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 7.15pm


Live Video Stream (zoom)


No charge for CQU students.

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 download the 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

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.

Registration below is for CQU students only. All other attendees should click here to register.

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Event details

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

Cost: No cost for CQU Students

Registrations Open: 11th Mar 19 9:00 AM

Registrations Close: 2nd Apr 19 4:00 PM

Places Available: 99

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

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