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Review of the 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. The latest review was completed at the end of 2016. Jacobs Australia were appointed to undertake the review, which looked at a number of matters, including:

  • 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 full specifications (PDF) for the review of the Act.


To inform the review, Jacobs prepared a discussion paper for 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 climate change presents for Tasmania.

Download the discussion paper (PDF).

Submissions in response to the discussion paper have now closed.


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.