Facilitating sustainable resource use from Melbourne’s sewerage system

Location: Melbourne, VIC

Duration: 5 months full time, 5 days per week, beginning 21 August 2017

Keywords: water, sewerage, resource use

Project Background

The Victorian Government’s policy for Water, Water for Victoria, includes an obligation to prepare a Sewerage Strategy for metropolitan Melbourne by 30 September, 2018. The strategy is to have a 50 year outlook and include consideration of population growth and the impacts of climate change. Melbourne’s water business have commenced development of the strategy, dividing work in the short term across six work packages, one significant work packages is Work Package 6: Facilitating Sustainable Resource Use. The objective of this Work Package is to understand the role of the Metropolitan Water Industry in the sustainable management of resources that are contained within or can be derived from the Sewerage System.

Work Package 6 will guide Melbourne’s water industry for the next five years and beyond with strategic direction and actions to take to improve the sustainable use of resources from the sewerage system. This work package is to be developed collaboratively by the Metropolitan water businesses and led by City West Water. It is expected to be complete by December 2017.

City West Water is seeking an intern with expertise in water and/or sewerage management and skill in writing and collating, to assist in developing the work package to meet its objectives. This will require an ability to understand and collate of a large number of documents outlining previous studies and strategies into resource use from Metropolitan Water Businesses, Government bodies and academia. Under the guidance of the Project Lead the intern will work with a range of industry stakeholders to understand current resource use, identified opportunities and explore leading edge opportunities with the potential to transform sewerage management.

Research to be conducted

  1. Work with the Metropolitan Water Businesses to determine the current, and 50 year forecast, extent of resource use throughout the Metropolitan Sewerage System
  2. Work with the Metropolitan Water Businesses to identify additional opportunities for resource use from the Metropolitan Sewerage System
  3. Assist in exploring leading edge resource use practices and their applicability in the Melbourne context.

Resources include working group team members and a range of relevant reports and studies undertaken by water businesses, Government bodies and academia. There is also potential to utilise consultants where required.

The development of the Metropolitan Sewerage Strategy is a unique opportunity in which a range of stakeholders will be collaborating to develop a unified strategic direction and implementation plan. The intern will gain valuable experience working in a collaborative environment following a project plan and seeing broad ideas and concepts develop into a concise strategy over a short time frame.

Disciplines/Skills/Experience required

  • Water and/or Sewerage Management Knowledge
  • Ability to grasp new concepts quickly and articulate understanding and an ability to analyse data, draw conclusions and write up findings
  • A self-starter, able to work in a diverse team with multiple stakeholders and drive outcomes

Expected outcomes

The expected outcome will be an industry wide collaboratively developed report, outlining the role of the Metropolitan Water Industry in the sustainable management of resources contained within or derived from the Sewerage System. While the report will be stand alone, it will be integrated in the broader Metropolitan Sewerage Strategy. The intern will not be responsible for the delivery of the report; however they will be important member of the working group, working effectively full time in its development for the five month term of the internship.

AMSI Intern projects are collaborative research partnerships between the Industry Partner, Intern and Academic Mentor with the aim to address a specific challenge identified by Industry. They are not consultancy projects delivered by students.

Additional details

The intern will receive $3,000 per month of the internship, usually in the form of stipend payments.

It is expected that the intern will primarily undertake this research project during regular business hours, spending at least 50% of their time on-site with the industry partner. The intern will be expected to maintain contact with their academic mentor throughout the internship either through face-to-face or phone meetings as appropriate.

The intern and their academic mentor will have the opportunity to negotiate the project’s scope, milestones and timeline during the project planning stage.

To participate in the AMSI Intern program, all applicants must satisfy the following criteria:

  • Be a PhD student currently enrolled at an Australian university
  • PhD candidature must be confirmed.
  • Applicants must have the written approval of their Principal Supervisor to undertake the internship. This approval must be submitted at the time of application via the standard form available on the AMSI Intern website during the application process.
  • Internships are also subject to any requirements stipulated by the student’s and the academic mentor’s university.
Applications Close

15 August 2017

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