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AELERT 2022 Conference Officially opens


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.

Adam Gilligan and Justice Brian Preston AELERT2022

'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.’

Keynote Speaker The Hon. Justice Brian J Preston FRSN SC 

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.

2021-22 Annual Report


AELERT's 2021-22 Annual Report has been published:

Read the Report


Chair's Message

MonicaIt is my pleasure to present the AELERT 2021-22 Annual Report.

In our first year of delivery against the 2021-24 Strategic Plan, we put considerable effort into modernising AELERT as a contemporary professional regulators network, while addressing key strategic risks.

This has seen the commencement of a new National Council, which is more representative of our member organisations; the commencement of a new Leadership Team, headed by Adam Gilligan as our inaugural AELERT Chief Executive Officer; the introduction of a fee-paying membership structure to ensure we have a sustainable funding model to support the operation of the network; and a refreshed branding which is more closely aligned with our online presence.

As we move forward, we will be developing an engagement strategy for partnering with key member agencies, aligning AELERT events and products to priorities of member agencies, and developing standards to tackle common issues for modern environmental regulators.

I look forward to collaborating with the AELERT National Council and Leadership Team as we continue this valuable work to foster world class environmental regulation and raise the profile of the regulatory profession.

 - Monica Collins, AELERT Chair

Grant Barnes announced as Deputy Chair of AELERT


Grant Barnes, Chief Regulatory Officer of the Natural Resources Access Regulator, and member of the AELERT National Council, has been appointed as Deputy Chair of AELERT following a resolution of the National Council.

AELERT's Chair, Monica Collins, welcomed Grant to the role.

'Grant is a highly regarded regulator and has made a significant contribution to the water compliance landscape in NSW and Australia.

'Since joining the National Council, Grant has been a keen contributor to AELERT, including presenting about his role in standing up the NSW Natural Resource Access Regulator in our July Webinar.

‘I look forward to working with Grant as we continue to drive the AELERT professional regulators network’.