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Queensland Environmental Law Workshop - Brisbane

DATE: Wednesday 9th August 2017
TIME: 8.45 am to 1 pm (including morning tea and lunch)
Herbert Smith Freehills, Level 31, 480 Queen Street, Brisbane
COST: $363 incl. GST IECA member, $418 incl. GST IECA non-member
CPESC PDH credits: 3

Under Queensland environmental legislation:

  • Do you have the right to remain silent if questioned by a DEHP officer?
  • Do you understand your potential liability for environmental incidents?
  • Do you know how best to respond to a potential environmental incident on your site?
  • Do you understand how your words and actions are interpreted by DEHP officers?
  • Do you know you could be charged with a criminal offence if you say or do the wrong thing?
  • How would you handle complaints, protestors or the media on your site?

Queensland environmental legislation places a host of environmental responsibilities onto any person or company operating in Queensland. Very few supervisory, engineering or environmental staff involved in construction understand their roles and responsibilities under this legislation. To help change this, IECA ( has engaged Herbert Smith Freehills ( to run an engaging, informative and eye-opening half-day workshop in Brisbane on 9 August 2017.

The workshop will include a real-life role play using workshop attendees to explore how the words and actions of construction staff could help or hinder a DEHP investigation. This will involve real life examples from prosecutions in Queensland dealings with regulators to help attendees understand how best to act and respond to potential incidents.

Topics covered during the workshop include:

  • The roles and responsibilities of DEHP, and the power bestowed on DEHP officers by the legislation.
  • Example prosecutions and the environmental, social and economic costs for an organisation.
  • Common mistakes made by construction personnel when dealing with environmental incidents.
  • How to manage a potential incident – what to say, do and write, and what NOT to say, do and write.
  • How to establish legal privilege and avoid self-incrimination during an investigation. The role of local government in administering environmental legislation.

This workshop is an absolute must-attend for anyone involved in overseeing construction projects in Queensland. This workshop will be relevant to contractors, gas companies, miners, government agencies, consultants and engineers – anyone engaged in construction in Queensland, no matter how big or small the project. Attendees should include:

  • Supervisors​
  • Foremen
  • HSE managers and staff
  • Environmental managers and coordinators
  • Project and site engineers
  • Planning and assessment staff
  • Managers and directors.


9th Aug 17

Venue Brisbane, Qld

Registrations Open 19th Jun 17 12:00 AM

Registrations Close 8th Aug 17 4:30 PM

Cost AU $ 418 (Inc. GST)

Places Available 19

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