Australian Centre for Water
and Environmental Biotechnology

The Centre is dedicated to the continuing education of water professionals. As an internationally recognised technology leader, the Centre is also actively involved in domestic and industrial water recycling and wastewater projects.

Facilities and Services

The Centre has an analytical laboratory providing services to internal and external clients. Besides routine analyses, the ASL continuously adapts and develops new analytical methods in the area of waste, surface and drinking water.

Commercial and Consultation Activities

Services that we provide include, but are not limited to expert reviews, process simulation and analysis, conceptual designs and design reviews of greenfield processes, and industrial R&D. 

Continuing Professional Development

The Centre is dedicated to the continuing education of water professionals. Here we highlight some of the courses and workshops that the Centre runs or supports.

ARB Course

ARB is a phylogenetic software package which operates using large cumulative databases which allows the user to explore phylogenetic relationships, it has tools for probe/primer design and evaluation and ARB has incorporated some of the newest and most sophisticated tree-building algorithms for both DNA and protein alignments. This course gives the participants the basics and theory behind the software to start using it in their workplaces. 

FISH Course

The use of rRNA-targeted Fluorescence in situ Hybridisation (FISH) is now widely accepted as the least biased method for identifying and enumerating populations of microorganisms within a large variety of environmental samples. This course will provide you with all the tools and skills needed to implement this method at your workplace.


IWES is the leading provider of short courses for environment professionals in Australia. The program covers most facets of water management.