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:
Productivity Commission's Regulation of Agriculture: Draft Report August 2016
National Standard for Environmental Risk Management of Industrial Chemicals May 2016
- Consultation and Transparency Requirements for Offshore Petroleum Activities in Commonwealth Waters April 2016
- Reforms to the National Industrial Chemicals Notification and Assessment Scheme 30 March 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