CONFERENCE – 2 MARCH 2018: New Environmental Laws, New Energy Developments and Funding for Business in 2018

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Conference –

*Changes expected over the NEXT 12 MONTHS to environmental laws, energy policy, supply, security and price, and funding for business from across Australia*

Presented by the

Australian Environment Business Network (AEBN)

In association with

Proud Principal Partners

Guthrie Legal Guthrie Legal





A number of significant changes within the environment and energy arena are expected to take effect in 2018 that will impact the way industry, business and councils will manage their environmental obligations and energy decision making. 

The Australian Environment Business Network (AEBN) together with proud Principal Partners – Guthrie Legal and AECOM have developed this Conference to provide the latest changes expected OVER THE NEXT 12 MONTHS on environmental laws and requirements, new energy developments that relate to energy policy, supply, security and price, as well as Funding for business from across Australia – to ensure you are compliant; making informative decisions, managing the risks; and planning for 2018!

The Conference will provide an all round perspective by the Regulators, environmental lawyer and environmental and energy experts  to assist you in understanding IF, HOW and WHEN change should be implemented within your business operations.

The Conference is designed to assist you to plan for 2018! 



The Program will include –


  • Changes expected over THE NEXT 12 MONTHS on environmental laws and requirements, and new Energy developments that relate to Energy policy, supply, security and price for business in 2018 – from across Australia – including:

  • New developments to Energy policy, supply, security and price in 2018, including –
    • The National Energy Guarantee

    • The National Energy Market

    • The Gas Market Reform

  • A business perspective, by energy specialists, on the risk to business relating to energy policy, supply, security and price in 2018

  • A legal perspective of the key environmental legal risks in 2018 arising from recent and upcoming legal reform in environmental and planning laws, and based on contemporary risk management practices –

    • Outcomes of COP23 and progress of Australia’s commitment under the Paris Agreement to reduce emissions by 26-28% below 2005 levels by 2030

    • Overview of the National phase out of PFOS and related chemicals

    • Recent changes to Contamination Management, particularly in relation to PFAS requirements in SA, QLD, NSW, WA and VIC

    • Recent and upcoming changes at State Environmental regulators, including VIC and WA


  • New directions and initiatives of EPA Victoria, and its expectations of industry and businesses in 2018

  • Changes to Victorian environmental regulations in 2018
  • Legal perspective on –

    • Preparedness for increased infrastructure interface issues, residential encroachment and mergers and acquisitions

    • Changes to Incident Response requirements, including likely changes to the VIC Environment Protection Act

    • Changes to native vegetation and biodiversity conservation laws, particularly in NSW and VIC  –  what will this mean for landowners

    • Changes to Heritage Management requirements

    • Emerging litigation risks based on contemporary case law.
  • Turning Waste to Energy – the development of new technologies in Victoria

  • Overview of the Victoria’s Renewable Energy Bill 2017

  • Victoria’s Climate Change policy

  • Overview of the new Industrial Waste Resource Guidelines

  • The proposed ban on E-waste from landfill:  The development of Waste Management Policies to ban e-waste from landfill and ensure appropriate management of the waste stream

  • Details of Landfills exempt from licensing

  • Update on EPA Victoria’s current state of knowledge on PFAS

  • Assessing planning proposals within the buffer of landfills

New South Wales

  • Highlights of NSW EPA Compliance Plan 2017/18 

  • Updated Noise Policy for Industry – that replaces the existing Industrial Noise Policy

  • Reforms to the NSW Environment State Environmental Planning Policy (SEPP)

  • Details of the new guidelines for the NSW Site Auditor Scheme (3rd Edition)

  • Draft Waste and Resource Recovery Infrastructure Strategy 2017-2021 – sets targets for the diversion of waste from landfill, increasing from 63% in 2014-15 to 75% by 2021

South Australia

  • Details of the Amendments to the Environment Protection Act – what this will mean to industry and businesses operating in South Australia

  • Overview of SA’s Waste Reforms focus areas for 2018 –

    • SA Energy from Waste
    • Mass Balance Reporting system for licensed waste facilities
    • and more…
  • Key features of the Environment Protection (Waste Reform) Amendment Act 2017

  • PFAS Ban in SA.  Proposed amendment to ban the use of fire fighting foams containing PFAS

  • EPA SA proposal to utilise certified site contamination practitioners

  • Other key proposed reform areas, including SA’s context


  • Changes in 2018 to QLD environmental regulations and requirements, including new energy developments

  • QLD’s “Affordable Energy Plan”

  • and more…

Western Australia

  • Changes expected in 2018 to WA environmental legislation and new energy developments

Funding from across Australia

  • Funding and grant opportunities available in 2018 from across Australia.



  • FACILITATORPhil Schibeci – Australian Environment Business Network (AEBN)
  • Tina Khoury – CEO, Australian Environment Business Network (AEBN)
  • Gabrielle Guthrie – Principal, Guthrie Legal
  • Suanna Harvey – Technical Director for Environment and ANZ Technical Practice Group Leader – Compliance, AECOM
  • Rob Hills – ANZ Market Sector Director, Power, AECOM
  • Mary-Anne Wilson – Acting Exec General Manager, Regulatory Obligation and Coordination, Clean Energy Regulator
  • Nina Cullen – Deputy Secretary, Energy, Environment and Climate Change, Victorian Department of Environment, Land, Water & Planning
  • Dan Keely – Manager Policy and Regulation Unit, EPA Victoria
  • Tiana Nairn – Manager Waste Reform Program, EPA SA
  • Claire Bright – Senior Consultant, Ndevr Environmental
  • Paula Conboy – Chair, Australian Energy Regulator – invited

AEBN MEMBER NETWORKING DRINKS – 4.30pm – 6.30pm, 2 March 2018

The Conference will conclude with AEBN Member Networking Drinks from 4.30pm to 6.30pm on 2 March 2018 at AECOM Seminar Room.  All AEBN Members, including non member delegates attending the Conference on 2 March 2018, are invited to attend this enjoyable networking opportunity.  Catch up with friends and meet new contacts and leads. 

Register here to attend AEBN Member Networking Drinks


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