Environmental law

​​​Reference received​: ​26 September 1991     

Note: The Commission undertook research into the issue of enforcement of environmental laws. However, it was decided to defer publication of a Discussion Paper pending a review into aspects of environmental law being undertaken by the Environ ent Protection Authority.  

Terms of reference

To inquire into and report on:

(i) the use of civil processes and remedies as a means of enforcing environmental laws;

(ii) the law of standing in its application to environmental laws and the enforcement of court orders;

(iii) the use of modern conflict resolution techniques to resolve disputes relating to the environment; and

(iv) any incidental matter.

(In undertaking work on this reference, the Commission should have regard to the desirability of uniformity of the laws of the States and Territories in the area of environmental protection.)