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:
Environmental assessments and approvals June 2017
Australia’s Climate Change Policy Review May 2017
Inquiry into National Water Reform May 2017
Rehabilitation of mining and resources projects as it relates to Commonwealth responsibilities April 2017
Reducing emissions from the transport sector March 2017
- Inquiry into shark mitigation and deterrent measures March 2017
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