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AELERT Chair Sleeping out for Vinnies


Our AELERT Chair, Mark Gifford, will be forgoing the comforts many of us take for granted (think warm bed and hot showers) for one night to participate in the Vinnies CEO Sleepout. On Thursday 20 June, Mark will be sleeping on the concrete at White Bay Cruise Terminal in Sydney as part of the 2019 Vinnies CEO Sleepout. He’s doing this to raise awareness and funds to address homelessness in our community.

The night itself is more than just sleeping in the cold, it’s an educational, emotional journey for CEOs, politicians and community leaders to get a meaningful insight into some of the causes and consequences of homelessness.

Mark is fundraising to support the work Vinnies does to get these people back on their feet. All the money raised will go towards crisis accommodation options for families and individuals, case management and counselling, educational and living skills courses, health services and home packages for people transitioning to housing.

People like Tony and his son benefit from the crisis accommodation and other services provided by Vinnies. Tony stayed at Vinnies’ Vincentian House which is the only family crisis accommodation that also accepts men and teenage boys.

Did you know…

  • More than 116,000 Australians experience homelessness every night, and 32 percent are just children
  • 30% of people experiencing homelessness were born overseas. For many of them English is not a first language, making it even more challenging to find help and access services.
  • People sleeping rough in our towns and cities account for just 7% of those experiencing homelessness – most are less visible, in crowded boarding houses, on friends couches and other unsuitable accommodation
  • Older women are the fastest growing group of people experiencing homelessness in this country

If you’re able to support Mark and help him reach his fundraising target, you can donate here:

Thank you for your support!

AELERT gets a mention in Pet Industry News



The Pet Industry News features an article on wildlife trafficking in their latest publication.

AELERT member, Iain Bruce was quoted in the article. Iain is the Manager Intelligence and Investigations Unit - Environmental Compliance Branch,  Victorian Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning (DELWP).

““The government has invested $36 million to improve our efforts in recent time. In the past three years, DELWP has doubled the number of wildlife forest officers from around 35 to 70. I’d like to think that Victoria is leading the way with significant intelligence by having a dedicated intelligence function.”

DELWP also uses the AELERT forum, a contact point to share information on wildlife trafficking compliance in resource management, and attends its bi-annual conference, he added.”

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AELERT Coming to Tasmania


The AELERT team (Zoé and Felicity) are coming to Tasmania from 2-11 July for a series of roadshows, discussions and a webinar and they want to meet you. If you are interested in finding out more, hosting a roadshow, or having a face-to-face meeting with AELERT, you can email them at

Membership is free and will give you access to; online discussion board, training, member-only resources, events and much more. 

Whether you want to join or discuss how to get the most out of your membership, the AELERT team are happy to meet with you.

TAS to introduce long-awaited container deposit scheme


Environment Minister pledges to introduce long-awaited container deposit scheme

Source: The Daily Telegraph

TASMANIANS will be able to swap cans for cash by 2022 after Environment Minister Elise Archer announced plans for a long-awaited container refund scheme.

Ms Archer revealed plans for the scheme in a budget estimates hearing on Thursday.

She pledged to pull together an expert reference group that would help guide legislation to allow the initiative to begin.

“Drink containers currently account for around 41 per cent of litter by volume in Tasmania, and we know one of the most effective ways to change littering behaviours is to introduce a container refund scheme as has been seen in other Australian jurisdictions,” Ms Archer said.

“The scheme will encourage positive, incentivised recycling and re-use behaviours, that will help reach our target of becoming the tidiest state by 2023.”

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Network News - May


Read all the latest news from AELERT including the recent Secretariat visit to SA, the training sessions coming up in Darwin as well as staying updated on the latest Environmental Regulation news.

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JOB ALERT: Manager Water Regulation


Administrative Officer 7 (Remuneration Package Range $120,179 - $129,163)

Water Licensing and Regulation
Ongoing vacancy commencing 06/08/2019

The Water Licensing and Regulation Branch is the operational centre for all compliance monitoring and regulatory activities related to bore and water licensing and permitting across the Territory.
The Manager Water Regulation will be an experienced regulator with the skills to lead the Water Regulation Branch on an ongoing basis.
The Branch is relatively new and comprises a small and effective team. The Manager will guide the team through the development of new operating policy and procedures.
If you have lots of energy and enjoy working in a challenging environment with a high level of community interest and a desire to see the best outcome for the Territory’s precious water resources, then this could be the position for you. In the face of a new tranche of water regulatory reform in the Territory, this is a position in which you will develop people and policy for a bright new future.
For further enquiries about this vacancy please contact Abbe Damrow on 08 8924 4220.
Quote vacancy number: 39927                          
Applications close on the 13/06/2019 

Applications should address the Selection Criteria. For a copy of the Job Description and to apply online please visit:

Construction waste illegally buried on Darwin harbour's foreshore


Source: ABC News

Thousands of cubic metres of construction waste was illegally buried on Darwin harbour's foreshore, including some which was allegedly dumped on neighbouring government land — the proposed site of the water theme park — the Northern Territory's Environmental Protection Authority (NTEPA) has claimed. 

