Information Publication Scheme
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- Information required to be published
- Optional information to be published
The Information Publication Scheme (IPS) was established in 2010 through amendments to the Freedom of Information Act 1982 (FOI Act). This document outlines the Climate Change Authority's Information Publication Plan to meet the obligations set out in Sections 8(1) and 8(2)(a) of the FOI Act.
Information required to be published under the IPS
Who we are
The Climate Change Authority (the Authority) publishes information about organisational structure on its website and in its Annual Reports, in accordance with Section 8(2)(b) of the FOI Act.
Members and the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) are appointed under the Climate Change Authority Act 2011 (CCA Act). The terms and backgrounds of the currently appointed members and CEO are published on the Authority's website, in accordance with Section 8(2)(d) of the FOI Act.
What we do
The Climate Change Authority is a non-corporate, statutory body established under the Climate Change Authority Act 2011 (Cth) to provide advice on climate change matters. The Climate Change Authority Act outlines the Authority's functions, powers and general policy guidelines and is included on the Authority's website, in accordance with Section 8(2)(c) of the FOI Act.
The Authority's work takes three main forms:
- regular reviews of legislation implementing the Emissions Reduction Fund and the National Greenhouse and Energy Report scheme (as required under the Carbon Credits (Carbon Farming Initiative) Act 2011 and the National Greenhouse and Energy Report Act 2007);
- special reviews on matters relating to climate change requested by either the Minister responsible for climate change or by the Parliament (requiring a resolution agreed by both Houses); and
- self initiated research on climate change matters.
The Authority publishes information about such public submissions and commissioned reports that assist with performing its functions on its website, in accordance with Section 8(2)(j) of the FOI Act.
Our reports and responses to Parliament
The Authority's Annual Reports are made available on its website after being tabled, in accordance with Section 8(2)(e) of the FOI Act.
The Authority, in conjunction with the Department of Industry, Science, Energy and Resources, publishes information that is routinely provided to the Parliament in response to requests and orders from the Parliament, in accordance with Section 8(2)(h) of the FOI Act.
All reports and statutory reviews are published on the Authority's website as soon as practicable after finalisation. The Authority's statutory reviews are tabled in Parliament in accordance with its statutory requirements.
This information is available on the Authority's website.
The Authority aims to consult across all sections of Australian society including industry stakeholders, non-government organisations, Indigenous organisations, research organisations and private individuals, in accordance with the CCA Act. The Authority advertises public consultations on our website, provide clear guidance and timelines for engagement, in accordance with Section 8(2)(f) of the FOI Act.
Routinely requested information
The Authority's role and the processes by which consultation is undertaken are such that information related to the Authority's core functions are publicly available. For example, submissions from the public to the Authority's consultation, are made publicly available on the Authority's website. As a result, the Authority does not routinely receive FOI requests. Section 8(2)(g) of the FOI Act requires agencies to public information in documents to which the agency routinely gives access in response to FOI requests.
Optional information to be published under the IPS
The Authority chooses to publish a range of further information (in accordance with Section 8(4) of the FOI Act) including: