Australian Environmental Websites

Parliament of Australia - Environmental Law

This guide contains links to Internet resources and documents in the area of federal environmental law, as well as providing links to other guides and directories which contain material on State and Territory and overseas law.


WebLaw is a subject gateway to Internet resources by the University of Sydney. “It provides lawyers, students, researchers and lay professionals with annotated links to up-to-date, quality assessed internet resources”.

  • a list of Commonwealth and State government environmental acts.
  • a list of environmental courts and tribunals.

Commonwealth Government Organisations

The Australian Government Department of the Environment website provides information on The Cleaner Environment Plan, Land, Science & Research, Biodiversity, Marine, Water, Environment Protection, National Parks, Heritage, Sustainable Communities. The website also provides links to Grants and Funding, Permits & Assessments, Legislation, publications and resources.

The Department of the Environment replaces the Department of Sustainability, Environment, Water, Population and Communities (SEWPaC) was established on 14 September 2010, formerly Department of the Environment, Water, Heritage and the Arts.

The SEWPaC report 'Australia State of the Environment 2011' (SoE2011). is organised by nine broad environmental themes - Atmosphere, Biodiversity, Coasts and oceans, Heritage, Indigenous Australians Caring for Country, Land management, Parks and reserves, Human settlements and Water Resources.

Information about the Department of the Environment structure -

The Australian Heritage Council
This website contains the database of the Register of the National Estate -

Australian Government Department of Agriculture- This site has an extensive range of online publications concerning agriculture including fisheries, forestry and food.

Geoscience Australia
This site includes information about energy and greenhouse gas storage, as well as monitoring systems, groundwater, marine and coastal, and minerals.

NSW Government Organisations

NSW Environment Protection Authority (EPA) was established in February 2012 as a statutory authority with an independent governing Board. This website contains information about environmental regulation and protection managed by the EPA.

NSW Government Office of Environment and Heritage
previously Department of Environment and Climate Change
The website provides extensive information regarding environmental legislation, reports such as State of the Environment, policies, environmental impact statements, and fact sheets.

Department of Planning and Infrastructure
The website has information on environmental planning policies such as SEPPs and REPs and action plans such as the Sydney Metropolitan Strategy.

The Heritage Branch (Dept of Planning and Infrastructure)
The Heritage Office is a division of the Department of Planning. The website includes the NSW heritage database which is a list of all statutory-listed heritage items in NSW and also has guidelines and publications on heritage policy and management.

Department of Primary Industries DPI was formed in July 2004 with the amalgamation of Mineral Resources NSW, NSW Agriculture, NSW Fisheries and State Forests NSW. The website provides information such as environmental legislation, reports, policies, impact statements, fact sheets and periodicals.

NSW Department of Trade and Investment, Regional Infrastructure and Services
Division of Resources and Energy - for information on market reform, electricity, gas, pipelines, sustainable energy, news updates and media releases.

NSW Office of Water - - for information on water planning and management, licensing, urban water, real time data, new updates and links to related sites.

Australian Environmental Law Organisations

Environmental Defender's Office New South Wales Ltd
“The Environmental Defender's Office is a not-for-profit community legal centre specialising in public interest environmental law”. It “is part of a national network of EDOs who help to protect the environment through law in their States.”

National Environmental Law Association (NELA)
“NELA is a multi-disciplinary organisation helping practitioners in law planning, natural resources and environmental management, environmental science and environmental impact assessment obtain and exchange information on issues relevant to environmental law and policy.”

Australian Environmental Non-profit Organisations

Australian Conservation Foundation (ACF)
The webpage of this national not-for profit environmental organisation provides information on “national environmental issues such as forests, national parks, uranium mining, global warming, world heritage, rivers”:

Australian Student Environment Network
“The Australian Student Environment Network is the national network of students active on environmental justice issues on their campuses and in their communities”. This site lists campaigns which its members and member groups are involved in plus resources for environmental activists:

Australian Wildlife Conservancy
AWC is an independent, non-profit organisation dedicated to saving Australia’s threatened wildlife and their habitats. The AWC estate includes 22 sanctuaries covering almost 3 million hectares, making AWC the largest non-government holder of conservation land in Australia. AWC also protects over 1,200 native Australian animal species - more species in fact than any other non-government organisation in Australia. For more information about AWC please visit

Greenpeace Australia Pacific
The website of this for not-for profit environment organisation provides “environmental news, information and resources, plus info on Greenpeace Australia Pacific and [its] campaigns”.

The Wilderness Society - Australia
“The Wilderness Society is a community-based environmental advocacy organisation whose mission is protecting, promoting and restoring wilderness and natural processes across Australia”

Australian Environmental Business Organisations

The Australian Environment Business Network (AEBN) is Australia’s peak organisation that specialises in representing industry, business and councils across Australia on environment and energy matters likely to impact our member organisations and their business operations.

The Carbon Market Institute
previously Asia-Pacific Emissions Trading Forum
Carbon Market Institute (CMI) is an independent, not-for-profit, organisation. The CMI program includes Education and training, Networking and information services, Research and market analysis, Market access and trading support, Promotion of international engagement.

Sustainable Business Australia
“The peak body representing the environment and sustainability industry in Australia”. The website contains policy papers and fact sheets on business and sustainability issues.