Draft report Australia's climate policy options

The Climate Change Authority released the second draft report of its Special Review on Australia’s climate goals and policies in November 2015. The Authority is encouraging a fresh conversation on which policies Australia should use to meet its climate targets. Over 60 submissions were received on the second draft report.

The draft report on Australia’s climate policy options is the second part of the Authority’s Special Review as requested by the Minister for the Environment. The Authority will look at the full range of policies, including the various types of emissions trading schemes.

The draft report lays out how the Authority will evaluate the policy options, based on three key principles: cost effectiveness, environmental effectiveness and equity. The report also looks at how climate policy can affect international competitiveness.

The Authority invited submissions from all interested Australians on the policies Australia should use to meet its emissions reduction targets. A broad and inclusive national conversation about the right tools is important so that Australia contributes to global efforts to avoid dangerous climate change.


  • Draft report: Australia’s climate policy options doc pdf

  • Data underlying the charts in the report excel

  • Chair's statement on the draft report

  • Transcript of media briefing by the Acting Chair

  • Slide pack from a webinar on the draft report


  • Webinar, 3 February 2016: Climate Change Authority CEO, Shayleen Thompson and General Manager of Reviews, Kath Rowley outlined the range of policy options for reducing Australia’s greenhouse gas emissions and the principles-based framework the Authority proposes to use to assess them.