Over 100 STEM professionals at Sydney Water Corporation (SWC) successfully launched their report into Technical Capacity at Sydney Water on Tuesday. This member-driven report has been months in the works and provides evidence-based arguments for strengthening Sydney Water’s in-house technical capacity. Members unanimously passed a resolution to campaign at all levels to ensure that professional knowledge, skills and expertise are maintained and developed at Sydney Water.
CEO Chris Walton gave the keynote address, noting that there is a consensus amongst the engineering and science workforce that Australia’s water utilities are failing to adequately invest in technical capacity. Chris spoke at length about the on-going push for outsourcing throughout the public sector, including SWC which has made a virtue of reducing in-house technical capacity but seen massive cost blow outs and wasteful spending. Chris highlighted those states such as Victoria and Queensland have realised that this practice has gone too far, to the detriment of the industry and ultimately the community. The pendulum is now swinging back in favour of bringing work back in-house.
PA delegates and Officials will now be discussing the content of the report and pressing SWC to form an action plan to implement the Report’s recommendations. For more information please contact Justine McCarthy, Lead Organiser NSW Branch.