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About us

Who we are

The Tasmanian Climate Change Office (TCCO) is a small team established within the Department of Premier and Cabinet to lead the Government's efforts to respond to the challenges of climate change in Tasmania. We report directly to the Deputy Secretary of the Department and through him, to the Minister for Climate Change. The work of the TCCO is guided by the Climate Change (State Action) Act 2008.

You can contact the Tasmanian Climate Change Office via:

Phone: (03) 6232 7173




Tasmanian Climate Change Office
Department of Premier and Cabinet
GPO Box 123

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Our vision

For Tasmania to be recognised globally as a leader in addressing the challenges posed by climate change.

Our objectives

The key objectives of the Tasmanian Climate Change Office are to facilitate action to:

  1. reduce greenhouse gas emissions in line with legislated targets
  2. adapt to current and future changes in our climate
  3. make a successful transition to a low carbon future
  4. contribute to national and international solutions

Our Role

The Tasmanian Climate Change Office:

  • facilitates action on climate change across and between governments and the community
  • delivers policy advice, evaluation and reporting and openly communicates progress
  • builds climate change awareness, knowledge and skills
  • manages programs focussing on innovative solutions in partnership with others 

What we do

Our strategy

Climate Smart Tasmania: A 2020 Climate Change Strategy (the Strategy) outlines Tasmania's plan to meet its legislated emissions reduction target and adapt to a changing climate, with actions funded and implemented across the Tasmanian Government.

  • Publicly released on 26 November 2013, the Strategy supersedes Tasmania's previous climate change plans, the Action Plan to Reduce Emissions and the Tasmanian Framework for Action on Climate Change.
  • The Strategy is the first Tasmanian policy framework for climate change incorporating both mitigation and adaptation efforts.
  • Based on modelling, it is estimated that the actions in the Strategy could deliver cumulative emissions reductions of 5.4 megatonnes of carbon dioxide equivalent (Mt CO2-e) by the year 2050.
  • The Strategy identifies a policy goal to reduce emissions by 35 per cent below 1990 levels by 2020. While a 35 per cent goal represents a small reduction from 2010-11 levels (34 per cent below 1990 levels), when considered against the projected business as usual trajectory it is an ambitious but achievable goal.
  • The Strategy includes 83 emissions reduction and adaptation actions across nine priority areas. These areas are:
    • Government operations
    • Natural environment and marine resources
    • Rural land-use
    • Energy and economy
    • Human settlements and infrastructure
    • Sustainable transport
    • Emergency management
    • Homes and communities
    • Waste and resource efficiency.

Each action in the Strategy has an assigned lead agency that is responsible for implementation, monitoring and evaluation of the action. The Tasmanian Climate Change Office will oversee the implementation of the Strategy and coordinate the development of the annual Strategy Report Card that will be provided to Cabinet. 

Our values

Professional: we aim for excellence and act with integrity and impartiality.

Accountable: we are focused on achieving our objectives, open to questioning and responsible for our actions.

Collaborative: we respect and value the expertise of others and seek to work in partnership.

Supportive: we provide a workplace that fosters mutual respect, open communication and trust, and we offer flexible conditions as we recognise that we each have personal and family commitments outside of work.

Connected to the community: we seek to understand and engage with the community and our key stakeholders.

Forward looking: we are proactive and strategic so we can be prepared for future needs, identify opportunities and encourage innovation.

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