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October 2015

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This month

NELA news and events
01. NELA National Conference 2015
02. NELA Victoria breakfast
03. NELA Essay Competition
04. Australian Environmental Law Digest – call for papers

Law and policy developments
05. In the Parliaments
06. In the courts
07. Policy developments and other news
08. Open for comment
09. Resources
10. Opportunities

11. (Melbourne) How to prepare a best-practice sustainability report
12. (Brisbane) AELERT Conference 2015
13. (Sydney) Annual LAWASIA conference
14. (Sydney) NELA National Conference - Planning, Climate & Environment Law: Where to from here?
15. (Sydney) Sustainable Business Australia CEO Forum
16. (Hobart) Indigenous Peoples and Saltwater / Freshwater governance for a sustainable future
17. 2016 (Hawaii) IUCN World Conservation Congress


NELA news and events


Header NELA National Conference (Sydney)

Only 6 weeks to go until our national conference, Planning, Climate & Environment Law: Where to from here? on 13 November 2015. The full conference programme is now available, so check out the impressive line-up of speakers discussing renewables, environmental policy, the future of environmental law in a changing political climate and the role of economic tools.

We look forward to seeing you all in Sydney for an informative and constructive conversation about where environmental law is heading.


Header NELA Victoria breakfast

Join NELA’s Victorian directors for a casual breakfast catch up to discuss the latest developments on environment and climate change law. Nick Wimbush, Senior Panel Member at Planning Panels Victoria, will get things started with a brief talk about some interesting recent matters involving tunnels and trees…

When: 24 November 2015, 7:30am

Where: The Mess Hall, 51 Bourke Street

Registration is essential. For more information and to book, click here.


NELA Essay Competition

NELA invites students to submit high quality essays on any Australian environmental law and/or climate law topic for our annual essay competition. Essays must be between 4,000 – 7,000 words and may be submitted by any student enrolled at an Australian tertiary institution (undergraduate or postgraduate).

The author of the winning essay will receive $1,000 and a free NELA membership. The essay will also be considered for publication in the Environmental and Planning Law Journal or in NELA’s publications.

Entries close on 1 December 2015. All entries will be reviewed by a panel of experts and the winning essay will be announced by mid-January 2016.

For more information, click here.


Australian Environmental Law Digest – call for papers

Have you or your firm published articles in the past quarter that you’d like to have a wider audience for? NELA’s Australian Environmental Law Digest is a quarterly compilation of key articles and analyses of important environmental law issues. Articles cover a range of topics and are generally 1,000–3,500 words (though longer articles will also be considered).

To submit an article for consideration, email review@nela.org.au by 23 October 2015. The previous edition of the Digest is available here.


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Law and policy development

In the Parliaments


Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Amendment (Standing) Bill 2015

Senate Committee hearings into the Bill to repeal s.487 of the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 have been postponed. It is not yet clear whether the government intends to proceed with the proposed changes, or whether the Senate Committee will report by 12 October 2015 as originally planned.

To read submissions made to the Senate Committee in response to the Bill, click here.


Bill introduced to ban live import of primates for research purposes

On 17 September 2015, the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Amendment (Prohibition of Live Imports of Primates for Research) Bill 2015 was introduced to the Senate. The Bill seeks to amend Part 13A of the EPBC Act to ban the import of live primates for research purposes and to ensure Australia does not participate in the unethical trade of wild-caught primates for experimentation.

To read the Bill, click here.


Water Amendment Bill 2015 passes

On 14 September 2015, the Water Amendment Bill 2015 was passed by both Houses. The Bill amends the Water Act 2007 to limit Commonwealth purchases of surface water across the Murray-Darling Basin to 1500GL.

The Bill also amends the Murray-Darling Basin Plan 2012 to provide increased flexibility in the recovery of 450 gigalitres of water through efficiency measures funded under the Water for the Environment Special Account.

To read the Bill, click here.


