Planning for climate change will change how we run our businesses, government agencies and other organisations. The Australian Government is increasing its focus on adaptation- one of the three pillars of its comprehensive climate change strategy. The Council of Australian Governments (COAG) agreed to the National Climate Change Adaptation Framework in April 2007.
National Climate Change Adaptation Framework
The framework covers a range of cooperative actions between all Australian governments to begin to address key demands from business and the community for targeted information on climate change impacts and adaptation options.
The Australian Government has made climate change a high priority. It is responding to the needs of the community by supporting research, developing information and tools, and implementing programs for climate change science to feed into the decision-making processes for developing climate change policy.
The Government is leading efforts to help Australia better understand and prepare for the risks these changes present for our environment, industries, people and infrastructure.
The National Climate Change Adaptation Framework sets the agenda for the national approach to long-term adaptation to climate change. Australian Government initiatives contributing towards the implementation of the framework include:
- CSIRO Climate Adaptation National Research Flagship—investment of $44m over five years for CSIRO to develop scientific solutions to help Australia adapt to the impacts of climate change and to inform national planning, regulation and investment decisions.
- Climate Change Adaptation Research Facility—investment of $20m over 4 years to establish a Research Facility based at Griffith University in Queensland. The Facility brings together national expertise to help Australia, our industries and communities adjust to the impacts of climate change.
- Australia's Farming Future—provides $130m over four years to deliver three major components: the Climate Change and Productivity Research Program, the Climate Change Adaptation Partnerships Program, and the Climate Change Adjustment Program. Australia's Farming Future will improve the ability of primary producers to respond to climate change and manage their emissions.
- Caring for our Coasts—helping local communities protect the Australian coastline and prepare for the impact of climate change.
- National Coastal Vulnerability Assessment—to help better understand how climate change may impact our coastal communities.
- Forest Industries Climate Change Research Fund—$5 million to address major knowledge gaps about the impact of climate change on forestry and forest industries in Australia. The fund will assist the industry to better understand the implications of climate change and build industry capacity to adapt to predicted scenarios and capitalise on emerging mitigation opportunities.
- Local Adaptation Pathways Program—provided around $2m in funding to help local government build their capacity to respond to the likely impacts of climate change.
- Climate Change Adaptation Skills for Professionals Program—an investment of almost $2m to fund tertiary education, training institutions and professional associations to revise or develop professional development and accreditation programs for architects, planners, engineers and natural resource managers.
- Water for the Future—our largest investment in climate change adaptation provides $12.9 billion to invest in fixing the national water crisis. It aims to secure the water supply of all Australians, with four key priorities: taking action on climate change; securing water supplies; using water wisely; and supporting healthy rivers