Stormwater 2021 National Conference

Thank you to all of those who attended and supported the STORMWATER 2021 National Conference.

Due to the ongoing uncertainty surrounding COVID-19, Stormwater Australia made the decision that the 2021 Conference would be held as a virtual event using the OnAIR Virtual Conference Software.

With more than 300 delegates attending, this Conference continued the proud tradition of being the one-stop-shop for industry professionals looking to keep abreast of contemporary practice, share ideas with their peers and make new contacts that can be invaluable in their everyday work. 

This Conference focused on the profound challenges we have to manage across urban and rural areas into the next decade. Population growth and climate change is driving rapid changes to the natural and human environment including declining waterway health and increasing flood risks. These challenges involve behaviours, policy settings and societal expectations in linked economic, social and environmental systems. A systems approach is needed to transform our science, governance, practice, policy and culture to resolve these continually evolving problems and understand the trade-offs. How can we explain these complex challenges to our colleagues and instigate change within society? 

Does increased urban density provide sustainable outcomes or result in declining liveability? Our knowledge, experience and culture are also rapidly evolving into the next decade. Perhaps these evolving opportunities will meet to challenges of the next decade and transform our urban and rural areas. How will this happen? The evolution of systems thinking, recognition of circular economies and the connectivity of scales, increased diversity, better-connected networks of people, digital twins and legacy knowledge from our first peoples are the new frontiers. This might influence local actions to deliver global benefits to people and ecosystems.

Conference Sponsors

Platinum Sponsor

SPEL specialises in stormwater and wastewater quality improvement, with a range of biological systems and engineered products.

Gold Sponsor

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Silver Sponsor

Melbourne Water is a statutory authority owned by the Victorian Government, managing and protecting the city's major water resources for the community.

Silver Sponsor

FRÄNKISCHE is an innovative, growth-oriented, medium-sized family-owned enterprise and industry leader in the design, manufacturing and marketing of technically superior corrugated pipe systems drainage, electrical, building technology, automotive and industrial application.

Bronze Sponsor

Enviropod is a New Zealand-owned company that has been solving stormwater problems in Australia since 1998. More than 20 years of experience, smart design and engineering, investment in research and development, and constant innovation has contributed to our products becoming award-winning solutions installed across Australia, Canada, USA and New Zealand.

Bronze Sponsor

AquaMetro is a proudly Australian Owned Enterprise with world-class capabilities, entirely focused on servicing the Australian Water Industry. Our absolute commitment to people, community and the environment is combined with a lean, flexible structure ensuring that we can provide an efficient and effective response to every client’s needs.

Bronze Sponsor

Plan, design, model, and manage water, wastewater, and water processes with our industry-leading software.

Conference Supporter

TUFLOW is a suite of advanced 1D/2D/3D computer simulation software for flooding, urban drainage, coastal hydraulics, sediment transport, particle tracking and water quality. With over 30 years of continuous development, TUFLOW is internationally recognised as the industry leader for hydraulic modelling accuracy, speed and workflow efficiency. A key reason for TUFLOW's success is our support team of software developers and experienced modellers. They are renowned for their prompt, practical, helpful advice so that you can achieve your modelling objectives, and produce reliable, defendable solutions. We're here to help you solve your water modelling problems.

Awards for Excellence Category Sponsors

Trade Exhibitors

Cath Thrupp

CEO of CarbonPlanet, a Brisbane-based company creating a new Metaverse and Blockchain platform to connect investors to their
on-ground catchment and sustainability projects. She is an aquatic ecologist and catchment manager, who has over twenty years of experience delivering major water and natural resource projects within the private, public & non-profit sectors. Cath also
undertakes water advisory work, with a focus on water innovation, strategy and digital water solutions.

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Privacy Policy

Privacy Policy

1. The protection of personal information is important to Stormwater Australia Incorporated. Stormwater Australia is committed to respecting the right to privacy and the protection of personal information.

3. Personal Information is information or an opinion (including information or an opinion forming part of a database) from which it is possible to determine a person’s identity. Examples of personal information include a person’s name, postal address, telephone number, email address, date of birth, fingerprints, body samples or genetic information.

4. This Privacy Policy explains in general terms how SIA manages personal information. It also describes, generally the types of personal information held, purposes for which it is held, together with how the information is collected, held, used and disclosed.

Collection of Information

When information is collected

5. Information will be collected by Stormwater Australia about a person in a number of ways, including, but not limited to, when a person:

(a) Subscribes to any newsletter or publication produced by Stormwater Australia;

(b) Subscribes to any Stormwater Australia electronic publication or mailing list;

(c) Registers his or her interest to participate in the association;

(d) Registers, or is registered, as a member of the association;

(e) Participates in the association in any capacity (including as an official); and

(f) Voluntarily provides their details in order to receive information from Stormwater Australia.

6. As well as collecting information directly from individuals, there may be occasions when Stormwater Australia will collect information from third parties.

What information is collected?

7. Stormwater Australia collects a range of information depending on the circumstances. Examples of the type of information which may be collected are set out below.

8. Stormwater Australia requires the information to conduct the activities of the association and provide its services, manage its relationship with people and to communicate with people effectively.

9. The information collected by Stormwater Australia about a particular person will vary depending on the circumstances of collection. It may include, but is not limited to:

(a) A person’s name;

(b) Email and/or postal address;

(c) Telephone number;

(d) Date of birth;

(e) Home country;

(f) Sporting organisation affiliations;

(g) Gender;

(h) Credit card details;

(i) Communication history with Stormwater Australia;

(j) Transactional information in respect of the use of Stormwater Australia services;

(k) Health information;

(l) Relevant qualifications;

(m) Automatically recorded computer information.

