Environmental Law Australia


Synopsis of the Australian Environmental Legal System

Synopsis of the Australian Environmental Legal System

This eBook is currently under construction and planned for completion by the end of 2017. When completed it aims to provide a simple explanation of the legal system protecting the environment in a logical, coherent way with links to the best available websites for more information.

Does environmental law work?

Chris McGrath, Does environmental law work? How to evaluate the effective the effectiveness of an environmental legal system (Lambert Academic Publishing, Saarbrücken, 2010).

This is a research book examining how to evaluate the effectiveness of an environmental legal system. It provides a case study of evaluating the effectiveness of the laws protecting the Great Barrier Reefs, Australia.

Other selected online publications

Chris McGrath, Synopsis of the Queensland Environmental Legal System (5th ed, Environmental Law Publishing, Brisbane, 2011).

Note: this book is now substantially out of date since the repeal of the Sustainable Planning Act 2009 (Qld), which as been replaced by the Planning Act 2016 (Qld) – for information on the new planning system see the Planning Reform website. This book is intended to be replaced in 2017 by the online Synopsis of the Australian Environmental Legal System.

Chris McGrath, “Sydney Harbour’s toxic legacy shows value of green safety net” (The Conversation, 17 December 2012).

Chris McGrath, “Mending holes in the green safety net” (Precedent, November/December 2012).

Chris McGrath, “Australia’s scramble egg of government: who has the environmental power?” (The Conversation, 5 December 2012).

Chris McGrath, “Are we deliberately destroying the Great Barrier Reef?” (Crikey, 5 October 2012).

Chris McGrath, “Flying foxes, dams and whales: Using federal environmental laws in the public interest” (2008) 25 EPLJ 324.

Chris McGrath, “Will we leave the Great Barrier Reef for our children?” (IUCN Alexandre Kiss Award for Environmental Law Research, Bonn, 2008).

Chris McGrath, “Easy answers to climate change will kill our natural wonders” (Courier Mail, Brisbane, 9 September 2008).

Chris McGrath, “Time is running out” (Townsville Bulletin, 16 April 2008), reproduced with permission of the Townsville Bulletin.

Chris McGrath, “How to evaluate the effectiveness of an environmental legal system” (PhD thesis, Queensland University of Technology, Brisbane, 2007).

Chris McGrath, “Review of the EPBC Act”, paper prepared for the 2006 Australian State of the Environment Committee (Department of the Environment and Heritage, Canberra, 2006).