The objectives of the HEI are to:
- Propagate and promote the knowledge and skills of those involved in the environmental field.
- Disseminate information related to environmental disciplines to practitioners and the community.
- Increase environmental awareness.
- Provide impartial comment or assessment, where appropriate, on environmental issues.
- Promote the advancement of environmental management.
The objectives of the HEI are fulfilled mainly through seminar presentations by guest speakers on a broad range of environmental topics.
HEI seminars are currently held at Customs House, located on the Newcastle (river) foreshore opposite Newcastle Train Station, corner Watt and Scott Streets.