Local Adaptation Pathways Program

The Australian Government is assisting local governments to prepare their communities for climate change.

Early planning to identify and prepare for the risks from climate change will help protect the well-being of our communities, local economy and built and natural environments.

Supporting local governments

The Australian Government is helping local governments to identify their risks from climate change and develop responses.

Through the Local Adaptation Pathways Program, the Australian Government is providing funding to help councils undertake climate change risk assessments and develop action plans to prepare for the likely local impacts of climate change.

Successful applicants

Local Adaptation Pathways Program Round 1

Applicant State Project Description Govt Funding (excl. GST)
Mansfield Shire Council VIC Climate Change Risk Assessment and Adaptation Planning in Mansfield Shire $50,000
Cairns Regional Council QLD Positive Change - FNQ Climate Risks and Opportunities $50,000
Shire of Murchison WA Local Community responses to the impacts of climate change $50,000
Gold Coast City Council QLD Gold Coast City Climate Change Strategy development - Council Adaptation $50,000
Randwick City Council NSW Climate Change Adaptation Assessment of Randwick City Council Region $50,000
Eastern Metropolitan Regional Council in partnership with the Town of Bassendean, City of Bayswater, City of Belmont, Shire of Kalamunda, Shire of Mundaring and City of Swan WA Future Proofing Perth's Eastern Region - Adapting to Climate Change $50,000
City of Marion SA City of Marion Climate Change Adaptation Project $50,000
Cradle Coast Authority TAS Cradle Coast Regional Climate Change Risk Assessment and Action Plan $50,000
Shire of Wongan-Ballidu WA Climate change risk assessment and adaptation action planning in the Western Australian Wheatbelt $50,000
City of Boroondara VIC Identifying the risks and develop an action plan to manage the impacts of climate change on the City of Boroondara's residents, parklands and infrastructure assets $50,000
City of Burnside SA Accelerating Adaptation Action in the City of Burnside $47,950
Rockdale City Council NSW Climate Adaptation at Rockdale City Council $24,380
Western Sub-Regional Organisation of Councils (sponsored by Ipswich City Council) QLD Adapting to Climate Change: A Community and Council Response $50,000
Byron Shire Council & Tweed Shire Council NSW Assessing Climate Change Risks and Adaptation Strategy Development in the NSW Northern Rivers Region - Byron and Tweed Shire Councils $50,000
Sunshine Regional Council QLD Sunshine Regional Council Climate Change Risk Assessment and Action Plan $50,000
Manly Council NSW Climate Change Impact Risk Management and Adaptation Action $48,997
Townsville City Council QLD Risk Identification and Prioritisation for Climate Change Adaptation in Townsville City Council's Operation Activities (Planning, Engineering, Community) $50,000
Wollongong City Council NSW Illawarra Climate Change Risk Planning – Wollongong component $50,000
City of Onkaparinga SA Corporate Adaptation Project - Understanding Climate Change Risks and Managing uncertainty $50,000
Southern Metropolitan Regional Council involving cities of Canning, Cockburn, Fremantle, Rockingham and Towns ofEast Fremantle and Kwinana WA Climate Change Risk Management and Adaptation Action Plan for the Southern Metropolitan Councils $49,682
Shellharbour City Council NSW Illawarra Climate Change Risk Planning – Shellharbour component $50,000
Kiama Municipal Council NSW Illawarra Climate Change Risk Planning – Kiama component $50,000
Melbourne City Council VIC Climate Adaptation Plan $20,000
Campaspe Shire Council (on behalf of partnership with Shire of Moira) VIC Preparing for Climate Change in the Shires of Campaspe and Moira $50,000
Blue Mountains City Council NSW Blue Mountains Climate Change Risk Assessment $30,000
Scenic Rim Regional Council and Logan City Council QLD Logan-Scenic Rim Climate Adaptation project $50,000
Redland City Council QLD Risk Management Process and Climate Adaptation Plan $50,000
Port Stephens Council NSW Planning within a climate for change in Port Stephens $50,000
Borough of Queenscliffe VIC Preparing for Climate Change in the Borough of Queenscliffe $30,000
Shire of Broome WA Integration of climate change into Shire of Broome's Risk Management Strategy $50,000
Launceston City Council TAS Creating a Pathway to a Sustainable Future - Risk Management for Climate Change $50,000
New England Strategic Alliance NSW New England Climate Change Risk Assessment and Adaptation Action Plan $50,000
City of Mandurah WA Coastal Zone climate change risk assessment and adaptation action plan $50,000

Local Adaptation Pathways Program Round 2

Applicant State Funding

East Arnhem Shire Council, West Arnhem Shire Council, and Tiwi Islands Shire Council
Key issues: Indigenous communities are highly vulnerable to climate change impacts due to relationship with natural resources and existing social-economic situation
Deliverables: Risk assessment, community awareness program, adaptation action plan



Towong Shire Council, Alpine Shire Council and the North East Greenhouse Alliance
Key issues: Alpine region will have shorter, drier winters, reduced snow coverage and winter alpine tourism, increased risk of bush fires and invasion of weeds and other pests
Deliverables: Build resilience to climate change in the community, risk management plans and develop adaptive actions



Belyuen Shire Council, Wagait Shire Council, Coomalie Shire Council
Key issues: Increased vulnerabilities of communities in the top end due to isolation and social-economic circumstances, increased cyclone threats and storm surge
Deliverables: Assessment of community level risks, community awareness program and develop an action plan for climate change adaptation with particular attention on emergency management



Mid-West Regional Organisation of Councils
(Shire of Carnamah, Shire of Coorow, Shire of Mingenew, Shire of Morawa, Shire of Mullewa, Shire of Three Springs, and Shire of Perenjori)
Key issues: Threats from sea level rise as large communities are situated on the coast, increased threat from droughts
Deliverables: Development of a regionally specific climate change adaptation plan



Batavia Regional Organisation of Councils
(City of Geraldton-Greenough, Shire of Chapman Valley, Shire of Northampton, Shire of Irwin)
Key issues: Increased threat from sea level rise to coast communities, increased droughts
Deliverables: Development of a regionally specific climate change adaptation plan



Nambucca Shire Council, Bellingen Shire Council, and Kempsey Shire Council
Key issues: Threats from storm events, threats flooding and sea level rise
Deliverables: Adaptation plan that discusses climate change impacts on the local economy and Council services and assets



Hunter Councils Inc (Rural & Regional)
(Gloucester Shire Council, Upper Hunter Shire Council, Muswellbrook Shire Council, Singleton Shire Council, Dungog Shire Council, Cessnock City Council, Greater Taree City Council, Maitland City Council)
Key issues: Increased threats from rising sea levels, increased intensity and frequency of storm events and flooding, reduced potable water supplies, increased bushfires, need of increased emergency response
Deliverables: Improve the consistency between councils in responding to climate change and engage external stakeholders