More information: Environmental law




Bates, G 2013, Environmental Law in Australia, 8th edn, LexisNexis.

Bonyhady, T & Christoff, P (eds) 2007, Climate Law in Australia, Federation Press.

Byard, R, Code, G, Testro, G & Porritt, S, Planning and Environment Victoria, LexisNexis (looseleaf).

Eccles, D & Bryant, T 2011, Statutory Planning in Victoria, 3rd edn, Federation Press.

“Garnaut Climate Change Review” at

“Stern Review on the Economics of Climate Change” at

Thomas, I & Elliot, M 2005, Environmental Impact Assessment: Theory and Practice, 4th edn, Federation Press.

United Nations Conference on the Human Environment 1972 (Stockholm Declaration).

World Commission on Environment and Development 1987, Our Common Future (Brundtland Report), Oxford University Press, New York.


The following kits are published by Environmental Justice Australia and are available at

Appeals Kit: A step-by-step guide to running a case in VCAT’s Planning and Environment List.

Objections Kit: An easy to understand booklet on all aspects of objecting to planning permits.

Enforcement Kit: A working guide to seeking enforcement in planning matters.

Beyond Litigation Kit: A comprehensive and practical guide on using alternative dispute resolution in planning and environment conflicts and preventing disputes through community involvement. Sample petitions are included.

Useful websites

Australasian Legal Information Institute:

Australian Government Department of Environment and Energy:

Victorian Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning:

Environment Defenders Office of Australia:

Environment Protection Authority Victoria:

Environmental Justice Australia:

Sustainability Victoria: