The management structure of the CRCWSC has been designed to ensure effective and efficient  delivery of the  Strategic Plan 2012/13 – 2016/17 .  The Strategic Plan identifies  ten long-term outcomes considered  critical to the successful achievement of the CRCWSC  vision  and mission.  These are:

  1. The rules (regulatory environment) in which our cities are developed and planned supports water sensitive city principles.
  2. The investment and decision making (business case) processes for urban development and water management adopt water sensitive city principles.
  3. Communities are engaged by water and urban planning sectors in the development of strategies for the delivery of services.
  4. The practices (tools and techniques) used by urban planning, architecture, water management practitioners to create the physical, social and biological form of cities implement water sensitive city best practice.
  5. Water cycle technologies are available with associated guidelines for their design and operational and asset management.
  6. Water sensitive city best practices underpin the delivery of urban water services.
  7. Water sensitive city principles and approaches are recognised in all national and state policy, and population growth plans.
  8. Industry leads the on-ground implementation of water sensitive city interventions underpinned by rigorous industry standards.
  9. Government and industry has access to a world-class workforce with the capacity and capability to develop and implement water sensitive cities.
  10. Water utilities and/or private operators have the capacity, and are willing, to operate water sensitive cities infrastructure and technologies.

Many organisations and stakeholders play an important tole in the delivery of the our Strategic Plan, including the Leadership Group, research participants, industry participants (including the Regional Advisory Panels), and other industry end users. Together we design and implement a range of research and knowledge generation, translation, and adoption initiatives.


The CEO and the Executive team are responsible for the day-to-day management of the CRCWSC and the successful delivery of the CRCWSC Strategic Plan 2012/13 – 2016/17 and its associated Operational Plans, processes and policies.

The role of the CRCWSC Executive includes:

  • development of the Strategic Plan for approval by the Board;
  • formulation and review of the Annual Budget for approval by the Board;
  • allocation of funds and resources within the Annual Budget;
  • development and recommendation of Research Programs and Projects for approval by the Board;
  • performance review of Research Programs and Projects, incorporating advice from advisory committees;
  • informing the development of strategies to ensure research translation and adoption by industry;
  • regularly consulting with the Essential Participants Reference Group and key stakeholders to develop a clear understanding of strategic priorities;
  • evaluating utilisation opportunities for Centre IP and making recommendations to the Board;
  • providing advice and counsel to the Board on matters relating to the Research Programs and Centre as appropriate.

The Executive consists of the following:

The Executive is supported by a senior management group that provides leadership and strategic advice on the various activities of the CRCWSC. The Senior Management Group includes:


A number of committees have been established to enhance the management of the CRCWSC activities,   which includes ensuring research excellence and engagement of CRCWSC participants.

Essential Participants Reference Group

The Essential Participant Reference Group (EPRG) provides  strategic advice to the  CRCWSC Board about the  objectives and needs of the Essential Participants, and about the  effectiveness of CRCWSC programs and research adoption in meeting these objectives.

Each Essential Participant appoints one representative to join the Essential Participants Reference Group.

The Essential Participants Reference Group contains a majority of representatives from our Non-Research Essential Participants or end-users.

Current EPRG members are:

  • John Savell, Department of Housing (WA) - Chairman
  • Sara Harbidge, Department of Sustainability and Environment (Vic) - Member
  • Ian Harris, The University of Queensland - Member
  • Charlie Littlefair, South East Water (Vic) - Member
  • Dr Peter Morison, Melbourne Water (Vic) - Member
  • Michelle Armstrong, Monash University - Member
  • Dr Campbell Thomson, The University of Western Australia - Member
  • Antonietta Torre, Department of Water (WA) - Member

CRCWSC Advisory Committee

The CRCWSC Advisory Committee is responsible for providing strategic advice on the research excellence of CRCWSC activities and their relevance to industry needs. It provides a forum for sharing research  knowledge generated across the CRCWSC.

The membership for the CRCWSC Advisory Committee will comprise the chairperson of each Regional  Advisory Panel, the Chair of the Research Advisory Committee, and up to four representatives from the  Research Advisory Committee.

Research Advisory Committee

The Research Advisory Committee (RAC) provides advice to the CRCWSC on the quality, structure, and  relevance of the research program. The Committee will additionally provide a forum for sharing research  knowledge in water management and create valuable linkages to other relevant activities in this area,  nationally and internationally.

Membership of the Research  Advisory Committee is by invitation from the CRCWSC Executive in  consultation with the Board, with a maximum of five members.

Regional Advisory Panels

Regional Advisory Panels (RAPs) have been formed in each major state of Australia to drive the implementation of water sensitive city initiatives in their local regions. Membership of each Panel is open to CRCWSC participants as well as stakeholders in the region.

Research Advisory Sub-Committees

During the first phase of research (2012/13 – 2016/17), each Research Program established a Research Advisory Sub-Committee. The Research Advisory Sub-Committee in relation to its Research Program:

  • provides feedback on the overall conduct and progress of the Research Program;
  • provides independent advice to the CRCWSC Advisory Committee (and the CRCWSC  Executive) in relation to Project proposals and performance;
  • assesses the fulfilment of Essential Participant and Other Participant needs via Projects and  the Research Program;
  • escalates any unresolved issues with Program Leaders to the CRCWSC Advisory Committee; and
  • identifies and reports on the effectiveness of linkages across Projects and Research Programs, and opportunities for more effective linkages.

Stakeholder Advisory Sub-Committee

During the first phase of research (2012/13 – 2016/17), each of the Research Programs also established a  Stakeholder Advisory Sub-Committee. The Stakeholder Advisory Sub-Committee in relation to its Research  Program:

  • provides recommendations and advice to the Executive in relation to the adoption,
  • advises on the utilisation of Project outputs;
  • monitors, reviews and assesses the progress and performance of the Projects;
  • consults with the stakeholders to ensure where possible that participants’ expectations are  met.

Membership of each Stakeholder Advisory Sub-Committee will be by nomination from representatives of  the Non-Research Essential Participants in consultation with the CRCWSC Executive and the Board.

Last updated: 6th Mar 2017