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What must I do?

Across the globe, Governments are responding to the call to reduce our collective carbon footprint through regulation. The Federal Government’s ‘Green Paper’ (known to most as the Garnaut Report), for example, is just one of a raft of international responses to the threat of human-induced climate change.

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“Treat [sustainability] as a necessity rather than a possibility”. (read more)

Jo Ladd, Tall Ship Adventures


While it is up to each individual business to consider their own approach to sustainability, businesses should be aware of their obligations in relation to the following:


  • Carbon Reporting - The National Greenhouse and Energy Reporting Act 2007 establishes a mandatory reporting system for corporate greenhouse gas emissions and energy production and consumption. The threshold is for companies who generate 50kt CO2-e or any individual property that produces 25kt CO2-e or more a year of direct emissions. Within the tourism industry, reporting will most likely be limited to airports, large resorts and property chains, conference centres, and cruise ships. Penalties of up to $220,000 apply for failure to comply, so better to be safe then sorry and measure your carbon footprint. Our Carbon Calculator will help you understand you carbon footprint.


  • What Carbon pricing is all about - Carbon pricing came into effect on 1 July 2012. This fact sheet outlines what this means for the tourism industry, what support is available and what you can do to reduce the impact of carbon pricing on your business.
  • QTIC Carbon Price Information Fact Sheet - The following Carbon Price Information Fact Sheet from QTIC dispels five common myths about the impact of the carbon pricing.
  • National Tourism Accreditation Framework (NTAF) – The NTAF is an accreditation and promotional framework that recognises accreditation, rating and certification programs for the tourism industry. If you are already a part of a certification program, you should ensure it is recognised under NTAF so that you can participate in Tourism Australia’s future marketing programs. For more information on benchmarking and certification schemes take a look at our Factsheet.
  • Risk Management – Every business must adopt a proactive approach to identifying possible risks, weighing up the costs and benefits of different actions and developing a range of adaptation and responses. Tourism Queensland’s Weatherproof Your Business Work Book and workshop program will assist you to be prepared for weather related crises.

Useful Resources:
  • Weatherproof Your Business Work Book
  • National Tourism Accreditation Framework

  • Related Factsheets:

  • Regulatory Requirements
  • Comparing Benchmarking and Certification Programs





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