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Impact Assessment Special Interest Section

Impact Assessment Special Interest Section

The Impact Assessment Special Interest Section (SIS-IA) was set up to achieve good environmental outcomes by:

  • Promoting ethical and competent practice of impact assessment by environmental practitioners through developing tools, competencies and a certification process
  • Developing and promoting, within the wider community, practices to support and extend impact assessment through institutional and decision-making frameworks, processes, standards, competencies and tools.

Membership

Membership of the SIS-IA is open to members of:

  • Environment Institute of Australia and New Zealand
  • New Zealand Association for Impact Assessment
  • Australian and New Zealand members of the International Association for Impact Assessment.

There is no additional membership fee to join. If you would like to become a member please contact the Convenor at ia@eianz.org. EIANZ members can join by logging into the EIANZ website, going to My Memberships, clicking on Update Details and then ticking the Impact Assessment SIS box under the Special Interest Section heading.

Members can also join the SIS-IA Linked-In group →

Management committee

The work program for the SIS-IA is developed and overseen by a management committee which meets around 5-6 times each year by teleconference. A number of other members of the SIS-IA are contributing to implementing the program through working groups.

The membership of the management committee is:

  • Lachlan Wilkinson (Chair): Principal, Assessments & Approvals, JBS&G Australia, SA
  • Claire Gronow (Deputy Chair): Principal, Ashgrove Environmental, Qld
  • Mandy Elliot (Secretary): Principal Consultant, EnviroME Pty Ltd, Vic
  • David Hogg: Former Director, David Hogg Pty Ltd, Environmental Consultant, ACT
  • Jeff Richardson: Principal Consultant, EcOz Environmental Consultants, NT
  • Maria Pedicini: Director, LBW Environmental Projects, SA
  • Garry Middle: Director, VisionEnvironment; Adjunct Senior Research Fellow, Curtin University, WA
  • Helen Ketelbey: Director, Ketelbey Associates, NSW
  • Anthony Sutton: Director, Assessment and Compliance, Office of the EPA, WA
  • James Baines, Director, Taylor Baines & Associates.

Current activities

The SIS-IA has a range of activities currently underway. These include:

  • Developing guidance for proponents on selecting an appropriate consultant to manage an environmental assessment
  • Building links between academia and practitioners to promote two-way interaction on impact assessment research
  • Organising a biennial symposium for impact assessment practitioners in Australia, and supporting the New Zealand Association for Impact Assessment in their annual conference
  • Developing further good practice guidance.

Please contact the Convenor at ia@eianz.org if you wish to contribute to any of these activities.

Achievements

Certification of Impact Assessment Specialists

The SIS-IA worked with the Certified Environmental Practitioner (CEnvP) program to develop certification criteria for Impact Assessment Specialists. In addition to extensive relevant experience and suitable qualifications, a CEnvP Impact Assessment Specialist must demonstrate an excellent understanding of impact assessment methods, high level analytical capabilities and strong interpersonal skills in working with proponents, regulators and stakeholders.

Find out more about certification →

Memorandums of Understanding developed with other associations

The SIS-IA negotiated memorandums of understanding (MoUs) with the New Zealand Association for Impact Assessment and the International Association for Impact Assessment. These MoUs ensure EIANZ works with these associations to:

  • Promote and enhance the quality of impact assessment
  • Promote academic exchange and professional training
  • Encourage participation in each others’ conferences and activities
  • Exchange the latest information in environmental assessment.

MoU with IAIA →

MoU with NZAIA →



IA workshops held

The SIS-IA has run workshops at EIANZ conferences on topics such as scoping of impact assessments, public participation and development of early career professionals. Further workshops are planned.

Resources developed for IA practitioners

The SIS-IA has developed resources to support effective implementation of IA. The documents have been prepared by experienced IA practitioners within the SIS-IA to provide guidance on good practice in IA. While they have been written to apply generally in Australia and New Zealand, IA practitioners should also consider the specific requirements of the jurisdiction within which they operate.

These IA resources are available under the 'Resources' section of the website →