How To Have Your Say

There are numerous opportunities to participate in environmental decision-making and have your say.

The opportunities available to you will depend on whether the decision is yet to be made (in which case you can focus on influencing the decision) or whether the decision has been made (in which case your efforts should focus on either challenging the decision, or ensuring that the law is complied with).

 

Influencing the decision

Government decisions are required to be made in accordance with certain processes under the law. If you need help in understanding these processes, or are unsure about whether or not these processes were followed by a decision-maker, there may be something you can do.

 

Challenging the decision

Government decisions are required to be made in accordance with certain processes under the law. If you need help in understanding these processes, or are unsure about whether or not these processes were followed by a decision-maker, there may be something you can do.

 

Making the Most of Opportunities to Have Your Say

Whether you are seeking to influence a decision, or challenging a decision in Court, there are some important things you should consider.

1. Do you need to incorporate?

Incorporating a group

Incorporation is the way a group can have a legal identity separate from its individual members. Incorporation benefits individual members of the association by protecting them from legal liability for the actions of the incorporated association.

 

2. How will you avoid defamation?

Avoiding defamation

It is important to be aware that some things that are said and written – even unintentionally - can result in you being sued for defamation. Defamation laws attempt to balance freedom of speech with the need to protect the reputation or privacy of individuals.

 

3. Will you be engaging the media?

Engaging the media

The media can be a useful tool for informing the public about your issue and gathering support. This can include newspapers, radio, television, and the internet. 

 

4. Will you be engaging with a corporation?

Engaging with corporations

When it comes to controlling corporate behaviour, specific corporation laws may offer more opportunities for better environmental outcomes than traditional environmental laws. This is because they directly regulate corporate behaviour. 

 

Tips From Our Experts

Tips from our experts

We have asked a variety of decision-makers from all levels of government to give us inside tips on what makes for effective engagement. We have also asked members of the community to tell us what has worked for them in the past.

 

 

This project has been assisted by the New South Wales Government through its Environmental Trust.

 

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