Environmental laws are an essential element in achieving ecologically sustainable outcomes. These laws:
- Set minimum standards
- Require impacts to be assessed (rigorously, independently and on the basis of evidence)
- Establish offences for inappropriate activities (enforcement)
- Allow the community to be informed about, and participate in, decisions that affect their lives (transparency and accountability)
“Environmental law” describes a broad range of controls and mechanisms. This section provides a framework for understanding where those laws come from and how they are enforced.
Participation can be more than just making representations about developments or enforcing environmental laws when something goes wrong. There are often opportunities to help shape environmental laws when they are being made. Depending on the issue you are interested in, you may need to deal with either a local council, State or Commonwealth government.
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