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SQIDEP evaluations are now up and running, and we have been informed the first applications are being prepared.  

Stormwater Australia is pleased to announce the following Governance Panel appointees:

Mr Andrew Swindells (BA, LLB, LLM) - experienced Barrister, Sessional member QCAT & CCT, Former Officer Victoria Mining Warden Court & Executive Officer Crime & Misconduct Commission, and dispute resolution/mediation expert.

Professor Veeriah Jegatheesan (Jega)(B.Sc.Eng. Hons, M.Eng., PhD) - experienced academic and water/wastewater/resource recovery/novel & hybrid technologies expert, Director Water Effective Technologies & Tools Centre RMIT, and former consultant to Sydney Water.

Mr Meghraj Thakkar (B.Eng., M.CSc.) - Director Stormwater Australia, risk management, governance, project management and data analytics professional, business owner and author.

Negotiations are continuing with others to fill a maximum of 5 positions.

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Stormwater Australia is pleased to announce the following organisations have nominated to contribute to the Technical Review Panel to assess the criteria of the SQIDEP protocol and emerging science, research and industry findings;

  • South Australian Environmental Protection Agency
  • Queensland Department of Environment and Science
  • Swinburne University
  • UNSW
    University of the Sunshine Coast
  • Stormwater and Infrastructure Asset Management Solutions
  • Craig & Rhodes/Storm Consulting
  • WGA

with further panellists to be annouced in due course.

A program for the Technical Review will also be released in coming months.

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On 7th March 2019, the Stormwater Australia Board issued a Public Notice regarding the registration of the Stormwater Australia trading name by another organisation.

The Stormwater Australia Board is pleased to advise members that the Stormwater Australia trading name has subsequently been transferred to the Association, effective 21st March 2019.

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Following the launch of the Stormwater Quality Improvement Device Evaluation Protocol (SQIDEP) in December 2018, Stormwater Australia is now calling for Expressions of Interest (EOI) for interested parties to serve on the Independent Evaluation Panel (IEP) and be responsible for the assessment of submissions.

2019 Peter Coombes award

Dr Mike Barry and Dr Peter Coombes were awarded the 2018 GN Alexander Medal by the Engineers Australia National Committee on Water Engineering for their systems framework research into the Melbourne and Sydney regions, this follows a runner up for the development of the systems framework approaches in 2014.

Over the past 12 months the Stormwater Australia Board has been working hard to develop a Board Charter and establishing key Board Committees to support the Board in its work.  These have now been finalised and are an important part in ensuring roles, responsibilities and decision making are enshrined in a sound governance framework.

Motions recommened by the Board for consideration at AGM include appointing new leadership and exploring new models for collaboration with states.  These provide an exciting prospect for Stormwater Australia into the future, and the Charters provide sound starting point for this next phase of the journey.

In addition to a Board Charter, sub committees have been developed for:

  • Finance, Audit and Risk
  • Policy and Governance
  • Stakeholder and Engagement

Charters can be accessed via the following links

The Urban Book of Australian Rainfall and Runoff was launched on 4 December 2018 by Engineers Australia. The pdf can be found at  and the web version is at  

2018 March Board meeting

Stormwater Australia is the peak body representing the interests of stormwater practitioners nationally. As a grass roots, largely volunteer resourced organisation we seek additional Board members for our national board.

Director Nominations - opens 15th September and closes 29th September 2018.