IPWG Update: Overview of Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste services Sector

SAE-A Newsletter - January, IPWG update: Overview of Mining and Metals 

by: Kelvin Clissold - General Manager, Professional Development


The Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services sector is responsible for providing households with essential power, water and waste removal services. Hundreds of thousands of kilometres of pipes, poles and wires extend electricity, gas, water, drainage and waste services across Australia’s landmass. Utilities (water, electricity and gas) are essential services that play a vital role in economic and social development. Quality utilities are a prerequisite for effective poverty eradication.

Sector information

According to the 2011 census, 115,608 people were working in Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services with a growth rate of 2.5% per annum. The electricity sector is responsible for the generation of electricity as well as its transmission and distribution. It is also responsible for arranging the sale of electricity via power distribution systems operated by others. Over 90% of national energy is currently coming from the burning of fossil fuels. The Gas sector pipes gas from the point of extraction and refinement through mains pipeline systems. It is a major supplier of energy to homes and factories delivering around 30% of industry energy needs and 20% of domestic needs.

Water supply, Sewerage and Draining Services are responsible for the bulk storage, treatment and distribution of water through a system of piping stations, aqueducts and the water mains. They also operate sewerage systems, drainage systems and sewage treatment plants.  

Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste services subsectors:

1. Extraction/Generation

2. Machinery*

3. Piping systems*

4. Electrical Wiring

5. Civil Projects (Sewerage, drainage and water storage)

*Indicates that potential employment opportunities exist in the sub sector for automotive engineers transitioning. 

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