The Environmental Defenders Office (NT) Inc (EDONT) is a not-for-profit community legal centre operating in the Northern Territory and specialising in public interest environmental law.

Our lawyers provide legal advice and education to the Northern Territory community and engage in policy and law reform.  

The EDONT is an incorporated association under the Associations Act (NT).  A copy of the EDONT’s constitution can be accessed here.

The EDONT is also a registered charity and can receive tax deductible donations.

Our Clients

The EDONT advises and acts for individuals, traditional owners, community groups and conservation groups seeking to protect the environment in the public interest.

Where resources permit, EDONT will give initial legal advice, free of charge, to any person who meets our Legal Advice Guidelines.  Casework and litigation beyond initial advice will be assessed on a case-by-case basis, taking into account our Casework Guidelines.  

Our Legal Advice and Casework guidelines can be obtained by contacting the office.


Our objectives, set out in our constitution, include: 

(1) To empower the community to protect the environment through law recognising:

(a) the suffering, distress and disempowerment that result from environmental damage and from being unable to obtain legal advice, assistance and representation in relation to such damage

(b) the importance of public participation in environmental decision making in achieving environmental protection

(c) the importance of Aboriginal involvement in protection of the environment

(2) To provide legal representation, advice, information and services in connection with the conservation, protection, enhancement and/or promotion of the natural and built environment or any part of it

(3) To promote community educational programs in matters relating to environmental law in the legal system

(4) To undertake research with a view to ascertaining the needs of the community for legal assistance in environmental law matters and the most effective way of meeting those needs.