Prutej, Greg

Senior General Counsel

Greg has over 20 years of experience advising on constitutional law, administrative law and statutory interpretation. He has considerable experience and expertise in environment, heritage, native title, Aboriginal land rights and Commonwealth land acquisition matters.

He has been a key adviser across the Commonwealth on legal regimes governing land acquisition by the Commonwealth, including in areas covered by native title claims and determinations, and advised in relation to a range of policy and law reform issues concerning land acquisition, native title law and Aboriginal land rights. He has also advised various Commonwealth departments on the intersection of native title law and other legislation administered by the Commonwealth. Greg also has deep expertise in environmental and heritage law. He was the main legal adviser on the 2006 amendments to the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999, as well as the 2013 ‘water trigger’ amendments, and advised extensively on the ‘one stop shop’ reform program of 2013–15, the regulation of environmentally significant projects and the renewal of regional forest agreements.

Greg has advised on many major Commonwealth projects including a proposal to establish the national radioactive waste management facility in South Australia, the acquisition of land in South Australia for the Cultana Defence Training Area, the acquisition of national park land in New South Wales for the Evans Head Air Weapons Range, the acquisition of land in Western Australia for the Square Kilometre Array astronomy project, and the Western Sydney Airport project.