Offshore oil and gas well regulations tightened

The Offshore Petroleum and GHG Storage Legislation Amendment (Well Operations) Regulation 2015, tabled in the Senate on 8 September 2015, seeks to implement the outcomes of an earlier review of the wells regulations. The amendments:

  • Clarify that the regulatory regime applies to the entire life of a well, not just standalone activities.

  • Replace well activity approvals with a notification scheme and subsequent well operations management plan, setting out conditions of operation.

  • Improve consistency between safety, storage and environmental regulations.

  • Increase compliance flexibility through objective-based management that can adapt to changing technology and innovation.

To read the Regulations, click here.


Changes to threatened and migratory species lists

Environment Minister, Hon Greg Hunt MP, has approved the delisting of 15 species from extinct, threatened and vulnerable species lists under the EPBC Act, and amended the list of migratory species. To find out more about the changes, click here.

The Threatened Species Scientific Committee is currently seeking advice regarding the potential listing of a number of species. See "Opportunities to Comment" for more details.


Australian Capital Territory

Trial of new cycling rules from 1 November

The ACT has followed Queensland in announcing a 2-year trial of new road rules that require motorists to maintain set minimum distances when overtaking a cyclist. The trial, which commences on 1 November 2015, responds to a recommendation of an ACT Legislative Assembly inquiry into vulnerable road users and advocacy efforts of the Amy Gillett Foundation and Pedal Power ACT.

To find out more about the trial, click here.


New South Wales

New rules allow native birds to be hunted at night

The Game Bird and Feral Control Regulation 2012 has been amended to permit native game birds to be hunted at night, subject to a native gam bird management licence. The revised regulations require birds to be in the immediate vicinity of a planted crop and sufficient lighting to ensure the birds being hunted can be correctly identified.

To find out more about the new rules, click here.



Living Marine Resources Management Amendment Bill 2015

On 22 September 2015, the Living Marine Resources Management Amendment Bill 2015 was tabled in parliament. The Bill seeks to remove uncertainty concerning vicarious liability in the Living Marine Resources Management Act 1995, following a recent unsuccessful prosecution where an alleged offender was found not guilty as a result of the statutory uncertainty where fishing licence holders authorise others to use their licence quotas on their behalf.

For more information on the Bill, click here.


Land Use Planning and Approvals (Tasmanian Planning Scheme) Amendment Bill 2015

On 24 September 2015, the Land Use Planning and Approvals (Tasmanian Planning Scheme) Amendment Bill 2015 was introduced in the lower House. The Bill proposes a number of substantial amendments to the Land Use Planning and Approvals Act 1993 to provide for the establishment of a single Tasmanian Planning Scheme, and to reduce the statutory timeframe for assessment of permitted use and development applications to 21 days.

A number of community groups have expressed concern at the potential for loss of local planning variation, and the Local Government Association of Tasmania has publicly opposed the reduced assessment timeframes.

Debate on the Bill is expected to commence on 13 October 2015. To read the Bill, click here.


Dam Works permit process amended

On 22 September 2015, the Legislative Council passed the Water Management (Dam Works) Amendment Bill 2015 introducing a new dam works approval process. Key features of the new process include:

  • Abolition of the Assessment Committee for Dam Construction, with decision making functions now resting with the Minister.

  • New self-assessments for "deemed dam works permits".

  • Providing for conditional approval to be granted where DPIPWE request additional information.

  • Clearer regulation of biodiversity offset measures.

  • Introducing "Dam Operating Notices" to allow operational restrictions to apply after construction of the dam is completed.

To read more about the changes, click here.



Changes to the Environmental Protection Act 1994 take effect

Two significant changes to the Environmental Protection Act 1994 took effect on 30 September 2015:

  • new procedures for managing contaminated sites,

  • new options to secure enforceable undertakings in respect of breaches of the Act.

The contaminated site changes will affect those involved in investigating, managing or cleaning up contaminated lands or wishing to alter the status of land listed on the Environmental Management Register or Contaminated Land Register.

To read more about the changes, click here.


