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A Cleaner Environment - Clean Air

The Australian Government will reach its emissions reduction target through its Direct Action Plan to efficiently and effectively source low cost emissions reductions and improve Australia’s environment. This will be done primarily through our Emissions Reduction Fund.

Emissions Reduction Fund

The Emissions Reduction Fund is the centrepiece of the Government’s climate action policy. It will work with other incentives under the Direct Action Plan to help meet Australia’s target of reducing emissions by five per cent below 2000 levels by 2020.

Repealing the Carbon Tax

The Australian Government has abolished the carbon tax, with effect from 1 July 2014.

Solar Towns

The Solar Towns Programme will provide Australian communities with an opportunity to engage at a local level with clean renewable energy, improve local environments, generate a sense of community ownership and self reliance, and improve local community outcomes..

Additional Programmes


National Clean Air Agreement discussion paper now open for public comment. Submissions close 17 April 2015.
The Treasury is seeking comment on proposed exemptions from the Corporations Regulations 2001 for Emissions Reduction Fund participants to simplify the application of the financial services regulations. Comments close 13 February 2015.
Release of a consultation paper on Handling of Early Collected Carbon Tax Charges held by Landfill Operators on 22 December 2014. Comments close Thursday 12 February 2015.

Emissions Reduction Fund

The Emissions Reduction Fund is the centrepiece of the Australian Government's policy suite to reduce emissions.

A Plan for a Cleaner Environment

Find out more about the Australian Government’s plan for a cleaner environment.