The AELERT Conference, themed Regulating Towards 2050: Working together to face emerging challenges officially opened today on the land of the Burramattagal people, a clan of the Dharug people in Parramatta.
Local Elder, Auntie Julie Webb gave an official welcome to Country and AELERT Chair, Monica Collins opened the conference.
Over 300 delegates will attend the 3-day event, participating in workshops and over 50 presentations and panels from over 30 regulatory agencies in 3 countries.
Ms Collins said the conference is the AELERT’s flagship biennial event.
'It provides an opportunity to engage in all of those aspects of what makes AELERT great,' she said.
'A chance to collaborate with colleagues from across the breadth of environmental regulation in Australia, New Zealand and beyond; to learn about innovative ways of addressing complex environmental problems and to build the capability of our teams and organisations to tackle emerging issues.
'Over the next two days, we have an amazing range of presentations, covering strategy and reform, regulatory innovation and tools, data and analytics, and outcome based compliance, just to name a few.’
The Hon. Justice Brian J Preston FRSN SC delivered the keynote address, sharing his insights on the evolution of environmental regulation, including the challenges and the application of digital technologies and innovation.