Environmental investigations by community members or groups can be important for the enforcement of environmental laws, either to provide the basis for third party enforcement action, or to inform regulatory authorities of an environmental incident and to allow them to more fully investigate and take action
A range of techniques can be employed, including taking photographs and videos, collecting physical evidence, note-taking and collecting documentation relevant to the investigation. You should never trespass onto private property while collecting evidence. Read more about evidence gathering, see our Fact Sheet on evidence collecting and environmental investigations.
This project has been assisted by the New South Wales Government through its Environmental Trust.