Does Australia need a Commonwealth Environmental Protection Agency?

Published 11th Mar 19 7:00 AM by SEQ Division


Tuesday 2 April 2019


5.30pm to 8pm. (Registration from 5.15pm, networking drinks from 7.15pm until 8pm)


CQU Brisbane - 160 Ann Street, Brisbane
CQU Townsville - Building 2, Level 1,
538 Flinders St West, Townsville
Live Video Stream available


To attend the Brisbane or Townsville Venues
$50 Members, $30 Students, $65 Non Members
Video Streaming (Live only)
$40 Members, $55 Non Members

Does Australia need a Commonwealth Environmental Protection Agency? Could a Federal agency be effective in the Australian context?

Australia had a Commonwealth environmental protection agency in the period 1994-1998 led by Barry Carbon. In this panel discussion, leading environmental professionals across Australia will provide their thoughts and insights on the current calls for a similar agency and what changes may be required for Australia to move towards implementing an effective federal environmental protection agency.

This event will discuss:

  • To debate a timely topic having regard to the upcoming federal government election and the opportunity for EIANZ to provide professional guidance to any incoming Government.
  • To obtain a better appreciation of the relative roles of the Commonwealth, State and local governments in managing the environment.
  • To discuss how this solution or how potential alternative solutions may confront identified challenges.
  • To discuss a diverse range of experienced environmental professionals stand on the topic and the key challenges and opportunities.

Click here to view our objectives handout for the event.

Speakers will include:

Barry Carbon AM HFEIANZ
Previous CEO of Commonwealth EPA
Previous Director General of Queensland EPA
Previous Chairman and CEO of WA Environmental Protection Agency

Previous CEO of NZ Ministry for Environment and Secretary for Environment

Adjunct Prof Rob Fowler

Adjunct Professor, Law School, University of South Australia
Convenor of the Australian Panel of Experts in Environmental Law (APEEL)

Scott Hanna MEIANZ CEnvP

Principal and Senior Environmental Advisor - Robershan Environmental

Tara Kennedy

Senior Environmental Consultant - Golder

Dr Chris McGrath

Adjust Assoc Professor at UQ's Global Change Institute
Creator of Environmental Law Australia

Barry Carbon and Rob Fowler will be joining us via video link.

Locations and availability

We are excited that this event will be the first trial of a partnership with Central Queensland University. The event will be held at CQU’s Brisbane Campus and live streamed to CQU’s Townsville campus.

We will also be streaming the live video feed for those wishing to attend from regional locations, making this event one that can be accessed by everyone in Queensland.

When you book, please ensure you choose the location you wish to attend.

Who should attend?

Environmental practitioners across a broad spectrum of sectors including in government, private practice and industry. Interested community members, academics and politicians.

This event will count as 2 points towards your EIANZ CEnvP Professional Development Log.

Do you pay your own registration costs to attend? Don't forget to keep your invoice as you may be eligible to claim your education expenses on your tax return.

To book, follow the prompt below or call our office on 03 8593 4140.

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Cancellation Policy

Full refunds will be given for any cancellations made one week prior to the forum. Cancellations made less than one week but more than 24 hours prior to the forum will attract a 50% penalty. Cancellations made less than 24 hours prior to forum will attract the full 100% attendance fee. Delegates unable to attend are welcome to send an alternative delegate. By registering, you agree to the cancellation policy above.

Event details

When: 2 Apr 2019
5:30 PM - 8:00 PM

Where: CQU - Brisbane
160 Ann Street
Brisbane Q 4000

Cost: Members $65, Non Member $50, Student/Pensioner $30

Registrations Open: 11th Mar 19 9:00 AM

Registrations Close: 2nd Apr 19 4:00 PM

Places Available: 45

Contact: Danielle Bolton, SEQ Secretariat at, 07 5429 8480.

Register now and secure your attendance

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Published 11th Mar 19 7:00 AM by SEQ Division