This inaugural national conference will be held in Alice Springs and is proudly hosted by WSAA and The Australian Water Association.

The conference will bring together decision makers, policy makers, water utilities, services providers, government agencies, consultants and suppliers to share knowledge for developing, maintaining and operating smaller water supplies for Indigenous communities, local governments and remote communities in regional, remote and rural Australia. Importantly the conference will also hear "voices from the bush" with First Nations and Indigenous perspectives.

This year we are even more committed to crafting a conference that goes a step further to engage with Indigenous communities in a more effective way. We will actively invite in session ideas, truth telling and story telling that is outside of the regular conference format. So please share your ideas with us via this form. We want to be vulnerable and listen in a collaborative and constructive manner, to ensure the conference has real impact and generates a lasting legacy of change.


The Call for Abstracts has closed. The program will launch in June.

We encourage submission of abstracts that contribute to the topics and themes from a direct or indirect perspective or have an innovative approach to some of these or other issues. The Call for Abstracts has closed. The program will launch in June.


Event Details


Welcome Function


Conference Dinner


Monday 9 September

Tuesday 10 - Wednesday 11 September

Tuesday 10 September



5:30pm - 7:30pm ACST

8:00am - 5:00pm ACST

6:00pm - 10:00pm ACST




Alice Springs Convention Centre, 93 Barrett Drive.



Early Bird Registration is available until 26 July

Register now | Concession Registration

For more information about Voices from the Bush, click here or contact: EVENT: Laura Gottsfritz, Events Manager | Ph: 02 9467 8427 | E: Mark Jones, Member Engagement Manager | P: 02 9467 8408 | E: SPONSORSHIP OPPORTUNITIES: Troy Waite, Partnerships and Sponsorships Manager | P: 02 9467 8413 | E:

11 Jun 2024

Rose Nguyen

Rose Nguyen

Communications Advisor