Northern Territory
Commonwealth Environmental Impact Assessment

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.

Northern Territory
Finding Information in the NT

Obtaining information and documents held by government is often important in determining your legal rights and options. Information and documents may provide evidence, which can be necessary in preparing a legal case.​

Northern Territory
Information and Evidence gathering in the NT

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.

Northern Territory
Forming an Environmental Group in the NT

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.

Northern Territory
Sources of environmental law in the NT

There are two sources of law in Australia and the Northern Territory. These are legislation and common law. International laws may assist courts in deciding how to interpret the law. Information is also provided here on how to find laws.