WALGA has compiled a list of further resources that may be useful for Local Government. To add to the below, please send an email to environment@walga.asn.au.

CSIRO, the Department of the Environment and Energy and the Bureau of Meteorology developed this information portal, which provides the following information: underpinning science of climate change, modelling and Australia’s projected climate data; the possible regional impacts on natural resources and management responses; news and updates on datasets; a summary of climate change projections for Australian regions; and technical and regional reports and publications.


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 impacts and adaptation research for Local Governments to make informed decisions about adaptation to climate change.

CoastAdapt is a new information delivery and decision support tool, designed to help coastal managers in Australia adapt to climate change and sea-level rise. The tool provides up to date information on all aspects of climate change from the science through to the impacts on the human environment, economy and wellbeing, to legal aspects of adaptation, and how to engage with coastal communities. Coast Adapt includes databases, fact sheets, information booklets and case studies from all over
AdaptNRM is a national initiative that aims to support National Resource Management (NRM) groups in updating their NRM plans to include climate adaptation planning. It is part of Stream 2 of the NRM Planning for Climate Change Fund administered by the Department of Environment. CSIRO and NCCARF are providing NRM groups with materials and data products about key individual topics that are regionally and nationally relevant.


The Department of Water and Environment Regulation provides information such as:
  •  climate change in Western Australia;
  •  climate change challenges in Western Australia;
  •  climate change adaptation;
  •  publications and resources;
  •  low emission industry and technology in Western Australia; and
  •  Low Emissions Energy Development (LEED) Fund projects.

The Clean Energy Regulator administers the Emissions Reduction Fund, the National Greenhouse and Energy Reporting (NGER) scheme and the Renewable Energy Target. These schemes aim to reduce carbon emissions and increase the use of clean energy.



The Department of the Environment and Energy provides information such as:

  •  Climate change science and adaptation;
  •  greenhouse gas measurement, reporting and emissions projections;
  •  information for going carbon neutral;
  •  international activities;
  •  renewable energy; and
  •  climate change publications and resources.

ARENA works to accelerate Australia’s shift to an affordable and reliable renewable energy future, by providing funding to researchers, developers and businesses that have demonstrated the feasibility and potential commercialisation of a renewable energy project. ARENA also builds and supports networks, and shares the knowledge, insights and data from ARENA funded projects to assist collective learning.



The Western Australian Planning Commission is the statutory authority with statewide responsibilities for urban, rural and regional land use planning and land development matters. The Western Australian Planning Commission responds to the strategic direction of Government and is responsible for the strategic planning of the State.

ICLEI – Local Governments for Sustainability (ICLEI) is an international, not-for-profit association of Local Governments and Local Government organisations that have made a commitment to sustainable development. The ICLEI mission is to build a movement of Local Governments to achieve tangible improvements in environmental conditions through the cumulative impact of local action. ICLEI provides publications.that contain discussion papers such as, Action for a Low Carbon Future and a Climate Change Adaptation Kit, plus other useful resources, such as: news, networking opportunities, information on member initiatives, training, and consultation.

The United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) is an international environmental treaty negotiated at the United Nations Conference on Environment and Development (UNCED), informally known as the Earth Summit, held in Rio de Janeiro in1992. The objective of the UNFCCC is to “stabilize greenhouse gas concentrations in the atmosphere at a level that would prevent dangerous anthropogenic interference with the climate system”. The UNFCCC sets out a framework and a process for agreeing to specific actions over time, and sets up a process through which governments meet regularly to discuss climate change action

The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) is the international body for assessing the science related to climate change. The IPCC was set up in 1988 by the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) and United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) to provide policymakers with regular assessments of the scientific basis of climate change, its impacts and future risks, and options for adaptation and mitigation. IPCC assessments provide a scientific basis for Governments at all levels to develop climaterelated policies, and they underlie negotiations at the UN Climate Conference – the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC).

The Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO) is Australia's national science agency and one of the largest and most diverse research agencies in the world. CSIRO provides extensive research on environment- "From oceans and coasts, landscapes and inland waters, to our atmosphere and climate, CSIRO research is helping to maintain the integrity of our environments and ensure our natural resources are used sustainably." CSIRO's environment research can be found here.

