RMPAT Bulletin

This popular monthly EDO publication is now in its tenth year. A valuable resource , it provides case notes on all substantive Tribunal decisions and feature articles on relevant planning issues, such as costs awards, notification obligations, performance-based planning schemes and information requirements for valid planning applications.

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Big PDF Icon  RMPAT Bulletin Vol 9 No 4 (November 2016)

Professional / Government $275 (inc GST)
Community / Concession $132 (inc GST)
Back Catalogue CD Volumes 1 to 9 $75 (inc GST)

To order a copy, contact EDO Tasmania.


Working Near WaterwaysCover page

Working Near Waterways is a practical guide to help farmers, Landcare groups and land managers understand the legal obligations they need to keep in mind when planning development activities near waterways.

Click here to download a free copy.


Community Guide to Mining LawCommunity Guide to Mining Law_FINAL

The Community Guide to Mining Law provides an overview of the laws regulating mining and exploration in Tasmania.  Click here to download a free copy.


The Environmental Law Handbook (4th Edition)

The Environmental Law Handbook (4th Edition) is now available online at www.edohandbook.org (last updated March 2014).

You can download the Handbook for free below (either in full, or individual Chapters).  Please note, the PDF chapters are not updated as regularly as the online copy, so check to see that the information is up to date.

Environmental Law Handbook, 4th edition – full copy (5MB) ELH 4th edition - Cover


Going It Alone: A Practical Guide for Unrepresented Litigants in the Resource Management and Planning Appeal Tribunal

Going It Alone

The Guide is intended to assist people taking action in the Tribunal who are unfamiliar with the legal process. The Guide provides general guidance on the legal process, explanations of common terms and practical tips on negotiating with other parties and preparing for the hearing.

$10.00 (inc GST)

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Now in 2nd Edition!

There have been alterations to some sections including time limitations, preparation and advice for mediation, expert witness and contact details.

If you have a copy of the first edition, please click here for a link to the new and updated information.


Critically endangered, Under-protected

Critically Endangered, Under-protectedEDO Tasmania was commissioned to prepare a report for the Bob Brown Foundation outlining options to strengthen the protections offered to critically endangered species and ecological communities under our national laws.  The report highlights key areas for reform, including streamlining the listing process, improving recovery plans and funding recovery actions, identifying and protecting critical habitat, and strengthening the role of the Threatened Species Scientific Committee.

You can read the full report here.

State forests, national interests:  Review of the Tasmanian RFA

TWSEDO Tasmania was commissioned to prepare a report for The Wilderness Society analysing the operation of the Tasmanian Regional Forests Agreement.  The report compares the Tasmanian forest practices system against national standards and takes a solutions-oriented approach to recommending improvements to better protect threatened species and other natural values.

You can read the full report here.


Lifting the Standards:  Opportunities to Improve Tasmania’s Environmental Laws LTS

This report compares the suite of Tasmanian environmental laws against national standards, concluding that many amendments are required before the laws meet best practice.  The report includes a comprehensive set of recommendations to improve the operation and effectiveness of Tasmania’s laws to secure better environmental outcomes.

You can read the full report here.

Assessment of the Adequacy of Threatened Species and Planning Laws

PYL report

An ANEDO report, prepared for the Places You Love Alliance, finds that threatened species and planning laws in Australian States and Territories fail to meet best practice standards.   Notwithstanding the continued inadequacies of state legislation, the Australian Government is poised to hand over assessment and approval powers as part of its one-stop shop policy.

ANEDO Position Papersaneod

The Australian Network of Environmental Defenders Offices (ANEDO) has published a number of papers and submissions, which are available at www.edo.org.au.    Specific papers in relation to the proposals to delegate responsibility for assessments of projects with the potential to impact on matters of national environmental significance include:

Big PDF Icon   Opposition to One Stop Shop December 2013

Big PDF Icon  Response to COAG Reforms May 2012

One Stop Chop:  Review of Regional Forest Agreements

One.Stop.ChopA joint publication between EDO Tasmania, EDO Victoria and EDO NSW, the One Stop Chop – Final report examines the operation of regional forest agreements throughout Australia and evaluates the effectiveness of the regulatory framework for achieving sustainable management of forest areas.