What is being done about Climate Change?

Fact sheet

This resource summarises the activities being undertaken globally and in Australia to address Climate Change.

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Since the publication of the report on state and trends of carbon pricing (2018), the Australian government has repealed a significant amount of legislation relating to carbon pricing and the Clean Energy Mechanism.

What is Australia doing?


Planning for Climate Change in Australia – mitigation and adaptation

The Emissions Reduction Fund is the centrepiece of the Australian Government’s policy suite to reduce emissions.

Australian Government’s Direct Action Plan and the Emissions Reduction Fund

The Carbon Farming Initiative Amendment Bill 2014 was passed by the Senate on 31 October 2014 and the House of Representatives on 24 November 2014. Legislative rules and amendments are administered by the Clean Energy Regulator. Read more here about the Emissions Reduction Fund.

Part of the Government’s initiatives has included supporting the update of regional Natural Resource Management Plans in light of Climate Change.

Funding to update NRM regional plans is divided into two separate streams; Stream 1 to help support NRM groups identify opportunities within the landscape for adaptation and mitigation activities and Stream 2 to support the development of no regrets strategies and regional-level scenarios about the impacts of climate change for use in NRM land use planning.

The Mackay Whitsunday Region is part of the Wet Tropics Cluster, other NRM groups in the cluster are Terrain NRM, Cape York NRM and Torres Strait Regional Authority.
James Cook University and CSIRO are supporting the Wet Tropics cluster.

Funding from the Stream 1 component was received by Reef Catchments in the 2013/14 financial year.

Reef Catchments’ activities in planning for climate change adaptation and mitigation have included:

  • Commissioning a report by RPS Australia to:
    • determine carbon stores in the region
    • develop downscaled climate projections for the region
  • holding workshops with key stakeholders to provide updates on new findings and collaboratively develop strategies and actions
  • consulting with community groups on corridors for improved landscape connectivity and resilience

Further information

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