Bill to mandate biofuels

Following on from an earlier commitment to increase biofuel usage, the Minister for Energy and Water Supply introduced a Liquid Fuel Supply (Ethanol and Other Biofuels Mandate) Amendment Bill 2015. The Bill will require fuel sellers to ensure 2% of sales are met through biofuels, with the capacity for the percentage to be increased or decreased by regulation. The changes are set to take effect from 1 July 2016.

To read the Bill, click here.



Bill to remove reduce lease terms in national parks

Consistent with an election commitment, the Labor government has introduced the National Parks Amendment (No 99 Year Leases) Bill 2015 to remove the ability to grant a 99 year lease in a national park. The Bill will impose a maximum term for a general lease of 21 years, with 50 year leases permitted in Point Nepean National Park, Mount Buffalo National Park and Arthurs Seat State Park.

To read the Bill, click here.


Environmental upgrade agreements Bill passes

Parliament has now passed the Local Government Legislation Amendment (Environmental Upgrade Agreements) Bill 2015, enabling commercial and industrial building owners to take advantage of an upgrade financing mechanism previously restricted to buildings in the Melbourne City Council area.

To read more about this change, click here.


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In the Courts


Japanese whaling back in court

Humane Society International (HSI) has applied to the Federal Court for orders that Japanese whaling company, Kyodo Senpaku Kaisha, is acting in contempt of an injunction granted in 2008 preventing the company from engaging in whaling activities in the Australian Whale Sanctuary.

Despite the ICJ ruling in March 2014 questioning the scientific nature of Japanese whaling plans, Japan intends to recommence whaling by the end of 2015. HSI will argue that this amounts to a contempt of the previous court order. The case will be heard in November 2015.

For more information, click here.



Supreme Court rejects challenge to Hancock Coal decision

On 4 September 2015, the Queensland Supreme Court handed down its decision in relation to the Coast and Country Association of Queensland (CCAQ) application for judicial review of the Land Court’s recommendation in Hancock Coal Pty Ltd v Kelly & Ors and Department of Environment and Heritage Protection (No. 4) [2014] QLC 12.

In the earlier decision, the Land Court had recommended that the proposed mine be rejected, or approved subject to stricter conditions regarding water management. The Minister subsequently granted approval for the Alpha Coal mine subject to conditions. For more information about the original decision, click here.

CCAQ applied for judicial review of both the Land Court’s recommendation and the Minister’s decision to approve the project. CCAQ argued that:

  • The Land Court had no authority to make alternative recommendations;

  • The consideration of environmental harm and economic benefit were flawed;

  • The decision lacked finality because it depended on a further approval process under the Water Act; and

  • The Court erred in concluding that it was outside the scope of the relevant Acts to consider the greenhouse gas emissions from the transport and burning of the coal from the mine.

The Supreme Court rejected all grounds, finding that:

  • The Land Court’s powers should not be construed strictly, and could extend to making a recommendation for refusal with an alternative recommendation for a conditional approval;

  • There is no statutory requirement that the Land Court must be satisfied of a net economic benefit before recommending approval;

  • The decision did not lack finality. Instead, the decision recognised that approval would trigger a further statutory process;

  • The Land Court’s assessment of its powers to consider climate change impacts was correct.

To read the full decision in Coast and Country Association of Queensland Inc v Smith & Minister for Environment and Heritage Protection & Ors [2015] QSC 260, click here.


Northern Territory

Darwin waste company and director fined for stormwater release

Darwin waste company, NT Recycling Solutions Pty Ltd, and its director have been fined approximately $57,000 for offences under the Waste Management and Pollution Control Act (NT). The offences relate to a 2014 incident in which oil and other contaminants were released into a stormwater system draining into Darwin Harbour.

The Darwin Magistrates court fined the NT Recycling Solutions $55,000 for causing material environmental harm and its director $2,000 for failing to comply with licence conditions and inadequately storing a contaminant.

The company was also ordered to pay $15,000 towards the NT EPA’s costs. To read more, click here.


