Policy Statement - Sustainable Development
14 September 2019
This policy on sustainable development addresses the key principles and commitments of the Law Council of Australia in respect of the environmental, social and economic objectives of sustainable development.
Australia has significant national and international legal obligations concerning Sustainable Development. A simple definition of the term sustainable development is the socially responsible economic development that protects the environment and the natural resource base for the benefit of future generations.
More particularly, sustainable development is a framework for decision-making based on promotion of environmental protection, social justice, and economic/financial responsibility at the same time, with the overall objective of promoting human well-being for present and future generations.
The key principles and commitments set out in this policy are intended to:
- assist the Law Council and its committees when evaluating the merits of government legislation, policy and practice;
- support the Law Council’s advocacy in relation to sustainable development in Australia and internationally; and
- assist the domestic implementation of sustainable development in Australia.