Ecosystem Restoration Law in Australia

Improving ecosystem restoration in Australia through legal and policy reforms

Degree type


Closing date

25 September 2023



Citizenship requirement

Domestic / International

About the research project

This project involves examining an area of ecosystem restoration, existing or proposed, in Australia. The aim is to assess the adequacy of existing arrangements and opportunities for better legal governance, in light of the goals and standards of the United Nations Decade on Ecosystem Restoration 2021-2030. The project case studies could be biodiversity / species recovery; restoration of marine or other aquatic environments; the role of Indigenous people in caring for country; remediation of urban/industrial brownfields;  and climate-adapted ecosystem restoration. The legal and governance contexts for the case study could be federal legislation (eg the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act), state-level laws (particularly in Tasmania), and the role of nongovernmental standards for ecosystem restoration (eg from the Society for Ecosystem Restoration Australasia). The research project is to focus on these issues in Australia, although some consideration of restoration examples from other countries could be helpful for comparative purposes so long as the primary focus is on Australia.  The ultimate outcomes of the project should be advances in the conceptual and theoretical understandings of the role of the role in ecosystem restoration, plus practical ides to guide law reform.

Primary Supervisor

Meet Prof Benjamin Richardson


Applicants will be considered for a Research Training Program (RTP) scholarship or Tasmania Graduate Research Scholarship (TGRS) which, if successful, provides:

  • a living allowance stipend of $31,500 per annum (2023 rate, indexed annually) for 3.5 years
  • a relocation allowance of up to $2,000
  • a tuition fees offset covering the cost of tuition fees for up to four years (domestic applicants only)

If successful, international applicants will receive a University of Tasmania Fees Offset for up to four years.

As part of the application process you may indicate if you do not wish to be considered for scholarship funding.

Other funding opportunities and fees

For further information regarding other scholarships on offer, and the various fees of undertaking a research degree, please visit our Scholarships and fees on research degrees page.


Applicants should review the Higher Degree by Research minimum entry requirements.

Ensure your eligibility for the scholarship round by referring to our Key Dates.

Selection Criteria

The project is competitively assessed and awarded.  Selection is based on academic merit and suitability to the project as determined by the College.

Additional essential selection criteria specific to this project:

  • Prior knowledge of environmental law, as evident from previous academic studies and/or relevant professional work experience

Additional desirable selection criteria specific to this project:

  • Interdisciplinary research competencies including in law, public policy, and restoration ecology

Application process

  1. Select your project, and check that you meet the eligibility and selection criteria, including citizenship;
  2. Contact Prof Benjamin Richardson to discuss your suitability and the project's requirements; and
  3. In your application:
    • Copy and paste the title of the project from this advertisement into your application. If you don’t correctly do this your application may be rejected.
    • Submit a signed supervisory support form, a CV including contact details of 2 referees and your project research proposal.
  4. Apply prior to 25 September 2023.

Full details of the application process can be found under the 'How to apply' section of the Research Degrees website.

Following the closing date applications will be assessed within the College. Applicants should expect to receive notification of the outcome by email by the advertised outcome date.

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