State Chapters

Explore the map below to find out what's happening in your state.

Australian Capital Territory

The ACT Chapter AAEE works collaboratively with local EfS organisations on important environmental issues, through sharing expertise, exchanging information and providing professional development. The local organisations that the AAEE ACT works with are varied. These include the Conservation Council ACT Region, the ACT Commissioner for Sustainability and the Environment, Actsmart Schools (formally Australian Sustainable Schools Initiative – ACT), the Australian National Botanic Gardens, Woodlands and Wetlands Trust, Murray Darling Basin Authority, ACT for Bees, ACT Council of Parents & Citizens Associations, SEE-Change’s Youth Parliament on Sustainability, Environmental Film Festival Australia and Kids Teaching Kids.

AAEE ACT is a dynamic and effective chapter comprising individuals from government (local and federal), schools (through Actsmart), academics, community groups, and individuals working together to support and promote environmental education for sustainability.

We do this by:

  • Conducting our own events and activities to promote education for sustainability;
  • Providing network opportunities locally for our members;
  • Supporting and promoting the work of our members;
  • Providing comments and expertise on important sustainability policies to government;
  • Attending lobbying opportunities;
  • Representing AAEE at local events.

AAEE ACT COMMITTEE MEMBERS

President Vivienne Pearce
Vice President Lara Lloyd
Secretary Bren Weatherstone
Treasurer Bren Weatherstone
Public Officer Vanessa Whelan
Committee member Janna Randell

If you live in the ACT or a surrounding region and would like to learn more about the AAEE ACT, please email aaeeact@gmail.com with your request and contact details and one of our AAEE ACT Committee members will get in touch with you.

COLOURING RESOURCE

To celebrate Biodiversity Month AAEE ACT ran a biodiversity themed colouring competition for ACT schools. A big congratulations to the winners!

The artwork was designed by a local ACT artist and features threatened species and ecosystems of the ACT, with species’ information provided on the reverse side. You can download a copy of the colouring template for use as an educational resource, or just for some relaxing colouring!

Download Biodiversity Colouring Template

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New South Wales

AAEE NSW is an incorporated body here to help environmental educators from across NSW to get involved, connect with others, advocate and lobby for change, and grow their knowledge and skills through professional development and networking.

Our members represent schools, tertiary education institutions, local councils, state government agencies, non-government and not-for- profit organisations and private companies. We have a key role in supporting and being involved in a number of educator networks across NSW.

For  over 40 years AAEE NSW has been working in the interests of quality education and environmental change, representing environmental educators across the state in discussions and debates, and providing recommendations on sustainability issues and directions for a sustainable future. Make the Change (see www.aaeensw.org.au/makethechange) is our strategic framework for the future. Aspects of it are currently being rolled out by AAEE NSW across NSW.

GET INVOLVED

AAEE NSW is an active and energetic organisation, with a strong Executive Committee of committed educators driving our activities. To find out more, please visit our website, www.aaeensw.org.au.

President:  Grahame Collier
Vice President: Jem Hansen
Secretary: Niki Carey
Treasurer/Public Officer: Sue Martin
Contact: NSW Project Officer, Jane Lewis project@aaeensw.org.au

Chapter Website: www.aaeensw.org.au

(all other members of the Executive can be viewed on the Chapter website)

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Northern Territtory

Convenor- Graeme Sawyer

Chapter Liaison - Jimmy Cocking

Secretary- Birut Zemits

Treasurer- Kate Minahan

Committee member- Jennifer Cunningham

Mainly working on Supporting teachers with professional development and assistance with the new national Curriculum in 2013.

This is focused on the biodiversityWatch portal

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Queensland

The Queensland Chapter of AAEE has a committed and broad membership involving professionals working in schools, environmental education centres, universities, industry, government, natural resources, conservation groups and community bodies.

We conduct regional Professional Development and networking activities throughout the year, across the state with a focus on activities for Earth Day on 22 April and World Environment Day on 5 June.

With a regional structure, we work together to meet the needs of our membership in line with the vision and goals of our national organisation.

Stay in touch

Stay in touch with EE events across the country by liking the AAEE Queensland Chapter Facebook page​reading ozEEnews and ​your AAEE ​e-bulletin or contact the Secretary on aaeeqld1@gmail.com for an update.

AAEE Qld Regional Branch Representatives

For local network information or for your local Facebook pages, please contact these Regional Branch members via aaeeqld1@gmail.com:

Sioux Campbell - Tropical QLD

Cam Mackenzie - Darling Downs

Kalindi Brennan - Gold Coast

Louise Erbacher – Brisbane

Karen Shaw - Sunshine Coast

*All regional branch representatives are also on the committee.

