Climate Adaptation Outlook: A proposed national adaptation assessment framework


About the document

The Climate Adaptation Outlook: A Proposed National Adaptation Assessment Framework is the start of a structured series of reports on how well-placed Australia is to manage the impacts of unavoidable climate change.

This report proposes a national assessment framework to assess progress in adapting to the impacts of climate change. It will help shape the response that is needed by business, government and communities.

The Department of Industry, Innovation, Climate Change, Science, Research and Tertiary Education developed this report in association with researchers from CSIRO and the Australian National University. Advice was provided throughout the process by an Independent Expert Group comprising Ms Sam Mostyn (chair), Dr Andrew Ash, Professor Sue Richardson AM, Ms Romilly Madew, Cr Paddi Creevey OAM and Mr David Singleton.

Next steps

In the second half of 2013, the Department will consult stakeholders on the proposed assessment framework and indicators set out in this report. Those wishing to provide comments on the proposed framework can email them to

In early 2014, a final assessment framework will be released and the framework will be extended to include a more complete set of key sectors. The final assessment framework will include a set of indicators.

In late 2014, the Department will release a full assessment of Australia’s progress in managing the impacts of unavoidable climate change. This assessment will draw upon the assessment framework, indicators and other evidence.