Assessing Australia’s Climate Risks

Dept of Climate Change, Energy, Environment & Water

The first pass risk assessment is a national report on how climate change puts what we value at risk, now and in the future.

The report identifies:

  • 56 nationally significant climate risks facing Australia across 7 of 8 systems of national importance
  • a subset of 11 priority risks for analysis in a second pass risk assessment to be undertaken this year.

Identifying these climate risks will help provide a shared understanding of the most important risks facing the nation from climate change. The first pass assessment of climate risks for the First Nations values and knowledges system is underway.

This has been delivered by the Department of Climate Change, Energy, the Environment and Water (DCCEEW) in partnership with the Australian Climate Service (ACS). The first pass assessment process included engagement with:

  • governments
  • academia
  • industry
  • non-government organisations
  • First Nations peoples from across the nation.

Adapting to climate risks

To be better prepared for and manage increasing risks arising from climate change, Australia needs to ‘mainstream’ adaptation action, drive private sector investment and support people and communities in disproportionately vulnerable situations.

The National Adaptation Plan will set the frameworks to drive this change, and respond to the findings of the first pass risk assessment.

Public consultation is now open. Have your say on the National Adaptation Plan issues paper that will inform the development of the Plan over 2024.

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