The AELERT Authorised Officer Guideline, developed by the Capacity Building Working Group, is intended to assist organisations to develop an authorised officer policy or framework outlining the experience, training, qualifications, and other requirements to appoint a person as an authorised officer in a regulatory role, allowing them to exercise powers under legislation.
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Behaviour Change for Regulators: Wednesday 5 May 2021 11.00am-12.15pm EST
Presented by the AELERT Communication, Engagement and Behaviour Change Working Group
Understanding human behaviour and what drives it is essential for successful policy development, and translating policy goals into behaviour change is a core task of regulation.
Many regulators are now realising the benefits of having behaviour change capabilities in order to drive change, especially for supporting compliance, deterring poor behaviour, and reducing harm from pollution and waste.
Our presenter, AELERT member Dr Stefan Kaufman from the Monash Sustainable Development Institute’s BehaviourWorks, is an expert in behaviour change in a regulatory setting and his presentation will be relevant to everyone working in environmental regulation.
This webinar will introduce behavioural change in an environmental regulatory setting. You’ll hear examples of how to optimise the behavioural impact of core regulatory activity, opportunities to support operational strategies and problem solving, and informing policy reviews and development. The presentation will conclude with reflections and advice on capability building.
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Dr Stefan Kaufman has worked for 11 years in regulation and over 20 in applying behaviour change techniques to environmental challenges. He joined the Monash Sustainable Development Institute’s BehaviourWorks Australia (BWA) as a Senior Research Fellow in May 2019 after a secondment in 2018. The focus of his current work is developing cross-agency collaborations applying behaviour change approaches to shared public policy problems, including waste and circular economy, responsible consumption, and climate adaptation. Stefan aims to be a ‘pracademic’ (thanks to AELERT’s Grant Pink for the term!) with a focus on helping people and organisations working towards socio-environmental change. More details of Stefan's background can be found here.
Register for series of 7 webinars to learn how we're managing the risks to Australia from exotic environmental pests, weeds and diseases
The series of free monthly webinars and discussions will focus on the recently released National Priority List of Exotic Environmental Pests, Weeds and Diseases.
Victoria’s New Environment Protection Laws
Wed, 3 February 2021 2:00 PM – 4:00 PM
You can explore key changes to Victoria's environmental regulations and get more information on the environmental law changes and effects on industry and community. You can also submit your questions when you register.
EPA Victoria will also provide this webinar as an ongoing resource. A video will be made available after the session.
More information and registrations are on this Eventbrite link.
The new AELERT Strategic Plan-on- a-page is now available online.
The NSW EPA wants to hear from authorised officers and rangers from local government areas regarding their litter enforcement behaviours.
The survey twill help the EPA to shape future programs and better support its partners. This expanded on a project that was started late last year.
The survey closed on 30 November 2020.
If you have any questions or feedback about the survey, please contact Alice Morgan at firstname.lastname@example.org.
As part of the Victorian Game Management Authority's (GMA) plan to strengthen its operational and surveillance capacity, all authorised GMA Game officers are now equipped with new high-tech body-worn cameras (BWCs). The GMA’s Authorised Officers are now using the BWCs to improve evidence gathering in situations such as approaching and engaging alleged offenders caught illegally spotlighting deer, exceeding bag limits on game ducks and shooting protected species.
The GMA undertook extensive research into BWCs and found that the Axon Body 2, which is a wearable camera system incorporating an audio and video recording device, was the most appropriate model for the GMA’s purposes.
The camera provides high quality audio and video recording capabilities. Mobile phones can be paired with the BWC, and a mobile phone app, called Axon View, is used to monitor and save video footage.
Through Axon View Authorised Officers can:
The recorded footage is stored on a cloud-based digital evidence management system. This system allows for a ‘forensic fingerprint’ of each evidence file and tamper proof evidence audit records. The evidence management system also allows the sharing of footage within the GMA and with other trusted agencies, including Victoria Police, via a secure link. Photos taken by members of the community who report alleged illegal hunting offences can be saved to evidence management system and stored within the database for inclusion on case files and information reports.
The GMA’s Authorised Officers can also capture photos, video and audio with their mobile phones, and using the mobile app, securely upload these files to the evidence management system. In equipping GMA Authorised Officers with BWCs, the GMA was mindful of the risks associated with the privacy of community members, particularly in the context of inadvertently capturing footage or recordings of people not involved in a GMA enquiry i.e. if our Officers walk past a group of people conversing while approaching an offender.
At all times, the GMA maintained a conscious effort to ensure the use of the new BWCs meant that Authorised Officers could still comply with the Surveillance Devices Act 1999
Recent amendments to the Act ensure that police, ambulance officers and other prescribed persons do not commit this offence inadvertently, while carrying out their duties. The GMA obtained legal advice from the Victorian Government Solicitors Office on how best to ensure that GMA Authorised Officers could also be protected from any breach of the Act. This risk was removed by making a recommendation under s 37A of the Act to the Governor in Council (GIC) to make regulation with respect to prescribing a GMA Authorised Officer as a prescribed person for the purpose of the of the Act. The BWCs are part of the Victorian Government's $6 million boost over four years to increase GMA staff, provide new equipment, increase research capacity, conduct education campaigns and develop a new online Game Licensing System.
A South Australian waste removalist convicted of assaulting two environment protection officers has been given a suspended sentence, but his company has been fined $49,000 for illegally storing more than 17 tonnes of asbestos.
The Environmental, Resources and Development Court heard Gavin Piller snatched a camera and audio recorder from the hands of the officers from SA's Environment Protection Authority (EPA).
The court heard Piller's company, GP and Sons, had a history of complaints dating back to August 2015, when the EPA attended one of the company's sites to discuss concerns over a large amount of dust causing an environmental nuisance.
EPA chief executive Tony Circelli said Piller's punishment sent a strong message to "anyone attempting to intimidate or assault EPA officers during the course of their duties".
He said the EPA officers were documenting the contents of two skip bins containing wrapped and unwrapped asbestos on April 3, 2018 at Largs Bay when they were abused and attacked.
"This type of illegal activity will not be tolerated — it risks both harm to the environment and the community, and damages confidence for investment and fair play for legitimate waste operators," he said.
Piller wrote a letter of apology addressed to the court, the EPA and its officers, expressing regret and accepting "full responsibility for his poor and unacceptable behaviour that afternoon".
The latest AELERT Newsletter is out now! Click the link below to hear updates from the Steering Committee and read about what our member agencies have been up to.
In 2018, the Asbestos Safety and Eradication Agency released a report Case studies of asbestos water pipe management practices. The report examined six cases of rehabilitating water and sewer pipes containing asbestos in Victoria, Queensland and Western Australia and identified best practice for safe and effective management and removal.
The report recommended that a clear, nationally consistent approach to managing asbestos cement water pipes is needed for cost-effectively managing approximately 40,000 km of water mains pipes and 5,000 km of sewer pipes containing asbestos cement across Australia.
In response to that recommendation, the Agency developed the draft Asbestos-Cement (AC) Water and Sewer Pipe Management Guidelines, in collaboration with a working group representing industry, union and government officials. The draft Guidelines have now been released for public consultation. The Guidelines provide information on asbestos cement water and sewer pipe removal and remediation methods, and the issues that water agencies should consider in deciding how to safely manage AC water and sewer pipes.
Submissions are invited from the public, industry and government and must be submitted by 5pm on Friday 7 August 2020. Details on how to make a submission are included with the Guidelines.
Your feedback will help ensure the final version is useful and supports safe practices when managing and removing asbestos cement water pipes. Any queries about the public consultation can be sent to the Agency via email to email@example.com