Providing legal help for Victorians as part of the Community Environmental Legal Service program is one of the many ways Environmental Justice Australia pursues access to justice. The Community Environmental Legal Service program provides legal help for Victorians through the publication of kits, factsheets, and videos which provide accessible and practical environmental law information to the Victorian community.

CELS Appeals Kit A step-by-step guide to running a case in the Planning and Environment List of the Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal.

CELS Objections Kit An easy to understand booklet on all aspects of objecting to planning permits.

CELS Enforcement Kit A working guide to seeking enforcement in planning matters and to nuisance under the Public Health and Wellbeing Act 2008.

Fact Sheets

Having your say on mining and quarries series: (download all four ‘Having your say’ fact sheets as a single file)

  1. An overview of environmental impact assessment under the Environment Effects Act 1978
  2. Mine/quarry proposals and the EES process
  3. The EPBC Act and the EES process
  4. Getting your voice heard in the EES process

Coal-fired power stations and health The health impacts of air pollution from coal-fired power stations, the impact on local communities and the health benefits of reducing air pollution.

Your rights against unconventional gas operations in Victoria A guide to your legal rights if you want to oppose an unconventional gas operation in Victoria.

Your rights against coal mines in Victoria A guide to your legal rights if you want to oppose the approval or expansion of a mining operation in Victoria.

Defamation in Victoria A guide to what defamation is, what must be proven for you to be found liable for defamation, and what the available defences are.

Freedom of Information in Victoria When and how you can access information from Victorian government departments, agencies and local councils.

How to write a law reform submission An Environmental Justice Australia guide to help you put your case to government in a meaningful way.


A Legal Handbook for the coal and gas movement The handbook is a comprehensive publication intended to empower and inform anyone from farmers to city based activists on their rights, It explains the law in an easy-to-read format in relation to protesting coal and unconventional gas developments.