AELERT’s Clusters bMeeting groupring together practitioners from various agencies and jurisdictions to undertake collaborative work on mutual regulatory challenges. Clusters 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 clusters, you can read the AELERT Work Plan.

Current Cluster Groups

Better Regulation Cluster

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

Capacity Building Cluster

The Capacity Building Cluster 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 Cluster

The Communications and Engagement Cluster 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 Cluster

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

Legal Practice and Policy Cluster

The Legal Practice and Policy Cluster 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 Cluster and Working Groups

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

This cluster includes the following Working Groups:

  • Forestry Compliance and Enforcement Working Group 
  • Intelligence & Analysis Community of Practice 
  • Water Compliance Community of Practice
  • Environmental Liabilities Community of Practice