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 and their community’s priorities.
What happens at a Face to Face Briefing?
This 2-hour briefing provides councillors and the executive management team up to date information about the implications of climate change on council and the community. Each briefing provides three (3) presentations about core external drivers for responding to climate change:
- legal liability
- finance and insurance
- internal and external governance.
Additionally, each council can request up to two (2) special interest topics from the list below:
- 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
A separate briefing can be made available to staff upon request.
Detailed Governance Assessment
A detailed Governance Assessment (GA) evaluates and rates council’s responses against leading practice standards for 17 essential governance indicators (7 more than the statewide baseline assessment).
Each GA reviews relevant council documents, interviews key staff and surveys council officers to provide the participating council with an in-depth understanding of their current governance practice standards. Each council receives 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.
The GA is followed by 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 assessment, meaning some councils are possibly integrating climate change more effectively than the results suggest.
The GA results are used to identify areas where more resources and tools are required to support improvement.
Value of a Detailed Governance Assessment
Beyond the useful information to guide local government governance practice improvement, the aggregated results of participating councils’ Governance Assessments are used to track improvement over time. The ability to demonstrate sector improvement in the consideration of climate risk provides advantages for insurability and financing.
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. 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
A stocktake and review of existing national and international resources and tools were undertaken by the Griffith University Climate Response Program, guided by the gaps and needs identified through a survey and detailed governance assessment results.
A tailored package of best available tools and materials for local governments has been developed in consultation with participating councils.
Queensland Local Government Climate Risk Management Framework and Guideline
Guided by the key principles for local-level climate change planning and action, the framework is a cyclic and iterative process with nine decision points for action, framed by a key question. At each decision point, users are presented with guidance on the scope of the step, performance outcomes and recommended outputs.
Guiding principles, recommended actions and resources are provided to support undertaking each 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
The program is making 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.