Policy status:In Force
Date Effective:2015
Policy Type:Policy Support>Strategic planning
Policy Target:Resilience / Adaptation
Agency:Department of the Environment and Energy

Australia’s post-2020 emission reduction target and associated strategies, including its Nationally Determined Contribution (NDC) to the Paris Agreement included a commitment to develop a National Climate Resilience and Adaptation Strategy.

The National Climate Resilience and Adaptation Strategy sets out how Australia is managing climate risks for the benefit of the community, economy and environment. It identifies a set of principles to guide effective adaptation practice and resilience building, and outlines the Government’s vision for the future. The Strategy offers examples of leading practice adaptation activities underway in Australia and in the Pacific. The examples draw from the work of governments at all levels, businesses and non-government organisations. It shows how choices being made today help to limit our future vulnerability to climate change.

The National Climate Resilience and Adaptation Strategy builds on the 2007 National Climate Change Adaptation Framework. The Strategy looks at a wide range of adaptation and resilience initiatives across key sectors:

  • Coasts
  • Cities and the built environment
  • Agriculture, forestry and fisheries
  • Water resources
  • Natural ecosystems
  • Health and wellbeing
  • Disaster risk management
  • A resilient and secure region


The Strategy proposes four priorities that will guide engagement with business and the community to ensure that the Framework continues to meet our needs in the future:

  1. Understand & communicate: Improving our understanding and communication of the risks from a changing climate, the most effective options to manage them, and the optimal timing for our actions.

  2. Plan & act: Assessing risks and options, planning and implementing responses to risks from climate variability and climate change

  3. Check & reassess: Evaluating progress towards building resilience and adaptation to climate change, including progress under the National Climate Change Adaptation Framework; Reviewing our plans, actions and outcomes regularly.

  4. Collaborate & learn: Working together to identify and remove barriers to action, identify emerging risks and interdependencies, and share learning and successes.
Related policies:Nationally Determined Contribution (NDC) to the Paris Agreement: Australia , National Climate Change Adaptation Framework

Last modified: Fri, 05 May 2017 18:11:40 CEST