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The Climate Change (State Action) Act 2008 (the Act) sets the Tasmanian Government’s legislative framework for action on climate change. The Act requires that an independent review is undertaken every four years. Two stages of the review are complete and we are now in the third stage of this process.
Consultation on the proposed amendments to the Act closed on Wednesday 7 November 2018.
Thank you to everyone who made a submission or came to a public forum to give us your feedback on the proposed amendments.
These submissions have been prepared by independent individuals and organisations. They may not meet the accessibility standards followed by the Department of Premier and Cabinet. If you are unable to access these resources please email the Tasmanian Climate Change Office at email@example.com. We will do our best to provide an alternative version.
The amendments will be drafted, taking into account the consultation feedback. You will have another opportunity to comment on the draft Amendment Bill in 2019.
In May 2017 the Tasmanian Government prepared a response to the recommendations of the Independent Review (Stage 1 below). The response supports recommendations one, two and four, and supports recommendations three and five in-principle, noting that additional consultation and analysis is required to determine the best approach for their implementation.
Climate Action 21: Tasmania’s Climate Change Action Plan 2017-2021 includes an aspirational long-term target to achieve zero net emissions for Tasmania by 2050. The Tasmanian Government proposes to amend the Act to legislate for this target as part of this review.
In 2016, the Tasmanian Government commissioned Jacobs Australia to undertake the latest four-yearly independent review of the Act. The review looked at:
To inform the Independent Review, Jacobs Australia prepared a discussion paper for public consultation. The discussion paper provided context around the review of the Act, and asked a number of questions about how the Act could be amended to meet the challenges and opportunities that climate change presents for Tasmania.
Download the Discussion Paper on the independent review of the Act (PDF).
The views and opinions expressed in the below submissions are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the official policy or position of any agency of the Tasmanian Government.
The Independent Review of the Act makes the following five recommendations for amending the Act:
For further information please contact the Tasmanian Climate Change Office on 03 6232 7173 or by email firstname.lastname@example.org.