Funding is available to provide all Queensland councils a free:
- Face to Face Briefing
- Governance Assessment
Face to Face Briefing
The program accesses nationally and internationally recognised specialists to provide councils with a unique opportunity to discuss how these changes impact council’s priorities and their community.
What happens at a Face to Face Briefing?
This 2 hour briefing will provide your council and executive management team up to date information about the implications of climate change on your council and community. At each briefing council receives three (3) core presentations about external drivers for responding to climate change:
- legal liability
- finance and insurance
- internal and external governance.
Additionally, each council can request up to two topics of specific interest to them including:
- Insurance and insurability
- Economic implications
- Social considerations
- Cultural considerations
- Implications to the agriculture sector
- Reducing council's and the community's emissions
- Impacts to infrastructure
- Impacts to public and private assets
Your council’s priorities will be confirmed ahead of the briefing to select the most appropriate specialist.
A detailed Governance Assessment (GA) evaluates and rates council’s responses against leading practice standards for 17 essential governance indicators (7 more than the baseline assessment).
Each GA will review relevant council documents, interview key staff and survey council officers to provide the participating council with an in-depth understanding of their current governance practice standard. Each council recieves a confidential report of findings and recommendations. The LGAQ has engaged Climate Planning, a recognised leader in local government climate change governance, to undertake this work.
Climate Planning provide a personal report back session that allows council to discuss and clarify results and recommendations.
Only publicly available information was considered in the baseline governance assessments, meaning some councils are possibly integrating climate change more effectively than the results suggest.
The results of these governance assessments will be used to identify areas where more resources and tools may be required to support improvement.
Peer to peer sharing platform
Many participating councils are leading the way in one or more governance indicators, scoring a high or advanced practice standard. In 2019, the program is creating a peer to peer sharing platform, allowing councils to find a peer that has scored well in an indicator they would like to improve. Peers will be able to share documents and lessons learnt from their experiences with other councils.
Leading practice resources for councillors and staff
In 2019 the Program will provide leading practice resources for planning and decision making for climate change mitigation and adaptation.
A scan and review of existing national and international resources and tools has been undertaken, guided by the gaps and needs identified through the in-depth governance assessments and delivered through an online easy access platform.
Using the existing resources as a basis and creating new resources where needed, a tailored package of best available tools and materials will be developed in consultation with participating councils.
The program will deliver regional workshops, forums and training to help participating councils familiarise themselves with the platform and resources.
Queensland local government climate risk management framework
Guided by the key principles for local level climate change planning and action, the framework is intended to be a cyclic and iterative process with nine key decision points for action. Each decision point provides the user with context for why that step is important and what leading practice looks like.
Additionally, context is provided for what poor practice looks like. At each decision point, users are presented with a range of key questions, which they need to consider/answer to determine if they are ready to progress to the next step.
Where responses to given questions determine that the users aren’t ready, detailed guidance and resources and tools will be provided to build preparedness for the next step.
The specific content of the framework is being developed taking into account identified user needs, critical success factors and common pitfalls.
Local Government Climate Leaders Network
The Q CRC's Climate Leaders Network comprises councillors, CEOs and staff nominated by participating councils to work with the program team and consultants in the development of Leading Practice Resources, the Local Government Climate Risk Management Framework and Peer to Peer Sharing Platform. Members support broader input from within their organisations and are their council's in-house local government climate change champions.
Grants to pilot 2 Local Government Climate Change Strategies
In 2018/19 and 2019/20 the Program will make two grants from a total fund of $125K available to a council or councils wishing to pilot the development of a multi-stakeholder climate change strategy in their local government area or region.
Multi-stakeholder strategies recognise the interdependencies between council, the community and the key stakeholders that drive employment, services, productivity, environmental and human health at the local and regional scale. Bringing all key stakeholders together at the strategic level can help investment attraction and avoid unintended negative consequences.