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

  • ...
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

  • ...
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
  • ...
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
  • ...
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...