This is the third report in a series, Monitoring Victoria’s Environmental Laws. It investigates how effectively the Department of Sustainability and Environment is implementing and enforcing the Flora & Fauna Guarantee Act (FFG ACT) and the Wildlife Act. It shows that the FFG Act remains very poorly implemented, with many of the legal measures to protect flora and fauna never used. Provisions in the Wildlife Act was more readily used by DSE but information about decisions made under the Wildlife Act was not readily available.
View report Where's the Guarantee? (PDF, 550KB)
About this report series:
The reports examine the extent and effectiveness of government’s implementation and enforcement of key environmental laws in Victoria.
We have witnessed how Victoria’s environmental laws are implemented and enforced for over 20 years through our advice to and representation of the community on environmental law issues. Over that time we have become aware of countless environmental laws that are in force but are not effectively used by government to protect or improve the environment. These reports use all publicly available data on each Act to expose the lack of implementation and enforcement of key environmental laws.
The First report, Walking the Talk? examines the Environment Protection Act. The second report, Rigour or Rubber Stamp?, examines the Environment Effects Act. The final report, A Framework for Action? is on the native vegetation framework under the Environment and Planning Act.
View report #1: Walking the Talk? (PDF, 446KB)
View report #2: Rigour or Rubber Stamp? (PDF, 475KB)
View report #4: A Framework for Action? (PDF, 823KB)
Read our Director of Advocacy and Research’s blog post on the motivation behind these reports and the difficulties the EDO had in accessing data from the government to compile the reports.