Fact Sheets - Have Your Say - EDO NSW

Fact Sheets - Have Your Say

There are a number of ways to have your say in decisions impacting the environment. There are also things that you should keep in mind when having your say.

Fact Sheets on this topic include:

  • Access to Information
  • Incorporating an Environmental Group
  • Speaking Out in Public (includes information about avoiding defamation)
  • Submissions, Letters and Petitions
  • ICAC, the Ombudsmen and the Auditor-General

Learn more about how to Have Your Say in environmental decision-making.


Access to Information

This Fact Sheet gives an overview of the state and national access to information systems. It discusses the importance of public access to information in promoting open, accountable government, details the processes that must be followed by people wishing to access government information, and introduces the bodies responsible for assisting the community to access this information.

This Fact Sheet will be useful for people who want to gain access to information held by the government at a local, State, and national level.


Incorporating an Environmental Group

This Fact Sheet examines the purpose of incorporation, and gives an overview of the process of incorporating your environmental or community group.

This Fact Sheet will be useful for people who are part of an environment or community group, particularly if you are considering taking legal action.


Speaking Out in Public

This Fact Sheet discusses the legal consequences that may arise from speaking out in public. It discusses defamation law and injurious falsehood in relation to environmental campaigning, and gives an overview of what these things are and how you can avoid them.

This Fact Sheet will be useful for people who want to speak out in public to protect the environment, but want to avoid defaming someone unlawfully in the process.


Submissions, Letters and Petitions

This Fact Sheet discusses the importance of engaging in environmental law and policy decision-making processes by writing submissions, letters and petitions. It offers tips on how to find out about chances to have your say, how to write effectively, and how to ensure that your contribution meets legal requirements to ensure it is eligible to be considered by decision-makers.

This Fact Sheet will be useful for people who would like to have their say about decisions made by government, including development applications and changes to policies, as well as people who are looking for ideas on how to approach a decision-maker with a new idea.


ICAC, the Ombudsman and the Auditors-General

This Fact Sheet examines how the public sector is held accountable for its actions. It discusses the mechanisms for dealing with corruption at local, state, and national government levels.

This Fact Sheet will be useful for people who are concerned that a public authority is engaging in unlawful or corrupt conduct.