Australia’s national environmental law, the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999, sets up a process for assessing the impacts of proposed actions. This law requires that a person must not take an action that has, will have, or is likely to have a significant impact on a matter of national environmental significance unless the action is taken with Commonwealth Government approval.
Before legal action in support of an environmental cause can be considered, it is necessary to have evidence and information about what has happened. This factsheet contains information on collecting information and collecting evidence that will be needed for your legal action.
How to access public information held by government in the Northern Territory of Australia
Peaceful protests, demonstrations, rallies and marches can be ways to raise publicity or show support for an environmental issue. Some of the legal implications of holding such events are discussed here.
Before taking legal action on an environmental issue (potentially costly and time consuming), it is worth considering whether alternative steps can be taken.
Individuals and community groups in the NT can participate in environmental decision-making and trying to improve environmental laws by lobbying for change (law reform). If a number of people have the same concerns about an environmental issue, there may be benefits in coming together to form an environmental group.
Environmental laws can be made by the Commonwealth Parliament, the Northern Territory Parliament and by local councils.