Policy Snapshot - December 2023

07 Dec 2023

How to achieve a net zero Australian Public Service

Last week the Australian Government released its Net Zero in Government Operations Strategy which details how it will fulfil its commitment to achieve a net zero APS by 2030. Requirements for Green Star, NABERS and electrification will be part of the approach to drive down emissions in buildings. 

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NSW enshrines emissions target with passing of Climate Change Bill

The NSW Government has passed the Climate Change (Net Zero Future) Bill 2023 which enshrines emissions reduction targets of at least 50% by 2030, 70% by 2035, and net zero emissions by 2050. It is the first legislation passed in Australia that explicitly mentions the right to a clean, healthy and sustainable environment.

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WA introduces climate change bill

The WA Government has introduced the Climate Change Bill 2023 to formalise the state’s long-term target to achieve net zero emissions by 2050 and establish statutory requirements to set interim emission reduction targets and develop policies to reduce emissions and enhance climate resilience. 

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A fossil fuel free ACT is another step closer

A regulation to prevent new gas network connections to buildings in the ACT will commence on 8 December 2023 as part of the ACT Government’s plan to transition off fossil fuels and achieve net zero emissions by 2045.

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Providing policy input for a better built environment

GBCA contributes to federal, state and local government and industry consultations. 2023 has been a huge year of consultations and it’s not over yet. We are currently working on a submission to the Australian Government regarding Australia’s Sustainable Finance Strategy and the Climate Active program.  

See all 2023 submissions here

Discount available for TRANSFORM 2024

GBCA’s annual conference will be held in-person in Sydney and livestreamed on 13-14 March 2024, with additional breakouts online from 15-21 March 2024. 

Did you know that local government officers can access a 30% discount on tickets? To access it, email our Events and Education team or call us on 02 8239 6200.

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