Climate Emergency Action Plans

How many councils have declared a climate emergency?

As of 1 January 2020 there have been 84 Australian Councils who have declared a Climate Emergency. They are listed at the bottom of this page.

Councils that have declared a climate emergency

As of 1 January 2020 there have been 84 Australian Councils who have declared a Climate Emergency. They are listed at the bottom of this page.

Around the world Climate emergency declarations have been made in 1,261 jurisdictions and local governments covering 798 million people. The full list can be found at

Council’s climate emergency action plans

Six inner Melbourne councils had declared a Climate Emergency on 1/1/2020.

Darebin City Council was the first Australian Council to declare a Climate Emergency on 5 Dec 2016. Here is an outline of their plan. An 118 page PDF will automatically download by clicking on Darebin Climate Emergency Plan. There is also this 8 page summary of the plan.

Yarra City Council declared a Climate Emergency on 7 Feb 2017. On 2 June 2020 they issued an updated plan with this email. Included in their plan is an extremely ambitious goal for “every new commercial and residential development will need to have zero net carbon emissions to win planning approval.”

Moreland City Council declared a Climate Emergency on 12 Sep 2018. Here is an introduction to their plan and here is a 31 page PDF of their Zero Carbon Moreland action plan 2020-2015.

Melbourne City Council declared a Climate Emergency on 16 Jul 2019. Here is their announcement and here is their 30 page PDF that called “Inquiry into Tackling Climate Change in Victorian Communities” which describes what they plan to do.

Port Phillip City Council declared a Climate Emergency on 18 Sep 2019 but is yet to release their plan.

Bayside Council declared a Climate Emergency on 17 Dec 2019 and has published this list of actions you can take. Bayside Council’s Climate Emergency Plan has a budget of $80,000 to prepare and is due to be released in October 2020.

What should a climate emergency action plan contain?

CACE suggest this

List of councils that have declared a climate emergency

Australian Councils who had declared a Climate Emergency on 1 January 2020

AUSTRALIAStatePopulationDate of Declaration
Adelaide City CouncilSA27,24727 Aug 2019
Adelaide Hills CouncilSA38,86326 Mar 2019
Alexandrina CouncilSA27,03716 Dec 2019
Armidale Regional CouncilNSW30,70723 Oct 2019
Augusta-Margaret River Shire CouncilWA15,70025 Sep 2019
ACT Legislative AssemblyACT423,81116 May 2019
Ballarat City CouncilVIC101,68521 Nov 2018
Ballina Shire CouncilNSW43,97528 Nov 2019
Banyule City CouncilVIC132,7717 Oct 2019
Bass Coast Shire CouncilVIC34,99221 Aug 2019
Bayside City CouncilVIC105,71817 Dec 2019
Bega Valley Shire CouncilNSW34,53828 Aug 2019
Bellingen Shire CouncilNSW12,66827 Mar 2019
Blue Mountains City CouncilNSW76,90426 Feb 2019
Brimbank City CouncilVIC194,31925 Jun 2019
Broken Hill City CouncilNSW17,73425 Sep 2019
Burnside City CouncilSA45,70624 Sep 2019
Byron Shire CouncilNSW33,98718 Oct 2018
Campbelltown City CouncilSA53,1565 Nov 2019
Canada Bay City CouncilNSW95,61817 Sep 2019
Canterbury Bankstown City CouncilNSW373,93127 Aug 2019
Cardinia Shire CouncilVIC115,40016 Sep 2019
Central Coast CouncilNSW342,04726 Aug 2019
Charles Sturt City CouncilSA117,3829 Dec 2019
Clarence Valley CouncilNSW51,64623 Apr 2019
Darebin City CouncilVIC161,6095 Dec 2016
Darwin City CouncilNT148,56430 Jul 2019
Denmark Shire CouncilWA6,15417 Sep 2019
East Fremantle Town CouncilWA7,96719 Nov 2019
Frankston City CouncilVIC143,23218 Nov 2019
Fremantle City CouncilWA28,89322 May 2019
Gawler Town CouncilSA26,47222 Jan 2019
Glen Innes Severn Shire CouncilNSW8,90826 Sep 2019
Hawkesbury City CouncilNSW64,59212 Mar 2019
Hepburn Shire CouncilVIC15,81217 Sep 2019
Hobart City CouncilTAS53,68417 Jun 2019
Hobsons Bay City CouncilVIC96,4598 Oct 2019
Holdfast Bay City CouncilSA37,0328 Oct 2019
Indigo Shire CouncilVIC16,48930 Jul 2019
Inner West CouncilNSW182,04314 May 2019
Kingborough CouncilTAS35,8538 Jul 2019
Lane Cove CouncilNSW39,48616 Sep 2019
Launceston City CouncilTAS84,1538 Aug 2019
Light Regional CouncilSA14,73626 Mar 2019
City of LismoreNSW43,84313 Aug 2019
Maribyrnong City CouncilVIC82,28819 Feb 2019
Melbourne City CouncilVIC169,96116 Jul 2019
MidCoast CouncilNSW93,28823 Oct 2019
Mitcham CouncilSA67,25322 Oct 2019
Moonee Valley City CouncilVIC130,2658 Oct 2019
Mosman CouncilNSW30,91312 Nov 2019
Mount Alexander Shire CouncilVIC19,51417 Dec 2019
Mount Barker District CouncilSA36,4774 Nov 2019
Moreland City CouncilVIC162,55812 Sep 2018
Mornington Peninsula Shire CouncilVIC165,63313 Aug 2019
Moyne Shire CouncilVIC16,88722 Oct 2019
Mundaring Shire CouncilWA39,13910 Dec 2019
Murray Bridge CouncilSA21,73514 Oct 2019
Newcastle City CouncilNSW164,10328 May 2019
Noosa Shire CouncilQLD52,14918 Jul 2019
North Sydney CouncilNSW67,65822 Jul 2019
Northern Beaches CouncilNSW271,27827 Aug 2019
Port Adelaide Enfield City CouncilSA126,1208 Oct 2019
Port Lincoln City CouncilSA14,06419 Aug 2019
Port Phillip City CouncilVIC113,20018 Sep 2019
Queenscliffe Borough CouncilVIC2,98219 Dec 2019
Randwick City CouncilNSW140,66030 Apr 2019
Ryde City CouncilNSW127,44628 May 2019
Salisbury City CouncilSA144,44028 Oct 2019
Surf Coast Shire CouncilVIC32,65127 Aug 2019
Swan City CouncilWA149,19528 Aug 2019
Sydney City CouncilNSW208,37324 Jun 2019
Tweed Shire CouncilNSW96,10819 Sep 2019
Upper Hunter Shire CouncilNSW14,22025 Feb 2019
Victor Harbor CouncilSA15,24816 Dec 2019
Town of Victoria ParkWA34,99014 Aug 2018
Vincent City CouncilWA35,7684 Apr 2018
Warrnambool City CouncilVIC35,9577 Oct 2019
Waverley CouncilNSW74,11410 Dec 2019
Willoughby City CouncilNSW80,33917 Oct 2019
Wollongong City CouncilNSW216,07112 Aug 2019
Woollahra Municipal CouncilNSW58,9649 Sep 2019
Yarra City CouncilVIC95,9817 Feb 2017
Yarra Ranges CouncilVIC159,18010 Sep 2019
No .of Australian governments and population total847,330,693 out of 25,120,231