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Review of Tasmania's Climate Change Act

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.

In 2016, the Tasmanian Government commissioned Jacobs Australia to undertake the latest four-yearly independent review of the Act. The review looked at:

  • The extent to which the objects of the Act are being achieved;
  • The extent to which additional legislative measures, if any, are considered necessary to achieve the targets set by the Act;
  • The appropriateness of the 2050 emissions reduction target contained within the Act, given the target has been exceeded; and
  • Other legislative and policy measures that might be required for the Tasmanian Government to meet its commitments to address climate change.

Download the specifications (PDF) for the review of the Act.

Findings

The independent review makes the following five recommendations for amending the Act:

  1. Set a new aspirational long-term emissions reduction target of zero net greenhouse gas emissions by 2050.
  2. Consolidate the objects of the Act around four themes.
  3. Require Tasmanian Government agencies to consider the target, objects and proposed principles of the Act in relation to relevant decisions.
  4. Include a set of principles to give greater effect to the target and objects of the Act, and provide a clear set of expectations for decision making on climate change.
  5. Continue to prepare a plan for mitigating and adapting to climate change, and make it a statutory requirement for the Tasmanian Government to have a climate change action plan.

Download the Final Report for the independent review of the Act.

Tasmanian Government response

The Tasmanian Government has prepared a response to the independent review. The Tasmanian Government’s 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.

Download the Tasmanian Government Response to the independent review

Read the Tasmanian Government Response to the independent review

Consultation

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. Submissions in response to the discussion paper have now closed.

Download the discussion paper (PDF).

Submissions

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.

For further information please contact the Tasmanian Climate Change Office on 03 6232 7173 or by email climatechange@dpac.tas.gov.au.