Publication Details

Smyth, C., Lee, M., Prof Rob Fowler, R., Rose, G. L. and Haward, M. (2006). Out of the Blue: An Act for Australia's Oceans. Australia: Australian Conservation Association.

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Australian Conservation Foundation


The National Environmental Law Association (NELA) and the Australian Conservation Foundation (ACF) have prepared Out of the blue to initiate public discussion about the future of Australia’s oceans laws, planning and management.

NELA is a multi-disciplinary national organisation with the objectives of furthering the role of environmental law in Australia and serving the needs of practitioners in law, planning, natural resources and environmental management, environmental science and environmental impact assessment to obtain and exchange information on issues relevant to environmental law and policy.

One of its themes is to focus on the harmonisation of environmental laws across Australia. ACF is committed to inspiring people to achieve a healthy environment for all Australians. For 40 years ACF has been a strong voice for the environment, promoting solutions through research, consultation, education and partnerships. ACF works with the community, business and government to protect, restore and sustain our environment.