About Us

Environmental solutions made easy

Established in 1996 and proud to be Australian owned and operated, Absorb Environmental Solutions has offices and depots in Brisbane, Sydney, Melbourne, Townsville and Perth. We provide products, services and training to all states and territories.

Absorb Environmental Solutions is respected for being technically rigorous and responsive to our clients needs by providing world class environmental solutions to a wide range of processes and industries across Australia.

We are committed to providing quality service, and pride ourselves on being easy to deal with and keeping it simple and practical. We have shown a willingness to help deliver a solution for any issue our clients may have, providing ease of access to our sound technical environmental advice and expertise.

Our experienced staff specialise in advising our customers about the right products to suit each application or where a different approach might be required.

Mission Statement

We ensure that our customers are leaders in reducing the environmental impact of, and ensure the sustainability of their operations.

We do this by creating and implementing world class environmental products, training and services.

Vision Statement

Absorb is the leading provider of environmental training, products and services.

We are acknowledged as an innovative organisation that makes a difference to the sustainability of our clients.

Company Values Statement

Work to live – not live to work

Provide a place to work where people feel appreciated and can grow

Deal with others honestly, ethically and with generosity.

Protect and enhance the environment we live in with passion and vigour.

Sustainability Statement

Absorb Environmental Solutions is committed to operating in a sustainable fashion – managing environmental, social and economic risks and responsibilities. This is implemented and supported by all levels of management and staff.  We will continually strive to research and introduce new innovations in improving both our company and our clients sustainability.

Quality Service Statement

We are committed to providing quality service, and pride ourselves on being easy to deal with and keeping it simple and practical.

We are proud to say we built our business on positive word-of-mouth which continues to this day.  We value this for the impact on the future success of our company, and view referrals as a key indicator of our client’s satisfaction.

Our team measures it’s success in terms of value added to our clients operations and a reduction in the environmental impact and improved environmental sustainability of these operations.

Our Team

Phil Abernethy

Director & Lecturer

Head Office

Phil is the company Founder, Director and the Head Lecturer, in fact he quite literally wrote the book on Environmental Management. You won’t be able to help catching some of his passion for the environment and be amazed by the depth of his knowledge and experience.

Scot Abernethy

CEO & Operations Manager

Head Office

Scot has been with Absorb since its humble beginnings in the mid nineties. Scot ensures that Absorb meets and exceeds its customer expectations.

Craig Sleep

Business Development Executive

Southern Qld

Craig is one of our most experienced employees, he has performed all of the key functions in the business from administration to leading spill clean up teams since joining the team in 2002. Craig’s wealth of knowledge and experience is a key benefit to the clients he looks after.

Len Turner

Business Development Executive

Southern Qld & WA

Len has been part of the Absorb team since 2015 and brings a wealth of experience from his background in the freight and logistics industry, as well as a strong passion for the environment.

Neil Laycock

Business Development Executive

North Queensland

Neil has been part of the Absorb team since 2011. Neil brings a practical, hands on approach in providing solutions to client problems.

Fadi Assaad

Business Development Executive


Fadi has been part of the Absorb team since 2014.

Keith MacKinnon

Service Technician

Southern Qld & WA

Keith has been part of the Absorb team since 2011, he is the most experienced Service Technician on the Absorb team and the Service Team Leader

Leigh Steel

Service Technician

Southern & Central Qld

Leigh has been part of the Absorb team since 2011. Leigh brings passion and dedication to everything he does and has a commitment to achieving the best outcome for his clients. Leigh’s engineering maintenance background provides a strong foundation to for the service work he performs for Absorb’s clients.

Tim Moeser

Environmental Service Technician

Southern Qld

Tim has been part of the Absorb team since 2014. Tim has a Bachelor of Science Degree majoring in Environmental Management and brings a practical approach to clients and solving their environmental issues.

Michael Coloretti


Head Office

Michael has been part of the Absorb team since 2012. Michael ensures all of our customers orders are delivered in full and on time and that any special requirements are met.

Anne Dryburgh

Accounts Assistant

Head Office

Anne has been part of the Absorb team since 2011. Anne keeps everything running smoothly, she makes sure all of our invoices get paid and we pay our bills.

Jan Jones

RTO Administrator and Accounts Receivable Debtors/Creditors

RTO Administrator and Accounts Receivable Debtors/Creditors.

Jan has been with the company since 2010 and is based in Queensland.

As an RTO Administrator Jan’s responsibility  is to support student along their training journey; scheduling programmes for Diploma of Environmental Management, NRT – Nationally recognised training, specialise training programmes in environmental management e.g. soil erosion, senior management, hazardous environmental awareness, On-line spill response training, and classroom base Spill Response training; and I also work in Accounts Receivable issuing invoices  Debtors/Creditor.


Goals/ Achievements

” My experiences that I have gained and enjoyed whilst working with Absorb group of companies has been extensive learning about products, spill clean up and response, and fines imposed on companies for not responding to an incident on site.  Meeting new staff members from all walks of life, their experiences, knowledge and wisdom, helping myself gain the aptitude to be confident in assisting our client when approached.  Talking with Clients within conversations, learning about the vast ray of products we have on offer to help, and those special request to investigate and find the correct application for use within an environmental situation.”


What type of tree Jan has hugged recently?

Huon Pine in Tasmania upon visiting the Huon Valley state forest. Walking out on the suspension bridge at this great height to oversee the canopy was an experience I will never forget.

Rob Nicholson

Trainer & Training Co-ordinator

Absorb Training

Rob has been part of the Absorb team since 2010. Rob ensures all of our training courses are delivered to meet our customers requirements and that our I’s are dotted and T’s are crossed to meet regulatory requirements.

Our Trainers

Our Environmental Trainers delivering Environmental education are senior environmental specialists with extensive skills within their respective industries and qualifications at graduate and post graduate levels, they also have experience in providing training and maintain a Certificate IV in TAE.

Irma Prunnell

Lecturer & Assessor

Irma Prunnell has over 20 years experience in Environmental Management, both with local and state government, and the private sector. Currently Irma works as an HSEQ consultant, developing & implementing Environmental, WHS and Quality Management Systems, conducting audits and delivering training

Pevlin Price


Pevlin is an experienced management systems adviser and trainer. He has over 30 years’ experience in training and reducing threats to people and losses to organisations. He actively applies risk management and quality-based concepts in the realms of occupational health and safety, environmental management, and process improvement.

He has a service background in the Australian Army. He has undertaken varied appointments including teaching and training management, safety management, and environmental assessments and controls for major defence activities.

He has been presenting and assessing training in EMS and auditing in the private sector since 2006

Julie Dickson


Julie has a wide range of experience across multiple industries including water utilities, electrical, waste management, civil and building construction. She is a top level auditor and her education dates back to the very first environmental course in Australia in the 70’s

Martine Bissonette

Lecturer & Assessor

Martine has been one of the key developers of the courses. Her list accolades are extensive and include work with NATO and NASA. She sets the standards you will need to meet to complete these courses.