Past events

Past events

Presentation and documents

The Flora and Fauna Guarantee Amendment Act 2019 - modernising Victoria's key biodiversity legislation

Leigh Morrison >
Vanessa Craigie >
Julia Franco >
Brendan Sydes >
Nic McCaffrey >

Revolutionising Victorian Environmental Law – implications of the draft Regulations and Environmental Reference Standard

Dru Marsh >
Paula Bradshaw >
Tim Power >

6-Aug-2019 Victorian Division AGM and presentation by Dr Andrea Hinwood Dr Andrea Hinwood >
Windfarm Ecology - local and global perspectives

Ian Smales - Biosis
Chad Browing - DEWLP
Ricardo Tome - Strix

EPA Update - A New Act
Revolutionising Victorian Environmental Law - innovation, opportunity and risk

Tim Power - Partner, White & Case LLP

Kath Rowley - Executive Director, Climate Change Division at DELWP


Cultural Heritage Management Update

This interactive session on cultural heritage management issues covered:

  • The new Heritage Act 2017
  • The Aboriginal Heritage Act (as amended in 2016)
  • Understanding heritage management processes and requirements
  • Working with Registered Aboriginal Parties
Jeremy Smith - Heritage Victoria
Advancing sustainability in infrastructure

This forum introduced ISCA and the Infrastructure Sustainability Rating Tool and provided a case study on how the Metro Tunnel is applying sustainability.

Anthony Sprigg - ISCA

Priya Pathmanathan - Melbourne Metro Rail Authority

Climate Change Forum

This forum provided an update and overview of state government climate change policy announcements and examples of actions being taken.

Caulfield to Dandenong: transformation toward sustainable development
TAKE2 - Victorian Government’s climate change pledge program
Urban renewal - Not only Fishermans Bend
Climate Action
In pursuit of renewable energy in Victoria
Melbourne Strategic Assessment: Biodiversity 5 years on

This seminar focussed on the recent government guidance note - Implementing the Biodiversity Conservation Strategy for Melbourne's Growth Corridor. Topics covered included -

  • Adjustments to conservation area boundaries
  • Retaining native vegetation and scattered trees
  • Uses and acceptable development within conservation areas.
Making EIAs work

This interactive seminar focussed on how to navigate the Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) process in Victoria, understanding the expectations of key regulators and providing insights for proponents and their advisers to leverage the EIA process and add value to their projects.

Victorian Election Environmental Expert Policy Review

Featuring a panel of five environmental experts, and hosted at RMIT University's state-of-the-art Building 80, this event offered participants the opportunity to hear an evidence-based review of the environment policies offered by the three major parties before the 2014 Victorian State Election.

Policy Statement
Grenades, Grasslands and Groundwater - Seminar on the approval of Ravenhall Prison

The project team tasked with building a 1,000 bed medium security prison using a public-private partnership model presented on the challenges of assessing the site and gaining approvals and how they were overcome.

Meet the Policy Drivers 2014 - Balancing our Growth and Resources

This was an opportunity for environmental professionals to hear from senior Government staff regarding their Department’s current and upcoming policy direction and reform.

Aboriginal Cultural Heritage Management

60 environmental professionals came together to hear four presenters provide their views on the difficulties, advantages and mechanisms of process and compliance from various perspectives.

Strategic Impact Assessments Forum

Over 100 people attended this NELA/EIANZ forum where presenters detailed their experiences with strategic impact assessment from north Queensland, where four coal giants are working together on a joint SIA, to Dubai where strategic assessments are the norm.

A decade of Net Gain – a retrospective look at 10 years of Net Gain & where to from here

This seminar was held in conjunction with Biosis Research hosted a seminar and explored where the policy evolved from, considered industry case studies and looked at the practical implications of complying with Net Gain policy.

Tips and Tricks II: Best Practice in Environment Effects Statement Seminar

Amanda Cornwall, NELA Victoria President, chaired this multi-disciplinary and informative event, which heard from a panel of highly experienced experts offering insights into the EES process and how to get the best value out of it.

Tips and Tricks I: Best Practice in Environment Effects Statement Seminar

While the environmental assessment processes established under the Environmental Effects Act have withstood the test of time, if not managed properly they can also be lengthy, complicated, politicised and expensive. This seminar explored the best practices to simplify and streamline this process.

It's the Feds - Compliance and Enforcement under the EPBC Act

This seminar, held in partnership with Biosis Research, focused on compliance and enforcement under the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 (EPBC Act). Through real case studies from industry, this seminar analysed the practical implications of complying with the EPBC Act and how enforcement is undertaken. It also explored the potential risks to project delivery and how to deal with them.