About the Environment Institute

Our Vision
By 2020, our distinctive ability to certify the competency of environmental professionals, hold them accountable to standards, and support their career development, and add value to environmental policy development, will result in EIANZ being recognised as the pre-eminent body representing environmental professionals in Australia and New Zealand and a step-change in membership to greater than 7,000 persons

Our Values

The values of the EIANZ are embodied in its Code of Ethics and Professional Conduct, to which all members agree to abide in conducting their professional practice. The EIANZ values:

  • Excellence in environmental practice.

This kind of practice is characterised by:

  • The protection and enhancement of the environment for future generations through leadership in avoidance and mitigation of harms and adaptation to change.
  • The preference given to the integrity and resilience of biological systems essential to the sustained wellbeing of human beings.
  • Honest, objective and well founded environmental practice based on scientific evidence.
  • Environmental practice that goes beyond the minimum legal requirements.
  • Environmental practice that is multidisciplinary and collaborative, integrating knowledge across domains and between stakeholders.

We will achieve our vision through:

  1. Design, implement and manage a smaller, more effective and efficient means for governance of the EIANZ , focusing on the growth of membership, delivery of services to and the accountability of members, and influencing government, industry and the community for adoption of good practice environmental management.
  2. Design, implement and manage an integrated EIANZ membership scheme which:
  • Provides a framework for recognition of competency as a basis for being a professional member of the EIANZ; and
  • Provides various levels of recognition (Student Member, Associate Member, Registered Environmental Practitioner, Certified Environmental Practitioner, Fellow Member and Retired Member; and
  • Requires acceptance of and practice in accordance with the EIANZ Code of Ethics and Professional Conduct, and a demonstrated commitment to practice and continuing professional development; and
  • For Student and Associate Members provides Staged Training for Environmental Professionals (STEPS) as a pathway to higher levels of membership.

  1. Promote the value of membership of the EIANZ by encouraging governments and industry to voluntarily recognise professional membership of the EIANZ as a basis for certification of the standard of environmental management practice in relevant legislation and contractual arrangements in Australia and New Zealand.
  2. Design and promote a suite of highly regarded reference standards and position statements for good practice environmental management that provide a consistent approach across Australia and New Zealand.
  3. Design and implement services for members, including advice, mentoring, networking, and professional development activities that support them in their career path.
  4. Establish strategic partnerships with major tertiary institutions in Australia and New Zealand that provide environmental courses to ensure that accredited courses lead to professional membership of the EIANZ as Registered Environmental Practitioner and Certified Environmental Practitioner.