Hon Dave Kelly BA MLA

Hon Dave Kelly BA MLA

Minister for Water; Forestry; Innovation and ICT; Science; Youth

    Specialist technology roles brought in-house at Water Corporation

    27/08/2020 10:00 AM
     
    • Twenty-two in-house specialist tech roles created at Water Corporation expanded Operational Technology team
    • Enables enhanced service capability and financial savings
    • Follows more than 400 private sector staff returning to the public utility

    Water Minister Dave Kelly today announced that the Water Corporation had brought a further 22 high-tech roles in-house, following the successful transfer of more than 400 employees from private alliance partnerships earlier this year.

     

    The recent expansion of the Operational Technology (OT) maintenance and support team has created 18 permanent positions at the Water Corporation that were previously outsourced, as well as four new positions in the team.

     

    OT is a critical function that underpins the State's water, wastewater, irrigation and drainage network across 2.6 million square kilometres. It allows its critical infrastructure and processes to be remotely monitored and controlled, supporting real-time, data-driven decision-making.

     

    Securing these essential skills and knowledge provides a platform to build critical OT capability necessary for future service delivery enhancements and improved efficiencies. In addition, a cost saving of $219,000 per annum will be realised.

     

    Earlier this year, more than 400 staff from two private alliances transitioned into the Water Corporation's water and wastewater network operations group, 25 years after they were privatised by the then Liberal Government.

     

    Comments attributed to Water Minister Dave Kelly:

     

    "I'm really pleased to see more and more essential services being brought back into public

    hands, and is a great result for these 22 workers.

     

    "The previous operational technology maintenance structure was weighted towards external contractors, which meant much of that knowledge and expertise sat outside the Water Corporation.

     

    "The decision to bring OT control, skills, knowledge and intellectual property wholly in-house, further strengthens the security and resilience of the Water Corporation's critical infrastructure, while reducing costs for the State."

     

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