Environmental issues are important and often open for public consultation. This chapter focuses on planning laws, environmental impact assessments and pollution-control laws. Responsible authorities can impose conditions on a permit. The minister can intervene at various stages.


Dru Marsh

Manager – Internal Review, Environment Protection Authority Victoria

Glenn Osboldstone

Principal Legislation Officer, Environment Protection Authority Victoria

Deborah Hollingworth

Principal Solicitor, Environment Protection Authority Victoria

Environment and planning law: Contacts

Australian Government Department of Agriculture, Water and the Environment
Tel: 1800 803 772
Web: www.awe.gov.au

Environmental Defenders Office (EDO)
Tel: 1800 626 239
Email: info@edo.org.au
Web: www.edo.org.au

EDO is an environmental legal centre.

Environment Protection Authority Victoria (EPA Vic)
Tel (pollution watch line): 1300 372 842 (24 hours a day)
Email: contact@epa.vic.gov.au
Web: www.epa.vic.gov.au

EPA Vic is Victoria’s environmental regulator.

Environmental Justice Australia (EJA)
Level 3, the 60L Green Building, 60 Leicester Street, Carlton Vic 3053
Tel: 8341 3100; 1300 336 842
Email: admin@envirojustice.org.au
Web: www.envirojustice.org.au

EJA is a legal practice that specialises in environmental law. EJA publishes information about Victorian environmental law and provides targeted access to justice for communities facing environmental justice issues.

Lawyers for Forests
Web: www.lawyersforforests.org.au

Sustainability Victoria
At the Urban Workshop, Level 28, 50 Lonsdale Street, Melbourne Vic 3000
Tel: 1300 363 744
Web: www.sustainability.vic.gov.au

Victorian Government Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning (DELWP)
Tel: 13 61 86
Web: www.delwp.vic.gov.au

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