NELA seeks to build an actively engaged membership, supporting members who work in, and are passionate about, environmental law by giving them opportunities to contribute to law reform and engage with each other. Our vision is to build and sustain a vibrant community of environmental law practitioners, scholars, students, and policy makers across Australia and we see this as a core foundation for achieving NELA’s objective to enhance environmental law and management in this country.

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Individual and student membership

Anyone with an interest in environmental law and policy can join NELA, with their membership renewed every 12 months.

NELA's present membership includes  lawyers, academics, civil servants, librarians, town planners, environmental consultants, architects, and law students - across our membership categories.

Corporate membership

Corporate membership is open to any organisation that agrees with NELA's purposes, joining on behalf of at least five nominated individual members. Corporate members enjoy all the benefits of individual membership for the nominated individuals including substantial discounts for NELA and partner events, participation in law reform initiatives, and free subscription to the NELA Update. Corporate members are only entitled to one vote in NELA meetings through their authorised representative.

Corporate members also have the opportunity to sponsor NELA events and conferences. Please contact for a copy of our Sponsorship Prospectus.

Affiliated organisations / Associate membership

NELA partners with like-minded organisations on a reciprocal and complimentary membership basis so that we can promote each other's activities to our respective memberships.

That is, if a like-minded organisation with similar goals to NELA agrees to admit NELA as an affiliate or associate member of their organisation, NELA will consider admitting that organisation as a member of NELA.
This category of NELA membership carries no membership fee and provides access to member benefits other than the right to vote and to stand for election as a NELA Director.

NELA's current affiliate members are:

NELA - Forest

Membership Benefits

NELA offers its members a range of exclusive membership benefits including:

Discounted rates at NELA events

Access to NELA’s Bulletin and special publications such as conference papers

Access to information about recent developments in environmental law including legislation, case notes, policy and international developments


Access to webinars and online events

Resource and networking opportunities through our member’s only access area on our website; as well as opportunities to contribute to environmental law and policy in Australia through articles, submissions, online forums and events

Membership Types

NELA has five categories of membership: individual, corporate, life member, affiliate organisation, and student.

Individual membership is open to anyone interested in environmental law and who agrees to the purposes of the company.

Corporate membership is open to any organisation that agrees to the purposes of the association, joining on behalf of five or more nominated individual members.Different membership rates apply for not-for-profit entities.

Student membership is an individual membership that is offered at a discount for full time students who provide a copy of their student card with their application form or renewal.

NELA offers Life membership to people who have made an outstanding contribution to the organisation and the practice of environmental law.

Please email for more information.

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If you join today, you will pay a pro-rata amount to 1 July, and then your membership will automatically renew on 1 July at the full year rate. You will receive notice of the automatic renewal before the renewal date (at which point you may decide to opt-out of the renewal).