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Yarra Valley Water is Melbourne’s largest retail water utility, providing essential water and sanitation services to more than 2 million people and over 58,000 businesses. Our service area covers most of Melbourne’s northern and eastern suburbs, from Wallan in the north to Warburton in the east, across approximately 4,000 square kilometers.

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About Yarra Valley Water

Yarra Valley Water

About Us

Yarra Valley Water is Melbourne’s largest retail water utility, providing essential water and sanitation services to more than 2 million people and over 58,000 businesses. Our service area covers most of Melbourne’s northern and eastern suburbs, from Wallan in the north to Warburton in the east, across approximately 4,000 square kilometers.

We buy water from Melbourne Water to distribute to our customers. We are also responsible for removing and treating sewage. Most sewage is transferred to Melbourne Water’s Eastern or Western Treatment Plants, while the rest is treated at our nine regional plants, several of which produce recycled water for use in homes, sports fields, and public spaces.

We pride ourselves on our exceptional customer service, however we understand that we need to build on this strong foundation and become a truly experience driven business – than means intentionally designing our services for the user and ensuring our internal business processes and technology are in place to support.

At our core we are a purpose driven business, supporting the health and wellbeing of our customers, and creating a brighter future for communities and the natural environment.

Diversity is important to us and we are committed to creating a diverse and inclusive workplace, and strongly encourage applications from all types of people, from all walks of life. We believe diversity of thinking fosters innovation and delivers better outcomes for our customers, and we value a workforce that’s a match for our diverse community.

Our modern newly renovated offices in Mitcham feature ergonomic furniture, showers and change rooms, an onsite cafeteria, free parking, bike shed, and green spaces including barbecues and outdoor seating. Mitcham is approximately 29km from Melbourne’s CBD and has good transport links with train and bus services. 

Our Culture

At Yarra Valley Water, we're creating a vibrant workplace that achieves exceptional business outcomes, successful partnerships, and personal satisfaction. We’re committed to inspiring and encouraging each other to be innovative and to excel. In recent surveys, our staff offered many positive reasons for working at Yarra Valley Water - but most of them rated 'the people' as the top reason why they enjoy working here. 

AON Hewitt Best Employer

In 2017, Yarra Valley Water was recognised as an AON Hewitt Best Employer for people practices and high levels of employee engagement. We’re committed to fostering a workplace where people feel valued and connected, and achieve extraordinary outcomes for our customers and the community.

Our Graduate Program

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Graduate Program:

As a graduate, you’ll experience a broad range of diverse and challenging experiences. With a rotation every 12 months, we will actively support your development and growth. 

You’ll work closely with other graduates and our Executive Team to improve customer, community, and business outcomes. We expect you to drive projects, rather than being a cog in the wheel. 

Adjusting to corporate life comes with its challenges, so every graduate has a mentor, a buddy, and the full support of our Graduate Coordinator and leadership team to make sure everything goes as smoothly as possible. 

As a Yarra Valley Water Graduate, you will be exposed to the broader water industry as we partner with the Melbourne Metro Water authorities to provide you with a collaborative professional development program. Together you will have access to training and valuable networks.

Learning opportunities are everywhere – classroom training, self-directed and on the job. And because everyone’s different, we’ll work with you to develop a tailored development plan to make sure you’ve got everything you need. 



  • You’ll have the chance to work on all parts of the lifecycle of our assets – from design to construction to operation. You will play an integral part in harnessing big data and developing intelligent water and sewerage infrastructure that will last over a century. 
    We accept a broad range of degrees in the engineering stream, including Engineering (civil, environmental, mechanical, electrical, chemical), Environmental Science and Geoscience. 

Information Technology 

  • You will rotate between a number of our strategy and delivery IT teams, learning a broad range of skills from providing software and hardware support to our staff, how technology projects are planned and executed, how our networks are setup and maintained including optimisation for reliability and security, and the advantages of working in cross functional teams to deliver end to end solutions which address real business problems. Along the way we will also help you develop your soft skills including communication (both verbal and written), having difficult conversations, stakeholder management, and how to work effectively as part of a high performing team.

Business or Commerce

  • Within our Business stream, you’ll be exposed to a wide cross-section of the business, working on a diverse range of projects.  
  • We accept graduates with business-related degrees (eBusiness, Commerce will be accepted into the Business Stream. 

Customer Experience / Human Centred Design 

  • Apply your Cognitive Psychology, Applied Anthropology, or Sociology study as a Design Research / User Research Graduate in the Customer Experience Division. You will learn to apply your research training to inform design solutions that solve business problems. Play a role impacting a positive change for Yarra Valley Water customers by understanding their behaviour and the underlying needs and values driving it. You will have the opportunity to gather and interpret data, generate design recommendations, and report findings to refine a solution 


  • At the time of submitting your application you are in your final year of university or have completed university 12 months prior 
  • You will need to have a degree/qualification as specified in the Graduate stream you are applying for 
  • We can only accept applications from candidates who are Australian or New Zealand citizens, or have Australian permanent resident (PR) status at the time of application
  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander applications are encouraged

Diversity and Inclusion

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At Yarra Valley Water we stand for a fair and equitable society. We embrace diversity and inclusion in everything we do as we strive to reflect the community we serve. We are now into our second Diversity and Inclusion strategy, which articulates our commitment over the next three years to implement programs and practices, measures and targets that attract and retain a diverse workforce.

