining the financial sustainability of water businesses whilst ensuring services deliver value and remain affordable into the future is a key issue.  In this session, Chris Olszak, David Heeps and Tim Ryan from Aither will unveil the results of a recent review of our water sector’s economic future.  Using data obtained from water corporations, ESC and other sources, modelled scenarios over a 30-year horizon will be discussed interactively with participants.  Within breakout rooms, participants will have the opportunity to discuss the results and consider options for maintaining the sustainability of our sector.

Facilitated by: Jarrah O'Shea

Presenters: Chris Olszak & David Heeps, Aither

Format: Zoom with Breakout Rooms - participants will require a microphone and webcam

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Water Resilient Cities


The City Water Resilience Approach (CWRA) responds to a demand for innovative approaches and tools that help cities build water resilience at the urban scale. The CWRA was developed to help cities grow their capacity to provide high quality water resources for all residents, to protect them from water-related hazards, and to connect them through water-based transportation networks (“provide, protect, connect”).

The approach is the result of fieldwork and desk research, collaborative partnerships with subject matter experts, and direct engagement with city partners. Based on this research, the CWRA outlines a process for developing urban water resilience, and provides a suite of tools to help cities grow their capacity to survive and thrive in the face of water-related shocks and stresses.

The approach details five steps to guide cities through initial stakeholder engagement and baseline assessment, through action planning, implementation and monitoring of new initiatives that build water resilience.

Martin and Rhys will provide an introduction to the City Water Resilience Approach and how it’s been applied to Cape Town and Miami, amongst other cities. They will also provide an overview of the Approach and its adoption and adaptation in Australia

Facilitated by: Livia Bonazzi

Presenters: Rhys Anderson & Martin Shouler, Arup

Format: Zoom Webinar


Applying the Circular Economy to the Water Sector

Mike Andrews (Director – Water) and Robert Spencer (Director – Sustainable Development) are presenting on the value of a circular economy (CE) approach. They will provide insights into business models, procurement arrangements and processes to establish and embed CE, supported by the proof of value, in the UK and Europe.

Robert provides greater insight into the EU’s regulatory drivers and the plan to implement legislation.  He will also detail case studies from across Europe and provide insights into how AECOM has helped its clients adopt their circular business model, ensuring ‘waste as a resource’ and basing asset investments on a set of six design principles; retain, refit, refurbish, reclaim, remanufacture and recycle.

AECOM supports clients moving from CE component choices to a CE organisational/industry approach.

Facilitated by: Livia Bonazzi

Presenters: Mike Andrews & Robert Spencer, AECOM

Format: Zoom Webinar

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