OzWater is Australia’s international water conference and trade exhibition, programmed and hosted by the Australian Water Association (AWA). As the largest water conference in the Southern Hemisphere, OzWater offers opportunities to network among peers.

In 2019, OzWater was held in Melbourne, attracting 1500 domestic and international delegates from over 35 countries. With speakers from all over the world, industry programs, workshops, panels and site visits, OzWater draws a diverse audience of water professionals.

A major drawcard to the event is the OzWater trade exhibition, which showcases the best the industry has to offer. Each year, thousands of trade visitors attend this free exhibition alongside paying delegates.

In 2019, LVI sponsored OzWater to demonstrate Victoria’s water strengths and share the Victorian water story, showcasing the expertise of Victoria’s small to medium sized businesses and water corporations with a wider audience.

As a state with progressive water policies – such as those around Aboriginal water, and pursuing gender equality in the water sector – the OzWater’19 conference was a chance to share Victorian knowledge with representatives of the worldwide water sector.

As sponsors, LVI hosted an official Victorian Government welcome reception for international delegates, with welcomes from DELWP Secretary, John Bradley and the Commissioner for Victoria to Southeast Asia, Brett Stevens; as well as displaying a Victorian stand in the trade exhibition.

Through the trade stand we shared the work of Victorian businesses and great Victorian initiatives like ‘Intelligent Water Networks’. Businesses invited to appear on the stand were given an additional platform from which to make new business connections.

According to Paul Smith, International Manager, AWA: “LVI and the AWA have collaborated to connect a wide range of international water delegates with Victorian technology innovators and expertise working together to raise the profile and position Victorian companies with opportunities both domestically and across Asia.”

In 2019, Formbird, one of the businesses featured on the Victorian Government trade stand, made 24 new connections.

Formbird’s CEO Mark Hosking says, “being part of the DELWP stand at Ozwater ‘19 was an incredibly valuable opportunity for Formbird. As a small Victorian software company, it provided an opportunity and presence that we simply could neither afford nor project at this stage of our growth.”

“As a direct result, we now have leads and opportunities…each were significantly and directly as a result of participating on the DELWP stand,” he says. “As a flow-on effect we are also now working with Telstra and exploring a strategic relationship.”

All of which goes to promoting more Victorian businesses to a greater network of people.

Page last updated: 04/05/20