Currently we have six active diversity employee working groups made up of passionate people from across the business who drive various initiatives to promote diversity and inclusion. The working groups focus on:

  • Gender diversity
  • Cultural diversity
  • Disability and accessibility
  • Flexible working and life stages/generational diversity
  • Reconciliation. Find out more about our Reconciliation Action Plan.

To find out more about Diversity & Inclusion at Yarra Valley Water, click here.

The Environment

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We rely on the environment to provide excellent quality drinking water and have a role in ensuring its ongoing health – protecting this precious resource. We recognise we can have an impact on the health of the environment through the delivery of our services. 

Climate change is a serious threat to the economy, long term water availability and the community we serve. Australia’s water resources will be heavily affected by drought and extreme weather in the decades to come. Developing ways to protect and maximise these constrained resources is therefore essential.

Our work has an impact on greenhouse gas emissions, discharges to waterways and the availability of water for the environment.

Our priority is to ensure that our water and wastewater services are resilient to climate change, drought, and population growth.

Working towards carbon neutrality: The water industry generates a quarter of the Victorian Government’s overall emissions. Waste treatment is responsible for 55 per cent of Yarra Valley Water’s total greenhouse gas emissions. Work is underway across the sector to reduce this footprint. We are reviewing how we maintain carbon neutrality in a sustainable, impactful, and cost-efficient way. We are committed to doing more to reduce our carbon footprint before we offset by:

  • increasing energy efficiency to directly reduce emissions, by minimising the amount of energy we use
  • increasing the use of renewable energy to reduce indirect grid emissions
  • using carbon abatement to offset any remaining emissions.

Generating our own electricity: We have set ourselves a target of producing 100 per cent of our own energy needs by 2025 – generating as much energy as we consume. Our waste-to-energy facility, ReWaste, currently produces around 25 per cent of our energy needs, and we are exploring the business cases for other options.

ReWaste provides a disposal solution for commercial organic waste, diverting it from landfill and turning it into power. It sits next to an existing sewage treatment plant in Wollert and generates enough biogas to run both sites with surplus energy being exported to the electricity grid.

The site has the capacity to process up to 33,000 tons of organic waste each year, or approximately 100 tons per day, offering an affordable alternative to organic waste disposal, and reducing our energy costs. This allows us to keep pressure off household bills.

We are currently planning a second, larger waste-to-energy plant. This could take our renewable energy production up to 70 per cent of total use by 2021. Other renewable energy solutions we are examining include solar and mini hydros.

We are about to commence the tendering process for a solar carpark at our head office. We also expect to build solar farms at our treatment plants in Healesville, Upper Yarra and Whittlesea as early as June 2018.

We are also collaborating with industry and developers to assess the viability of building large-scale renewable energy generation that makes use of single-access tracking technology (moving panels).

Protecting and promoting healthy waterways: We impact waterways by taking water from the environment and when nutrients and other pollutants are discharged to waterways, from our treatment plants and sewers during storm events. Our aim is to have no net impact on our waterways.

We work to provide modern sanitation services to properties with polluting septic tanks. More than 13,000 homes in Melbourne use septic tank systems, because sewerage infrastructure was not available when they were built. These systems do not meet current environmental standards and present a risk to public health and local waterways. Our ongoing Community Sewerage Program provides solutions for these homes.

Conserving water from the environment: We manage our activities to ensure that environmental flows are never compromised, and that nature receives adequate water to sustain healthy ecosystems. This includes having a robust strategy for managing our water supply-demand balance, engaging with the community on responsible water use, planning for future growth and maximising the integrity of our assets.

Collaborating on Integrated Water Management forums: We participate in Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning (DELWP) Integrated Water Management (IWM) forums in the Yarra, Dandenong, and Maribyrnong catchments. These bring key agencies – including planners and local councils – together to examine opportunities for shared value projects with liveability benefits.

The Recruitment Process

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Our Graduate Recruitment process involves several stages, and if successful, here is what you can expect at each stage, 

  • Application form:

    The first step is to submit your application online and to tell us more about yourself by answering a few, easy questions. This won’t take too long, and you can save and return to your application at any time before submitting it to us. Please note, you will be required to submit your academic transcript and your current Grade Point Average (GPA).  Online applications for the 2022 graduate program will open 22 March 2021 and close on the 19 April 2021

  • Testing:

    For this stage, we’ll ask successful candidates to complete cognitive assessment: Verbal, Numerical & Logical Reasoning

  • Video screen:

    If you meet the criteria, we’ll contact you to ask you a few questions about why you’re interested in joining Yarra Valley Water. 

  • Virtual Assessment session/Yarra Valley Water experience:

    You will then be invited to attend a virtual assessment session. Here you will participate in a range of group and individual activities so that we can assess how you think and collaborate with others. You will also have the opportunity to meet some of our senior leaders.   

  • Interviews:

    If you are successful following our assessment sessions, you will be invited to an interview which will take place on the same day as assessment centre.

Contributing to Thriving Communities

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We exist to provide exemplary water and sanitation services for people. Customers and the community are at the core of everything we do.

We work with communities and stakeholders to increase the social value we deliver. Beyond our core business of delivering essential services around the clock, we work to maximise our contribution to public health and wellbeing, with a focus on delivering a fair go for everyone, healthier life choices and great places for people.

  • Encouraging people to Choose Tap
  • Implementing our Reconciliation Action Plan
  • Assisting customers experiencing hardship and vulnerability
  • Collaborating on Thriving Communities partnership
  • Assisting culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD)
  • Supporting customer and staff experiencing family violence
  • International partnerships

To find out more click here.


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