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Various seabirds in flight over North Keeling Island

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 will abolish the carbon tax from 1 July 2014. This will lower costs for Australian businesses and ease cost of living pressures for households.

Solar Towns

Renewable energy has an important role to play in reducing Australia’s greenhouse gas emissions.  The Solar Towns programme, a pilot measure, will allocate $300,000 each to seven regions to support the uptake of solar technologies.  Details will be available on this website prior to the start of the programme.

Additional Programmes

  • National Climate Change Adaptation Research Facility
  • Asia-Pacific Rainforest Summit
  • Global Rainforest Recovery Agreement


The Australian Government has abolished the carbon tax, with effect from 1 July 2014.
The Australian Government reintroduced a package of bills on 23 June 2014 to repeal the carbon tax.
On 18 June 2014 the Government introduced to Parliament a bill to implement the Emissions Reduction Fund. The Carbon Farming Initiative Amendment Bill 2014 will expand the Carbon Credits (Carbon Farming Initiative) Act 2011.

Emissions Reduction Fund

The Government has introduced a Bill to implement the Emissions Reduction Fund.

A Plan for a Cleaner Environment

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