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Policy developments and other news


Changes in the ACIUCN Executive Committee

Following the resignation of Paul Sinclair (ACF) due to ill health, Rachel Walmsley (EDO NSW) has agreed to step in as Acting Chair of the Executive Committee of the ACIUCN. NELA wishes Paul a speedy recovery and congratulates Rachel. Two other interim members have joined the ACIUCN Committee, Rodney Goodbun (DEHP QLD) and Graham Tupper (ACF).

The interim roles will be held until the annual ACIUCN election at the November AGM. For more information, contact ACIUCN Director, Katherine Zischka.


Sustainable Development Goals

The UN General Assembly has formally endorsed the Sustainable Development Goals for 2030.

The 17 Goals, which have 169 associated targets, include environmental goals dealing with issues such as energy, water, climate change, biodiversity and the marine environment. For more information regarding the Goals, visit the summit website.



Federal environment and planning portfolios

Following a Cabinet reshuffle under the new Federal leadership, Greg Hunt MP has retained the Environment portfolio and Senator George Brandis QC remains as Attorney-General. A number of significant changes in portfolio responsibility have also been made:

  • As a condition of support from the National Party, responsibility for Water Resources has been transferred to the Minister for Agriculture (Barnaby Joyce, with Senator Anne Ruston as Assistant Minister)

  • Jamie Briggs MP has been appointed as the first Minister for Cities and Built Environment.

  • Christopher Pyne MP has been appointed as Minister for Industry, Innovation and Science (Karen Andrews MP assisting in the Science portfolio)

  • Paul Fletcher MP has taken on the role of Minister for Local Government and Major Projects

  • Josh Frydenberg MP is the new Minister for Resources and Energy.


Report outlines climate change implications for the Australian Defence Force

The Climate Council has released a new report, Be Prepared: Climate Change, Security and Australia’s Defence Force, addressing the implications of a changing climate for defence planning. The report outlines five key findings:

  1. Climate change poses a significant and growing threat to wellbeing, threatening food, water, health and national security.

  2. Global military forces consider climate change to be a "threat multiplier".

  3. Climate change puts the Australian Defence Force under pressure.

  4. Australia is lagging behind the UK and US militaries in terms of preparedness for climate change.

  5. Strong action to reduce greenhouse gas emissions is critical for limiting the security implications of a changing climate.

To read the report, click here.


Independent stocktake of sustainable limits for Murray Darling

The Murray-Darling Basin Authority has released a stocktake report on Sustainable Diversion Limits for the Murray-Darling Basin and the relative effectiveness of measures currently being considered by the Basin State governments

To read the report, click here.


Guidelines released for second round of Emissions Reduction Fund

The Clean Energy Regulator has released the guidelines for the second round of Emissions Reduction Fund auctions, which will take place on 4-5 November 2015. The guidelines provides information on auction schedules, eligibility, bidding, suspension and cancellation, participant disqualification and publication of information.

To read the Guidelines, click here. To read more about the outcomes of the first auction, click here.


Australian Capital Territory

Climate change activity in the ACT

A range of recent activities are helping the ACT government to plan for its climate change mitigation and adaptation measures. These include:

The government has also extended the closing date for its second wind auction to 14 October 2015. The auction invites proposals for a further 100MW of capacity for wind projects across the National Electricity Market by 2018, with the aim of contributing to the territory’s 90% renewable energy target.

To read more click here.


New South Wales

Management of contaminated sites under the spotlight

Following the discovery of polluted surface and ground water at the Williamtown RAAF base, NSW Environment Minister, Mark Speakman, has ordered a general review of the EPA's management of contaminated sites, to be undertaken by Professor Mark Taylor.

The review will assess how well the EPA has implemented the recommendations of a 2014 Auditor-General's report into the management of contaminated sites, and make further recommendations to improve procedures for dealing with contaminated sites.

The NSW Government has also recently gazetted revised Guidelines on the duty to report contamination under the Contaminated Land Management Act 1997, which replaces the version issued in July.



