Environmental College

Environmental engineering practice serves to protect the environment by assessing and mitigating the impact human activity has on air, water, soil, flora and fauna. 

Environmental engineers assess and determine the potential problems that could be caused by accidents such as oil spills and predict the ramifications of these. They also plan and design equipment and processes for the treatment and safe disposal of waste and manage the wise use of natural resources. Their expertise is also involved in the research and development of alternative energy sources, water reclamation and waste treatment and recycling.

Environmental engineering is also employed to fix problems created by past activity including cleaning up contaminated industrial land to be used for housing.

The Environmental College represents members working in environmental engineering roles around Australia. The Environmental College provides leadership and focus on environmental policy and sustainability and:

  • Provides strategic advice to Engineers Australia on how professional standards should apply to practice.
  • Is a vocal advocate for environmental policy and sustainability within Engineers Australia.
  • Coordinates the continuing professional development (CPD) for all environmental engineers.

Our work also includes developing policy positions and submitting proposals to government and industry. Visit our Resources page to view all the Environmental College’s policy and advocacy submissions.


The Environmental College is run by a board of elected representatives. Current Board members are:

  • Kala Senathirajah FIEAust CPEng NER – Chair
  • Matthew Tendam MIEAust CPEng NER – Deputy Chair
  • Lucy Baker FIEAust CPEng
  • Michelle Bruce MIEAust CPEng NER 
  • Thamara Gunasekera MIEAust
  • Lara Harland FIEAust CPEng NER
  • Karen Oakley MIEAust CPEng
  • Kathleen Petras MIEAust
  • Niranjana Vetrivelu MIEAust CPEng
  • Qilin Wang FIEAust
Environmental College CPD

A core part of our role is to develop, promote and support the CPD of environmental engineers.

We have branches in every state and territory in Australia that deliver CPD to Engineers Australia members and guests with online and in-person training and events. 

Visit our Learning and events page to see a full list of available CPD opportunities.

Engage with us

Join EA Exchange to read our technical journals, papers, newsletters and event materials. You can also network with other technical society members on this interactive forum. 

Visit our Awards page to learn more about the Environmental College Awards.

Email us or call 1300 653 113 if you have any questions.


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Environmental College | March 2013

A graduate capability framework for environmental engineering programs

This guide is designed to inform environmental engineering stakeholders about the profession’s expectations regarding the capabilities of graduates during their first two or three years of practice. It is expected that each group of stakeholders will use the guide in different ways

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Environmental College | April 2013

The DYD stakeholder consultation process

This guide was prepared to enable education institutions and industry organisations to use the Define Your Discipline (DYD) Stakeholder Consultation Process to develop practitioner-authenticated graduate capability frameworks for the programs in their discipline