Mandatory Climate Reporting (MCR) Services

Australian Government’s mandatory climate-related financial disclosures

New reporting obligations

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In June 2023, the Australian Government announced that by June 2024 new climate risk mitigation measures through mandatory climate-related financial disclosures will come into effect. It is critical for organisations to understand their own disclosure obligations and to get prepared.

These disclosures are designed to mitigate climate risk, and with decarbonising markets, present new opportunities for the business community.

We provide Mandatory Climate Reporting (MCR) Services to help you plan and meet MCR timelines. Please read on.

Changes in 2023/24 to climate-related reporting: globally and in Australia

At COP28 in UAE (November-December 2023) the Financial Stability Board (FSB) and the  International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS) announced that the Task Force on Climate-related Financial Disclosures (TCFD) had fulfilled its remit and disbanded. The responsibility for climate-related financial reporting now sits with the International Sustainability Standards Board (ISSB). Globally, the IFRS Foundation monitors the progress of climate-related disclosures.

And now Australia has brought in its own mandatory climate reporting system (MCR). And while TCFD had 11 disclosures, MCR will have more than 100, bringing with it a material uplift in climate-related practices and levels of assurance.

Key points for Australian organisations:

  1. Rollout:
    Initially MCR includes three groups:
    Group 1 from FY 24/25: >500 employees, >$1bn assets, >$500m revenue.
    Group 2 from FY 26/27: >250 employees, >$500m assets, >$200m revenue.
    Group 3 from FY 27/28: >100 employees, >$25m assets, >$50m revenue.
  2. Applicability:
    MCR laws will apply to most public companies and will likely include larger NFPs, and private and government entities (TBC by June 2024). Group 3 applicability will be subject to a materiality assessment. For more information, see the Treasury’s Policy Position Statement option 1b.
  3. Liability:
    Treasury is limiting Directors’ liability for the first three years of implementation.

Implementation: disclosures and assurance rollout

MCR obligations increase over a four-year period. The disclosures will address key areas of ongoing process and capability uplift, each with progressively increasing levels of scrutiny.

Pangolin Associates MCR Services: climate disclosures and assurance rollout

Your obligations: how we can help

MCR is based on the four pillars of Governance, Strategy, Risk Management, and Targets and Metrics. Groups 2 and 3 may become involved early due to factors such as Group 1 value chain commitments, or consumer expectations for greater transparency. We advise our clients with reporting responsibilities to begin preparations as early as possible and to build up capability over three stages.

Diagram - MCR elements of recommended climate-related financial disclosures

  1. Assessment: timing, scope, disclosure gap analysis, and planning.
  2. Uplift: governance and risk processes, strategy, and metrics and targets.
  3. Reporting: articulation of all disclosures, review and audit, and publishing.

Chart - Pangolin Associates: MCR Services three-stage implementation


Contact us today about taking the first steps for your organisation. Talk to one of our climate specialists about an MCR consultation, presentation, or workshop. We take you through the processes, what to expect, and importantly, what questions you need to ask from your board, executives, and climate leaders.