Connections Program Round 2
WaterAble is a network for people with disability and their allies in the Victorian water industry.
Our Connections program matches senior leaders and employees with disability to help them share experiences and insights.
The aim is to improve disability awareness among leaders, create networks across our industry and promote disability inclusion.
The relationship between senior leader and employee is not a mentor/mentee relationship, but one of equal exchange and mutual benefit. This is not a mentoring program.
Feedback from Round 1
“The program was excellent for exposing me to the lived experience of a person with disability. Understanding that lived experience will allow me to be a better leader.”
“It exceeded all my expectations. It has been wonderful to connect with a leader in the water industry and I feel I have made a new friend rather than simply getting to know a colleague.”
“You always learn something new when broadening your horizons and talking to different people.”
How to join the program
Please complete the below Expression of Interest form by Monday 31 January 2022. Pairs will be matched by the WaterAble Organising Committee and notified during February 2022.
Frequently Asked Questions
You may apply to join the program if you are a senior leader (including Non-Executive Director, Managing Director, executive or manager), or if you identify as an employee with disability working in the Victorian water industry.
The Victorian water industry includes: Victorian water corporations; Catchment Management Authorities; the Victorian Environmental Water Holder; VicWater; and private sector organisations in Victoria providing water and waste water services.
The program will run for 6 months commencing from when you are matched with your pair. At the end of this period, pairs have the option of continuing the relationship if they wish (outside the program).
The WaterAble Organising Committee will match individuals based on responses to the Expression of Interest forms, and will then communicate the pairings via email.
The Committee will organise an introductory group meeting with all participants, and then it will be up to each pair to make their own arrangements. A coffee meeting (even if virtual!) is a suggestion to make it not too formal. Pairs are encouraged to get to know each other and understand what each hopes to achieve from the relationship.
As a guide, 2-3 meetings over the 6 month program is recommended. Pairs are encouraged to meet more frequently if it suits both parties.
The relationship should be mutually beneficial while being respectful of each other’s time and commitments and respectful of the confidentiality of discussions. Discussion topics may range from sharing of knowledge, experience and insights about disability, to diversity and inclusion more broadly, to general industry issues and other matters of interest to both participants.
A survey to all participants will be sent out at the end of the program to gather feedback and incorporate the feedback into future program adjustments.
Expression of Interest form (Round 2)
Please complete this form if you are interested in participating in the Connections program. Pairs will be matched and notified by the WaterAble Organising Committee.