Photo: Philip Ladd

Policy Working Group

Chair: Bek Christensen (c/o

Working group members

  • Jodie Cosham
  • John Morgan
  • Louise Gilfedder
  • Jeremy Simmonds
  • Emma Bennett
  • Tim Vale
  • Holly Vuong
  • Ayesha Tulloch
  • Cara Marshall (Policy Project Officer)

The Policy WG was formed in 2017 and still has vacancies for members, ideally from the NT. Read the Terms of Reference below, and if you’re interested in knowing more or getting involved please email


The Policy Working Group is helping to advance the ESA’s goals to promote the application of ecological principles to the use and conservation of natural resources, and to advise government and other groups on matters relevant to ecology.

The objectives of the Policy Working Group are to:

  1. Coordinate the ESA’s:
    a. response to policy consultations dealing with science policy and environmental policy, and
    b. comment on environmental matters of public concern;
  2. Improve external communications and outreach with policymakers in State/Territory and Federal government;
  3. Develop effective methods of engagement with policymakers who have particular interests or responsibilities in science, ecology and the environment; and
  4. Utilise the existing outreach of policymakers to promote and advocate for the work of ESA and ecologists in Australia.

Detailed terms of reference


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