The management structure of the CRCWSC has been designed to ensure effective and efficient delivery of the Strategic Plan 2016/17  - 2020/21.

Leading into 2021, the Strategic Plan identifies six Outcomes  considered critical to successfully achieving the CRCWSC  vision and mission. These are that:

  • Industry is leading the on-ground implementation of water sensitive city (WSC) interventions because all parties recognise a water sensitive approach as the best way to manage water in an era of urban growth and climate change;
  • Government and the industry workforce has adopted WSC principles and is developing implementation capability;
  • Water utilities, local governments, and private operators are equipped and motivated to operate WSC infrastructure and technologies;
  • Australia is recognised as a world-class provider of WSC research and development, education, technology, capacity building, and advice;
  • Enduring WSC partnerships and active national forums between government, industry, and research institutions are established and flourishing;
  • All major Australian cities are aspiring to be water sensitive, and at least one is recognised as a world leader in water sensitive urban design.

To guide work towards achieving the six Outcomes, the Strategic Plan also lays out a number of Objectives, designed for action via three themes: Research, Adoption, and Commercial Development.

Many organisations and stakeholders play an important role in the delivery of our Strategic Plan, including   research participants (incl. Project Steering Committees), industry participants (incl. Regional Advisory Panels), and other industry end users. Together we design and implement a range of initiatives to generate industry-driven research, tools, and influence.


The CEO and the Executive team are responsible for the CRCWSC's day-to-day management and the successful delivery of the CRCWSC Strategic Plan 2016/17 - 2020/21  and its associated Operational Plans, processes and policies.

The role of the CRCWSC Executive includes:

  • development of the Strategic Plan for approval by the CRCWSC 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, 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:

Water Sensitive Cities Institute Think Tank

CRCWSC Key Management Personnel

Key management

Engagement activities for the CRCWSC are led by:


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 EPRG contains a majority of representatives from our non-Research  Essential Participants or end-users.

Current EPRG members are:

  • John Savell, Department of Communities (Housing) (WA) - Chairman
  • Karen Lau, Department of Environment, Land, Water & Planning (Vic) - Member
  • Mohan Krishnamoorthy, The University of Queensland (Qld) - Member
  • Charlie Littlefair, South East Water (Vic) - Member
  • Chris Williams, Melbourne Water (Vic) - Member
  • Michelle Armstrong, Monash University (Vic) - Member
  • Dr Campbell Thomson, The University of Western Australia (WA) - Member
  • Susan Worley, Department of Water and Environmental Regulation (WA) - Member

Tranche 2 (T2) Advisory Committee

The CRCWSC T2 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 T2 Advisory Committee will comprise the chairperson of each Regional Advisory Panel, the Chair of the T2 Research Advisory Committee.

Tranche 2 (T2) Research Advisory Committee

The T2 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 T2 Research Advisory Committee is by invitation from the CRCWSC Executive in consultation with the Board.

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.

Project Steering Committees

During the second phase of research (2016/17 – 2020/21), each Research Project has a Project Steering Committee. The purpose of the Project Steering Committee (PSC) is to provide a joint leadership forum between industry and research partners with direct interests in the project outputs and subsequent outcomes. The PSC is therefore meant to be a resource that is part of the overall project delivery team and it should provide valuable, constructive and active input into the project to help maximise the value and benefits of the project work and the adoption of project outputs.

The members of the PSCs are nominated by the state based Regional Advisory Panels.

Last updated: 16th Nov 2020