Reef Report Card shows need for strong action

The latest annual Great Barrier Reef report card has been released by the Queensland government, outlining the combined results of all Reef Plan actions up to June 2014 and changes in the extent of riparian and wetland areas between 2009 and 2013.

The Report indicates some progress but notes that accelerated action is required to meet the ambitious targets. In particular, loss of wetlands and riparian vegetation is continuing, although the rate of loss has slowed, and the condition of the inshore marine environment, including seagrass and coral reefs remains poo, despite modest improvements.

For more information about the Report Card 2014, click here.


Western Australia

DER Annual Report

The Department of Environment Regulation has released its 2015 annual report, outlining its activities for 2014-2015. The report notes the Department’s continued focus on regulatory performance and reforms to streamline and improve regulatory processes, including negotiating a bilateral agreement for environmental assessment under the EPBC Act.

To read the report, click here.


South Australia

Climate change activities

The Department of Environment, Water and Natural Resources has become the first state government agency approved by the Clean Energy Regulator to earn carbon credits, receiving approval to earn credits from revegetation projects in the River Murray Forest.

The South Australian government has also established a low-carbon economy expert panel comprising Dr John Hewson, Dr Frank Jotzo (ANU) and Anna Skarbek (ClimateWorks Australia) who will advise on emissions targets for the state and the economic pathways for reaching them.

A series of consultation papers on the transition to a low-carbon economy have been released for public comment. See "Opportunities to Comment" below for more information.


Northern Territory

Increased security bond for McArthur River Mine

In August 2015, the NT Government threatened closure of McArthur River Mine, one of the world's largest lead and zine mines, unless the company significantly increased its security bond. The unprecedented demand followed an Independent Monitor report in 2014 which identified numerous breaches of the Mine Management Plan and concerns about management of tailings and waste rock on the site. There have also been subsequent reports of lead contamination near the mine site.

On 1 October 2015, after protracted negotiations with the government, mine operator, Glencore, agreed to provide a significantly larger bond to secure future rehabilitation relating to its mining activities.

The NT Government has declined to release details, on the basis that the bond amount is commercial in-confidence, but says that the bond was calculated in accordance with the statutory methodology. The Northern Territory Environment Centre has previously estimated the cost of addressing water contamination and acid mine drainage problems on the site to exceed $550 million.

EDO NT has criticised the lack of transparency regarding the bond amount and has made a formal request for the figure to be disclosed under freedom of information legislation.

The next Independent Monitor's report on the Mine's environmental compliance is due for release in November 2015. For a more detailed background on issues relating to the McArthur River Mine, read Anthony Young’s article in the March edition of the Australian Environmental Law Digest.



EPA Victoria annual plan released

While the review of the EPA continues, (see "Open for Comment" below), EPA Victoria has released its annual plan for 2015-16, setting out targets and a range of regulatory and compliance activities designed to deliver the objectives of its current 5 year plan.

To read the plan, click here.


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Open for comment



Oceania Regional Plan 2017-2020

The ACIUCN Committee is currently coordinating feedback on the draft Oceania Regional Plan 2017-2020. To find out more about this important project, and to provide feedback, click on the links below:

Feedback is welcome until 30 October 2015. The secretariat will review and incorporate the feedback for a final review in November before endorsement at a dialogue in 2016.



Marine Plastics Inquiry – deadline extended

The deadline for submissions to the Senate Inquiry into Marine Plastics has been extended until 9 October 2015. For more information regarding the Inquiry, click here.


Proposed additions to the Threatened Species List

The Threatened Species Scientific Committee is inviting public comment regarding proposals to include a number of new species (flora and fauna) in threatened species lists under the EPBC Act.

Deadlines for comment vary from 6 November 2015 to 4 December 2015, depending on the species. For more detailed information, click here.


Supertrawler inquiry

The Senate Environment and Communications Committee is conducting an inquiry into the environmental, social and economic impacts of supertrawlers operating in Australian waters.

Submissions can be made until 20 November 2015. For more information regarding the terms of reference for the inquiry, click here.


