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Training for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people to install non-urban water meters

If you are interested in participating in a training course, find details below.

Training for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people to install non-urban water meters

About the training course

All Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander tradespeople are being offered an incredible opportunity to acquire valuable skills in installing and validating non-urban water meters through a fully funded training course.

The 3-day nationally accredited course is scheduled for 18 to 20 June in Tocal in the Hunter Valley and will be delivered by Irrigation Australia Limited.

If you are an Aboriginal tradie or apprentice or if you work for an Aboriginal business, you are eligible to apply. So, pick up your tools, pen or phone and register today!

All eligible participants, including apprentices and employees, will have their course costs covered including accommodation, meals and reasonable travel expenses.

Don’t miss out on this great opportunity to become a qualified meter installer. Not only will you gain new skills and knowledge, but you will also have the chance to explore a new career path, expand your business prospects and contribute to sustainable water management in NSW.

The high demand for qualified meter installers under the non-urban metering rules presents abundant opportunities across NSW. With ongoing in-field support provided, this course offers a pathway to a rewarding and impactful career.

Participants will be accredited as certified meter installers, validators and duly qualified persons to install non-urban water meters after completing the course requirements.

To find out more about the non-urban metering reforms visit our non-urban metering webpage or visit Irrigation Australia’s website to read the course overview.

Course eligibility and what is included

The training course is open to:

  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander tradespersons, apprentices and employees (costs are paid for accommodation, catering and reasonable travel expenses).
  • non-Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander staff working for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander businesses (costs are paid for accommodation and catering, but no travel expenses).

Training course options

Three training courses have already been delivered and more than 20 participants are on their way to becoming certified meter installers.

The training course will be held in person at the location and date below.

Tuesday 18 June– Thursday 20 June 2024 (max. 14 participants)Tocal College, Hunter Valley

Join a training course

To sign up to a training course, please fill in the below online form with the course attendees’ full name and preferred course date and location.

Sign up for a training course

Important information

Each course has a limit of 14 participants. Priority will be given to First Nations registrants. Any remaining places will be allocated in order of registration date. Additional courses may be scheduled if there is significant interest.

The First Nations training program is funded by the Australian Government under the Northern Murray–Darling Basing Metering Program and delivered by the NSW Department of Climate Change, Energy, the Environment and Water.