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Queensland Environmental offsets fall short say environment lawyers: Media Release

Environment lawyers say Queensland’s new Environmental Offsets Bill falls short of core principles that would ensure offsets achieve the conservation outcomes they are meant to. Please click here to read more.

Emissions Reduction Fund - Green Paper

Monday, 3 March 2014

NELA has criticised aspects of the government’s Emissions Reduction Fund in its submission to the ERF Green paper on 21 February. NELA said the proposal to develop the ‘crediting’ baselines before the ‘compliance’ baselines have been determined, or even before the entities who will be covered by these compliance baselines have been finalized is very dangerous. Please click here for a copy of the submission. Click here for media statement.

Meeting of NELA Executive

Thursday, 13 February 2014

The NELA national executive met in Melbourne on 13 February for its annual strategic planning session. A focus of this year’s discussion was gaining a better understanding of NELA’s value proposition as a great place to debate environment and climate change law. Please click here for more information

Support for EDOs


The federal government’s has decided to cut funding to Environment Defenders Offices, a move that may result in most offices closing by the end of 2014. EDOs provide vital information to communities about how to protect our environment, and they help make sure government and others comply with the law. We encourage all of our members to find out what their local EDO is doing to find alternative sources of funding and do what you can to support them.

NELA delegation meets Environment Minister

Thursday, 6 February 2014

Environment Minister Greg Hunt appeared to be all ears when he met with a delegation from NELA on 15 January to discuss NELA priorities. During the meeting NELA proposed a National Biodiversity Offset Standard in the context of environment approval bilateral agreements with the states and territories.

At the request of the Minster NELA provided a follow up submission. Click here to read.
The NELA Bulletin comes out on the first Thursday of the month

Go to Members Area for the latest NELA Bulletin and Publications for back copies. NELA seeks volunteers to contribute to the law and policy developments section for all States and Territories except NSW, and for the Commonwealth. Estimated commitment is 1–2 hrs/mth. Volunteers are named in the “Thanks to this month’s contributors” section; we can also include the name of your organization and a hyperlink to your organisation’s website. Please contact Ellen Geraghty by email or mobile: 0407 459 490 for more information.
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NELA Bulletin

NELA's April Bulletin is out now - available to members from the Members Area. The general public can access back issues more than 6 months old here.

NELA has an active program in responding to calls for submissions to changes to environmental law across Australia.

2014 Essay Prize

‘Are we selling ourselves short?’ Deadline: 12 December 2014 Open to any student enrolled at an Australian tertiary institution as an undergraduate or postgraduate.