About the review

The Garnaut Climate Change Review—led by Professor Ross Garnaut—was first commissioned by Australia's Commonwealth, State and Territory Governments in 2007, to conduct an independent study of the impacts of climate change on the Australian economy. The Review's Final Report was released on 30 September 2008. The Report recommended policy frameworks to improve the prospects for sustainable prosperity.

In November 2010, Professor Ross Garnaut was commissioned by the Australian Government to provide an update to his 2008 Climate Change Review for the Australian community.

The Garnaut Climate Change Review—Update 2011 released a series of papers in early 2011 addressing developments across a range of subjects including climate change science and impacts, emissions trends, carbon pricing, technology, land and the electricity sector. A final report was presented to the Government on 31 May 2011.

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Professor Ross Garnaut

About Ross Garnaut

Ross Garnaut AO is Vice-Chancellor's Fellow and Professorial Fellow in Economics at the University of Melbourne. He is also Distinguished Professor of Economics at the Australian National University. Separately to his work on the Climate Change Review Update, he is an independent expert adviser to the Multi-Party Climate Change Committee.

Professor Garnaut has held senior roles in business, government and other Australian and international institutions. From 1985-88, Professor Garnaut was the Australian Ambassador to China, and he served as principal Economic Adviser to Prime Minister Bob Hawke from 1983-85. He is the author or editor (alone or jointly with others) of 37 books and numerous articles in scholarly journals and books on international economics, public finance, and economic development.