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NELA thanked by ACIUCN

The Australian Committee of the IUCN has thanked NELA for its financial contribution as an NGO member. Details of the work NELA has supported are set out in a report provided to NELA. Click here to download a copy. See events for upcoming IUCN World Parks Congress 2014 which will be a landmark global forum on protected areas building on the theme"Parks, people, planet: inspiring solutions" 12 – 19 November 2014.

2014 NELA (WA) State Conference: Best Practice Environmental Legal Compliance

So you have your approval – what next?
The 2014 NELA (WA) State Conference will focus on compliance with environmental approvals covering compliance, monitoring and incident management; third party access to information; legal challenges and appeals; and best practice in environmental compliance systems. The conference will also include presentations on legal reform and an interactive workshop on incident management.
Save the date: Thursday, 16 October 2014

NELA National Conference 2014

Preparation is now underway for the NELA National Conference 2014 working in conjunction with Legalwise Seminars to bring together the largest gathering of experts to discuss recent and future directions in environmental and climate change law.
When: 21 November 2014 | Where: Intercontinental Sydney
We welcome your input on themes and speakers. Please email, or call Jane on (02) 8070 9906.

NELA submission on 'green tape': Media Release

On 30 April, NELA made a detailed submission to the House Standing Committee on the Environment Inquiry into the impact of ‘green tape’ and issues related to environmental regulation and deregulation arguing, among other things, that the Commonwealth should retain its power to review assessments carried out by the States in relation to matters of national environmental significance and that stepping away from its national responsibilities will be detrimental to the environment and less efficient. Please click here to read more.

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.

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.

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 September 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.