2022 AELERT CONFERENCE: Nov 29 - Dec 1

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2022 AELERT CONFERENCE: Nov 29 - Dec 1


Tuesday, 29th Nov 2022Thursday, 1st Dec 2022
Novotel Parramatta, Sydney and online

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call for papers

We are currently seeking paper submissions to build the program across the three days: focused on the theme Regulating Towards 2050: Working together to face emerging challenges.

Call for Papers will close on Friday, 29th July 2022 - make sure your submission is in before the deadline to be considered.  

Please download the Submission Guidelines which will provide you with all the information you require to prepare your submission.

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AELERT is excited to see you at the upcoming conference being held on Tuesday 29th November - Thursday 1st December, at Novotel Parramatta.

The Australian Environmental Law Enforcement and Regulators Network (AELERT) is a network of regulatory agencies concerned with the implementation of environmental law. The network was initiated by the Commonwealth in 2003. 

Since then, AELERT has grown into a widely recognised professional network for sharing of knowledge and experience between regulatory practitioners within agencies in the field of environmental regulation.

AELERT’s membership spans all levels of government across Australia and New Zealand and encompasses a broad range of regulators including but not limited to agriculture, air, noise and water pollution, chemicals, contaminated land, dangerous goods, environmental impact assessment, forestry, pesticides, waste and wildlife.

AELERT’s purpose is to foster world-class environmental regulation by facilitating collaboration between agencies.

AELERT provides a unique opportunity for regulatory agencies and practitioners, with a focus on environmental regulation, to:

  • Collaborate and exchange resources, information, and knowledge
  • Share experiences and practical approaches to common challenges
  • Build organisation regulatory capability
  • Participate in a professional forum of regulators

Through our focus on world class environmental regulation, we aim to provide public value by protecting and enhancing the environment and human health.

We look forward to reconnecting with everyone at the conference. Lets focus on the future as a collective.

Adam Gilligan, Conference Convenor


‘Regulating Towards 2050: Working together to face emerging challenges’

This year's Conference will focus on the fact that we are living in a changing world, and we are regulating in an environment that is subject to change.

Climate change is creating increased expectations to regulate greenhouse gas emissions, respond to climate induced environmental impacts such as increased frequency of natural disasters, and regulate adaptively during periods of sustained drought and flood.

We are also seeing the emergence of new industries and technologies which require regulation, while continuing to address addressing legacy impacts from past practices.

Regulating emerging industries and responding to emerging environmental issues (Regulatory Practice Stream)

This stream focuses on current regulatory and emerging environmental threats in various jurisdictions, including challenges to achieving compliance. 

Topics could include:

  • Addressing unregulated pollutants and other environmental issues
  • Regulating new and emerging issues, industries, and technologies
  • Adaptive regulation in response to changing circumstances

Risk-based regulation: what’s new in the regulatory toolkit? (Legislation and Policy Stream)

This stream focuses on recent developments in risk based environmental regulation.

Topics could include:

  • New legislation to address environmental issues
  • New regulatory tools to address environmental harm, hold offenders to account and improve investigative and enforcement powers
  • New policy approaches.

Innovation and technology: Adapting the way we work to meet emerging challenges (Innovation and Adaptation stream)

This stream focuses on showcasing new and emerging solutions driving more effective environmental practice, and the use of new ideas and ways of thinking including intelligence, technology, and data analytics to address environmental problems.

Topics could include:

  • Using data from self-monitoring, citizen science and complaints to solve problems and target enforcement activities
  • Exploring the value of using intelligence to improve environmental outcomes
  • The use of tech-enabled innovation such as sensor technologies, body worn cameras or drones
  • Using data and predictive analytics and new technology for effective targeting and identifying non-compliance
  • Embedding intelligence in environmental agencies
  • Research opportunities for academia 
  • Learning from the results on inquiries into regulation
  • Installing a culture of compliance
  • Best practice and new approaches in regulatory frameworks, environmental law/policy and fieldcraft
  • Measuring outcomes and impacts
  • Meeting compliance challenges in the Local Government sector
  • Tools for consistent enforcement
  • Utilising communications strategies to drive environmental outcomes


We welcome submissions from relevant subject areas that may fit into the overarching conference theme, and we’re open to developing and refining the themes based on the range of submissions received.  

Types of Presentations

Presenters will also be required to indicate the style of presentation they wish to deliver from the list below:

  • Practitioner & Research Papers (10-15 mins including Q&A)
  • Case Studies or Showcases (20-30 mins including Q&A)
  • Plenary or Breakout Presentations (30-45 mins including Q&A)
  • Plenary or Breakout Panel Discussions (45 mins including Q&A)
  • Plenary or Breakout Workshops (45-60 mins including Q&A)
  • Capacity Building Sessions (45-60 mins including Q&A)
  • Discussion Roundtables (45-60 mins including Q&A)  


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