Planning and Environmental Law Practice

Planning and Environmental Law Practice

What is Planning and Environmental Law Practice?

Planning and environmental law practice involves advising clients and resolving disputes in planning and environmental law matters through the court system or in alternative dispute resolution processes.

This subject covers the fundamental processes, including:

  • identifying the appropriate jurisdiction to resolve disputes
  • acting in applications, and
  • conducting dispute resolution procedures.

Unit Purpose

You will complete two tasks in this subject based on a fact situation that an entry level lawyer is likely to face in practice. Each task has associated activities.

Your lecturer is available to assist you with the tasks and will give you feedback. You can also get involved with interactive class discussions via the discussion board.

Learning Objectives

At the end of this subject you will be able to demonstrate competence at the level of an entry-level lawyer in:

  • assessing the merits of a planning and environmental matter and advising the client accordingly
  • preparing a planning application or objections
  • initiating or responding to a planning and environmental claim
  • representing a client in resolving a planning matter or an environmental claim, and
  • implementing outcomes of any planning or environmental matter, including documenting, and carrying into effect any orders or settlement of a matter.

Tasks and Activities

You will complete practical tasks such as advising a client on a development approval or appealing the refusal of a development application.

To assist your learning, you have online resources such as readings and interactive case studies. You also have a hard copy of the College’s Practice Papers, which are also available online and in eBook format.

The course calendar sets out the milestones for you to meet, and guides you through the subject. However, other than meeting dates for submission of work and assessments, you can progress through the learning resources and tasks at your own pace, when and where it suits you.

Your lecturer is your mentor and will give you individual guidance. Your lecturer will also give you feedback, and coach you to achieve the required level of competence.


To be eligible for assessment you must complete each task to a competent standard as determined by your lecturer.

The final assessment in the subject will be an oral assessment that will include:

  • presenting Task 2 to your assessor
  • reflection on your learning in the subject
  • review of the tasks you have submitted, and
  • questions arising from the learning materials.

Your performance in the oral assessment will be graded.