The Climate Change Act 2022 has expanded the Authority's legislative responsibilities to provide the Minister, as tasked, with advice on:

  • Annual progress advice towards Australia's emissions reduction targets

  • Advice on Australia's current and future emissions reduction targets as Australia's Nationally Determined Contribution to the Paris Agreement.

The Act specifies that in undertaking these additional responsibilities, the Authority must:

  • include advice on the social, employment and economic benefits of any new and adjusted emissions reduction target and associated policies, including on rural and regional Australia

  • include advice on the physical impacts of climate change on Australia, including rural and regional Australia

  • include an explanation of how the any new target has taken into account matters set out in Article 2 of the Paris Agreement, including its global temperature goals of below 2o and limiting the increase to 1.5o above pre-industrial levels

  • make provision for public consultation in formulating its advice to the Minister.

The Minister must respond to the advice submitted by the Authority and table this response to both Houses of Parliament.

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