Irrigation Australia Limited
IAL is Australia's peak irrigation organisation representing members from all sectors of the urban irrigation industry, including water providers, manufacturers, irrigation design consultants, system installers, irrigation managers, and irrigation training services. With its network of members around Australia, IAL can help you develop or locate the skills you need to efficiently manage irrigation in your urban landscape.
IAL's services include:
Providing up-to-date technical and industry information through its quarterly journal, Irrigation Australia, and monthly eNewsletter.
Developing, organising and providing training and professional development for all sectors of the industry and at all levels, including units of competency linked to qualifications.
Managing the industry’s professional Certification Scheme. The scheme recognises skills and knowledge in eight professional areas such as irrigation retailing, design, operation, auditing and installation. The IAL’s website includes a lists of certified industry members so customers can locate their closest irrigation professional.
Access to a network of industry members in all sectors with significant experience, knowledge and expertise in all facets of irrigation.
Green landscapes provide significant benefits for our urban communities, including:
Environmental benefits. The key environmental benefits of green landscapes are: cooling effects on buildings, which help to reduce energy consumption, improved urban stormwater management by reducing peak flows and run-off pollutant loads, maintaining soil structure and preventing erosion, and maintaining biodiversity in urban areas.
Social benefits. These are related to better health and community outcomes, e.g. preventative healthcare, including stress reduction, depression management and avoidance of obesity, childhood development in parks and open space, providing a commons for social interaction and cohesion, and benefits associated with organised sport.
Economic benefits, such as increased property values.
Urban irrigation is fundamental to achieving these urban green space benefits. A well designed, installed and operated irrigation system that delivers the right amount of water for your landscape, to the right place and at the right time, will maximise these benefits to you and your property, and to the wider community.
It is generally acknowledged that standards in the irrigation industry are important in establishing measures of best practice and influencing performance. At a practical level, adopting standards will lead to improving irrigation water management and water use efficiency.
Industry standards are established through applying technical standards (ie. performance standards for equipment), technical codes of practice (ie. practices such as design, installation and operation), and professional standards.
Allied with the development and application of standards, professional development is fundamental to improving the skills and knowledge of those in the industry and, as result, the credibility of information provided to customers and how efficiently water is used.
Since its establishment more than 35 years ago, IAL (then the Irrigation Association of Australia) has recognised the importance of professional development and spent significant resources in developing and organising activities and events designed to support knowledge and skills training. As a result, IAL offers members and industry professional access to a range of courses and workshops including irrigation hydraulics, irrigation efficiency, irrigation pumps and an introduction to urban irrigation in Australia.
As a service to members and to promote skills development, the IAL website also has links to training courses offered by other providers, eg. certificates and diploma in irrigation and industry short courses.
Another important aspect of IAL’s role in promoting professionalism in the industry is its certification program. The aim of the certification program, which has been developed in consultation with IAL members, is to recognise the skills of those involved in the industry and improve professional standards. Certification is based on nationally recognised competencies that form the basis of irrigation qualifications at entry, trade and supervisory level.
IAL’s certification is a National voluntary program that recognises skills in the eight occupations of designing, contracting, installing, operating, managing, retailing, providing advice and auditing.
Some of the benefits of the program are that:
Certified individuals who express their commitment to excellence by participating in a process to assess their knowledge can be confident that they are doing the job right and this can bring advancement and recognition.
Employers know that staff members who are certified have the skills for the occupation.
Customers know when they use a certified irrigation specialist to install or run their systems, those people have the skills to install or operate or manage a system efficiently, effectively and with least environmental impact.
The program is also underpinned by a Code of Conduct for Certified Irrigation Professionals to ensure ongoing integrity, knowledge and compliance with industry standards, as well as a complaints process.
CONTACT & INFORMATION
Irrigation Australia Ltd
Unit 11/58 Metroplex Avenue
Murarrie QLD 4172
P 07 3517 4000