Successive State of the Environment reports show Australian biodiversity is in rapid decline. Sadly, Australia leads the world on extinction, with the highest number of mammals declared extinct since European settlement. Australia is one of seven countries responsible for more than half the globe’s biodiversity loss.

The federal government is not taking its legal obligations seriously – under Australia’s international commitments or our national environmental protection laws. As an active member of the Places You Love alliance Environmental Justice Australia is building the foundations for a next generation of national environmental laws. We were instrumental in the Australian Panel of Experts on Environmental Law’s blueprint.

Environmental Justice Australia also works at state level for stronger laws to protect biodiversity. We have been actively involved in the reform of Victoria’s main biodiversity protection law, the Flora and Fauna Guarantee Act.

Challenging Australia’s Freedom of Information laws for fast-tracked environmental projects

November 14, 2021

Opening statement to the Parliamentary Inquiry into Ecosystem Decline

March 12, 2021

A southern black-throated finch perched on a branch

Defending our environment laws

December 1, 2020

Update on our forest cases

September 25, 2020

AGL gas import terminal proposed at Crib Point, Westernport Bay

August 28, 2020

Delays to the Environment Protection Act in Victoria

August 28, 2020

Final orders in our historic Federal Court win

August 28, 2020

Make a submission to protect Victoria’s ecosystems

August 14, 2020

Uncovering secret documents to protect the Toondah Harbour wetlands

July 31, 2020

Biodiversity: news and media

October 14, 2021

Victorian government must use powerful legal tools, strengthen laws to stop biodiversity emergency

August 30, 2021

Traditional Owners could achieve water justice in the Murray-Darling Basin for the first time, if government delivers on cultural flows

July 9, 2021

Coalition of international legal groups brings Australia inaction on climate change before the UN Human Rights Council

June 24, 2021

Submission to the Independent Review of Victorian Wildlife Act 1975

January 22, 2021

Victoria’s laws are failing wildlife and need urgent modernisation

January 17, 2021

Failing our wildlife: Why Victoria’s wildlife protection laws need to be modernised