Environmental Law Australia

Environmental Protection Act 1994 (Qld) lecture 2014

This lecture examines the major concepts and offence provisions of the Environmental Protection Act 1994 (Qld) (EPA), which is a central component of environmental regulation in Queensland, Australia.

It was delivered as part of a course on environmental regulation at The University of Queensland, Brisbane, Australia, in April 2014.

The EPA is available online here and links to other environmental and pollution laws in Queensland are available here.

The handouts referred to in the lecture are available here and here.

In summary, the take-home points made in this lecture are:

  1. The EPA is an advanced piece of environmental protection legislation that is a central component of Queensland’s environmental regulatory system.
  2. “Pollution” is not a concept that is generally used in Queensland.
  3. Environmental harm is wider than “pollution”.
  4. The EPA provides many tools for environmental planning and management, including links to the IDAS system for environmentally relevant activities (ERAs).