New South Wales

Industrial Noise Guidelines

The NSW Environment Protection Authority has released the Draft Industrial Noise Guidelines, intended to replace the NSW Industrial Noise Policy (EPA, 2000). The draft guidelines set out a framework for assessment and management of noise impacts from industrial sources.

Comments on the draft Guidelines can be made until 13 November 2015. For more information, click here.



New Planning Framework exposure draft

On 10 September 2015, Deputy Premier Jackie Trad released draft three planning bills for public comment:

  • Draft Planning Bill

  • Draft Planning and Environment Court Bill

  • Draft Planning (Consequential) and Other Legislation Amendment Bill

The draft bills are intended to replace the Sustainable Planning Act 2009, and commence late in 2016. Comments on the Bills can be made until 23 October 2015. For more information, click here.


Great Artesian Basin water proposals

The Queensland Government has released a statement of proposals to prepare a revised Great Artesian Basin water resource plan. The proposals outline the water to which the new plan will apply, key management actions and information requirements for technical assessments under the plan.

Comments on the proposals can be made until 20 November 2015. A series of public meetings will be held across the region during October. For more information, click here.


South Australia

Low-carbon economy consultation

The South Australian government has released a series of consultation papers on the transition to a low-carbon economy, outlining actions to reduce emissions, adapt to changing circumstances and invest in low-carbon technology.

Comments on the consultation papers can be made until 18 October 2015.



Discussion paper regarding single Tribunal proposal

The Department of Justice has released a discussion paper assessing the feasibility of establishing a single Civil and Administrative Tribunal for Tasmania. The Tribunal could incorporate a range of existing tribunals, boards and administrative decision-making bodies, including the Resource Management and Planning Appeal Tribunal, Forest Practices Tribunal and the Mining Tribunal.

Comments regarding the benefits and risks of a single tribunal can be made until 30 October 2015. For more information, click here.



Independent review of the EPA

The public consultation on the review of the Victoria’s Environment Protection Authority is nearing closure, with public comments to the review due by 31 October 2015. A series of public meetings will be held throughout October – check the Review website for details.

The independent review is being undertaken by an advisory committee chaired by former Secretary of the Department of Justice, Penny Armytage. The Committee will work with the EPA Board to examine the most appropriate role for the regulator in protecting the environment, presenting a report of its recommendations to the Government in March 2016.

To make a submission, click here.


Ban on e-waste landfill proposed

The Victorian Government has released a discussion paper outlining its proposal to prohibit operators from sending e-waste for landfill disposal.

Comments on the discussion paper can be made until 1 November 2015. For more information, click here.


Review of Local Government Act

The Victorian Government has announced a review of the Local Government Act 1989, the first comprehensive review of the legislation in 25 years. The review will examine the role of councils, governance, elections, strategic planning and powers to impose rates.

For more information on the review and access to the initial discussion paper, click here.


Western Australia

Draft Contaminated Sites Guideline

Following a recent review of the Contaminated Sites Act 2003, the Department of Environmental Regulation has released a draft guideline aimed at introducing a consistent and transparent framework for regulating contaminated sites. The Draft Contaminated Sites Guideline: Identification, reporting and classification of contaminated sites in Western Australia outlines procedures to be followed in investigating suspected contaminated sites, identifying site-specific requirements and determining site classifications.

Comments on the draft Guidelines can be made until 12 November 2015. For more information, click here.


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Protected areas law and government – training resource released

The IUCN has released a new set of resources for teaching and training on protected areas law and governance that includes seminar presentations, interactive exercises, and short videos. The materials are available at: www.protectedareaslaw.org, a platform that also provides a resource-sharing hub for educators to upload resources.


Carbon Emissions Index report online

The Australia Institute, in partnership with Pitt & Sherry, will now be publishing the highly regarded Carbon Emissions Index (CEDEX) report, a benchmark indicator for Australia’s carbon emissions, up to date snapshot of data from the energy sector and accurate figures for total renewable energy produced in Australia.

The CEDEX is available here.


