How the System Works
In order to engage effectively in environmental decision-making, it is important to understand how the system works.
This section provides an introduction to environmental law and the the law making process, as well as an overview of decision-makers.
This section explains the sources and functions of our many environmental laws, and some key principles of environmental law.
It is useful to understand how laws are made and be aware of opportunities to participate in legislative processes, such as reviews.
Responsibility for environmental decision-making is spread across three levels of government - Federal, State and local. This section outlines the various responsibilities of each level.
Decision-making can also occur across the three arms of government - the legislature, the executive and the judiciary. This section outlines the functions of each arm of government in the creation and implementation of environmental laws and policies.
Decision-makers sometimes make mistakes. There are a number of options available to the public to help ensure due process is observed and decision-makers are held accountable for their actions.
This project has been assisted by the New South Wales Government through its Environmental Trust.