Charity details

8 Short St
Surry Hills NSW 2010
Address For Service email
Charity Size
Who the charity helps
General community in Australia
Date established
Last reported
4 October 2020
Next report due
31 December 2021
Financial Year End

Summary of activities

Since launching a brand new mission to be a courageous catalyst propelling Australia towards bold, effective action to tackle the climate crisis, the Climate Council has focused on driving forward action on Climate Change by communicating facts and science of impacts and solutions to Climate Change. In the past year, our team has led a series of major strategic interventions. Emergency Leaders for Climate Action (ELCA), in particular, had a prolific impact on the national conversation during the Black Summer bushfire crisis. Through a sophisticated media strategy, we were able to harness the authority and credibility of former emergency and fire chiefs to communicate the key message that bushfires are being influenced by climate change. This was picked up and shown by commercial broadcast news, every major newspaper in fire-affected states and territories, and across a wide range of radio shows. According to research conducted in the aftermath of the bushfires, 49% of Black Summer articles discussed climate change, compared with only 5% of reporting of the Black Saturday fires in 2009 (Monash Climate Change Communication Research Hub, 2020). This clearly highlights the shift in the national conversation to recognise the influence of climate change on extreme weather, making these discussions mainstream, thanks to the tireless work of ELCA and others. Significantly, journalists are now clearly and easily making these links by themselves, without background briefings or prompting, demonstrating that these ideas have been well socialised and accepted. Consequently, this has significantly broadened the base of people who are keeping our leaders to account in asking the hard questions when it comes to the impacts of climate change and the actions they are taking to mitigate this. By producing reports and factsheets, and offering briefings to allies in the climate space, we help upskill their knowledge and ensure they have the facts on hand when they speak to their communities and meet with political representatives. Our media advisors are on call every day, training new voices to confidently tell their story, pitching climate stories to media outlets from The Australian to The Project, and pulling together media conferences to get as much widespread attention on an issue as possible. In the past year alone we have trained a range of diverse Australians to speak about climate change in the media. Two standouts include training fossil fuel industry workers to speak about the opportunities for renewables and equipping farmers in regional NSW to talk about the devastating changes they have seen as a result of prolonged drought. Our Climate Councillors and senior researchers continue to be in high demand to provide expert evidence to parliamentary inquiries. These are an important way to influence and strengthen policy decisions, making sure that the best science available is included. See our annual report - info on submissions and reports.

Charity programs

Program name Classification
Cities Power Partnership Climate change
Emergency Leaders for Climate Action Climate change
Climate Media Centre Climate change

Financials & Documents

Annual reporting

Title Due Date Date received Download
Financial Report 2021 31 December 2021 Pending
Annual Information Statement 2021 31 December 2021 Not yet submitted
Financial Report 2020 31 January 2021 4 October 2020
Annual Information Statement 2020 31 January 2021 4 October 2020
Financial Report 2019 31 January 2020 28 January 2020
Annual Information Statement 2019 31 January 2020 28 January 2020
Financial Report 2018 31 March 2019 31 January 2019
Annual Information Statement 2018 31 March 2019 31 January 2019
Financial Report 2017 31 January 2018 31 January 2018
Annual Information Statement 2017 31 January 2018 31 January 2018
Financial Report 2016 31 January 2017 9 January 2017
Annual Information Statement 2016 31 January 2017 9 January 2017
Financial Report 2015 31 January 2016 19 January 2016
Annual Information Statement 2015 31 January 2016 19 January 2016
Financial Report 2014 31 January 2015 30 January 2015
Annual Information Statement 2014 31 January 2015 30 January 2015
Financial Report 2013 No due date Not required
Annual Information Statement 2013 No due date Not required


Title Date Reporting Year Download
Annual Report 28 January 2020 2019 Download
Annual Report 31 January 2019 2018 Download
Governing Document 4 December 2018 Download


The charity's subtype history

Purpose Start Date End Date
Advancing education 1 January 2014
Advancing the natural environment 1 January 2014
2012 Advancement of education 20 September 2013 31 December 2013
2012 Another purpose beneficial to the community 20 September 2013 31 December 2013

Registration status history

Effective Date Status
20 September 2013 Registered

Enforcement action history

There have been no enforcements for this charity.