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Summer internships with EDO Tasmania

Applications are open for 2015-2016 summer internships with EDO Tasmania. Internships are a great opportunity for students to gain practical experience and learn more about Tasmania’s planning and environmental laws. Law, planning or policy students in their final or penultimate year of study are encouraged to apply.

Applications close on 13 November 2015. For more information, download the application kit or contact Jess Feehely.


EDO NSW seeks Fundraising Coordinator

EDO NSW is seeking a new Fundraising Coordinator to help the office achieve a diverse and secure funding base.

Applications close on 12 October 2015. For details of how to apply, view the full position description.


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Events offered by NELA’s partners (marked Header) can provide substantial savings for NELA members - so check them out and make the most of your NELA membership!


(Melbourne) How to prepare a best-practice sustainability report

Good sustainability reporting can drive performance, engage with stakeholders, and account for your company’s economic, social, and environmental impacts. This two-day workshop, hosted by the Australian Centre for Corporate Social Responsibility, is designed to help organisations maximise the benefits of their sustainability assessments and reports.

When: 13-14 October 2015

Where: Melbourne

For further information, click here.


(Brisbane) AELERT Conference 2015

Registrations are now open for the next AELERT conference, Focus on the future: Innovative approaches to environmental regulation. AELERT is a professional network of environmental regulators working in Australian and New Zealand governments at local, state and federal levels.

When: 28-29 October 2015

Where: Sofitel, Brisbane

For more information, click here.


(Sydney) Annual LAWASIA conference

The 28th annual LAWASIA conference focusses on the theme of Cross-Border Law and Practice in the Asia Pacific. A session will be dedicated to Environment and Resources, examining the role of legislation, the legal profession and the courts in balancing environmental and economic concerns, particularly in light of the aspirations of investors in the energy sector.

When: 6-9 November 2015

Where: Sydney

For more information, click here.


Leaf(Sydney) NELA National Conference - Planning, Climate & Environment Law: Where to from here?

NELA is again partnering with Legalwise to present a fabulous gathering of experts to discuss renewable energy, environmental policy, the role of economic tools and how to design best practice environmental laws for the modern political climate.

When: 13 November 2015

Where: Pullman on Hyde Park, Sydney

For a full programme and registration details, click here.


Leaf (Sydney) Sustainable Business Australia CEO Forum

This forum presents two distinguished global leaders on sustainable business engagement, action and accountability: Peter Bakker (President, World Business Council for Sustainable Development) and Michael Meehan (CEO, Global Reporting Initiative). Their presentations will be followed by a panel of key Australian CEOs exploring business challenges and opportunities for climate action.

When: 13 November 2015, 8:30am – 1:30pm

Where: Sofitel, Sydney

For a full programme and registration details, click here.
** The CEO Forum will be followed by the Banksia Sustainability Awards presentation.


(Hobart) Indigenous Peoples and Saltwater / Freshwater governance for a sustainable future

The University of Tasmania (Institute for Marine and Antarctic Studies) and the Australian National University (ANU College of Law) are convening a workshop to bring together scholars and community practitioners to discuss the environmental governance of marine and freshwater areas by and from the perspective of Indigenous peoples.

Where: University of Tasmania, Hobart

When: 11-12 February 2016

The organisers are calling for presenters are participants. For more information, click here.


Leaf2016 (Hawaii) 2016 IUCN World Conservation Congress

Held every four years, the IUCN World Conservation Congress brings together leaders from government, the public sector, non-governmental organizations, business, UN agencies and indigenous and grass-roots organizations to discuss and decide on solutions to the world’s most pressing environment and development challenges.

When: 1–10 September 2016
Where: Hawaii Convention Center, Honolulu, Hawaii

For more information, click here.


Thanks to the NELA Bulletin team

The NELA Bulletin is researched and written entirely by volunteers. This month, we welcome back Jess Feehely and extend our sincere thanks to Hanna Jaireth and the editorial team for keeping the Bulletin rolling in her absence! This month’s contributors are:


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