Policy Development Templates


Climate Change Policy Statement Template 

This template is based on WALGA's Policy Statement on Climate Change (2018) and can be used by Local Governments to assist in preparing a climate change policy statement.

Operational Carbon Management Policy Template

Use this template to prepare a policy statement committing to greenhouse gas reduction, and/or carbon neutrality.

Climate Change Declaration

WALGA encourages Local Governments to become signatories of the Climate Change Declaration, which will support WALGA to advocate for the appropriate funding and development of legislative mechanisms to support Local Government climate change management. The Climate Change Declaration  template can be modified to suit each Local Government, and WALGA will professionally print the certificate for signing and display. For further information about signing the Climate Change Declaration, contact us at environment@walga.asn.au

To view the Local Governments who have signed the Climate Change Declaration, type “Declaration” into the filtered search on the Local Government Project Map.


Mitigation Tools


A Project Manager's Guide to Reducing Greenhouse Gas Emissions

WALGA's  guideline (2014) sets out a step-by-step process for measuring emissions, together with information on developing and implementing an emission reduction or abatement strategy.

WA Local Government Mitigation Action

For examples of WA Local Governments who have implemented projects aiming to mitigate climate change, type "Mitigation” into the filtered search on the Local Government Project Map.

The Marginal Abatement Cost Curve Tool (MACC)

The MACC tool is a decision support tool designed to help Local Governments identify which carbon abatement option is the most cost-effective. Additionally, this tool enables Local Governments to develop a visual representation of their greenhouse gas abatement projects listed from the most cost effective methods of abating carbon dioxide emissions (tCO2-e) to the least cost effective.
Figure 1. WALGA's MACC Chart (Source: WALGA’s MACC Tool 2014)
WALGA's MACC chart, as shown in Figure 1. above, demonstrates how a MACC chart can be used. The height of the column represents the cost of the project based on its payback period (the length of time taken to pay off the cost of implementing the measure taking into account energy and cost savings from it). The width of the column represents the project’s abatement opportunity (the amount of tCO2-e that can be achieved from the project). A project that is below the X-axis has a negative cost, and results in CO2-e reductions and financial savings to the agency. Items that appear above the X-axis are those that result in CO2-e reductions but at a cost.

Resources to assist in utilising the Marginal Cost Curve Abatement Tool (MACC):  

Adaptation Tools


WALGA's Climate Change Adaptation Toolkit

WALGA's adaptation toolkit (2015) provides a seven-step process to help Local Government managers develop a climate change adaptation strategy.

WA Local Government Adaptation Action

For examples of WA Local Governments who have published an adaptation strategy document, type "Adaptation” into the filtered search on the  Local Government Project Map.

External Resources

The Clean Energy Finance Corporation

index-(3).png The Clean Energy Finance Corporation (CEFC) published a market report called Clean Energy Opportunities for Local Government in 2016, which provides general guidance on clean energy investment opportunities for Australian Local Governments. The market report also sets out how the CEFC Local Government Finance Program can assist Local Governments to invest to reduce energy costs and lower carbon emissions .

The National Climate Change Research Facility

The National Climate Change Adaptation Research Facility (NCCARF) works to support decision makers throughout Australia as they prepare for and manage the risks of climate change and sea-level rise.  NCCARF's Local Government Portal offers leading impact and adaptation research for Local Governments to make informed decisions about adaptation to climate change. NCCARF's toolkit (2013) provides climate change adaptation analysis and decision support for Local Governments. NCCARF also provide a stakeholder engagement plan, which aims to provide guidance on community involvement in climate change adaptation strategies.

A range of information products, including research reports, fact sheets, data, presentations and other outputs from NCCARF's research programs is available online. To be directed to the NCCARF website, click here.



index-(1).png AdaptNRM was developed by CSIRO and NCCARF, to produce a NRM Adaptation Checklist that supports Regional Local Governments to incorporate climate adaptation into plans and decisions for sustainable Natural Resource Management (NRM). It has been designed to assist evaluation, prompt practitioners about where changes to their plans might be needed, and provide additional information which can support the amendment of plans.

The AdaptNRM website can be found here.