RISK MANAGEMENT No. 2: Effective tools for Communicating with the Regulators WORKSHOP – PM Half Day, July 19, 2019

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RISK MANAGEMENT No. 2:  Effective tools for Communicating with Environment and Safety Regulators

Understanding your Rights and Obligations when dealing with Regulators


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

Guthrie Legaland

V & C Environmental Consultants

1.20pm for 1.30pm – 5.00pm
19 July 2019


Are you prepared to respond to a visit and/or an investigation by the Environment and Safety Regulators? 

Do you fully understand your rights and obligations when dealing with the Regulators at an incident? 

At times, in spite of you having good planning and procedures in place, sometimes things just go wrong.  Whether it be from equipment failure, third party interventions or mistakes being made – incidents at industrial sites do occur.  In these circumstances, it is important that you understand your rights and obligations when dealing with the Regulators. 

At this practical AEBN Workshop, leading Environmental, Planning and Safety lawyers and environmental management experts will provide the tools and guidance to effectively communicate with Regulators, from across Australia, to minimise risk to your organisation and Directors.  The Workshop will explore – 

  • Who are the Environment and Safety Regulators from across Australia,
  • What are their Powers across jurisdictions, such as – powers of Entry, Search and Seizure…;
  • Understanding your legal Rights and Obligations;
  • How you should respond to the Regulators at a visit and/or investigation to minimise the risk to you, your organisation and Directors;
  • and more.



The Workshop will cover:

  • Communicating effectively with the environment Regulators = MINIMISES the legal risk
    • This session will explore:
      • Who are the environment regulators at a national, state and local level?
      • What are the current focus areas for enforcement by environmental regulators?
      • What are the enforcement powers of the environmental regulators?
        • Rights of entry
        • Rights of search and seizure

      • How to prepare your organisation for visits by environmental regulators

      • What to do when things go wrong:  Communicating with Regulators after an environmental incident or environmental non-compliance
        • Your obligations and responsibilities
        • Your rights:  For organisations and Directors
        • The environmental investigation 
          • The investigation process
          • Your rights in investigations
          • Answering questions
          • Attending interviews
          • Producing documentation

      • Recent case study examples of poor communication which lead to significant enforcement

  • Enforcement update:  A review of recent 2019 enforcement by environment regulators in VIC, NSW, SA and QLD –
    • An overview of typical enforcement approaches and sanctions across a number of sectors. 
    • NoteHelpful for briefing your management team on key trends and the likely scale of penalties for non-compliance.

  • Communicating with EPA Victoria from 1 July 2020 (when new Victorian laws come into effect)
    • The changes to EPA Victoria’s approach to its regulatory functions
    • Explore EPA Victoria’s new powers and enforcement
  • Case studies:  Implications of failing to communicate effectively with Regulators

  • Your Regulator:  Who are they and how to communicate with them
    • Who are they:  The Powers of the Environmental and H&S Officers
    • The Regulator’s view:  Understanding your Regulator
    • How to approach and respond to different personalities
    • Summary of approaches – “Dos and Don’ts”
  • Liaising effectively with the Safety Regulators
    • Perspective of the Safety Regulator
      • Overview of the Safety law regime and duties of employers and persons conducting a business or undertaking – covering States and Territories

    • Case study:  Current approaches of safety regulators

    • How to respond to a safety investigation
      • What to do when an inspector calls
      • Site preservation obligations
      • Do’s and Don’ts – what are your rights?
      • Offences
      • Separate representation

    • What to do when an Inspector calls
      • Site preservation obligations
      • Do’s and Don’ts
      • What are your Rights?
      • Offences against inspectors
      • Separate representation
  • Practical legal tips for effective Communication


  • Facilitator:  Tina Khoury – CEO Australian Environment Business Network (AEBN)
  • Gabrielle Guthrie – Principal, Guthrie Legal
  • Vic Natoli – Director, V & C Environmental Consultants 
  • Chris Molnar – Partner (Accredited Specialist in Workplace Relations), Kennedys lawyers (invited)



A comprehensive set of course notes will be provided to all delegates as well as the opportunity to Network with presenters and delegates during AEBN’s Networking refreshment breaks (afternoon tea and lunch).



RISK MANAGEMENT No. 2: Effective tools for Communicating with the Regulators WORKSHOP – PM Half Day, July 19, 2019
July 19, 2019 1:15 PM
July 19, 2019 5:00 PM
Presented by:
Australian Environment Business Network (AEBN)
May 30, 2019
Treacy Centre
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126 The Avenue, Parkville, Vic, Australia
$378 AEBN Member
$458 early bird before 1 July 2019; $478
V&C Environmental Consultants AND Guthrie Legal
$2.00 for 5 hours at Zoo car park (located closest to The Avenue, situated on Elliot Avenue) - a short walk to the Conference Centre
Public Transport:
Take Tram 19 from cnr Elizabeth & Flinders St Melbourne to Tram Stop 16 (cnr Royal Pde & Walker St). Two minute walk to venue from this location.
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