We are active leaders in advocating for sound law and policy to protect the environment at both a state and national level.
We respond to calls by government for submissions on proposed policy changes affecting the environment. We are also regularly invited by governments to contribute our expertise to parliamentary inquiries, expert panels and reference groups set up to examine aspects of environmental regulation. From time to time we prepare reports and undertake consultancy projects on areas in need of significant reform.
We took an active role in responding to the Federal Government’s plans to devolve its environmental decision-making powers to States (the so-called ‘one stop shop’ policy). We also contributed expert opinion to the development of the Murray-Darling Basin Plan and the Draft Basin-wide Environmental Watering Strategy and to the development of the Long-term Sustainability Plan for the Great Barrier Reef. We have also undertaken an assessment of the adequacy of threatened species and planning laws in Australia.
Read our latest policy and law reform submissions:
Inquiry into flying-fox management in the eastern states November 2016
Submission on the inquiry into the impacts of climate change on marine fisheries and biodiversity November 2016
Submission on Senate Inquiry into retirement of coal fired power plants November 2016
- Submission on the reports of the independent Commonwealth Marine Reserves Review October 2016
View our policy and law reform submissions by topic:
- Aboriginal Communities
- Access to Justice
- Climate Change & Energy
- Coastal Marine & Fisheries Management
- Farming & Private Land Management
- Forestry Clearing Vegetation & Trees
- Mining & Coal Seam Gas
- Native Plants & Animals
- Planning Development & Heritage
- Protected Areas & Public Land Management
- Water Management