Working with other governments
Responding effectively to climate change requires action at the local, state, national and international levels.
Australian Government: key climate change responsibilities
The Department of Climate Change and Energy Efficiency coordinates the Australian Government’s climate change policy agenda across three pillars:
- mitigation to reduce Australia’s greenhouse gas emissions
- adaptation to the climate change that cannot be avoided
- shaping a global solution - helping to reach a collective international response.
Other key initiatives include the Renewable Energy Target, the National Strategy on Energy Efficiency and the Carbon Farming Initiative (which was passed by Parliament on 23 August 2011).
Working with other states and territories
The NSW Government participates in a number of national climate change partnerships and agreements and is a member of the Council of Australian Governments (COAG), the nation's major intergovernmental forum.
The NSW Government is working through COAG to:
define the scope of national reform required by governments to meet the challenge of adapting to climate change
identify the role of COAG and priority areas for COAG focus
identify actions that are required within priority areas, including changes to existing policy settings.
For information see the COAG National Climate Change Adaptation Framework (328 KB)
For information on other state and territory responses to climate change, visit the environment departments in each state and territory.
The Office of Environment and Heritage (OEH) recognises that the principal role that Local Government has in responding to climate change impacts and works with them on a variety of climate change and sustainability projects.
Local council waste and sustainability improvement payments (WaSIP) assist local councils to invest in extra actions and programs that improve waste and sustainability outcomes across their local government areas. Sustainability payments:
- began in 2006-07 and over three years delivered some $25 million in performance improvement payments to 51 councils
- have since been extended to a 7-year program running to 2015-16 with $237.3 million available to eligible councils in the Sydney metropolitan area and extended regulated areas(SMA/ERA) and $19.1 million to councils in the regional regulated area (RRA).
Council projects nominated for 2009-10 are detailed in the 2009-2010 Action Table Report.
Sustainability health check
Councils across Australia can take a sustainability health check through a new diagnostic tool developed specifically for local government. The Sustainability Health Check was developed for the Local Government Managers Australia (NSW) and OEH by Sustainable Futures Australia.
Local Government and Shires Associations
The Local Government Association of NSW and the Shires Association of NSW are the peak industry bodies for local government in NSW. They provide a number of projects to support councils in addressing climate change and sustainability:
- Climate Change Action Pack: This resource supports councils in addressing the significant challenge presented by climate change. The pack aims to enhance local government understanding of the impact of climate change on its areas of responsibility and assist it to mitigate and adapt to climate change.
Information on programs helping NSW local government adapt to climate change can be found here.
Page last updated: 27 March 2012