Call for expressions of interest: AELERT National Council

Mar 28, 2023

An exciting opportunity exists for two suitably qualified and experienced individuals, working both in and outside front-line government regulatory agencies, to be a part of the AELERT National Council.

The term of the position is 3 years.

AELERT has over 250 member agencies and affiliates across Australia, New Zealand and International from a broad range of regulatory disciplines.

This is an opportunity to collaboratively lead and drive the strategic direction of AELERT to maximise the value to members, member agencies and partners.  

Expressions of Interest are open to people across Australia and New Zealand who possess the skills, capabilities, interest, commitment, and experiences sought for National Council members.

The National Council currently includes members from South Australia, Western Australia, Northern Territory, the Australian Commonwealth, Tasmania and New South Wales, representing local, state and national government.

In appointing new members, the National Council will seek to uphold and enhance the diversity on the Council to ensure it continues to reflect the diversity of AELERT Members and broader regulatory profession. 


The Australasian Environmental Law Enforcement and Regulators Network (AELERT) is a widely recognised professional network for sharing of knowledge and experience between regulatory practitioners in the field of environmental regulation.

AELERT also has a strong membership base who practice non environmental regulatory activities. The network was initiated by the Commonwealth in 2003 and its membership spans all levels of government across Australia and New Zealand and beyond.

AELERT is a loyal and committed partner of International Network of Environmental Compliance and Enforcement (INECE) and active amongst the broader International networks in Europe, Asia and New Zealand.  

AELERT’s National Council

The National Council monitors strategic risks, sets strategic directions, provides financial oversight, and ensures AELERT performs its functions and delivers value to its members and Agencies in an efficient and effective manner. The National Council membership consists of a Chairperson, and up to 10 other members including a Deputy Chairperson and the Chief Executive Officer.

National Council Members monitor accountable performance in accordance with AELERT’s goals and objectives.

The primary functions of the National Council are:

  • Setting the strategic direction for AELERT in conjunction with the CEO
  • Overseeing AELERT’s financial affairs including approving the annual budget, assessing AELERT’s income streams, and regularly evaluating AELERT’s financial sustainability
  • Monitoring the operations and performance of AELERT against its strategic objectives
  • Driving organisational performance to deliver member value or benefit
  • Ensuring the risks faced by AELERT are identified and that appropriate control and monitoring systems are in place to manage the impact of these risks
  • Ensuring AELERT’s financial management and reporting mechanisms are lawful, align with AELERT’s strategic direction, and provide benefits to benefits to AELERT’s members.

National Council meetings are held at least quarterly and up to monthly.

National Council members are paid daily fees at a rate consistent with determinations by the Commonwealth Remuneration Tribunal for Boards and Committees of a similar level.

Please note, consistent with the Remuneration Tribunal, State, Territory and Commonwealth Public Service employees cannot be paid members fees.

How to apply:

If this sounds like the opportunity for you, please complete an expression of interest (1 page cover letter) outlining why you are interested in a position on the AELERT National Council and what skills, capabilities, knowledge and experience you would bring to the operation of the Council, along with a current copy of your CV including two relevant professional referees to

Please submit by 10 April 2023 at 5pm AEDT.

Applications will be assessed with a view to appointing the new member by the end of April.

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