Should Consultants Be Licensed? Should Their reports Be Placed in the P

To: Carl Clifford <>
Subject: Should Consultants Be Licensed? Should Their reports Be Placed in the Public Domain?
From: Chris Sanderson <>
Date: Mon, 22 Jun 2009 11:35:21 +1000
Hi Carl,

It would be great if the government took some interest in standardising
effort/professionalism of consultants in the EIS game.  In lieu of that
happening (and I have no reason to believe the government is even slightly
interested in doing so), check out the group EIANZ Ecology.  Simon Mustoe
has set it up to provide a centralised group for consultants to help work
towards some industry standards.  There's already some great discussion up
there about the finer points of environment legislation.

It's probably worth noting also before the discussion gets too personal,
that yes, some consultants and consultancies don't display a lot of regard
for the environment, however I know many consultants who genuinely care and
do their utmost to protect and preserve areas they are asked to do an EIS
for, where it is appropriate from a legal and conservation perspective.  If
you don't like the outcomes, please question the framework they are working
within as much or more than the individual doing the EIS.


On Mon, Jun 22, 2009 at 11:18 AM, Carl Clifford <>wrote:

> Dear All,
> With consultants being used more and more to provide data to support
> enterprises that affect the environment and the public. There seems to be no
> form of regulation to superintend their work and qualifications. As most
> other professions and trades (even tanning salon operators}  are required to
> have some minimum level of qualification and professional standards, should
> not consultants also be subject to the same?
> Reports produced for a consultants' client regularly affect large portions
> of the populace, should they not be placed on a public register for public
> consultation and future reference?
> Cheers,
> Carl Clifford
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