The NTEPA laid charges of intentionally polluting the environment causing serious environmental harm against company DWD Project Pty Ltd and its company director, Darwin businessman Michael Anthony, after a year-long investigation.

Mr Anthony also revealed to the ABC that he was one of seven developers who had submitted expressions of interest to the NT Government to build the water park.

He said he would withdraw his $130 million proposal to develop the water park as a result of the NTEPA's charges.

"The disposal and burial of these wastes raised the levels of the land, covered foreshore habitat, and filled a large area of Darwin Harbour with wastes and contaminants," the NTEPA said in a statement.

If found guilty, Mr Anthony could be liable for hundreds of thousands of dollars in fines and up to five years' imprisonment.

The company DWD Project could also be facing a maximum financial penalty of almost $3 million.

A pollution abatement notice was issued in October last year concerning the same alleged breach.

Satellite images published by the NTEPA as part of last year's abatement notice show that the alleged dumping altered the shoreline of the property, and that "significant land reclamation had occurred as a result of the deposition of waste and contaminants".

It was alerted by a public report to the NTEPA hotline in April last year.

The NTEPA said the waste remains in place.

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NT Job Opportunity - Director Water Licensing and Regulation


Senior Administrative Officer 2 (Remuneration Package Range $135,674 - $147,876)

Water Licensing and Regulation Branch, Water Resources Division

Fixed, Full Time vacancy

Director, Water Licensing and Regulation

The Department of Environment and Natural Resources is looking for an experienced regulator to lead its Water Licensing and Regulation Branch for a 12 month period from 2 August 2019 to 31 July 2020.

The Water Licensing and Regulation Branch is the operational centre for managing the Northern Territory’s water resources. The Branch is responsible for all bore and water licensing and permitting activities across the Territory and monitoring compliance with those licences and permits.

The Branch is a mixture of 12 permanent and temporary staff shared across two teams. The Branch is relatively newly established and is continuing to develop the policy and procedures by which it operates.

If you have lots of energy and enjoy working in a challenging environment with a high level of community interest then this could be the position for you. In the face of major water reform in the Territory, this is a position in which you will develop people and policy for a bright new future.

For further information, please contact Abbe Damrow, Director, Water Licensing and Regulation on 08 8924 4220 or

Quote vacancy number: 39383
Closing date: 16 June 2019

Applications should address the Selection Criteria. For a copy of the Job Description and to apply online please visit

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Check out the latest AELERT Newsletter


April Network News

New Cluster Chairs announced, upcoming AELERT Secretariat visit SA and many more updates and news from our member agencies.

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AELERT Member in NT Helps Secure Wildlife Crime Arrest


AELERT member, Tracey Duldig and her team from NT Parks and Wildlife have worked hard with Australian Border Force to secure the arrest of an illegal poacher following a house raid.

Article from ABC NEWS

A 35-year-old illegal poacher has pleaded guilty in the Northern Territory Supreme Court to possessing and exporting native and protected species on the black market.

Key points:

  • Police executed a warrant at a property at Driver on on October 23 where they located the animal parts
  • Lawyer Peter Maley described his client as a "conservationist" who was not running a major operation
  • Indian national Keerthi Raja Eswaran faces five years in jail

Parks and Wildlife's Tracey Duldig has previously branded the arrest as "the product of months of close collaboration with the Australian Border Force".

"The taking and possession of illegal wildlife continues to be a threat to native animals," Ms Duldig said.

"Wildlife is one of the three highest illegally traded commodities in the world and this joint investigation is an example of a coordinated approach to effectively tackle wildlife crime."

The maximum penalty for illegally taking or possessing protected wildlife under the NT legislation is $77,500 or five years' imprisonment.

For threatened wildlife, the maximum penalty is $155,000 or 10 years' imprisonment.

Eswaran will be sentenced on May 22.

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