The Climate Change Authority is an independent statutory agency, which provides expert advice to the Government on climate change policy. When the National Wind Farm Commissioner was established in 2015, the government advised that it would review the role in 2018. The Minister for the Environment and Energy, the Hon Josh Frydenberg MP, asked the Authority to conduct the review of the role of the National Wind Farm Commissioner, in response to that undertaking.
The National Wind Farm Commissioner is a non-statutory office holder and was appointed by the Australian government in response to community concerns about wind farms. The Commissioner’s key roles are to resolve complaints from communities about proposed and operational wind farms and develop best practice approaches for wind farm development and planning. Participation in the Commissioner’s process is voluntary and the Commissioner does not have any powers to enforce suggestions for resolving complaints or to make binding decisions. As such, the Commissioner seeks to build effective relationships and tries to achieve mutually beneficial outcomes for individuals, firms and communities affected by the development or operation of wind farms.
In undertaking this review, the Authority sought the views of community members, industry and government representatives through submissions and meetings.