About the Authority

The Authority provides independent, expert advice on climate change policy

Our Role

The Authority plays an important role in the governance of Australia's mitigation policies, undertaking reviews and making recommendations on:

  • the Carbon Farming Initiative, and
  • the National Greenhouse and Energy Reporting System.

Reviews are undertaken on other matters as requested by the Minister responsible for climate change or the Australian Parliament.

The Authority conducts and commissions its own independent research and analysis.

All reviews will include public consultation and all reports will be published on the Authority's web site as soon as practicable after they have been given to the Minister.

The Authority is made up of a Chair, the Chief Scientist and up to seven other members.

The Authority is supported by an independent staff led by a Chief Executive Officer, Brad Archer.

Portrait of Brad Archer
Brad Archer (CEO)

Brad Archer has extensive experience working on climate change, renewable energy and energy market issues. He joined the Climate Change Authority in November 2018. Previously, he was head of the International Climate Change and Energy Innovation Division in the Australian Government Department of the Environment and Energy, where his responsibilities included advising on clean energy innovation, Australia’s greenhouse gas inventory, and international climate change policy. Brad has been working on climate change policies for the Australian Government since early 2011. Prior to this he worked on a range of issues in the Treasury, which he joined in 1991. Brad has qualifications in economics and information management.