Climate Change Bill Inquiry – Personal Submission Guide

17 November 2020


Independent Federal Member for Warringah, Zali Steggall MP introduced  the Climate Change Bill to Parliament on Monday 9 November.  The Bill was referred to the House Standing Committee on the Environment and Energy and is now receiving submissions to its public inquiry. 

This is the first parliamentary inquiry into why Australia should commit and legislate Net Zero  emissions by 2050 and why the Bill’s proposed legal framework will assist every sector in assessing the risks, adaptation and resilience planning that is needed.

Citizens Climate Lobby Australia will make an organisational submission but we encourage you and your family friends networks  to make an individual submission by 5pm on Friday 27 November.

The  Bill aims to ensure Australia has a clear and positive national response to the challenges of climate change through legislation which enshrines into law: 

  •  A Net Zero emissions target by 2050, getting there through emissions reduction plans and emissions budgets 
  • Risk assessments and adaptation plans, so that the different parts of our continent and economy know the risks of climate change and can prepare for them
  •  Technology readiness assessment, so that we know the existing and emerging ways we can reduce emissions, with the least risk and cost 
  • An independent advisory commission (IAC), that can advise the Government, transparently and independently, on our national needs and plans. 

Need more information?

Speech and transcript of Zali Steggall introducing Bill to parliament HERE and second reading  HERE

Overview, Background Paper, Mythbusters and FAQ can be found HERE


To help step you through the process, join us for a replay of our webinar  here on YouTube 

If you have any further questions, feel free to contact


Did you know?

the difference between a Bill and an Act: A “Bill” is the initial proposed legislation drafted by a member of parliament for consideration and it becomes an “Act” when the final version is voted on by parliament, given the Royal Assent and adopted into law.


Two Bills were introduced. The first Bill is the primary legislation. 

Climate Change (National Framework for Adaptation and Mitigation) Bill 2020

The second Bill simply makes amendments to existing legislation impacted by the main Bill. 

Climate Change (National Framework for Adaptation and Mitigation) (Consequential and Transitional Provisions) Bill 2020

Submissions do not need to address each Bill separately.


Following Instructions curtesy Zali Steggall and #climateactnow

Now is YOUR chance to have YOUR say about why Australia needs the Climate Change Act by making a submission to the House Standing Commitee on the Environment and Energy.


Who can make a submission? 

ANY individual, organisation or business. 


What does an effective submission look like?

  • As long or as short as you like
  • Unique, written in your own words. (‘Cut & paste’ submissions are not persuasive)
  • Include things that are relevant to you and reference the key elements of the Bill – see the section below “What should my submission include”
  • Avoid unsupported claims or emotive language (the committee will assess the submissions in an objective and unimpassioned way) 
  • If you would like to attend the public inquiry to give evidence, say so in your submission. The committee may invite a range of individuals and organisations to appear at the public hearings.

To make your submission go to the Inquiry homepage

When you get to the Committee page there are two bills listed, the first Bill is the primary legislation. The second Bill simply makes amendments to existing legislation impacted by the main Bill. Your submission does not need to address each Bill separately.

Submissions close 5pm on Friday November 27th. So, get your submission written and delivered as soon as possible.

What should my submission include? 

In your submission, you may wish to address any or all of the following aspects of the Bill:

  1. Objectives and long-term emissions reduction commitment
  2. Why legislating Net Zero by 2050 and regular 5 year budgets is important
  3. Guiding principles to be applied
  4. Risk and adaptation assessments for all sectors
  5. Technology readiness assessment
  6. Independent climate change commission and skills needed on the commission.

For an overview of the Bill CLICK HERE 

How do I make my submission? 

  1. Set up and validate a My Parliament Account, unless you already have one (takes two minutes)
  2. Go to the homepage for the Bill on the parliament website

Click on the “Upload Submission” button in the right-hand column

  1. Under “Submitted Previously” click “Log on” and sign in
  2. Under “Make your submission,” select the Climate Change Bill, and click Next at the bottom
  3. Complete your personal or business details
  4. Select your privacy level
  5. Upload your document (in one of these formats: PDF, DOC, DOCX, TXT)

If you have any problems with lodging your submission, contact the Committee Secretariat: 

Phone: +61 2 6277 4580 



What happens next? 

The window for submission is short. Submissions close 5pm on Friday November 27th. So, get your submission written and delivered as soon as possible. 

Once the submission deadline has passed, the House Standing Commitee on the Environment and Energy will meet to review the submissions, discuss their learnings and report back to the House.

If you’d like further information about the Act or have any other questions, contact the ClimateActNow team at and we’ll do our best to help. 

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