UTS Library

17700 - Planning and Environmental Law

This guide was designed to assist students to find the relevant materials they'll need to read up on in the course of the session.

A lot of those resources are legal documents, which can be quite tricky to negotiate, so we thought we'd build this guide to help you. Contained in the guide are various how to's ...

How do I find the EPAA? (Environmental Planning and Assessment Act)

To find the EPAA you need to look up New South Wales Legislation. You can do this in either Lexis Advance Pacific or Austlii.

Austlii is a free website - http://www.austlii.edu.au/

Once you arrive at Austlii, select New South Wales under Cases and Legislation

Then choose New South Wales Consolidated Acts, then select E and scroll down…


Click on the 1979 Act to access Parts 3,4 5 etc


 To find legislation in Lexis Advance Pacific

Type the name of the act into the search bar and select the drop down suggestion 



Then tab over to legislation. It should be the top hit.







How do I find the Heritage Act?

Finding the Heritage Act is the same as finding the EPAA. There are different versions of the Heritage act however. For the New South Wales one use the jurisdiction refinement on the left of screen to choose NSW. The primary Heritage Act appears to be 1977. 

How do I find decisions of the Land and Environment Court?

In Austlii, you can find the Land and Environment Court by hitting NSW on the left of screen (as per the above examples) and then selecting the Land and Environment court under ‘Databases/ New South Wales Case Law’


How do I find Case Law/ Legal Commentary or Journal Articles Regarding the EPAA, Heritage Act etc?

How do I find journal articles discussing cases discussed in the Land and Environment Court, or journal articles about biodiversity law, land law,
legal aspects of pollution and waste management etc?

We have two databases that contain journals, case law and commentary on the law. They are:

Westlaw AU

Lexis Advance Pacific

Simply search for the name of the legislation you need and then filter by type (example from Westlaw AU seen below note the 'content type' heading)


How do I find articles about pollution and waste management on a non legal level – ie: management, science, etc?

Try these databases –

Proquest (international multidisciplinary database) / Scopus (international multidisciplinary database) / Informit Complete (Australian multidisciplinary database - select all on informit complete for easiest method of searching) / Google Scholar (many databases in one search)