The 202020 Vision is a large collaboration that aims to achieve a 20% increase in urban canopy cover in Australian urban areas by the year 2020. 202020 Vision provides toolkits; plans; information how to overcome barriers, case study projects, access to networks, a help hub, and news.


The Peron-Naturaliste Partnership (PNP) is an incorporated collective group of nine Local Governments between Cape Peron and Cape Naturaliste in the southwest of Western Australia – Bunbury, Busselton, Capel, Dardanup, Harvey, Mandurah, Murray, Rockingham, Waroona. The PNP aims to empower these Regional Local Governments to facilitate timely adaptation responses and resilience to the coastal effects of climate change. The PNP works to achieve this objective through advocacy; facilitating data and information access; adopting a regional approach to grant applications and other submissions; sharing knowledge; and collaborating over risk management.

The Cooperative Research Centre for Water Sensitive Cities, provides water saving information for Local Government areas affected by climate change.

The Bureau of Meteorology is Australia's national weather, climate and water agency. Its expertise and services assist Australians in dealing with the harsh realities of their natural environment, including drought, floods, fires, storms, tsunami and tropical cyclones. Through regular forecasts, warnings, monitoring and advice spanning the Australian region and Antarctic territory, the Bureau provides one of the most fundamental and widely used services of Government. The Bureau provids observational, meteorological, hydrological and oceanographic services and undertakes research into science and environment related issues.
  Climate Council

The Climate Council is an independent non-profit organisation funded by donations by the public. The Climate Council’s mission is to provide authoritative, expert advice to the Australian public on climate change.

The Climate Council's Cities Power Partnership (CPP) seeks to celebrate and accelerate the emission reduction and clean energy successes of Australian cities and towns by showcasing the clean energy achievements of participating Local Governments on media across Australia. B joining the partnership, members receive access to a national knowledge hub to assist with the implementation of emission reduction projects, and have opportunities for knowledge sharing.


The Northern Agricultural Catchments Council (NACC) works to accomplish nation-wide management, restoration and protection of Australia’s natural environment by addressing national environmental priorities at the regional level. With over 500 voting members, NACC delivers activities and programs in combination with community groups, business and industry, non-government organisations, and all levels of government to conserve and enhance natural assets and advance sustainable outcomes in the region.

The Northern Agricultural Regional Vision (NARvis), supported by NACC, provides information for Regional geographical areas in Western Australia's Mid-West to manage the effects of climate change on natural resources and develop climate change mitigation strategies such as Carbon Farming and adaptation strategies.

The Sustainable Councils Network is an online platform for Australian and New Zealand council officers to connect and collaborate for sustainability. The Sustainable Councils Network is for council officers who are passionate about improving sustainability and environmental outcomes both in internal council operations and in the local community. The Network is used to make connections, seek answers, share experiences, and to feel part of a bigger movement for great, sustainable outcomes. To join the network, you must be a current council officer and use your council email address.


The Livewell Project has been created to build a self-sustaining collective movement of reducing carbon footprints and enhancing wellbeing. With the support of the Cooperative Research Centre (CRC) for Low Carbon Living and Curtin University, Livewell have developed and made available a Guide to Running a ‘Livewell Group’, to assist Local Governments, organisations and individuals mobilise themselves and their networks to reduce carbon emissions whilst increasing wellbeing.

This BETA version of Coastal Risk Australia (CRA) has been opened for public consultation to showcase what the Australian coast may look like in 2100. It is an interactive map tool designed to communicate coastal inundation associated with sea level rise to the year 2100.

Grattan Institute is dedicated to developing high quality public policy for Australia’s future. It provides independent, rigorous and practical solutions to some of the country’s most pressing problems.

The Conversation is an independent source of news and views, sourced from the academic and research community and delivered direct to the public. The professional editors work with university, CSIRO and research institute experts to unlock their knowledge for use by the wider public.

CLIMARTE harnesses the creative power of the arts to inform, engage and inspire action on climate change. CLIMARTE brings together a broad alliance of arts organisations, practitioners, administrators, patrons and academics from across the spectrum of the arts sector, including the visual arts, music, theatre, dance, literature, architecture, and cinema. Joining this alliance, demonstrates the acknowledgment of climate change and a commitment to advocating for immediate, effective and creative action to be taken to restore a safe climate.