The 2019-2020 bushfire season highlighted the failings of our environmental laws to be able to respond to such major events in an immediate and holistic way; and with the impacts of climate change, those major events are likely to become more common.

In this discussion paper, EDO sets out key recommendations on how our legal frameworks can be strengthened to ensure additional measures are available and triggered to support recovery following the 2019-2020 bushfires, and to respond to other future events.