Frequently asked questions about the Climate Council.

What is the Climate Council?

The Climate Council is Australia’s leading climate change communications organisation. We provide authoritative, expert advice to the public on climate change, energy solutions and international action, based on the most up-to-date science available.

We’re made up of some of the country’s leading climate scientists, energy, health and policy experts, as well as a dedicated team of staff, and a huge community of volunteers and supporters who support our work.  As an independent voice on climate change, we get climate stories into the media, produce hard-hitting reports, call out misinformation as we see it and support Australia’s shift to a prosperous, renewably powered economy.

The Climate Council was founded in 2013 by tens of thousands of supporters, in Australia’s largest ever crowd-funding campaign, to create a new, independent and 100% community-funded organisation in response to the abolition of the Australian Climate Commission.  We provide actionable scientific information to many groups, ranging from emergency services, to farmers, schools and universities and politicians. To date, the Climate Council has produced over 80 peer-reviewed reports, briefing papers and fact sheets on extreme weather, climate solutions and international action.  Our work continues to be powered by our community whose generous support underpins our success.


Who are the Climate Councillors?

The Climate Council is headed up by former Australian of the Year, Professor Tim Flannery. Our Climate Councillors are some of Australia’s leading climate scientists, energy, health and policy experts. Read more about our team and councillors here.


Where does your funding come from?

In 2013, thousands of Australians chipped in to become Founding Friends of the Climate Council, together raising more that $1 million. As far as we know, it is the biggest crowd-funding campaign in Australia’s history.  We are completely independent and rely on donations from the public and philanthropy. Can you become a part of the community that powers our critical work?


How do I join?

Join our email list for the latest updates and information on climate change and renewables. 


How do I make a donation?

To donate, please click here. You can donate via Credit Card, PayPal, Cheque or Direct Debit.


What does my donation go towards?

The Climate Council is a not-for-profit that relies on donations from the public.  Your contributions fund a small team of staff and volunteers who power our work, including expert researchers and communicators who are shifting the national debate on climate change, and pushing for a transition to a clean, renewable powered future.


Is my donation tax deductible?

Yes. The Climate Council was endorsed as a Deductible Gift Recipient from 17th August 2015. Donations made as gifts over $2 to the Climate Council of Australia Fund after this date are tax deductible in Australia.


I already contribute a regular donation. How do I update my information?


Are there other ways I can get involved?

Yes, absolutely! Check out our Get Involved page for more info!


Are the Councillors volunteers or do they get paid for their time?

When the Climate Council was first set up, all Councillors committed to volunteer their time for six months, to ensure we could continue to produce authoritative, independent information about climate change following the abolition of the Climate Commission.

After the first six months, our Board decided that Councillors would receive remuneration for time spent on Council activities. This ensures we can continue to draw on the knowledge and experience of world-class experts to provide Australians with the best possible information on climate change.


You haven’t got back to my query yet, why?

I’m sorry if we haven’t gotten back to you yet! We receive a really high volume of questions and suggestions. Please be patient with us and we will get back to you as soon as we can.


Can I volunteer for the Council?

As a small organisation, the Council currently only has capacity to manage a very small number of volunteers. If you are interested, please fill in this form.