10. Stormwater Australia will, before or as soon as possible after, collecting the information, take reasonable steps to ensure that the persons concerned are aware of:

(a) The fact that the information has been collected;

(b) The purpose for which the information is collected;

(c) The intended recipients of the information, including the organisations or types of organisations to which Stormwater Australia usually discloses information of that kind;

(d) Whether the supply of information is required by law and any consequences if it is not provided;

(e) The existence of any right to access, or correct, the information and;

(f) Stormwater Australia’s details.

11. Stormwater Australia will take reasonable steps to ensure that the information collected is relevant to the purpose for which it was collected, accurate, complete and up to date and that it does not intrude unreasonably into the personal affairs of the person concerned.

Retention and Security of Personal Information

12. Stormwater Australia stores information in different ways, including by paper and in electronic form. Stormwater Australia will do everything reasonably within its power to ensure that information is kept securely. It will ensure that information is retained for no longer than is necessary for the purposes for which it was obtained.

13. Where it is necessary for a person’s information to be given to a third party in connection with any of Stormwater Australia’s activities, Stormwater Australia will do everything reasonably within its power to ensure the information is not used in an unauthorised fashion.

Using and Disclosing Personal Information

14. All personal information collected by Stormwater Australia is only available to those authorised individuals who need to handle that information for the purpose for which it was collected.

15. In some circumstances, personal information may also be disclosed outside Stormwater Australia and outside Australia. In such circumstances, Stormwater Australia will use its best endeavours to ensure such parties kept the information confidential and do not use the information other than the purpose for which it is disclosed to them.

16. Stormwater Australia may also disclose personal information:

(a) When required by law;

(b) To an enforcement body when reasonably necessary; or

(c) To lessen or prevent a threat to an individual or public health or safety.

17. A person whose data is collected by SIA will have the option to withdraw their consent to Stormwater Australia’s use of this information by notifying Stormwater Australia in writing.

18. Stormwater Australia will not use information for a purpose other than that for which it is collected, unless:

(a) Consent has been provided by the individual concerned; or

(b) The alternate use of the information is for a purpose that is directly related to the purpose for which the information was collected; or

(c) Stormwater Australia believes that alternate use of the information is necessary to prevent or lessen a serious and imminent threat to the life or health of the individual concerned.

19. Stormwater Australia will not disclose information to third parties unless:

(a) The disclosure is directly related to the purpose for which the information was collected, and SIA has no reason to believe that the person concerned would object to the disclosure; or

(b) The individual concerned is aware, or reasonably likely to have been aware, that information of that particular kind is usually disclosed to that other person or body; or

(c) Stormwater Australia believes that the disclosure of the information is necessary to prevent or lessen a serious and imminent threat to the life or health of the individual concerned.

Access and Correction
20. Access to an individual’s own personal information held by Stormwater Australia is permitted, except as otherwise provided under law, and will be afforded by SIA without excessive delay or expense to the person concerned.

21. If an individual wishes to access information held by Stormwater Australia, they should make a request in writing to Stormwater Australia.

22. Stormwater Australia will take all reasonable steps to ensure that the personal information it collects, uses or discloses is accurate, complete and up-to-date.

23. Personal information can be corrected, completed or updated by contacting Stormwater Australia. In the interest of protecting the privacy of the individual concerned, Stormwater Australia must properly identify the individual and as such, Stormwater Australia may telephone the person or require current name and address and a form of identification (such as a driver’s licence or passport) before access to information is provided.

24. In some limited circumstances, Stormwater Australia will allow a third party to access and correct information held about an individual. For example, this may occur when a person (Person A) allows a third party (Person B) to register them as an association Member. Stormwater Australia will allow Person B (also being an association Member) to continue to have access to, and to update, the information provided about Person A. In these circumstances, Person A will be informed of any access and updates provided by Person B and can notify Stormwater Australia if they withdraw their consent to this access.

25. Stormwater Australia will assume, unless told otherwise, that any request for access to information relates to current records. This will include the personal information, which is held on database and files.

Health Information

26. The HRIP Act defines ‘Health Information’. This definition includes, but is not limited to:

(a) Information or an opinion about the physical or mental health of a person, a health service provided to a person, or an individual’s express wishes about the future provision of health services to him or her;

(b) Information collected in providing a health service; and

(c) Information collected in connection with the donation of an individual’s body parts, organs or body substances.

27. Stormwater Australia may collect and use health information from time to time to ensure that the association is operated safely and in accordance with the special health needs of individuals, and for insurance purposes. Stormwater Australia will only collect health information that is relevant to the running of the association.

28. SIA will treat the health information it is provided with in accordance with the ‘Health Privacy Principles’ set out in Schedule 1 of the HRIP Act.

29. Stormwater Australia may use health information to carry out research, to prepare submissions to government, or to plan events and activities, provided such health information has been aggregated or otherwise de-identified so that it cannot be used to identify any individual.

Resolving Privacy Issues and Complaints

30. Any issues or complaints in relation to the collection, use, disclosure, quality, security and access of personal information, may be made to Stormwater Australia

31. Any person who does not want Stormwater Australia use their personal information should put this request in writing and forward it to Stormwater Australia.

32. Stormwater Australia may amend this Privacy Policy from time to time.