*This section is being updated regularly and does not represent a complete list of all Australian climate initiatives.
Australian Climate Initiatives, Organisations and Resources
100 Resilient Cities
100 Resilient Cities help cities around the world become more resilient to the physical, social, and economic challenges that are a growing part of the 21st century.
350.org Australia aims to rapidly end fossil fuels by building a global climate movement
Australian Local Government Association (ALGA)
The Australian Local Government Association (ALGA) is the national voice of local government, representing 537 councils across the country. In structure, they are a federation of state and territory local government associations.
Beyond Zero Emissions (BZE) - Zero Carbon Communities
Beyond Zero Carbon Communities delivers positive environmental change across Australia by helping communities reduce local carbon emissions.
Breakthrough - National Centre for Climate Restoration
The National Centre for Climate Restoration (Breakthrough) is an independent think tank that develops critical thought leadership to influence the national climate debate and policy making.
Climate Action Network Australia
Their mission is to support our members and their allies to take actions to protect people at home and abroad from climate change, to safeguard our natural environment, and to build a fair, clean, healthy Australia for everyone.
The Climate Council
The Climate Council is Australia’s leading climate change communications organisation. They provide authoritative, expert advice to the Australian public on climate change and solutions based on the most up-to-date science available.
Council of Capital City Lord Mayors
Climate and Health Alliance
Climate For Change
Climate for Change’s mission is to create the social climate in Australia for effective action on climate change.
An independent, research-based, non-profit organisation committed to catalysing reductions in greenhouse gas emissions in Australia.
National Climate Change Adaptation Research Facility (NCCARF), University of Canberra
A web portal has been developed by NCCARF for Local Government as a tool to assist with planning around climate change adaptation.
How to use and read a Marginal Abatement Cost (MAC) curve. This is a simple Microsoft Excel-based tool which compares potential energy efficiency and carbon reductions projects and ranks them based on their economic feasibility and potential impact.
Commissioner for Environmental Sustainability
Council Action in the Climate Emergency (CACE)
DEWLP - The Climate Change Act 2017
The Climate Change Act 2017 provides Victoria with a world-leading legislative foundation to manage climate change risks, maximise the opportunities that arise from decisive action, and drive our transition to a climate resilient community and economy with net zero emissions by 2050.
DEWLP - Pilot Water Sector Climate Change Adaptation Action Plan
This WSAAP is a pilot, prepared three years ahead of the first legislated AAPs. The purpose is to test the process of developing an AAP, and to develop actions that provide water sector customers with reliable services under an increasingly challenging climate. It reviews the adaptation activities already underway and plans new actions to address gaps in our adaptation program.
DEWLP - Victoria’s Climate Change Adaptation Plan 2017-2020
Victoria's Climate Change Adaptation Plan 2017-2020 lays out the government's plan of action for the next four years, to help Victorians meet the challenges and act on the opportunities of climate change.
Eastern Alliance for Greenhouse Action (EAGA)
Adapting to Climate Change in Melbourne’s east A Regional Risk Assessment for Member Councils of the Eastern Alliance for Greenhouse Action.
Northern Alliance for Greenhouse Action (NAGA)
They’re a network of nine councils in Melbourne’s north, working together to create a low-carbon, climate adaptive future.
The Southern Grampians Glenelg Partnership (SGGPCP)
South East Councils Climate Change Alliance (SECCCA)
A collaboration of nine councils in Victoria’s south-east making a regional response to climate change.
Sustainability Victoria - TAKE2
Transition Town Network
United Nations Association of Australia - Victoria Division
The Victorian Coastal Monitoring Program (VCMP)
Queensland Climate Resilience Council
Queensland Government - Climate Change Response
South Australia’s Adaptation Framework
South Australia’s adaptation framework, Prospering in Changing Climate: A Climate Change Adaptation Framework for South Australia supports the development of locally relevant adaptation responses across the South Australian government regions
Local Government Association of South Australia (LGA) - Adaptation planning guidelines
Regional Councils Climate Adaptation Project (RCCAP)
Tasmanian Coastal Adaptation Planning
Tasmanian Government - Local government climate change adaptation
Local Government Area Climate Profiles
Tasmanian Shoreline Monitoring and Archiving (TASMARC)
Eastern Metropolitan Regional Council (EMRC)
Eastern Metropolitan Regional Council Climate Change Risk Awareness Seminar Series - ongoing seminar series aimed at local council with summaries and copies of the more recent presentation available.
Western Australian Local Government Association (WALGA)
Operational Carbon Management Policy Template
Project Manager’s Guide to Reducing Greenhouse Gas Emissions
Marginal Abatement Cost Curve Tool (MACC)
The MACC tool is a decision support tool designed to help Local Governments identify which carbon abatement option is the most cost-effective. Additionally, this tool enables Local Governments to develop a visual representation of their greenhouse gas abatement projects listed from the most cost effective methods of abating carbon dioxide emissions (tCO2-e) to the least cost effective.
Northern Territory Government
Energy efficiency and sustainability grant to allow local government councils the opportunity to apply for funding to reduce energy use, greenhouse emissions and costs, and improve energy productivity.
Northern Territory Government released a Climate Change Discussion Paper that outlines the effects of climate change in the Northern Territory, work currently being done to address it and opportunities for innovative approaches to mitigation and adaptation.
United Cities and Local Governments
United Cities and Local Governments supports international cooperation between cities and their associations, and facilitates programmes, networks and partnerships to build the capacities of local governments. The organization promotes the role of women in local decision-making, and is a gateway to relevant information on local government across the world.