Chief Executive Officer's Review
I am pleased to present the Climate Change Authority's third annual report, for the financial year 2014-15.
This is the Authority's third year of operation and it has achieved a significant amount in that time, including:
- publishing the first report of the special review on climate action, which recommended future emissions reduction targets for Australia (July 2015)
- undertaking reviews of the Renewable Energy Target (RET) and Carbon Farming Initiative (CFI) (December 2014).
In all of its work, the Authority seeks to embody its core principles and values of independence, broad stakeholder engagement, excellence in research and analysis, transparency, good governance and accountability, and high-quality staff development.
The environment in which the Authority is operating has shifted significantly since its establishment in 2012 and continues to change.
The Authority is funded until the end of the 2016 calendar year. Government policy is to wind up the Authority at the end of the current parliament. This would require changes to the Authority's enabling legislation and it is unclear when this could occur.
The Authority is therefore operating in an environment of some uncertainty. It is a testament to the commitment of its members and staff that the Authority has met its legislative obligations and continued to produce high-quality review reports and other products to inform climate change policy over the last year.
In this context, I would like to acknowledge the excellent leadership and work of Ms Anthea Harris, who led the Authority as Chief Executive Officer (CEO) until April 2015.
I would also like to extend my grateful thanks to the Authority members and the Chair, Mr Bernie Fraser, who resigned from the Authority in September 2015. The Authority members' engagement, guidance and expertise have added great value to our work.
I also thank the Authority secretariat staff, who continue to demonstrate high levels of resilience, expertise, good humour and the pursuit of excellence in meeting our legislative obligations and providing advice on climate change policy.
Shayleen Thompson A/g Chief Executive Officer