Environmental Law Australia

Federal Court of Australia

Sharma v Minister for the Environment

A groundbreaking decision at trial on the duty of care for climate change in Australia that was overturned on appeal.

"Stephen", a juvenile Spectacled Flying Fox

Flying Fox Case

The first test case under the EPBC Act and landmark public interest litigation to stop the killing of thousands of flying foxes on a lychee farm in North Queensland.

Somerset Dam, south-east Queensland

Nathan Dam case

A major test case for environmental impact assessment under the EPBC Act, which established that direct and indirect impacts of an action are relevant when assessing the impacts of actions under the Act.

Windella Ramsar wetland after clearing

Greentree case

An important trial and appeal in the Federal Court of Australia to restrain farmers in northern NSW from contravening the EPBC Act by clearing and ploughing 100 ha of a Ramsar Wetland in preparation for planting a wheat crop.

Minke whale killed by employees of Kyodo Senpaku Kaisha Ltd on 16 December 2001 approximately 40 nautical miles within the Australian Whale Sanctuary

Japanese Whaling case

An application for a declaration and an injunction in the Federal Court under the EPBC Act to restrain Japanese whaling in the Australian Whale Sanctuary adjacent to Antarctica.

Wildlife Whitsunday case

A challenge to decisions under the EPBC Act involving the consideration of greenhouse gas emissions from two Queensland coal mines, Isaac Plains and Sonoma.

Anvil Hill Coal Mine case

A judicial review challenge in the Federal Court against the consideration under the EPBC Act of greenhouse gas emissions from a large coal mine, the Anvil Hill Project (later renamed the Mangoola Open Cut), in the NSW Hunter Valley.

Shoalwater & Corio Bay Ramsar Wetland

Waratah Coal case

Judicial review proceedings in the Federal Court undertaken in 2008 by Waratah Coal Inc against a refusal of a $5.3 billion coal mine, railway and port by the Federal Environment Minister.

Australian or Queensland lungfish Neoceratodus forsteri

Paradise Dam case

An application in the Federal Court for a declaration and an injunction to restrain an alleged breach of a condition of approval under the EPBC Act for a large dam in Queensland.

Carmichael Coal (“Adani”) Mine cases in the Federal Court

Litigation in the Federal Court of Australia against one of the largest coal mines in the world.

Female South-Eastern Red-Tailed Black-Cockatoo

Lamattina case

A civil prosecution in the Federal Court of a South Australian farmer for clearing 170 eucalyptus trees, thereby causing a significant impact on a threatened species contrary to section 18 of the EPBC Act.

Front page story of The Armidale Express, 15 December 1976, concerning pollution from the site

Alec Finlayson Pty Ltd v Armidale City Council

Litigation for negligence against a NSW local government for approving a residential development on contaminated land.

Members of the Australian navy fastrapel from a helicopter launched from HMAS Canberra to arrest the Volga

The “Volga” Cases

The Volga Cases concerned the arrest of the Russian-flagged longline fishing vessel, Volga, which was apprehended by the Australian Navy for illegally fishing for Patagonian Toothfish in the Australian Fishing Zone.

Shark drumline case

A case stopping the use of drumlines to kill sharks in the Great Barrier Reef.