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Australian Sharing Law Network

The Australian Sharing Law Network is an informal network of organisations and individuals interested in using the law to support the collaborative economy and the sharing of resources in our community.  Organisations participating in the network include AELA, UNSW Australia, and Melbourne Law School’s Sustainability Business Clinic.

AELA is interested in building the role of law to support Earth friendly practices such as: sharing resources, reducing material consumption and creating community based and democratically managed enterprises such as co-operatives.

For more information about AELA’s work with the Australian Sharing Law Network, please contact us anytime:

To join our facebook group for the Sharing Law Network, please click here.

Australian Handbook for Sharing Law and Earth Friendly Governance

AELA is planning to coordinate a handbook for community groups and lawyers.  The Handbook is expected to be available in 2017.  It will aim to provide an up-to-date overview of legal frameworks for creating effective, Earth-friendly organisational governance, and for nurturing sharing projects and the sharing economy in Australia.  

Upcoming events

  • Thursday 26 May 2016, Adelaide - Sharing Economy Workshop.  For more information, please visit our Events webpage

Past events

  • Friday 26th June, 2015 , Brisbane - AELA's 2nd Annual "Law and Governance Clinic for Earth Friendly Organisations".    For more information, please click here for the event flyer
  • Thursday 23rd July, Sydney - Half Day Workshop "Building the Sharing Economy in NSW".   For a copy of the flyer for this event, including details of how to book your place, please click here. The workshop will be held from 1pm to 5pm, at the Brown Street Community Hall, Newtown
  • Friday 24th July, Sydney - Sharing Law Roundtable - "Building the Australian Sharing Law Network".  For a copy of the flyer for this event, please click here.


 What is the sharing economy?

The Sharing Economy is a socio-economic ecosystem built around the sharing of human and physical assets. It includes the shared creation, production, distribution, trade and consumption of goods and services by different people and organisations.  At its essence, the sharing economy encourages a shift from 'ownership' to 'access to' material resources.

The Sharing Economy encompasses the following aspects: swapping, exchanging, collective purchasing, collaborative consumption, shared ownership, shared value, co-operatives, co-creation, recycling, upcycling, re-distribution, trading used goods, renting, borrowing, lending, subscription based models, peer-to-peer, collaborative economy, circular economy, pay-as-you-use economy, wikinomics, peer-to-peer lending, micro financing, micro-entrepreneurship, social media, the Mesh, social enterprise, futurology, crowdfunding, crowdsourcing, cradle-to-cradle, open source, open data, user generated content (UGC).
For further information about the sharing economy please visit any of the following websites:

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