The third edition of the ACT Environmental Law Handbook was released on 27 October 2015.


The ACT Environmental Law Handbook is a comprehensive yet easy-to-read guide to the environmental law in the ACT. It details your rights and responsibilities across a range of areas including planning, heritage, water and biodiversity.

The EDO ACT Handbook can be purchased from our office for $30, or it is free with a membership. 

It is important that you use the Handbook as a starting point only, and not as a substitute for legal advice. You should make your own inquiries and take independent advice tailored to your specific circumstances prior to making any decisions or taking any action regarding your legal rights and obligations in any particular circumstances.


ACT Legal Framework
Planning – a Dual Challenge
Development Approval
Environment Impact Assessment
Biodiversity Conservation
Protecting Our Trees
Public Land
Protecting Our Water
Heritage Protection
Stopping Environmental Harm
Taking Action



The information contained herein is a replication of the printed EDO ACT Environmental Handbook. It is current as at 8 October 2015. These chapters seek to provide general information only, and are not a substitute for legal advice on individual cases.

If you wish to receive legal advice, please contact the EDO in your State/Territory.

While every attempt is made to ensure that the information contained in the ACT Environmental Law Handbook is accurate, no responsibility is accepted for any errors or omissions.



All material is © Copyright 2015-17, The Environmental Defender’s Office (ACT) Incorporated. All rights reserved.

Copyright inquiries should be directed to:
Environmental Defender’s Office (ACT) Inc
GPO Box 574 Canberra City ACT 2601
Phone: (02) 6243 3460
email: edoact@edo.org.au


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