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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


The Australian Government is inviting comments on Australia’s next greenhouse gas emissions reduction target. Submissions are sought by 24 April 2015.
The Department has released a consultation paper outlining design options for the Emissions Reduction Fund safeguard mechanism. The consultation period closes on 27 April, 2015.
Review of the National Carbon Offset Standard and the Carbon Neutral Program - consultation paper. Comments close 22 April 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.