AAEE Qld Inc. Management Committee 2017

President: Kylie Yule Moses

Secretary: Hilary Macleod

Treasurer: Cam Mackenzie

Membership: Kate Elder

Queensland Chapter National Liaison Officer: Hilary Macleod

AAEE National Executive Queensland Representative (Ex Officio): Hilary Whitehouse

AAEE Queensland Management Committee meetings are held on a monthly basis.

‘Working for Sustainability and Sharing Learning

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South Australia

AAEE SA Chapter has a strong focus on Professional Development. In partnership with NRM Education we hold Education for Sustainability Network meetings. The network aims to bring together all interested parties working across sustainability education. It is a chance to network, share experiences, ideas and drive greater coordination of environmental and sustainability initiatives in schools and the wider community in SA. The Network has been running since 2012 and meets 2-3 times per year.

AAEE-SA also holds quarterly forums on topics of interest to members. It is an opportunity to network and find out about the latest in topics like resources management (waste) and nature play.

AAEE SA Chapter Christmas Drinks 2014

2014 AAEE Christmas Drinks

Adelaide AAEE National Conference 2016

The recent national conference in Hobart showcased some of the benefits of smaller Australian cities and their close connection to locally produced food, clean environments and a real sense of community. The 2016 AAEE national conference will be held in Adelaide and we expect that those easy connections will again be a feature. Adelaide is an easy city to come together in, so the focus will be very much on the ideas and discussions that the conference will inspire.

We want to accentuate the opportunities for people to network and share ideas, we would like to pose vital questions, consider dangerous ideas and explore the shift in thinking that we all work towards. As committed sustainability practitioners and educators we can always do more to walk the talk and the organising committee in Adelaide is poised to make some key decisions on what type of conference it will be. We are concerned about the cost of attending conferences and there is a desire to make the 2016 event affordable to all relevant sectors, including classroom teachers. So expect something a little different in terms of venues and how catering and waste management will be handled.

The research symposium will again be a feature as it highlights the academic rigour that drives best practice and innovation. We want to hear about the best thinking and practice in Education for Sustainability. We are thinking about the best formats for concurrent sessions and how we can drill deeper and allow more discussion and debate.

In South Australia we have a strong history developing Youth Voice so we plan to hear from young people, we want them on stage telling us what they think, what works for them and what needs to be done. We intend to make the conference inclusive of many voices, perspectives and world views and we will encourage advocacy and action on a daily basis with opportunities for letters and statements to go out from the conference.

Visit the AAEE Biennial Conference 2016 web page for details.

SA Committee members

Convenor Hugh Kneebone
Secretary (minutes) Amy Blaylock
Secretary (web) Andy Coleman
Treasurer Lee Grigg
State Liaison Megan Schartner
CEASA Representative Richard Smith
Public Officer Amanda Carbery
Committee member David Butler
Committee member Ann-Louise Breeding
Committee member Kaarin Wilkinson
Committee member Sophie Rogers
Committee member Nick Crouch

Contact:  Hugh.Kneebone(at)sa.gov.au

Chapter Website:  htpp://www.communitywebs.org/aaee

 

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Tasmania

Tasmania’s AAEE membership is active, enthusiastic and highly committed to the principles of education for sustainability. Members are drawn from all regions of the state and are involved in community groups, local and state government, education and environment sectors. New members are always welcome!

AAEE Tas hosted the 2014 AAEE National Conference which was highly successful with over 323 attendees. The conference key note speakers were internationally acclaimed sustainability educators and thinkers,  American Professor David Orr, Singaporean Dr Tow Chong, Australian activists; Paul Gilding, Kirsty Albion, Costa Georgiadis and Bob Brown. See the conference website www.aaee2014.com.au for presentations and papers.

We are planning a great 2015 program. Currently our meetings are held on the 2nd Wednesday of the month from 4.45 pm to 6 p.m. at UTAS venues using video links between Hobart and Launceston. There was no meeting in January.

AAEE TAS Team

AAEE Tas Committee Left to right: Maree Bakker, Jenny Dudgeon, Herman Hamer, Trish Knight, Nel Smit, Tania Stedler and Alan Hill.

