National Water Week

National Water Week is celebrated annually during October, aiming to inspire individuals, communities and organisations to understand and take action to help protect and conserve our most precious resource – water.

To learn more about National Water Week, go to the Australian Water Association’s National Water Week page.

2021 Theme: Caring for water and country

This year’s NWW theme “Caring for water and Country” recognises the vital and cultural role that water plays in our lives by deepening our understanding of Australian First Nations people’s knowledge of protecting and sustaining our water and lands for over 65,000 years since the Dreamtime.

NWW (18-24 October 2021) is a time to learn more about our country’s ‘salt water’ and ‘sweet water’ and how we can create a better future by caring more now. It is every Australian’s role to understand more about how we can care for our water and our beautiful country and to work together to be more resilient in our changing climate.

We encourage children to learn more about the Traditional Owners the Bunurong people. Westernport Water acknowledges the Traditional Owners the Bunurong as the original custodians of the land and waters in which we operate, recognising their deep spiritual connection and unique ability to care for land and water.

NWW – Primary School Poster Competition

Watch our video to find out who won prizes in the 2021 National Water Week poster competition!

Congratulations to the winners and thank you to every student who entered a poster this year. They were all fantastic!

NWW poster banner

Westernport Water marks NWW each year by running a poster competition for local Primary Schools within our service area, providing a great opportunity for students to put their artistic creativity to the test.

This National Water Week (NWW) Victorian Water Corporations are encouraging students to create an A3 poster reflecting how they plan to care for water and country now and in the future.

Entries are invited in six categories:

  • Foundation/Prep
  • Years 1&2
  • Years 3&4
  • Years 5&6
  • Students of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Island descent (who reside in our service area)
  • Students with special needs (who reside in our service area)

How to enter

Entries are now CLOSED. Winners will be announced during National Water Week!

Please carefully read the poster competition information and guidelines for all terms and conditions, before filling in the Entry Form.

This year we will only accept entries submitted by email and NOT hard copy posters. Due to current restrictions we feel that it’s too difficult to accept physical entries this year.

Please scan or photograph your poster, complete the Entry Form and email them to us by 5pm on 7 September 2021 to:

If possible, please combine the files as a two page PDF to make identifying which poster belongs to which entry form nice and simple!


  • How well does the poster communicate relevant water-related issues relative to our local area?
  • How attractive does it look from a distance? (Hint – make sure your writing is not tiny and can be ready from a distance!)
  • Can be reproduced as an official poster to promote National Water Week?
  • Have art materials been used effectively? Any art material and digital technology can be used, including paint, textas, coloured pencils, collage materials, original photographs & digital graphics
  • Is the poster size A3? (or A4 and we can double its size to A3)
  • Appearance: attractively displayed in colour?
  • Is the poster original in design?
  • One entry per student
  • One student per poster – no group entries please

School prize – Local competition

All participating schools go in a random draw to win $500 for a sustainability project, purchase of water efficient products or educational materials.

Student prizes – Local competition

Westernport Water will award a First, Second and Third place prize for each of the 6 categories (Prep, Grade 1-2, Grade 3-4, Grade 5-6,students of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Island decent and students with special needs (who reside in our service area).

First place – $75 voucher

Second place – $50 voucher

Third place – $25 voucher

Entries will be judged by Westernport Water staff. Posters will be judged against this year’s theme and the judging criteria outlined in these guidelines above.

Winners will be presented their prizes during National Water Week (which runs from 18-24 October 2021).

Entries must reach Westernport Water by 5pm on 7 September 2021, and have a completed entry form emailed with a scanned copy of the poster to –

Previous winners

Have at look the winning and runner up entries from the 2019 and 2020 NWW Poster Competitions for inspiration.