Professional Development

As the acknowledged expert in public interest environmental law, EDO NSW is pleased to offer professional development for lawyers, environmental decision-makers, and others working in the environmental and planning sphere.

CPD Seminars

Our professional development seminars in Sydney CBD and throughout NSW focus on our public interest test cases and what they will mean for lawyers, planners, and your clients in the future, as well as important updates on environmental, planning, and administrative law. As community lawyers specialising in public interest environmental law, we offer top tips and insights into the operation of planning and environmental law, and help you to help your clients to be effective and compliant citizens.

We also deliver seminars on major law reforms that affect the way you work to help you ensure that you are up to speed on the latest developments in environmental, planning, and administrative law.

You can claim CPD points for all of our professional development seminars. See below for our upcoming professional development seminars.

Tailored Training For Your Workplace

We can tailor a professional development program to suit your workplace, offer half and full day options, and travel to you. We've previously worked with local councils and State Government departments around NSW to deliver targeted training to environmental decision-makers and enforcement officers.

All funds raised by our professional development program go towards our core work of helping the community to protect the environment through law. 

Our standard rates for tailored programs are $4,450 + GST for full day and $3,050 + GST for half-day training.

These rates include:

  • Consultation with you so that we can determine the training needs and outcomes of your staff
  • Design and delivery of a training program to match the needs and outcomes identified
  • Customised learning activities relevant for your staff
  • A package of written materials
  • A summary of participant evaluations

These rates include travel within Sydney metropolitan area. Outside Sydney, travel costs may apply and can be quoted on request.

Contact us to request a quote on your tailored program.

  • EDO Insider – Protecting Sydney’s Drinking Water Catchment

    Friday, December 01, 2017 at 12:30 PM · $10.00 AUD
    McCabes Lawyers in Sydney, Australia

    In August 2017, the NSW Court of Appeal found in favour of 4nature in its landmark legal action to protect Sydney’s drinking water catchment from the impacts of Springvale coal mine. The case argued that the approval for an expansion of the mine was unlawful because the decision-maker could not be satisfied the development would have a ‘neutral or beneficial’ effect on water quality in the catchment. This was the first case to test laws passed in 2009 that were introduced to protect Sydney’s drinking water catchment.

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    The Nattai River, part of Sydney's drinking water catchment.

    However, special legislation passed by the NSW Parliament in October 2017 has since retrospectively validated the approval of the mine, and will change the way that the ‘neutral or beneficial’ effect on water quality test is applied by decision-makers when considering applications to continue existing projects in the future.

    Join members of the the legal team who ran the case, Barrister Nicholas Kelly and EDO NSW Senior Solicitor Rana Koroglu, to find out more about how this case was won, the precedent value of the judgment, and the effect of the special legislation.

    Register now for this EDO Insider CPD Seminar and get the inside story on successful proceedings brought by EDO NSW client 4nature.

    All funds raised from this seminar go towards our core work of helping the community to protect the environment through law. 

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    Ticket purchases are not tax deductible. You can claim CPD points for this and all of our professional development seminars.

    A light lunch will be provided.

    We are very grateful to our pro bono partner McCabes for hosting this seminar. 

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  • Video: EDO Insider – CPD on the Barangaroo Crown Casino Case

    Thursday, April 05, 2018 at 12:00 PM · $45.00 AUD
    McCabes Lawyers

    How did the Crown Casino get the go ahead on land that was set aside for a public park at Barangaroo?

    Get the inside story on a recent public interest test case in the Land and Environment Court that challenged the planning approval for this development. Purchase our video of the seminar and watch it in your own time. Details below.

    In Millers Point Fund Inc v Lendlease Millers Point Pty Ltd & others, a community group challenged decisions by the NSW Planning Assessment Commission (PAC) to approve the Crown Casino development at Barangaroo in Sydney. This complex case relates to the interaction between the approvals process under the Environmental Planning and Assessment Act and the provisions of the Casino Control Act.

    Jane Taylor of Counsel and Sue Higginson of EDO NSW discuss the case and the precedent that it sets.

    All funds raised from sales of this video go towards our core work of helping the community to protect the environment through law.

    You can claim CPD points for this video and all of our professional development seminars. CPD video recordings are considered private study of audio/visual material. 1 unit per hour – maximum of 5 units. Video runs for 40 minutes. Supplement by reading the judgment here.

    We are very grateful to our pro bono partner McCabes for hosting this seminar.

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