We manage and deliver policies and programs to help Australia respond to climate change.
We develop and administer the Australian Government’s domestic actions to reduce Australia’s greenhouse gas emissions and meet our obligations under the Paris Agreement. This includes:
Our domestic policies ensure Australia is not only meeting its international obligations but is preparing for a lower emissions future through:
The Department of Agriculture, Water and the Environment is responsible for delivering climate change adaptation and climate science policy and programs.
Our department works with the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade and the Department of Agriculture, Water and Energy to negotiate and meet Australia’s obligations under the Paris Agreement.
Read more about Australia’s international climate change commitments.
Our department is leading the development of Australia’s Long-term Emissions Reduction Strategy. Australia will take this strategy to the 26th United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) climate summit in Glasgow in 2021.
Australia’s Technology Investment Roadmap will be a core element of this strategy. The Roadmap will accelerate development and commercialisation of new and emerging low emissions technologies.
To deliver the Roadmap we are partnering with industry and the research community. A Technology Investment Advisory Council of industry, private investment and research leaders is advising the Australian Government on technology priorities and annual Low Emissions Technology Statements.
The First Low Emissions Technology Statement is a key milestone of the Roadmap.
The Technology Investment Roadmap discussion paper opened the conversation about Australia’s future in a low emissions global economy.
Led by Dr Alan Finkel, the Office of the Special Adviser to the Australian Government on Low Emissions Technology supports Australia’s climate change and emissions reduction strategies across government and internationally.
The National Hydrogen Strategy outlines actions for a clean hydrogen industry that will benefit the Australian economy and help other countries transition.
We consulted on a Future Fuels Strategy discussion paper to enable the deploying of low emissions road transport technologies.
The Australian Government agreed or agreed-in-principle with recommendations of the King Review, which provided a robust platform to expand the way Australia lowers emissions.
The Climate Solutions Package is a $3.5 billion investment to deliver on Australia’s 2030 Paris Agreement commitments, building on existing climate change mitigation policies and programs.
The package includes:
Further investments include:
The Emissions Reduction Fund (ERF) incentivises Australian businesses to cut the amount of greenhouse gases they create and to undertake activities that store carbon.
Australia’s long-term strategy and domestic actions are underpinned by rigorous emissions monitoring and accountability systems.
The Government is also developing a regulatory framework to enable the exploration, construction, operation and decommissioning of offshore renewable energy projects, including offshore wind, in a fair and transparent way.
Australia has made commitments to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions and track progress towards those commitments. We report each year on Australia’s greenhouse gas emissions.
Find out how we track and report greenhouse gas emissions.
Find out how we project and forecast Australia’s greenhouse gas emissions.
We’re supporting efforts to build the Australian Government’s climate resilience.
We are a member of the Australian Government Disaster and Climate Resilience Reference Group. The group comprises senior officials from 22 agencies, and considers risks and challenges arising from climate change and natural disasters.
The reference group commissioned the development of Climate Compass. Climate Compass is a framework to help Australian public servants manage risks to policies, programs and asset management from the changing climate. The framework builds on climate change adaptation research and science, and reflects the current leading practice in guidance for climate risk management and long-term planning.
We’re on the following climate committees and panels:
We work with our portfolio agencies and organisations with climate change functions.
The Australian Energy Infrastructure Commissioner receives and refers complaints about wind farms, large-scale solar farms, energy storage facilities and new major transmission projects.
The Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA) finances renewable energy projects.
The Commonwealth Scientific Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO) uses climate simulations to project future climate.
The Clean Energy Finance Corporation (CEFC) finances clean energy projects.
Our department oversaw a recent statutory review of the CEFC and found it is effectively facilitating finance into Australia’s clean energy sector. Read the statutory review report on the CEFC website.
The Clean Energy Regulator administers the National Greenhouse and Energy Reporting scheme, the Emissions Reduction Fund, and the Renewable Energy Target scheme. Our department develops and has oversight of the legislation underpinning these schemes.
The Climate Active initiative is a partnership between the Australian Government and Australian businesses to encourage voluntary climate action. Organisations who become carbon neutral receive certification and can display the Climate Active trade mark. Read how we administer Climate Active.
The Climate Change Authority advises the Australian Government on Australia’s climate change policies and future emissions reductions targets.
Last updated: 21 September 2021
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