1989, The Ozone Protection and Synthetic Greenhouse Gas Management Act 1989 was passed to control the manufacture, import and export of all ozone depleting substances (ODSs) and their synthetic greenhouse gas (SGG) replacements.
2000, The Renewable Energy (Electricity) Act was passed.
2003, State-based Greenhouse Gas Reduction Scheme commenced.
2006, State governments’ report supported a national approach to emissions trading.
2007, The Australian Government committed to national emissions trading
2007, the National Greenhouse and Energy Reporting Act 2007 was passed.
2008, The Garnaut Climate Change Review, Green Paper and White Paper on the Carbon Pollution Reduction Scheme (CPRS), and Multi-Party Climate Change Committee Agreement were published.
2009, The Australian Parliament failed to pass Carbon Pollution Reduction Scheme (CPRS) by twice
2010, Multi-Party Climate Change Committee of Parliamentarians was formed.
2011, The Australian National Registry of Emissions Units (ANREU) Act 2011 and the Australian National Registry of Emissions Units (ANREU) Regulations 2011 were legislated to provide the legislative support for the administration of ANREU and meet the requirement of the Kyoto Protocol.
2011, The Carbon Credits (Carbon Farming Initiative) 2011 (CFI Act) was passed by Parliament on 23 August 2011.
2011, The Clean Energy Future Package was developed on July 10, 2011 as a comprehensive plan for a clean energy future. It comprises four key elements: introducing a carbon pricing mechanism; promoting innovation and investment in renewable energy; encouraging energy efficiency; and improving land-sector productivity, sustainability, and resilience.
2011, The Australian Parliament legislated the Clean Energy Act 2011 on November 18, 2011 to establish a carbon pricing mechanism.
2011, The Clean Energy Regulator Act 2011 was passed and established a body to administer the carbon pricing mechanism, renewable energy policies and the Carbon Farming Initiative.
2012, The Climate Change Authority was established on July 1, 2012 to monitor and review the progress of the Clean Energy Future Package and provide periodic recommendations to Parliament.
2013, The Government introduced legislation to repeal carbon tax and commence the Direct Action Plan.
Sources: Department of the Environment; Australia: Why Emissions Trading?; Australia: Moving to a Clean Energy Economy