The IAH Groundwater Industry Awards recognises outstanding contribution in six categories. Awards announced and presented at the Student-Industry Networking Night at the Queensland Museum. Details on how to apply are listed on this page. Nominations close June 14 2019. If you have any questions please contact us

Registration for those not attending the Australasian Groundwater Conference

We have opened this event up to everyone, not just those who are attending the AGC2019. Please see below to register if you are either non-student / student.

Student-Industry Networking & Industry Awards Night (industry price $120)

Student-Industry Networking & Industry Awards Night (student* price $60)

Award   Criteria


Groundwater industry excellence

An individual or group that has been made a significant contribution to a groundwater project that has:

  • Achieved (or is set to achieve) an improvement in the quality, understanding of, sustainability of or utility of a groundwater resource.
  • Met challenges by applying some or all of the following qualities: strong technical rigour; stakeholder consultation and engagement; team collaboration; project management skills; and persistence.
  • Been largely finalised within the last 24 months that was conducted in (or that has relevance to) Australasia.


IAH groundwater innovation and technology

An individual or group that has:

  • Presented the hydrogeology community with new knowledge or technology with application in the groundwater industry; and/or
  • Demonstrated effective communication of new findings and their value to industry.


IAH groundwater professional

An individual that has:

  • Made a significant contribution to the groundwater industry over their career.
  • Shared their knowledge with the greater groundwater community, including IAH technical presentations and training.
  • Advanced the knowledge of peers in the industry – including formal and informal mentoring.
  • Advanced groundwater regulations, practices, technologies, research, sampling, testing and/or assessments.


IAH young professional

A groundwater professional with ≤5 years experience in the industry, currently living and/or working in Australia/Australasia, that has:

  • Sought to increase their personal knowledge in hydrogeology.
  • Advanced the knowledge of peers in the industry.
  • Demonstrated success in their role on a project involving groundwater.
  • Involved themselves in hydrogeology events and knowledge transfer opportunities, including IAH events, conferences, organising committees.


IAH student award

An Australasian undergraduate or postgraduate student that:

  • Exhibits a high level of academic success and enthusiasm in the field of hydrogeology; and/or
  • Have demonstrated hydrogeology skills in a project area or other area of research.


Best groundwater photo

An individual’s photo that represents:

  • A novel, elegant or dramatic means of visualising groundwater; and/or
  • The nature and purpose of the groundwater industry.

How to apply

You can apply on your own behalf or on behalf of another/others. To be shortlisted simply provide a ≤300 word abstract email to For industry and project awards the abstract should address the research/application/project’s:

  1. Problem that has been addressed;
  2. Relevance to Australian conditions;
  3. Solution and how the solution benefits others, including, where appropriate, transferrable skills/outcomes; and
  4. Evidence of consultation with and review by peers, regulators and/or stakeholders.

For individual awards the abstract should provide examples of the nominee’s work that is consistent with the selection criteria.

Please include two referees (awards 1–5). The nominee needs to be a current IAH member.


  • IAH hydrogeology award trophy
  • Prize money
  • Recognition on IAH website and marketing materials
  • Invitation to speak at IAH event in 2020 (awards 1–5)