- Department of Climate Change
The Department of Climate Change was established on 3 December 2007 as part of the Prime Minister and Cabinet Portfolio. Relevant functions and resources have been transferred to the Department of Climate Change from the former Department of the Environment and Water Resources, the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet and the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade. Oversight responsibility for the Office of the Renewable Energy Regulator has also been transferred to the Department of Climate Change from the former Environment and Water Resources Portfolio.
- United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change
Over a decade ago, most countries joined an international treaty - the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) -to begin to consider what can be done to reduce global warming and to cope with whatever temperature increases are inevitable. More recently, a number of nations approved an addition to the treaty: the Kyoto Protocol, which has more powerful (and legally binding) measures. The UNFCCC secretariat supports all institutions involved in the climate change process, particularly the COP, the subsidiary bodies and their Bureau. The UNFCCC website contains numerous resources such as publications, the official UNFCCC and Kyoto Protocol texts and a search engine to the UNFCCC library.
- REC Registry
The REC Registry is an Internet-based registry system that supports the Commonwealth Government's Mandatory Renewable Energy Target (MRET) scheme by facilitating the creation, transfer and surrender of Renewable Energy Certificates. The REC Registry is managed by AusRegistry International on behalf of the Australian Government Office of the Renewable Energy Regulator.