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Unit description

Examines the crucial role of local government in relation to environmental decision-making, and its powers and functions generally. It provides a comprehensive grasp of planning laws within New South Wales, and provides a critical perspective on these laws. Local government has significant powers over the environment, and additional delegated authority under the Local Government Act 1993.

Unit content

Topic 1: The planning regime: 'Who decides what in planning law?'
Topic 2: Approval process
Topic 3: Appeals
Topic 4: Enforcement role of local government
Topic 5: Modification of consents and planning instruments continuing and existing use rights
Topic 6: The role and responsibilities of local government
Topic 7: Honesty and disclosure of interests
Topic 8: Funding for councils
Topic 9: Local government functions Part 1: Regulatory and service functions
Topic 10: Local government functions Part 2: Environmental management

Learning outcomes

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Learning outcomes and graduate attributes

Prescribed texts

Session 1

  • No prescribed texts.
Prescribed texts may change in future study periods.

Teaching and assessment


Teaching method
Structured online learning 1 hour (12 weeks)
Exam: open book60%

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