About EDO NSW

EDO NSW is a community legal centre specialising in public interest environmental law. We help people who want to protect the environment through law. Our core functions are:

Each year the Environmental Defenders Office New South Wales (EDO NSW) provides free legal advice to more than 1,000 individuals and community groups across NSW. We also run free legal workshops for local communities. EDO NSW has run a number of landmark legal cases in the courts and undertakes policy and law reform work at both the State and Federal level.

EDO NSW also operates an Aboriginal  Engagement Program, a Scientific Advisory Service, an Outreach Program and an International Program providing assistance to legal groups in the south Pacific.

Our reputation is built on:

Successful environmental outcomes using the law
With 30 years’ experience in environmental law, EDO NSW has a proven track record in achieving positive environmental outcomes for the community.

Broad environmental expertise
EDO NSW is the acknowledged expert when it comes to the law and how it applies to the environment. We help the community to solve environmental issues by providing legal and scientific advice, community legal education and proposals for better laws.

Independent and accessible services
As a non-government and not-for-profit legal centre, our services are provided without fear or favour. Anyone can contact us to get free initial legal advice about an environmental problem, with many of our services targeted at rural and regional communities.


Australian Network of EDOs
EDO NSW is part of a national network of eight independently constituted and managed community environmental law centres located in each State and Territory of Australia. Each EDO is dedicated to protecting the environment in the public interest.


How to make a complaint
EDO NSW has a process for handling complaints. Any complaints should be directed to the Chief Executive Officer on (02) 9262 6989 or at Level 5, 263 Clarence Street Sydney NSW 2000.

EDO NSW is committed to ensuring that any person or organisation using or seeking to use its services has the right to lodge a complaint about the organisation and to have their concerns addressed in ways that ensure access and equity, fairness, accountability and transparency. Any complaint should be addressed to the Executive Director or the Operations Manager and sent to Level 5, 263 Clarence Street, Sydney NSW 2000 or call 02 9262 6989.