Working Groups and Communities of Practice

AELERT Working Groups bMeeting groupring together practitioners from various agencies and jurisdictions to undertake collaborative work on mutual regulatory challenges. Working Groups and Communities of Practice are established and discontinued by the AELERT Steering Committee and function to complete the work priorities identified by the Steering Committee. 

To find out more about the work being undertaken by each of the Working Groups, you can read the AELERT Work Plan.

Current Groups

Better Regulation Working Group

This Group develops best practice principles and tools for environmental compliance and regulation. Their resources support modern and effective regulatory functions.

Capacity Building Working Group

The Capacity Building Working Group coordinates a range of training programs and initiatives, including the National Competency and Training Standards project, shared learning resources and the Professional Development & Training Program (an initiative led by NSW EPA).

Communications and Engagement Working Group

The Communications and Engagement Working Group recognises that effective communication is an integral part of a high performing regulatory agency, and one which has been identified as a common challenge amongst AELERT members.

Emergency Operations Working Group

This Group includes representatives from all Australian jurisdictions and is focused on incident and emergency management in the environmental sphere.

Legal Practice and Policy Working Group

The Legal Practice and Policy Working Group focusses on projects that will build a repository of shared knowledge on environmental legal issues, so as to facilitate better environmental, community and legislative reform outcomes.

Operations Working Group

This Group brings together experts in environmental crime, who work together to study emerging trends and current issues that require a national response. The Group implements tactical enforcement initiatives to support better practice in enforcement.

Environmental Liabilities Community of Practice

This Group seeks to share information on how environmental liabilities are currently managed across jurisdictions and, where possible, explore opportunities for inter-jurisdictional collaboration and national approaches to environmental liabilities.

Water Compliance Community of Practice

The purpose of the group is to share information on cross-cutting issues, solve problems, and promote best practice in water compliance policy and operations across different jurisdictions in a collaborative way, while building capability within the AELERT network.

Intelligence & Analysis Community of Practice 

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.

Forestry Compliance and Enforcement Community of Practice 

This Group is currently inactive however if you are interested in re-invigorating Forestry Compliance and Enforcement, please reach out to the AELERT Secretariat at secretariat@aelert.net