Adaptation Good Practice Project


To help practitioners learn from the experience of others the Adaptation Good Practice (AGP) project was designed to provide tangible, practical, real-life examples of adaptation processes or activities that could be used to leverage or model practices in other jurisdictions or organisations.

Sixteen exemplar case studies and nominated examples of AGP from across Australia have been produced to help guide future actions. They cover different levels of government, industry, approaches at a variety of spatial scales, and initiatives being taken at different phases of adaptation research, planning and implementation.

Critical Success Factors 
Risks and Impacts Addressed 
AdaptWater TM ’s database has been developed to address multiple risks, specifically these six...
Drivers for Adaptation Action 

Water Services Association of Australia (WSAA) members, led by Sydney Water, required a cutting...

Outcomes Achieved 
  • Input of spatial data sets for six hazards in five states to a

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Risks and Impacts Addressed 
Given the sub-tropical location of the site and its proximity to the coast, the key climate change...
Drivers for Adaptation Action 

In 2005, engineering design and Environmental Impact Assessment process started.

Outcomes Achieved 

Climate resilience factored into infrastructure design.

Critical Success Factors 
Risks and Impacts Addressed 
Impacts of sea level rise and storm response to existing coastal infrastructure and future...
Drivers for Adaptation Action 
  • The City has a strong history of awareness and action with respect to Climate Change

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Outcomes Achieved 

The LAPP project formed the basis for an ongoing climate change adaptation portfolio for the...

Critical Success Factors 
Risks and Impacts Addressed 
By 2030, Melbourne is likely to be significantly affected by warmer temperatures and heatwaves,...
Drivers for Adaptation Action 

Recognition that Climate Change presents key strategic risks for the City of Melbourne Council...

Outcomes Achieved 
  • Comprehensive assessment of critical risks and analysis of their potential impacts and
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Risks and Impacts Addressed 
Hazard definition as revealed by downscaled, (10 km) future climate trends. Risk and impact...
Drivers for Adaptation Action 

Realisation that key to success was integration of the climate models with the downstream...

Outcomes Achieved 

·         Climate maps, graphs, tables of trends in key climate parameters at a local scale...

Critical Success Factors 
Risks and Impacts Addressed 
Potential economic, social and environmental impacts arising from: · Sea level rise · Coastal...
Drivers for Adaptation Action 

Regional risk assessment processes across Councils clearly identified insufficient existing...

Outcomes Achieved 

A Handbook and supporting Workbook to guide decisions on managing existing coastal hazards and...

Critical Success Factors 
Risks and Impacts Addressed 
Impact of sea level rise, coastal inundation, storm events and riverine flooding to 2100.
Drivers for Adaptation Action 

Previous studies identified the region as highly susceptible to the potential impacts of...

Outcomes Achieved 

Phase 1 regional hazard assessment incorporated erosion into hazard modelling, identified...

Critical Success Factors 
Risks and Impacts Addressed 
Low, medium and high climate change projections for the 2030 planning horizon were developed using...
Drivers for Adaptation Action 

Over many years, Fortescue has undertaken significant and associated infrastructure expansion....

Outcomes Achieved 

·         Scenarios of key climate parameters at a regional scale

·         Critical...

Risks and Impacts Addressed 
Extreme weather events in Queensland.
Drivers for Adaptation Action 

In 2010, GCA was approached by a natural disaster resilience program officer from the QLD...

Outcomes Achieved 

Since launching in late 2011, the Harden Up – Protecting Queensland program has seen...

Critical Success Factors 
Risks and Impacts Addressed 
· Average annual temperatures will increase by up to 1.3 degrees in 2030 and 3.5 degrees in 2070 ·...
Drivers for Adaptation Action 

In 2006, following strong leadership from Chief Executive Officer (CEO) the Shire had its first...

Outcomes Achieved 

·         Tailored communication strategies and engagement activities that are socially...

Risks and Impacts Addressed 
Impacts from changes to median temperature and rainfall on road assets (hotmix/asphalt, spray...
Drivers for Adaptation Action 
  • The LGA SA MLS identification of climate change impacts and risks to Council
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Outcomes Achieved 

Final project report

Financial simulation model that quantitatively calculates the...

Risks and Impacts Addressed 
Climate change impacts in South Australia include: · More record hot days and heatwaves affecting...
Drivers for Adaptation Action 

Adaptation statewide built upon earlier mitigation action and was enhanced at the state...

Outcomes Achieved 

·         State-wide climate change resilience and adaptive capacity

·         Council...

Critical Success Factors 
Risks and Impacts Addressed 
Anticipated sea level rise and increased frequency and intensity of extreme weather events,...
Drivers for Adaptation Action 

In 2009, requests from SCCG Member Councils for a regional inundation assessment project that...

Outcomes Achieved 

Phase 1 Report - Modelling and Mapping of Coastal Inundation under Future Sea Level Rise...

Risks and Impacts Addressed 
Coastal erosion, sea level rise/coastal inundation Rising and increasingly saline watertable...
Drivers for Adaptation Action 

Ongoing history of response to impacts.

Big shift forward during 2006 - 2008 with...

Outcomes Achieved 

Detailed plans and staging for responding to short and longer term risk from present day...

Critical Success Factors 
Risks and Impacts Addressed 
Climate change impacts on the environment, society and economy of the GBR such as increases in...
Drivers for Adaptation Action 

A pre-cursor to the Action Plan was the 2007 foundation publication ‘Climate Change and the...

Outcomes Achieved 

The Great Barrier Reef Climate Change Action Plan 2007 - 2012 has supported deeper...

Critical Success Factors 
Risks and Impacts Addressed 
Coastal hazards likely to impact property and infrastructure in the Townsville local government...
Drivers for Adaptation Action 

The creation of State Planning Policy 3/11 requiring each affected Council to prepare a Coastal...

Outcomes Achieved 

A robust methodology, tools and processes to respond effectively to coastal hazards in...

Critical Success Factors 
Risks and Impact Assessed 

 Drought, severe storms, heat waves, floods and sea level rise

Drivers for Adaptation Action 
Groundbreaking asset level risk assessment of climate resilience for individual council assets...
Outcomes Achieved 

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Critical Success Factors 
Risks and Impact Assessed 

Mortality in conifer plantations and decreased productivity linked to extreme weather events...

Drivers for Adaptation Action 
WA Department of Conservation and Land Management (CALM) and the Forest Products Commission WA...
Outcomes Achieved 

Sustainable and profitable plantations.

Critical Success Factors 
Drivers for Adaptation Action 
Seeking to bring partners together who have not traditionally worked with each other
Outcomes Achieved 

Focus on regional scale adaptation planning is appropriate for the impacts & issues.

Critical Success Factors 
Drivers for Adaptation Action 
This proactive regional organisation of councils is undertaking a range of diverse and innovative...
Outcomes Achieved 

Port Phillip Bay Coastal Adaptation Decisions Pathways Project was initiated by the ABM in 2011...

Critical Success Factors 
Risks and Impact Assessed 

 

  • sea level rise;
  • storm events, flooding and inundation;
  • warmer seas
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Drivers for Adaptation Action 
Engage community in planning for the potential impacts of climate change. ...
Outcomes Achieved 

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Drivers for Adaptation Action 
ASBEC identified the need for developing a comprehensive framework for adaptation in the built...
Outcomes Achieved 

Outlines rationale for very necessary collaboration, coordination and good governance to...

Critical Success Factors 
Drivers for Adaptation Action 
Undetake a corporate risk assessment and develop a climate change policy
Risks and Impact Assessed 

Houses at risk of extreme weather events & sea level rise

Drivers for Adaptation Action 
The Insurance Council of australia and the Australian Resilience taskforce commissioned Edge...
Outcomes Achieved 

Edge Enviroment has designed and delivered a user friendly website for policyholders and the...

Critical Success Factors 
Phase of project 
Drivers for Adaptation Action 
Changes to rainfall regimes and river flows. Design ponds to slow storm water flow through the...
Outcomes Achieved 

The project has:

  • developed urban
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Critical Success Factors 
Drivers for Adaptation Action 
Demonstrate cooperation between environment, economic and social planning sectors (TBL)
Outcomes Achieved 

Adaptation planning process based on  good quality information about climate, demographics...

Critical Success Factors 
Drivers for Adaptation Action 
Demonstrate that adaptation can be done successfully in different ways. Consider adaptation as a...
Outcomes Achieved 

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Critical Success Factors 
Drivers for Adaptation Action 
Clear goals and objective: develop an adaptation toolkit.
Outcomes Achieved 

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Critical Success Factors 
Drivers for Adaptation Action 
Alliance is working collaboratively to identify vulnerability of Cockburn Sound and Owen Anchorage...
Outcomes Achieved 

Partnerships forged between Cities of Cockburn, Fremantle, Rockingham &  Kwinana,...

Critical Success Factors 
Risks and Impact Assessed 

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Drivers for Adaptation Action 
Develop forecast models and adaptation options.
Risks and Impact Assessed 

Changed rainfall patterns, drought, temperature increases

Drivers for Adaptation Action 
Ensure that there are viable, practical and profitable options for dairy farmers so that the...
Outcomes Achieved 

Improved resilience of farm business systems.

Shared knowledge and practice on adaptation...

Critical Success Factors 
Phase of project 
Drivers for Adaptation Action 
Explore and reflect the latest science on the nexus opf climate change and oil energy depletion
Outcomes Achieved 

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Risks and Impact Assessed 

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Drivers for Adaptation Action 
South East Councils Climate Change Alliance (SECCC) commissioned a Coastal Adaptation Pathways...
Outcomes Achieved 


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Drivers for Adaptation Action 
Increased climate variability and change resulting in shifting weather patterns. Build the...
Outcomes Achieved 

Increased capacity of famers to understand weather drivers and plan for the future.

Award...

Drivers for Adaptation Action 
Started early on adaptation, following an intensive in-house process for identifying risks...
Outcomes Achieved 

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Critical Success Factors 
Risks and Impact Assessed 

Coastal erosion & inundation

Drivers for Adaptation Action 
Planning for sea level rise
Critical Success Factors 
Risks and Impact Assessed 

Impacts on roles of perennials in adapting to climate change

Drivers for Adaptation Action 
Need to increase productivity and profitability of existing farm systems. Explore this research...
Outcomes Achieved 

Perennials provide a tool to adapt to climate change.

Critical Success Factors 
Drivers for Adaptation Action 
Shrewd strategy to engage conservative forces within Council and community in understanding...
Outcomes Achieved 

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Critical Success Factors 
Outcomes Achieved 

Incorporation of sea level rise & adaptation issues into coastal hazard & flood risk...

Critical Success Factors 
Risks and Impact Assessed 

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Drivers for Adaptation Action 
Develop strategies to retrofit & enhance resilience of uban areas.
Outcomes Achieved 

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Risks and Impact Assessed 

 

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Drivers for Adaptation Action 
Need for right scale & type of climate change information to use in operational models (water...
Outcomes Achieved 
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Critical Success Factors 
Drivers for Adaptation Action 
Build shared understanding of climate change vulnerability, capacity to adapt, and stimulate action...
Outcomes Achieved 

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Critical Success Factors 
Risks and Impact Assessed 

Extreme weather events including heatwaves & bushfires

Drivers for Adaptation Action 
Strengthen sustainability through good risk management and precautionary measures, with...
Outcomes Achieved 

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Critical Success Factors 
Risks and Impact Assessed 

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Drivers for Adaptation Action 
Aims to reduce community's dependence on external assistance and reduce demand on disaster...
Outcomes Achieved 

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Critical Success Factors 
Risks and Impact Assessed 

Flooding and sea level rise

Drivers for Adaptation Action 
Identify & manage strategies to address climate change impacts in vulnerable coastal areas
Outcomes Achieved 

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Critical Success Factors 
Risks and Impact Assessed 

Hotter growing conditions and heat wave events

Drivers for Adaptation Action 
Project funded by DAFF and delivered by Grape and Wine Research and Development Corporation. Aims...
Outcomes Achieved 

Project is still in initiation stage

Critical Success Factors 
Drivers for Adaptation Action 
Changes to rainfall regimes and river flows, and severe population decline over the last two...
Outcomes Achieved 

As part of the National Recovery Program for the Corroboree Frog and the ACT Action Plan for...

Critical Success Factors 
Drivers for Adaptation Action 
NSW Emergency Services identified existing vulnerability to heat waves, likely to worsen due to...
Outcomes Achieved 

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Critical Success Factors 
Risks and Impact Assessed 

Coastal inundation & sea level rise

Drivers for Adaptation Action 
Prepare flood maps of Port Adelaide metropolitan area. Engage the community in understanding...
Outcomes Achieved 

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Critical Success Factors 
Risks and Impact Assessed 

Assessment process reflects that Moyne Shire Council  has kept a keen eye towards community...

Drivers for Adaptation Action 
Build awareness of practitioners regarding climate change impacts, through collaborative process
Critical Success Factors 
Risks and Impact Assessed 

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Drivers for Adaptation Action 
Recognition by Regional Councils Climate Change Initiative (representing 12 southern Tasmanian...
Outcomes Achieved 

This pilot project has improved the capability and resilience...

Critical Success Factors 
Drivers for Adaptation Action 
Undertake risk analysis based on LAPP requirements. Adaptive responses and time scales were taken...
Outcomes Achieved 

Comprehensive climate change risk analysis conducted by Marsden Jacobs and Broadleaf

Critical Success Factors 
Drivers for Adaptation Action 
Locate development areas above 100yr ARI sea level rise - prior to legislated requirement to do so.
Outcomes Achieved 

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Critical Success Factors 
Phase of project 
Risks and Impact Assessed 

Potential impacts of storm surges and inundation

Drivers for Adaptation Action 
Southwest Framework identified need for further research on climate chnage impacts
Outcomes Achieved 

Modelling and inundation maps prepared by Geoscience Australia

Critical Success Factors 
Drivers for Adaptation Action 
A progressive council with a practical mindset resolved to develop an adaptation plan &...
Critical Success Factors 
Risks and Impact Assessed 

Increasing variability in rainfall distribution and increasing temperature - impacts on farm...

Drivers for Adaptation Action 
Develop information sheets for adaptation options for farmers.
Outcomes Achieved 

Series of information sheets outlining adaptation options.

Critical Success Factors 
Risks and Impact Assessed 

Impacts of extreme water restrictions on reduced primary production and water quality

Drivers for Adaptation Action 
Enable water sharing - precision agriculture and environmental management concurrently.
Outcomes Achieved 

Increased productivity.

Increased community involvement in adaptive management of water...

Critical Success Factors 
Drivers for Adaptation Action 
Work with sugarcane farmers to trial innovative farming practices that may become adopted more...
Outcomes Achieved 

Pioneering partnerships between Mackay region's natural resource management group, Reef...

Critical Success Factors 
Risks and Impact Assessed 

Impacts of climate change on the range of commercial fishing species

Drivers for Adaptation Action 
University of Tasmania Institute for Marine and Antarctic Studies (IMAS) is undertaking research...
Critical Success Factors 
Drivers for Adaptation Action 
The City of West Torrens is undertaking a Western Adelaide Region Climate Change Adaptation Plan (...
Outcomes Achieved 

Actively engages  real decision makers, those who actually deal with the impacts & problems...

Critical Success Factors 
Risks and Impact Assessed 

Assess differing kinds of coastal impacts along coastlines

Drivers for Adaptation Action 
Address shortcomings in previous policy in regard to sea level rise projections.
Outcomes Achieved 

Drafted amended policy (currently being considered by Minister of Planning).

When...