The Environment Defenders Office is an independent, not-for-profit, community legal service, specialising in public interest environmental law.
We aim to redress the imbalance in access to legal resources that exists for individuals, community and conservation groups compared to government and business.
Our work includes:
- providing legal advice and legal representation to individuals, community groups and conservation organisations working to protect and enhance the environment.
- contributing to environmental law reform and policy development by monitoring developments in Victorian and Commonwealth law and, where appropriate, making submissions to Government relating to existing and proposed legislation.
- developing and promoting community legal education programs to assist communities and individuals to be involved at all levels in environmental decision-making processes.
- conducting seminars, workshops and conferences
EDO Victoria - part of the national EDO network
We are part of a National Network of EDOs in each State and Territory - see EDO Network website.
Our funding comes from a range of sources, including donations and membership fees, grants from trusts and foundations and funding through the Community Legal Services Program administered by Victoria Legal Aid. Sometimes we require some payment for workshops and legal services to help cover our costs and to ensure that we can provide our services to as many individuals and organisations as possible.
We could not do the range of work that we do without community support in the form of memberships and donations.