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Southern Rural Water (SRW) is a government-owned statutory corporation, governed by a skills-based Board appointed by the Minister for Water. Our ongoing revenue of some $30 million is generated from around 10,000 customers, and a capital works program in excess of $10 million annually. Over 160 staff are spread across our major offices in Maffra, Ringwood, Werribee, Warrnambool and field offices across our region. Southern Rural Water provides a smoke-free work environment and is an equal opportunity employer.

Advice to Job Applicants
The following provides some detail about our recruitment and selection process:

Position description

The Position Description lists the core duties of the position, any pre-requisites such as qualifications or licenses, and the key selection criteria. The selection criteria consist of the critical skills, knowledge, behaviours and attributes considered necessary for the job.

Advertising the position to attract a range of applicants
We advertise internally and on many occasions, externally, to attract a suitable pool of candidates. Our external advertisements can appear in local papers, major daily newspapers, our website, specialist recruitment websites, and occasionally via specialist recruitment consultants. We ask you to apply in writing, addressing the selection criteria and demonstrating your relevant skills.

Shortlisting applicants
We short-list applicants by assessing your written application against the key selection criteria, and selecting the highest ranked candidates for the next stage.

Employment checks
We ask short-listed applicants to undertake a pre-employment medical and psychometric assessment, at our expense. Some positions may also require you to complete other checks such as the “Working with Children” and/or a “Police” check. We will also undertake referee checks for all positions. Please include the contact details of at least 3 referees in your application.

Selection panel and Interviews
Our selection panels include staff from both the workgroup and other parts of our organisation. The questions asked at interview will relate to the key selection criteria , trademark behaviours and other areas of the position description. Often, they will ask you for examples to show your competency.

Offer of employment

After the selection process, we make a formal offer of employment to the selected candidate. This offer of employment is in the form of a letter, and requires your acceptance prior to beginning your new job with Southern Rural Water.

Unsuccessful applicants
We notify all unsuccessful applicants once the selection process has been completed.

Working at Southern Rural Water

Southern Rural Water is a great place to work. We strive to provide exceptional service to our customers and community, and seek to attract talented and motivated people whose values align with ours.

It’s important to us that our people:

  • are safe, healthy and motivated at work
  • live our trademark behaviours, which are united, customer first, ambitious, results driven and energetic
  • value and embrace diversity and inclusion
  • are committed to continuous learning and focus on innovation and improvement
  • share their knowledge and ideas for sustainable outcomes

We provide a working environment that inspires people to achieve their goals. We offer:

  • flexible working conditions
  • mobile technology
  • training workshops
  • leadership forums
  • study assistance
  • free flu vaccinations
  • employee assistance program
  • 14 weeks paid (or 28 weeks at half pay) maternity leave and 1 week paid paternity leave
  • adoption leave
  • personal and carers leave
  • 48/52 work option
  • long service leave accessible after seven years
  • bereavement leave
  • other terms and conditions as part of our enterprise agreement

We also understand that people have commitments outside of work. Our approach to flexibility supports people to achieve their personal and professional goals.

What our people say about working at Southern Rural Water

Working in an industry that delivers an important service to communities is rewarding and the flexibility is fantastic.

SRW is a great employer with even better staff. SRW has provided me with the opportunities, challenges and flexibility I need to keep me energised to do the best I can.

The technology provided allows me to log-on from anywhere and be fully effective. SRW cares about organisational culture and is always striving to improve. Training and development opportunities are closely linked to my role and support me to add value in my field.

 SRW are great to work for because I can negotiate flexible work arrangements to help make work fit my life. There are opportunities to be involved in projects and these opportunities boost my development.


Diversity at SRW

Southern Rural Water is strongly committed to a diverse and inclusive workplace. We welcome applications from people from all backgrounds, thinking and skills.

We have a Diversity and Inclusion Plan in place to ensure we stay focused on the benefits that diversity brings to our organisation.

Some examples of our many diversity and inclusion activities include:

  • corporate membership of Pride in Diversity
  • actively developing our relationship with Traditional Owners across our region
  • diversity and inclusion workshops for all our staff in leadership roles
  • participating in Job Shadow Day, giving job-seekers with disabilities a chance to spend time with our staff and experience the workplace

If you are wondering whether you are suitable for a role at Southern Rural Water and want to discuss our approach to diversity further, please don’t hesitate to contact our Employee Services team.

To be eligible for employment you must:

  • be an Australian or New Zealand citizen, or
  • have lodged an application for citizenship, or
  • have a visa to live and work in Australia.


How to Apply
You can apply for all vacancies online by clicking on the current vacancies link.

The following information will help ensure that you best demonstrate your skills and abilities in your application:

Include a covering letter
Include a covering letter which outlines how you meet each of the pre-requisites and key selection criteria in the position description. Keep it brief, to the point and include relevant examples of your experience. Dot points are OK.

Include an up-to-date resume outlining your qualifications, licences, work history, skills, relevant training undertaken and referees. Your work history should include a brief summary of positions held, the main tasks and responsibilities of each position, and any achievements that may be relevant to your application. It’s OK to provide photocopies of your relevant qualifications and licences.

Your contact details
Please include your daytime phone number, an email address if you have one and a mailing address.

As part of the recruitment process, we may ask you for referees. We will confirm these at interview stage and recommend that you advise your referees that they may be contacted by us.

Where to send your application?
Apply online through the current vacancies link.

What Do We Do?
Our lines of business


Seven major water storage dams providing water for irrigation customers, urban water authorities and the Latrobe Valley power generators.

Eastern Irrigation

Operates the Macalister gravity irrigation system and schedules water deliveries on the Macalister and Thomson Rivers and Rainbow Creek

Western Irrigation

The Bacchus Marsh and Werribee Irrigation Districts

Groundwater & Rivers

Licensing people to take and use water from rivers, creeks and underground, licensing the construction of associated works (such as bores and dams) and enforcing licence conditions across southern Victoria

Strategic and Technical

Managing our major assets such as water storage dams, major projects and environmental responsibilities

People and Performance

Including human resources, information technology, information services, customer services, communications and safety


Expenditure and revenue, risk and financial management

What Can We Offer You

  • Opportunities for flexible hours and working conditions, including working from various locations and from home
  • An extensive health promotion program
  • Salary sacrifice and other flexible remuneration practices
  • Work/life balance including part-time hours, time in lieu, and rostered days off
  • Employee Assistance Program providing support for staff and their families
  • Support for Quit Smoking programs


  • Our head office is located at Maffra, close to the Gippsland Lakes, snow fields, ocean, and mountains
  • We also have main offices at Ringwood, ideally located next to the Eastern Freeway, at Werribee for those from the western side of Melbourne, and in Warrnambool


  • We have very low rate of internal conflict either between staff or with unions, and a positive working culture
  • Stable secure employment and low staff turnover
  • A medium size business allows us to be efficient, enhance culture and have more personalised programs
  • Strong rural community and work culture, coupled with the quality of life from rural living
  • A broad mix of age groups providing a balance of views
  • A management and women’s network focus on gender balance / opportunities
  • A clearly defined strategy
  • A focus on the importance of excellence in customer service


  • Training and development – to assist you in performing your role and increase your skills
  • A high capability of technical skills coupled with a strong team work ethic
  • A strong focus on new technology and adapting new ways of work – mobile offices; laptop/GPS; videoconferencing, etc
Southern Rural Water acknowledges and recognises Aboriginal people as the Traditional Owners and Custodians of the land and waters on which we work and live, and we respect their deep and ongoing connection to Country. For more about the First Nations peoples on whose Country we work, click here.