The Environmental Defenders Office of the Northern Territory (EDONT) is a not-for-profit community legal centre operating in the Northern Territory which specialises in public interest environmental law. 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 is able to receive tax deductible donations.
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 Casework and Legal Advice guidelines can be obtained by contacting the office.
Our lawyers aim to achieve ecologically sustainable development by providing legal advice and education to the Northern Territory community and engaging in policy and law reform. Our goals are:
- To provide high quality legal advice on matters of public interest environmental law with a specific focus on issues relating to mining, water, pollution of oceans and rivers, environmental impact assessments and matters of national environmental significance.
- To provide access to justice by being the first port of call for communities, community groups and individuals (especially Indigenous Territorians) when faced with environmental concerns which are a matter of public interest.
- To educate the community of the Northern Territory on matters of environmental law.