WORKSHOP: RISK MANAGEMENT No.1 – How to Demonstrate Compliance to the Environment Regulators – AM Half Day, 19 JULY 2019






(Covering Australian States and Territories)

Presented by the

Australian Environment Business Network (AEBN)

Australian Environment Business Network (AEBN)

 In association with

Proud Workshop Partners

V & C Environmental Consultants  AND  Guthrie Legal

V & C Environmental Consultants andGuthrie-Lawyers

19 July 2019 – 
8.45am for 9.00am to 12.30pm

Venue:  Treacy Conference Centre, 126 The Avenue, Parkville

Are you confident that you can demonstrate compliance to the Environment Regulators?

With the ongoing focus of strict compliance by Environment Regulators across Australia, it is imperative that organisations understand their obligations and are able to effectively demonstrate compliance to the Regulators. Businesses are subject to comprehensive regulation and monitoring by one or more Regulators.  If you cannot effectively demonstrate compliance, Regulators have the powers to enforce standards and potentially apply significant penalties to your organisation and its Directors.

This Workshop will provide guidance and a practical approach, by leading lawyers and environmental management experts, on how to demonstrate environmental compliance to the Regulators across Australia.  The Workshop will also explore compliance under the new Victorian Environment Protection (Amendment) Act that is proposed to come into effect on 1 July 2020.  The Workshop is designed to assist you to prevent risk to your organisation and its Directors.


  • Essentials of Environmental Compliance and Governance – a legal perspective:

    An overview of key requirements of legal compliance and governance, including –

    • Understanding environmental laws and legislative framework from across Australia: 
      • Source of law:  Acts, Regulations and Policies;
      • Who are the environmental Regulators?
      • Licensing requirements; 
      • What are the key laws relating to: 
        • Pollution, Water, Land, Air, Waste, Noise, Climate Change, and Biodiversity;
      • Liability:  Corporate, Director and Environmental Manager Liability
    • The core components of an Environmental Management System:
      • Essential actions to meet a due diligence defence;
      • Court cases examining environmental compliance.
    • Governance actions for Directors and Boards.

  • Victorian changes:  A legal perspective of key changes to environmental requirements in Victoria 

    • Explore key changes to Environmental requirements in Victoria that relate to the new Environment Protection (Amendment) Act commencing 1 July 2020, including:
      • New pollution incident reporting duties;
      • New Contaminated Land Assessment, Reporting and Management duties;
      • New Compliance duties requiring risk assessment of activities that may have an environmental impact;
      • Changes to Environmental Licensing.

  • Examine case studies of the pitfalls experienced by industries and businesses

  • Demonstrating Compliance:  A practical examination of compliance actions 

    • What does “Compliance” mean and WHY do we need to comply?
    • What do we need to COMPLY with?
    • How do we ACHIEVE compliance?
      • Identifying legislation for each activity, product and service
      • Developing controls to meet compliance obligations
    • How do we ENSURE we are complying and continue to comply?
      • How do you know you are in “compliance”?
      • Monitoring compliance
      • Correcting non-compliance
    • Is “Complying” enough?  – The need to “Demonstrate” compliance, including
      • Maintaining compliance records
    • Beyond compliance  
  • Group discussion of Key Outcomes.


  • Facilitator:  Tina Khoury – CEO Australian Environment Business Network (AEBN)
  • Gabrielle Guthrie – Principal, Guthrie Legal
  • Vic Natoli – Director, V & C Environmental Consultants

Course notes and Networking Opportunities

  • A comprehensive set of course notes will be provided to all delegates.
  • The workshop provides the opportunity to Network with presenters and delegates during AEBN’s Networking refreshment breaks (morning tea).




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