Operations - Working Groups

Cluster Chair: The position of cluster chair is currently vacant.

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Operations Cluster Collaboration Page

The Operations Cluster works in partnership with other enforcement agencies such as the Australian Federal Police, INTERPOL and the Department of Immigration and Border Protection. As well as general information sharing, the cluster also undertakes specific projects as requested by the AELERT Steering Committee. These projects may relate to waste, water, flora and fauna, pollution and other areas of concern for environmental regulatory agencies.

 Working Groups

This cluster contains three working groups with each with a specific operational focus:

LoggingForestry Compliance and Enforcement Working Group

Chair: Margaret Eddington, NSW Environment Protection Authority

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Forestry Working Group Collaboration Page

The Australasian Forestry Compliance and Enforcement Working Group was formed as a timely opportunity to create a network of forestry regulators; collaborating, strengthening law enforcement effort, exchanging expertise and identifying emerging trends and threats.

This network can improve the efficiency of forest regulators in the delivery of government priorities through already enacted legislation. Multiple forestry regulation jurisdictions throughout Australia and New Zealand have expressed their strong desire in this timely initiative.

The Working Group also aims to share intelligence and undertake joint operations as required.

What’s the Need?

Illegal forestry practices and forest crime present a significant problem in many jurisdictions regionally, national and internationally. It degrades forest environments, reduces biodiversity, undermines government regimes and revenues, contributes to greenhouse gas emissions and deprives local communities of opportunities to improve their quality of life. There are linkages of forest crime and serious crime, including organised crime, corruption, violence and extortion which can undermine local, regional and state stability.   

What will the Working Group deliver?

It is envisaged that a summary report will be finalised by the end of 2015 providing an overview of Australasian forestry, forestry regulation and forestry enforcement. It will also highlight jurisdictional synergies and differences, operational best practice, case studies and lessons learnt. Emerging trends, threats, risks and opportunities will also be explored amongst the Working Group. Forestry regulators then aim to actively implement practices that result from the working group.    

Getting in touch with the Working Group:

Tim O’Connell, NSW Environment Protection Authority Forestry Section is steering the working group and invites comments, questions and feedback around the working group.

To get in touch tim.oconnell@epa.nsw.gov.au or 02 9995 6706    

Active Participant Members:

  •  Australian Commonwealth Department of Agriculture

  • NSW Environment Protection Authority

  • NSW Department of Primary Industries

  • New Zealand - Ministry for Primary Industries

  • New Zealand- Department of Conservation

  • Victoria - Department of Environment, Land, Water & Planning

  • Victoria Department of Economic Development, Jobs, Transport and Resources (Agriculture, Energy and Resources)

  • Western Australia Department of Parks and Wildlife

  • Forest and Ecosystem Management Division  

Affiliate Members (informed as working group progresses):

  • South Australia Department of Primary Industries

  • Tasmania Forest Practices Authority

  • Queensland Department of Environment and Heritage Protection

  • NSW Office of Environment and Heritage

Intelligence & Analysis Community of Practice Market research companies toronto2

Chair:  Kieran Lynch, NSW Environment Protection Authority

This is a newly formed Working Group, if you are involved in Intelligence within your organisation you may benefit by joining the group and building the Intelligence network across Australia.

Intelligence & Analysis CoP Collaboration Page

Water Compliance Community of Practice Water CoP 2

Organiser: Antonia Shuttleworth, Murray–Darling Basin Authority

Contact: watercopcoord@mdba.gov.au

Water Compliance CoP Collaboration Page

Upcoming inaugural meeting:

Do you want the chance to meet other professionals who work in water compliance and regulation? Learn from others and share your experiences? Expand your network and build your knowledge?

Then REGISTER to take part in AELERT’s first Water Compliance Community of Practice meeting to be held in Adelaide on 15 November 2018.

Water compliance practitioners in policy, operations, coordination and management, from all Australian States and Territories are welcome and invited to attend.

Be a founding member of this exciting new group. By attending, you will have the opportunity to:

  • Learn from other jurisdictions – best practice, problems solved, lessons learnt
  • Share examples from your own work – creating efficiencies across the network
  • Develop an understanding of the national context for water compliance and regulatory practice
  • Contribute to the shaping of the operations of the CoP for 2019 and beyond
  • Build your network and establish your place in the national network of water compliance practitioners.

To find out more and register your attendance please visit the registration page.