Brisbane, Australia 5 – 9 March, 2018

As the global agenda shifts to emphasise universality and sustainability of WASH, the need for collaboration amongst WASH organisations is becoming more apparent and more urgent. Ensuring everyone has water, sanitation and hygiene at all times and everywhere, is a large task, and will not be achieved by any one actor alone. How can governments, businesses, investors, development partners, academia and civil society, work together to close the gaps in WASH service delivery? How do we meet the WASH needs of women and girls, people with disabilities, impoverished urban populations, all marginalised populations, whilst also empowering them to further improve their lives?

About the conference

WASH Futures conferences, developed and hosted by The Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT), the International WaterCentre (IWC) and the Australian WASH Reference Group, are a highly-regarded forum for sharing innovation and evidence to improve water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH). WASH entails the provision and use of safe and sustainable water and sanitation for domestic and livelihood purposes, and practicing of safe hygiene, for all people in all contexts, whether they live in cities, peri-urban informal settlements, or rural and remote villages in developing through to developed economies. Safe and sustainable WASH is an important determinant of environment health, influencing human health and wellbeing including social aspects, security, and agency.

The WASH Futures 2018 conference will convene in Brisbane, Australia from 5 – 9 March, 2018. The conference comprises two days of conference-style sessions, with parallel streams addressing specific themes relating to the conference theme collaboration for universal WASH, followed by three days of training and workshops on emergent WASH topics.


There are a series of topics under the theme Collaboration for Universal WASH to align your abstract to. The final streams for the conference program and training program will be determined by the abstracts accepted.

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Will you be joining us at WASH 2018?