This is the third report in a series, Monitoring Victoria’s Environmental Laws, to be published by the EDO. It investigates how effectively the Department of Sustainability and Environment is 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.
Where’s the Guarantee? (PDF, 550KB)
The EDO has produced several reports in this series. They examine the extent and effectiveness of government’s implementation and enforcement of environmental laws in Victoria.
For over 20 years the EDO has gained much experience on how Victoria’s environmental laws are implemented and enforced. They 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? (PDF 446KB) examines the Environment Protection Act.
The second report, Rigour or Rubber Stamp? (PDF 475KB) examines the Environment Effects Act.
The final report A Framework for Action? (PDF 823KB) is on the native vegetation framework under the Environment and Planning Act.