Climate Change Authority

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Climate Change Authority
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Statutory agency overview
Formed July 1, 2012 (2012-07-01)
Jurisdiction Commonwealth of Australia
Headquarters Level 10, 90 Collins St
Melbourne, Victoria
Employees 24[1]
Annual budget A$6,206,000
Minister responsible
Statutory agency executives
Parent department Department of the Environment

The Climate Change Authority is an Australian statutory agency established under the Climate Change Authority Act 2011. It began operations on 1 July 2012. Its role is to review various climate change policies, including the Carbon Farming Initiative and National Greenhouse and Energy Reporting system, and to advise the Australian Government and Parliament on other matters as requested. The Authority has no legislative or executive powers, which remain with the Government and Parliament of the day.

The Authority is presently undertaking a Special Review into Australia's policies and targets for reducing emissions in the context of its international commitments and those of other countries. The Special Review is due to be completed by 30 June 2016.

The Authority has a Board comprising a Chair and eight permanent members: Dr Wendy Craik (Chair), Stuart Allinson (Acting Chair), Kate Carnell AO, Professor David Karoly, Professor John Quiggin, Professor Clive Hamilton, The Hon. John Sharp, Dr Alan Finkel and Danny Price. A tenth member, Andrew Macintosh, sits as an associate member until the conclusion of the Special Review. Dr Finkel is an ex officio member of the Authority as Australia's Chief Scientist, replacing the former Chief Scientist Ian Chubb.

The original Chair of the Authority was former Reserve Bank of Australia Governor and Treasury Secretary, Bernie Fraser. He resigned from the position in September 2015.

The agency is based in Melbourne where it has the advantage of being able to work closely with the Productivity Commission.[2] The agency was allocated A$6.2 million in the 2012-13 financial year.[3] The Australian Government, under Liberal leadership, is in the process of abolishing the Climate Change Authority, a move which has been heavily criticised.[4][5][6]


The first Review completed by the Climate Change Authority was the Review of Australia’s Renewable Energy Target. The Authority received more than 8,700 submissions as part of this Review.[7] On 19 December 2012 it released its Renewable Energy Target Review final report.

On 30 October 2013 the Authority released a draft report as part of its Targets and Progress Review.[8] The Targets and Progress Review draft report has draft recommendations of emissions reduction targets for Australia and reports on how the country is tracking towards these targets. Public submissions on the draft report are open until 29 November 2013.[9] The final report was released on 27 February 2014.

On 22 December 2014 the Authority released a second review of the Renewable Energy Target.

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  1. ^ APS Statistical Bulletin 2015-2016 (Report). Australian Public Service Commission. September 2016. 
  2. ^ Matt Johnston (30 November 2011). "Climate Change Authority to be based in Melbourne". Herald Sun. News Limited. Retrieved 20 September 2012. 
  3. ^ "Agency Resourcing—2012‑2013". Australian Federal Budget 2012-13. Government of Australia. Retrieved 20 September 2012. 
  4. ^ "Bernie Fraser criticises axing of Climate Change Authority". The Sydney Morning Herald. December 9, 2013. Retrieved January 26, 2014. 
  5. ^ "Marshall Islands' President Christopher Loeak says it's not too late for climate action to save the Pacific". Australia Network News (ANN). January 21, 2014. Retrieved January 26, 2014. 
  6. ^ "Climate Change Authority says Abbott must raise emissions target". The Guardian. October 30, 2013. Retrieved January 26, 2014. 
  7. ^ "Renewable Energy Target Review". Commonwealth of Australia. Retrieved 30 October 2013. 
  8. ^ "Targets and Progress Review". Climate Change Authority. Retrieved 30 October 2013. 
  9. ^ "Targets and Progress Review". Climate Change Authority. Retrieved 30 October 2013. 

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