Practical guidance for writing and interpreting conditions of approval for environmental regulators in Queensland

Dr Chris McGrath recently spoke to the Queensland Department of Environment and Heritage Protection about environmental regulators in Queensland, who must write conditions prior to granting an approval and investigators who must interpret conditions after approval is granted, to determine whether a contravention has occurred.

His practical guidance overview covers four main areas:

  • What does an application apply to do and what does approval of it include?
  • Initial acceptance or rejection of an application.
  • Assessing an application and writing conditions.
  • Interpreting conditions after approval is granted to determine whether a contravention has occurred.

He has kindly supplied his summary for all AELERT members to view.



Dr Chris McGrath is a barrister and a Senior Lecturer (Environmental Regulation) at the University of Queensland. He holds a BSc, LLB (Hons), LLM and PhD. He teaches Environmental Litigation at the Australian National University. Before being called to the Bar, he worked as an enforcement officer for the then Queensland Environmental Protection Agency.