Legislative reviews

Legislative reviews

The Climate Change Authority Act 2011 requires the Authority to review particular climate change policies and initiatives and report to the Minister responsible for climate change and the Australian Parliament.

On 9 October the Authority released its 2020 review of the Emissions Reduction Fund (ERF).

On 21 December 2018, the Climate Change Authority released its review of the National Greenhouse and Energy Reporting legislation. The Authority is required to review the National Greenhouse and Energy Reporting legislation by 31 December 2018 and then complete further reviews every five years.

A summary fact sheet that outlines the Authority’s findings and recommendations to reduce costs and enhance administration of the legislation can be found here.

The National Wind Farm Commissioner was appointed by the Australian Government in late 2015 in response to community concerns about wind farms. At that time, the Government said it would review the role in 2018.

The Emissions Reduction Fund (ERF) is an emissions offsets scheme combined with Government purchasing of emission reductions.

The Minister for the Environment and Energy asked the Australian Energy Market Commission (AEMC) and the Climate Change Authority to jointly provide advice on policies to enhance power system security and to reduce electricity prices consistent with achieving Australia's emissions reduction targets in the Paris Agreement.

The Minister for the Environment asked the Climate Change Authority to conduct a Special Review into Australia’s policies and future targets for reducing greenhouse gas emissions, in the context of its international commitments and the action of other countries.

The Climate Change Authority completed its first statutory review of the Renewable Energy Target scheme in December 2012 and has an obligation to review the scheme by the end of 2014.

The Climate Change Authority released its statutory review of the Carbon Farming Initiative in December 2014. The Authority evaluated the performance of the CFI to date; considered the extent to which the design of Emissions Reduction Fund (which replaces the CFI) improves on the CFI; and discusses the contribution the ERF could make to Australia’s emissions reduction goals for 2020 and beyond.

The Climate Change Authority has completed its Review of Australia’s greenhouse gas emissions reduction goals. The Targets and Progress Review addressed two broad topics: