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Barriers to effective climate change adaptation

Public inquiry

This inquiry has concluded. The final report was sent to Government on 20 September 2012 and released on 14 March 2013.

The Productivity Commission invited interested parties to register their interest in an inquiry into regulatory and policy barriers to effective climate change adaptation.

In undertaking the inquiry, the Commission identified specific barriers that inhibit effective adaptation to unavoidable climate change, and high priority options for addressing those barriers.

The Commission was to:

  • examine the costs and benefits of the options to address those barriers where it is feasible to do so, including a 'no change' (maintaining the status quo) option
  • assess the role of markets (including insurance markets) and non-market mechanisms in facilitating adaptation, and the appropriateness of government intervention.

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Government response

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Media release: Climate change adaptation inquiry

Please note: The draft report is for research purposes only. For final outcomes of this inquiry refer to the inquiry report.

Draft report (PDF - 1540 Kb)