Government priorities


Emissions reduction

The Australian Government is addressing climate change and ensuring energy security and affordability.

The climate change function transferred to the Department of Industry, Science, Energy and Resources as a result of the Administrative Arrangements Order made on 5 December 2019 with effect from 1 February 2020. The climate science and adaptation functions transferred to the Department of Agriculture, Water and the Environment as part of the Administrative Arrangements Order. 

The department delivers policies and programs to reduce emissions, increase renewable energy uptake and help Australia adapt to the changing climate.

The government’s climate change plan includes these programs and activities, some of which are delivered through other government agencies:

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Energy and emissions reduction bilateral agreements

Australia’s climate change strategies Australian Government

Tracking and reporting greenhouse gas emissions Australian Government

Climate change data and publications Australian Government