Shaping environmental laws
Many environmental laws merely set out the framework for protecting the environment and rely on community involvement for proper protection. You can proactively seek to improve environmental laws through these processes.
- To nominate place for listing on national environment protection lists, visit the Australian Environment Department’s website. Any person can nominate places for the National Heritage list and Commonwealth Heritage list. For more information about how places are protected under national environmental law, see our Fact Sheet on the EPBC Act.
- To submit a proposal to the NSW government that land be declared as or added to a wilderness area, contact the NSW Office of Environment and Heritage. This is a formal opportunity under the Wilderness Act 1987 (NSW). There is no such formal opportunity to nominate national parks or other protected areas. However, you may wish to consider making a submission to the NSW Office of Environment and Heritage to declare land a national park or other type of protected area.
- To nominate a threatened species or ecological community to national environment protection lists, visit the Australian Environment Department’s website. Any person can nominate a native species, ecological community or threatening process for listing under national environmental law. For more information about how native plants and animals are protected under national environmental law, see our Fact Sheet on Commonwealth threatened species law.
- To nominate a threatened species or ecological community or key threatening process to NSW environment protection lists, visit the NSW Office of Environment and Heritage website. Listings are maintained by the NSW Scientific Committee, an independent committee of scientists appointed by the Environment Minister. For more information about how threatened species and ecological communities are protected in NSW, see our Fact Sheet on threatened species and ecological communities.
- To nominate an aquatic endangered ecological community, population or threatened species or a key threatening process for listing in NSW, visit the NSW Department of Primary Industries website. Anyone can nominate fish, aquatic invertebrates, and marine plants for inclusion. Listings are maintained by the Fisheries Scientific Committee, and independent committee of scientists appointed by the Minister for Primary Industries.
- The NSW Boards and Committees register is a list of people interested in serving on NSW Government boards and committees, such as reserve trusts for the protection of certain areas of environmental and heritage significance. Visit the NSW Department of Premier and Cabinet website for more for more information.
- Many councils have community advisory and consultative committees which may act as a liaison between the council and the community, or advise the council on matters such as the environment, heritage, and building and development. Contact your local council to speak to them about joining a committee.