Climate change and a slow, poorly managed transition to zero emissions is a major threat to achieving our vision to end poverty and inequality, and is already disproportionately impacting people experiencing disadvantage. The federal Government is currently not doing enough.

Stronger advocacy is needed to influence the federal government to set more ambitious emissions reduction targets and develop a just and equitable plan that rapidly reduces emissions and contributes to reducing poverty and inequality. 

The community sector can play an important role in creating the change we need to help drive better outcomes for the communities we work with. 

ACOSS is therefore running this survey to better understand how the community sector currently engages with climate change,  the appetite to engage in greater advocacy on climate change and what additional supports would be needed to assist further engagement. 

ACOSS will use the results to inform how we can better support the community sector and come together to demand a faster, fairer and more equitable response to the climate crisis. 

This will complement ACOSS' and the sector's work to support communities, build more resilience and better recover from natural disasters which are being made worse by climate change. 

The survey will take approximately 10-15 minutes.

Results are subject to ACOSS' privacy policy: 

https://www.acoss.org.au/privacy/

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* 1. What service sector does your organisation work in?

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* 2. Do you agree with the following statements?

  Strongly Agree Agree Neutral Disagree Strongly Disagree
Our organisation is concerned about the impacts of climate change on the people and communities we work with
Our organisation has a shared understanding of how climate change impacts on the people and communities we work with
Our organization would like to improve its knowledge of how climate change impacts the people and communities we work with
Our organisation would like to have greater capacity for climate change policy advocacy

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* 3. How frequently do the communities you work with experience each of the following?

  Very Often Often Sometimes Rarely Never
Heat stress
Bushfires
Floods
Drought
Cyclones
Storms
Sea level rise/storm surge
Asthma storm
Water scarcity
Air pollution

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* 4. How frequently have the communities you work with experienced each of the following as a result of climate change-related events?

  Very Often Often Sometimes Rarely Never
Loss of income
Loss of secure housing
Damage to home
Disruption to energy supply
Impact on physical health
Impact on mental health
Exacerbation of family and other forms of violence

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* 5. How much of a barrier has each of the following factors posed to your organisation's capacity to engage in climate change policy advocacy?

  Very Significant Somewhat Significant Neutral Somewhat Insignificant Not Significant
Lack of a dedicated climate change advocacy strategy
Lack of understanding about how climate change affects the communities we work with
Lack of resources
Uncertainty about how climate change policy advocacy fits with our organisational priorities
Lack of time
Concern about funding impacts

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* 6. How important is each of the following policies for the communities you work with?

  Very Important Important Neutral Unimportant Very Unimportant
Setting a Federal emissions reduction target in line with limiting global warming to 1.5C 
A rapid and fair transition to clean energy and net zero emissions economy wide
Improving the energy efficiency of low-income homes
Improving energy affordability for people experiencing disadvantage
Ensuring vulnerable communities participate and have a say in the clean energy transition
Stimulating the labour market through investment in clean energy, disaster resilience and land care
Empowering communities to build resilience to natural disasters
Ensuring Indigenous communities have sovereignty to care for and protect their land in the face of natural disasters and climate change

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* 7. How engaged has your organisation been in advocacy surrounding each of the following policy areas?

  Very Engaged Fairly Engaged Engaged Planning to Engage Not Engaged
Setting a Federal emissions reduction target in line with limiting global warming to 1.5C 
A rapid and fair transition to clean energy and net zero emissions economy wide
Improving the energy efficiency of low-income homes
Improving energy affordability for people experiencing disadvantage
Ensuring vulnerable communities participate and have a say in the clean energy transition
Stimulating the labour market through investment in clean energy, disaster resilience and land care
Empowering communities to build resilience to natural disasters
Ensuring Indigenous communities have sovereignty to care for and protect their land in the face of natural disasters and climate change

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* 8. How likely would your organisation be to advocate in relation to each of the following policy areas, if given more training and support?

  Very Likely Likely Neutral Unlikely Very Unlikely
Setting a Federal emissions reduction target in line with limiting global warming to 1.5C 
A rapid and fair transition to clean energy and net zero emissions economy wide
Improving the energy efficiency of low-income homes
Improving energy affordability for people experiencing disadvantage
Ensuring vulnerable communities participate and have a say in the clean energy transition
Stimulating the labour market through investment in clean energy, disaster resilience and land care
Empowering communities to build resilience to natural disasters
Ensuring Indigenous communities have sovereignty to care for and protect their land in the face of natural disasters and climate change

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* 9. If you answered Unlikely or Very Unlikely for any policy areas, why is this?

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* 10. Where you organisation has engaged in climate change advocacy, what form(s) did this engagement take?

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* 11. How likely would your organisation be to use each of the following forms of climate change policy action, if given more training and support?

  Very Likely Likely Neutral Unlikely Very Unlikely
Policy submissions to government
Consultation with government bodies
Engagement with the communities you work with regarding climate change impacts
Social media posts
Attending or showing support for demonstrations
Internal decarbonisation measures
Media engagement
Supporting other organisations' advocacy
Letter writing
Lobbying decision-makers
Research and policy analysis

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* 12. If you answered Somewhat Likely or Unlikely for any policy actions, why is this?

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* 13. How useful would each of the following be for your organisation?

  Very Useful Somewhat Useful Neutral Somewhat Not Useful Not Useful
Developing a greater understanding of how climate change impacts the communities we serve
Developing a greater understanding of what action needs to be taken in relation to climate change to improve the livelihoods of the communities we serve
Being supported to link with other organisations and campaigns pursuing climate action
Having access to resources on developing climate change messaging
Having access to resources on engaging in climate change policy advocacy
Being supported to help the communities we serve become more engaged in decision-making about climate change policy
Being supported to implement internal decarbonisation measures
Hearing from others in the community sector who have engaged in climate change action

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* 14. What supports does your organisation most need to engage in climate change policy advocacy?

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* 15. Over the next 12 months ACOSS will be engaging with the Community sector to improve the sector's knowledge and skills to support a united voice to advocate to the Federal Government for more ambitious climate action in the lead up to the United Nations Climate Change Conference in November and the federal election.

Would you organisation be interested in participating?

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* 16. Would you like to join ACOSS' Climate and Energy Policy Network, which engages in discussion on climate and energy issues in the community sector?

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* 17. Would your organisation be interested in sharing your experiences in climate change advocacy and/or internal decarbonisation with others in the community sector?

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* 18. Who is the best contact person in your organisation for issues relating to climate change advocacy?

Thank you for taking the time to complete this survey. The results will help us support the community sector and come together to demand a faster, fairer and more equitable response to the climate crisis. 
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