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Committee contacts

Tasmanian Convenor:  jenny.dudgeon@education.tas.gov.au

Liaison Officer: Maree.bakker@environment.tas.gov.au

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Victoria

Environment Education Victoria (EEV) is the Victorian Chapter of the Australian Association for Environmental Education. Formed in 1984, VAEE was a product of the joining together of two organisations – the Environment Teachers Association (ETA) and the Environmental Studies Association of Victoria (ESAV) inspired by the rise of Environmental Education and the first Global Environmental Education Conferences in 1970 and 1977. In July 2015, VAEE changed its trading name to EEV. EEV is a not-for-profit, independent, membership based organization, providing leadership and a voice for the environmental education sector within Victoria. EEV offers professional support to, and promotes the development of, environmental education and sustainable behaviour change in both the formal education and community settings.  EEV does this through delivering its own initiatives and encouraging and supporting individuals and other groups whose environmental and sustainability education approaches are consistent with its own.

EEV offers a cost effective joint AAEE/EEV membership category for all Victorians so they can receive benefits of both organisations. Visit the EEV website for joint membership.

EEV exists to:

  • Support members with advice and referral.
  • Influence sustainability education policy and curriculum development in Victoria.
  • Celebrate excellence through the annual Victorian Environmental Educator of the Year Award.
  • Lobby both Local and State Governments on environmental and sustainability education issues.
  • Represent the needs of environmental and sustainability education practitioners at state and, through our partnership with AAEE, at national level.
  • Identify and promote best practices and models of environmental education.
  • Develop networks, which enable practitioners to share experience and best practice.
  • Research environmental and sustainability education curriculum and policies, locally and internationally.
  • Deliver professional development events and conferences for environmental and sustainability education practitioners.

For more information, visit www.eev.vic.edu.au

View an example of the Eingana Journal.

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Western Australia

The WA Chapter is unique, involving a broad cross-section of environmental educators from diverse areas such as schools, government agencies, industry, universities, technical and further education centres, zoos, museums, parks and reserves, environmental education centres and community and conservation groups.

Chapter meet-ups

The Chapter meets on the third Thursday of every month, at the Canning River Eco Education Centre, Kent Street, Wilson from 4.00 to 5.30.

There are regular events throughout the year that members have developed for particular groups. These include:

Catchments, Corridors and Coasts (January), a three day program that provides a snapshot of environmental education in WA that is held each January.  The program exists because of our network and enables us to educate teachers, students, community and government groups about the programs operating through the Perth region.

Earth Day Expo (April) provides an all day event for primary aged children and is held at the Canning River Eco Education Centre and Edith Cowan University Joondalup in early April, the international event is held on the 22nd April. Members are invited to give hands on workshops to groups of children to promote sustainable living and the joy of nurturing the earth.

Biological Earth Environmental Science Yr 9 – 11 Day (BEES Day) allows presenters to share their passion about their work in those fields and encourage students to consider these subjects in Yr 11 & Yr 12. The enthusiastic and informative hands on sessions help students see the importance of good sciences for our future and is held at the Central Institute of Technology, Perth.

The Science Week Community Expo (August) is held annually in National Science Week at the Canning River Eco Education Centre (CREEC). The theme of the Expo changes each year but revolves around the senses with presentations, workshops, activities and displays focused on this theme.  A youth competition is run in conjunction with the Expo where Kindy – Year 6 children can design a logo that will be used on a banner to advertise the theme of the Expo

The Turtle Watch program is dedicated to providing information about the Oblong or Long-neck Turtle (Chelodina colliei) of the south-west of Western Australia.  A Fact Sheet about these turtles is available, turtle sightings can be reported to one of the Turtle Watch Environment Centres and schools are encouraged to become a Turtle Watch Accredited School.

Western Australian Education for Sustainability Forum (November) this forum gives practitioners from all sectors the opportunity to share their work with others and form links to better support each other in future projects. This event brings together practical on-ground project, school endeavours and tertiary research practitioners so who knows what robust partnerships will develop so join us and find out.

Little Green Steps WA is a not for profit program that supports Education for Sustainability (EfS) in early learning centres in Western Australia. This includes childcare centres, preschools, family day care, kindergartens, after school care and long day care services for children aged 0-8 years. A trial and implementation phase was supported with grants from Lotterywest and the program is now supporting a range of early years centres. We are also working with the Cockburn City Council to provide support for their local communities in the early years. A new initiative has also been undertaken with the WA Waste Authority to produce kits for early years educators about waste reduction.  For more information go to www.littlegreenstepswa.org.au

More information

The WA Chapter have also worked together to provide a directory of programs and contacts for help across the sustainability areas. Please visit us and see what else we are up to at www.aaeewa.org.au.

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