Environmental Law Australia

ENVM3103 & ENVM7123 web page

Regulatory Frameworks for Planning and Environmental Management (ENVM3103 and ENVM7123)

This course provides an introduction to environmental law in Queensland for professionals working in the fields of town planning, environmental management, engineering, government, or related fields.

It is designed for people with no prior knowledge of law. It will particularly suit local government and state government staff as well as environmental consultants and others working in the development industry.

It covers the following topics:

  • Planning and development
  • Mining, CSG and petroleum
  • Vegetation management
  • Nature conservation & protected areas
  • Water management
  • Fisheries
  • Environmental harm and pollution
  • Climate change
  • Commonwealth environmental laws
  • Professional duties & ethics

Examples of past course lectures

Three examples of past lectures in the course are shown below:

Lecture 7 on the Environmental Protection Act 1994 (Qld)

Lecture 10 on the EPBC Act

Lecture 12 on professional duties & ethics

Take a quiz

What can you learn from this course? Take this quick quiz on issues covered in the lecture 2 and lecture 3 of this course.

Course offerings

The course is taught at an undergraduate level (ENVM3103) and at a postgraduate level (ENVM7123) as part of the town planning and environmental management degrees at the School of Earth and Environmental Sciences at The University of Queensland.

It is offered in semester 1, (March-June) each year both internally and externally (via recorded lectures similar to the recordings shown above).

It may be undertaken as a stand-alone course, not part of a university degree (this is called “non-award study“).

To view the postgraduate course profile click here.

Information on costs and how to enrol in the postgraduate course or for non-award study are available here.

Feedback on previous courses

“I loved how interesting law could be!! To be honest, I was not looking forward to this subject at all because I thought it would be dry and tedious scanning through legislation, etc. But the way it was applied to examples was great and made it really interesting.” (2016 ENVM3103 student).

“I liked how the structuring of the lectures around case studies gave insight to the practical use of environmental legislation, rather than memorization of law.” (2016 ENVM3103 student).

The ‘real life problems’ used each week to demonstrate the content were excellent. Not only did it help keep my interest, it provided practical ways to apply my thinking.” (2016 ENVM7123 student).

You can read the full student evaluations of the 2016 courses here:

Previous course staff

The course was taught by Dr Chris McGrath from 2000-2016.