Current Issues in Environmental Law

Tuesday 20th March, 2018 9:00 am – Tuesday 20th March, 2018 12:30 pm
The Law Society of Western Australia
Level 5, 160 St Georges Terrace Perth

In most Australian States, planning and environment matters are subject to the jurisdiction of a specialist court or tribunal but not in Western Australia; appeals under the Environmental Protection Act 1986 (WA) are determined by the Minister for the Environment. There have been repeated calls to end the ministerial appeals system and establish an environmental jurisdiction by creating a specialist court or tribunal or expanding the jurisdiction of the State Administrative Tribunal (SAT).

This seminar addresses the advantages and disadvantages of the current system including the relationship between the systems which often provides headaches for those advising clients e.g. what is the proper scope of the two systems?, how is duplication avoided?, how do the appeal systems relate? It will also consider whether an environmental jurisdiction in the SAT or specialist court is a viable possibility in the WA context.

Finally it will consider the impact of the Assessment Bilateral Agreement on environmental approval processes over the last two years and provide an update on the status of the Approval Bilateral Agreement.

Level: Intermediate

  • 3 points Competency 4 Substantive Law



Glen McLeod (Chair)
Glen McLeod Legal

Denis McLeod

Julius Skinner
LSV Borello

Charmian Barton
HWL Ebsworth

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