Global efforts to decarbonise present opportunities for regional communities to be active players in achieving and sharing the benefits of the net zero economy. These principles reflect the National Cabinet's intent to capture the benefits of the energy transition, with a focus on supporting regional pathways for economic transformation associated with decarbonisation for those communities that have helped grow Australia's prosperity. They also guide how the Commonwealth and state and territory governments will work together and with local government, regional communities and industries.
- Genuine partnerships: Commonwealth and state and territory governments foster collaborative and meaningful partnership with and between regional communities, First Nations peoples, local governments, industry and private sector, unions, researchers, and civil society groups. Actions by governments are tailored to the unique context of each regional community, and consider the diversity of views in those communities. Governments work in partnership with these communities to help create and implement place-based plans for their communities' future.
- Leadership and transparency: Commonwealth and state and territory governments play a critical role in supporting economic, social and environmental outcomes in regional communities. Engagement between governments and communities is frank, open and ongoing. Governments listen, include communities in the development of outcomes, and are transparent about the challenges, opportunities and timeframes for action within each community.
- Coordinated and collaborative: All levels of governments play complementary roles, aligning with existing local plans for transformation while bringing each governments' perspectives to planning. Actions are holistic, coordinated and proportionate to impacts. Siloes within and across the levels of government are overcome to ensure timely and joined up outcomes. Governments proactively respond to emerging needs and opportunities.
- Maximise opportunities: Working in partnership with local communities, actions by governments are evidence based and align with a region's strengths to work towards a sustainable future. Governments encourage innovation, support emerging industry needs, support outcomes for First Nations people, and help attract investment for long-term success. Governments ensure local communities have access to services, like training and employment pathways, to support their future. Governments actively consider how to support those most vulnerable to the impacts of decarbonisation and have regard for the needs of future generations.
- Build local capability and share knowledge: Governments support a place-based approach that builds local capacity and capability. Governments recognise community knowledge and leadership, and ensure local communities have access to accurate and relevant information, so local leaders and decision makers can identify opportunities early, respond strategically and sustainably support their communities into the future.