Barriers to Effective Climate Change Adaptation

Inquiry report

This inquiry report was released on 14 March 2013.

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Contents

  • Preliminaries
    • Cover, Copyright, Letter, Terms of reference, Contents and Abbreviations
  • Overview - including key points
  • Recommendations
  • Chapter 1 Introduction
    • 1.1 The scope of the inquiry
    • 1.2 The Commission’s approach to identifying reforms
    • 1.3 Conduct of the inquiry
  • Chapter 2 The challenges of climate change
    • 2.1 Australia’s variable and changing climate
    • 2.2 Projected climate change for Australia
    • 2.3 The impacts of climate change
    • 2.4 Climate change uncertainty
  • Chapter 3 Adapting to a changing climate
    • 3.1 Adapting to climate change
    • 3.2 Managing climate risks
    • 3.3 Measuring and evaluating adaptation activity
    • 3.4 Building adaptive capacity
    • 3.5 Assigning roles and responsibilities for adaptation
  • Chapter 4 Defining barriers to effective adaptation
    • 4.1 What is a barrier to effective adaptation?
    • 4.2 A classification of barriers to effective adaptation
    • 4.3 How should we respond to barriers?
  • Chapter 5 Assessing reform options and identifying priority reforms
    • 5.1 Assessing reform options to increase wellbeing
    • 5.2 Assessing reform options under uncertainty
    • 5.3 Identifying priority reforms
  • Chapter 6 'No regrets' policies
    • 6.1 Economic reform and adaptation
    • 6.2 Taxation
    • 6.3 Government transfers
    • 6.4 Regulation
  • Chapter 7 Information provision
    • 7.1 Information for adaptation
    • 7.2 Barriers to information provision
    • 7.3 Barriers to information use
  • Chapter 8 Local government
    • 8.1 Adaptation at the local government level
    • 8.2 Roles and responsibilities for adaptation
    • 8.3 Inadequate local government capacity
    • 8.4 Legal liability as a barrier to adaptation
  • Chapter 9 Land-use planning
    • 9.1 Planning regulation incorporates climate change risks to varying extents
    • 9.2 Incorporating climate change adaptation in land-use planning
  • Chapter 10 Building regulation
    • 10.1 Building regulation in Australia
    • 10.2 Climate change and building regulation
    • 10.3 Potential barriers to considering climate change in building regulation
    • 10.4 Interactions between land‑use planning and building regulation
  • Chapter 11 Existing settlements
    • 11.1 Protect, accommodate or retreat
    • 11.2 Cross-cutting issues
    • 11.3 An independent public inquiry into managing climate change risks to existing settlements
  • Chapter 12 Provision and regulation of infrastructure
    • 12.1 How is infrastructure provided?
    • 12.2 Potential barriers to climate change adaptation
    • 12.3 Can investment and regulatory practices be improved?
  • Chapter 13 Emergency management
    • 13.1 Current arrangements
    • 13.2 Inadequate governance and institutional arrangements
    • 13.3 Recent reforms
    • 13.4 Disaster mitigation
    • 13.5 Disaster recovery: the Natural Disaster Relief and Recovery Arrangements
    • 13.6 Getting the balance right
  • Chapter 14 Environmental management
    • 14.1 Climate change and the environment
    • 14.2 Barriers to effective adaptation
    • 14.3 Supporting adaptive capacity
  • Chapter 15 The health system
    • 15.1 Effective adaptation in the health system
  • Chapter 16 The role of insurance
    • 16.1 Insurance in a changing climate
    • 16.2 Factors affecting insurance costs and provision
    • 16.3 Reforms to insurance regulations
  • Chapter 17 Reform priorities
    • 17.1 Two groups of reforms
    • 17.2 Who should implement adaptation reforms?
    • 17.3 Reform options that should not be pursued
  • Appendix A Public consultation
  • References

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