Key climate change players in the Australian Government
A number of Australian Government agencies are working on climate change to reduce emissions, adapt to the changing climate and meet international commitments.
- Department of the Environment and Energy
Provides climate change advice to the Government, including on current and future greenhouse gas emissions, and delivers policies and programs to reduce emissions, increase renewable energy uptake and adapt to the changing climate.
- Department of Industry, Innovation and Science
Supports carbon capture and storage initiatives from industrial processes including the coal industry.
- Department of Agriculture
Supports farmers and land managers to participate in emission reduction projects.
- Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade
Supports international efforts to act on climate change through Australia's aid programs, and leads Australia's participation in negotiations under the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change.
Australia's international focus on climate change
Australia is a major international player on climate change action contributing both through multi-lateral forums through to regional specific initiatives
- Bureau of Meteorology
Provides information about climate and other weather services.
Uses climate simulations to project future climate.
- Clean Energy Regulator
Administers schemes to reduce carbon emissions and increase clean energy use such as the National Greenhouse and Energy Reporting scheme, the Carbon Farming Initiative, and the Renewable Energy Target.
- Clean Energy Finance Corporation
Finances cleaner power solutions, including large and small-scale solar, wind and bioenergy and invests in more energy efficient property, vehicles, infrastructure and industry.
- Australian Renewable Energy Agency
Aims to make renewable energy solutions more affordable and increase the supply of renewable energy in Australia through various programs and projects.
- Australian Research Council
Advises the Australian Government on research matters and its Centre of Excellence for Climate System Science focusses on resolving uncertainties in regional climate science.
- National Climate Change Adaptation Research Facility
Works to support decision makers prepare for and manage the risks of climate change including sea-level rise and increasing heatwaves, floods and coastal erosion.
- CoAG Energy Council
A forum for collaboration on developing an integrated and coherent national energy policy.
- Climate Change Authority
Advises the Federal Government on Australia's climate change policies and future emissions reductions targets.