Improving Water Board Governance

Governance Evaluator understands that strong governance for water boards ensures consistent, quality service outcomes for communities. It also drives the most effective and efficient use of customer funds, enables water industry boards to meet the requirements of the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning (DELWP) and supports them to continually improve to be the best they can.

The Governance Evaluator Water content is compliant with the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning (DELWP), is informed by the Water Act and has been fully tested by a Water Board Think Tank to ensure that outcomes are relevant, insightful and actionable.


In the past we have done governance evaluation processes and they have just been a tick the box exercise. We have used the Governance Evaluator platform with an accredited external facilitator for 2016 and 2017. We found this process very engaging. It gave us, as directors, the ability to analyse ourselves as well as others, without being confrontational.
Along with governance evaluation, the process provides excellent board and director development outcomes. There are also many support resources on the platform to assist with building board and director capabilities.
As we have undertaken the process for 2016 and 2017, we are now able to trend our results.  Seeing the changes in our capabilities has been brilliant. We found the process was excellent for director induction and we really benefited from the areas focused on key stakeholder engagement and the water sector specific questions.
We also found Ivana Gillard to be an excellent convener, with a great leadership facilitation and people skills for working through our issues and resulting action plans for capability building. She also has a deep understanding of the sector and is a brilliant facilitator of strategic direction as well.
We will definitely be doing the water sector governance evaluator again next year. The platform is designed to be either led by the chair or an accredited external convener. Next year I, as the chair, will be leading the board through it as the platform provides the perfect templates and support for how to do this.”

Peter Vogel, Chair, Grampians Wimmera Mallee Water




The Governance Evaluator content is based on good governance principles as outlined in the ASX Corporate Governance Principles and Recommendations (ASX 2007). The methodology is consistent with guidelines in the Australian Institute of Company Directors: Evaluating Board Performance: A guide for company directors (AICD 2006, 2011).

The content is compliant with the ASIC, Corporations Act (2001), and the Australian Charities and Not for Profit Commission (ACNC) and Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning (DWELP). The financial content has been informed by Davidsons Accountants (Melbourne, Geelong) and board composition content is informed by Harwood Andrews Lawyers (Melbourne, Geelong).

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Our Company has significant partnerships for expert advice, content and sector relevant distribution.  Our goal is for eminent and contemporary content in the Governance Evaluator’s generic and sector specific questions, and governance and resource manuals through a continuous quality cycle for feedback with our valued partners and end users.