National Environmental Law Reform

Working with some of Australia’s top legal minds, the EDO is helping to develop the next generation of Australian environmental laws.


These focus on environmental protection and sustainable development with transparency and accountability, rather than regulated destruction.

They establish new norms in the form of an environmental duty of care and a general duty to restore and rehabilitate harmed environments. They also consider as essential both the precautionary principle and the prevention principle. The Australian Panel of Experts on Environmental Law also proposes new independent watchdog institutions with clear roles and responsibilities.

EDO NSW is advocating for these new laws to be implemented across the country.

The Better Laws for a Better Planet symposium took place in Canberra on Tuesday 27 March 2018. Rachel Walmsley and David Morris of EDO NSW were amongst the speakers.