Global Change Institute, The University of Queensland

released November 2017

This discussion paper seeks to identify how effective community participation processes can contribute to attaining SDG6. It was prepared for national and local governments, aid agencies, and non-government organisations involved in community participation, SDGs and WaSH issues. It proposes expanding the ambition of community participation beyond the top-down indicator developed by the UN, which recognises participation based on the existence of established local policies and procedures for engagement.


Herring, S. C., N. Christidis, A. Hoell, J. P. Kossin, C. J. Schreck III, and P. A. Stott, Eds., Special Supplement to the Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society
Vol. 98, No. 12, December 2017

This sixth edition of explaining extreme events of the previous year (2016) from a climate perspective is the first of these reports to find that some extreme events were not possible in a preindustrial climate.


Environment, Planning and Sustainable Development Directorate, ACT Government,

released 13 December 2017

This discussion paper is the first step on a journey to net zero emissions. It invites community members to share ideas and expertise to guide the development of this pathway. I invite you to consider this discussion paper and submit your thoughts and ideas for how we can reduce emissions and build a sustainable, prosperous and healthy future for the ACT and our region.


University of Technology Sydney Institute for Sustainable Futures

released December 12 2017

The report, by the Institute for Sustainable Futures at the University of Technology Sydney, found that Australia has enough onshore wind resources to power the entire country’s electricity more than 12 times over!


Beyond Zero Emissions (BZE), ICLEI – Local Governments for Sustainability (ICLEI Oceania), Ironbark Sustainability

released 5 December 2017

ICLEI – Local Governments for Sustainability (ICLEI Oceania), Beyond Zero Emissions (BZE) and Ironbark Sustainability have teamed up to develop the most comprehensive local government and climate change survey in Australian history.
The survey is being conducted to better understand local councils’ climate change actions, policies, strategies and targets. The study will identify successful cases across Australia and help to identify challenges and barriers faced by different councils, leading to policy recommendations.



Australian Government Climate Change Authority

released 11 December 2017

The report builds on a consultation paper released in August 2017, which sought stakeholders’ views on how the ERF is performing and whether improvements should be made to its operation, administration, design and governance.


Centre for Policy and Development (CPD)

released 28 November 2017

This discussion paper is about the use of scenario analysis by companies and other financial actors to manage, disclose, and regulate climate – related risks and opportunities in Australia. It suggests how Australian practice can be consistent with our international climate commitments under the Paris Agreement and with the leading international framework for robust climate disclosures, the Financial Stability Board’s Task Force on Climate – related Financial Disclosures (TCFD). Its intent is to accelerate discussion between policymakers, business, investors, and regulators so that practices and capabilities for scenario analysis are fit for purpose.