ENVIRONMENT AND ENERGY FOR BUSINESS SEMINAR: Changes to laws, New developments and Funding from across Australia – September 13, 2018

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Changes to laws, new developments and funding from across Australia 


Presented by the

Australian Environment Business Network (AEBN)


13 SEPTEMBER 2018 – 
8.45am for 9.00am to 4.30pm
Venue:  Baker McKenzie, L19, 181 William Street Melbourne


  • REGISTER – for Seminar 
  • REGISTER – for Member Networking Drinks (commencing after Seminar. No charge)


The Australian Environment Business Network (AEBN) have developed this Seminar to provide details of Victoria’s new environmental law, the Environment Protection Amendment Act 2018, that became law on 28 August 2018; including the latest changes from across Australia on environmental compliance; new energy developments and Funding opportunities – to ensure you are up to date with your obligations and remain compliant.  

You will hear an all-round perspective by the Regulators, lawyers, environment and energy experts to assist you in understanding IF, HOW and WHEN change should be implemented within your business operations.


AEBN Member Networking Drinks – 13 September 2018

Please join us for AEBN Member Networking Drinks immediately after the Seminar from 4.30pm to 5.30pm on 13 September 2018.  Click  for details and Register.   



The Program will include:


  • Tina Khoury – CEO, Australian Environment Business Network (AEBN)


  • Kate Gavens –  Director Environment Protection, Vic Dept of Environment, Land, Water & Planning (DELWP)
    • Details of Victoria’s new environmental laws – the Environment Protection Amendment Act 2018 
    • Details of Victoria’s environment protection reforms

  •  Tim Eaton – Executive Director Assessments, EPA Victoria
    • Changes to EPA Victoria, its functions and its structure
    • New environmental reforms for Victoria
    • EPA Victoria’s Science strategy for 2018-2023
    • Victoria’s Air Quality Strategy
    • Draft State Environment Protection Policy (SEPP) (Waters)
    • New Database of Potentially Contaminated Sites and new Victorian Landfills Register:  New obligations for businesses
    • including other key changes

  • Dr Meredith Gibbs – Special Counsel, Baker McKenzie
    • Victoria
      • A legal perspective of recent key Victorian environmental risks to businesses, including the –
        • New Environment Protection Amendment Act 2018 – what will this new law mean to all businesses in Victoria from a legal perspective
        • Responsibility of landholders for pollution generated by former occupiers of land
        • New biodiversity legislation for Victoria (Flora and Fauna Guarantee Amendment Bill 2018) – what will this mean for business

    • South Australia
      • A legal perspective of recent SA key environmental risks to businesses 
      • SA Waste Reforms update

    • Northern Territory
      • New Chain of Responsibility laws
      • Other key environmental changes for businesses

    • Western Australia
      • A legal perspective of recent WA key environmental risks to businesses, including 
        • Environmental non-compliance and incident reporting
        • Changes to licensing of premises accepting clean fill


  • Jennifer Hughes – Partner, Baker McKenzie
    • New South Wales –
      Details and a legal perspective of recent NSW key environmental risks to businesses, including – 
      • Reforms to NSW Environment State Environmental Planning Policy (SEPP)
      • NSW Water Reforms
      • NSW strategy on diverting waste from landfill by 75% by 2021
      • New NSW Contaminated Land Management Compliance Statement
      • Waste and Resource Recovery Infrastructure Strategy 2017-2021 – Diversion of waste from landfill by 75% by 2021
      • Guidelines for NSW Site Auditor Scheme

    • Queensland –
      • New QLD Waste Bill – Waste Reduction and Recycling (Waste Levy) and Other Legislation Amendment Bill 2018
      • QLD’s new Waste strategy – a legal perspective of the changes and impact to businesses with operations in Queensland
      • QLD Changes to Environment Chain of Responsibility laws – the impacts to business
      • Review of QLD’s Energy legislation

National (Commonwealth)

  • James O’Toole – Asst Secretary, Electricity Branch, Energy Division, Federal Dept of Environment and Energy
    • The latest changes to National environment and energy matters for business, including –
      • Details of the National Energy Guarantee (NEG)
      • The latest on Energy prices for businesses, including ACCC’s overhaul of the electricity market

  • Kate Phillips – Partner, Baker McKenzie
    • A legal perspective on recent changes to National matters, including:
      • National Energy Guarantee (NEG) – considerations for businesses
      • Progress in delivering Australia’s 2020 Renewable Energy Target (RET)

  • Dr Meredith Gibbs – Special Counsel, Baker McKenzie
    • Changes to Packaging Covenant
    • PFAS precautionary advice update from across Australia
    • Container Deposit Schemes across Australia

  • Melanie Ford – Acting General Manager Reviews, Climate Change Authority
    • Review of National Greenhouse and Energy Reporting

  • Julia Bilyanska – Assoc Director Assurance & Risk, Sustainability Services, KPMG and 
    Duncan Stevens – Director, Climate Change & Sustainability, KPMG
    • Climate risk disclosure by organisations:  Implementing the Task Force on Climate-related Financial Disclosures (TCFD) recommendations

Funding, Grants and Programs from across Australia:

  • Clair Bright – Senior Consultant, Ndevr Environmental – Invited
    • The latest funding, grants and government programs available to you, from across Australia, will be presented

**Please note:  The Seminar Program will be updated as new environmental obligations are released by governments**



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 (morning tea, lunch and afternoon tea). 



ENVIRONMENT AND ENERGY FOR BUSINESS SEMINAR: Changes to laws, New developments and Funding from across Australia – September 13, 2018
September 13, 2018 8:45 AM
September 13, 2018 4:30 PM
Presented by:
Australian Environment Business Network (AEBN)
July 25, 2018
Treacy Centre
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126 The Avenue, Parkville, Vic, Australia
$470 AEBN Member
$550 early bird until 15 Aug 2018; $570
Early bird parking surrounds the venue
Public Transport:
TRAIN: Flagstaff Station is 400 metres away and Southern Cross Station is 500 metres away; TRAM: The closest tram stops are Bourke St - Tram No. 86, 95, 96; At William St - Tram No. 55 and at Collins St - Tram No. 31, 109, 112
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