We're a public interest legal organisation for a radically better world.
We exist because the challenges are vast. The time to act is now.
We believe the law is a powerful tool, and we're not afraid to use it.
We partner with communities at the frontlines to deliver environmental justice.
We transform industries. We make governments more responsible. We crystallise risk for companies and shareholders. We make communities safer and fairer. We support First Nations fighting for Country and Culture. We protect our climate. We keep our forests standing.
For more than 30 years, we've delivered justice for nature and people
We use a unique combination of public interest litigation and legal advocacy campaigns to hold power to account.
We seek justice for creatures and communities. For this beautiful continent we call home. For everyone who comes next.
What do we do?
We run landmark court cases
We set game-changing precedents and disrupt the systems that are fuelling destruction and injustice
We use strategic legal interventions
We investigate, expose and demand action and accountability with powerful legal campaigns.
We advocate for better laws
We fix flaws in our legal system, push for better policies and change the way laws and made and enforced.
We help people have a say
We empower communities to access information, challenge decisions and participate in the legal system.
We're a bold, innovative and impactful public interest organisation.
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Our vision is a legal system that delivers environmental justice for communities and protects and regenerates nature.
This looks like an Australia where:
- First Nations people lead and are recognised for their vital role caring for Country.
- Communities are empowered to participate in decision-making and have access to justice
- Our laws, policies and institutions enable people and nature to thrive, today and tomorrow.
We aim high and always focus on achieving maximum impact for communities, nature and our climate.
We work in partnership with the community and other organisations because we are stronger together.
We treat everyone with respect and value different perspectives as we know we all hold a piece of the puzzle.
We stay hopeful and seek solutions because we believe a better tomorrow is possible.
We keep justice at the core of everything we do so no-one is left behind, as our struggles are interconnected and we can only solve them together.
The challenges are vast. The time to act is now.
We believe the law is a powerful tool to create a radically better world.
Some highlights of our impact
For more than 30 years, we have delivered environmental justice for nature and the community.
We started out as a government-funded community legal centre. Now we are a game-changing, community-powered national organisation.
Back when we were the Victorian Environment Defenders Office, we provided legal advice and representation to hundreds of people and community groups fighting to protect our land, air and water.
Then in 2014, when our government funding was cut, we saw an opportunity to build a new kind of public interest legal organisation. We knew the law can be a powerful enabler of social change – but also a powerful blocker.
We built our capacity to drive systemic change where the law falls short with compelling advocacy campaigns and expanded our work to other parts of Australia.
We carry forward a proud legacy of working with the community to fight for environmental justice as we tackle the most pressing issues of our time.
In recent years, we pioneered climate risk litigation globally, filing the world’s first legal action against a superannuation fund for failing to adequately consider climate change risks.
Our game-changing court cases to stop logging in ancient native forests and threatened wildlife habitat prompted Bunnings to ban the sale of native timbers and forced governments to end logging in Victoria’s old-growth forests.
Our national clean air campaign put the health impacts of coal pollution on the map, initiating Parliamentary Inquiries and driving vital law and policy reforms to protect community.
Make a difference
The challenges we face are vast. The time to push for large-scale system change is now.
We have a long-standing commitment to sound fiscal management, accountability and transparency.
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The law is a powerful tool to disrupt the status quo and make governments and corporations accountable.
Join us and let's build a radically better world.