Local Council risk of liability in the face of climate change - resolving uncertainties

Baker & McKenzie, 2011

Local governments are at the forefront of responding to the impacts of climate change. Higher temperatures, sea level rise, increased frequency and/or intensity of severe weather events and other natural hazards all present serious challenges to local governments and test their capacity to adapt to a changing climate./p>

Prepared by international law firm Baker & McKenzie, this jointly funded DCCEE–Australian Local Government Association report was commissioned to assist local governments to:

  • Identify areas of potential legal risk and liability in relation to climate change, particularly in coastal areas
  • Identify legal or other strategies to mitigate these risks
  • Identify where legislation or policy frameworks create barriers to effective adaptation or promote maladaptation
  • Provide an assessment of areas where a national approach could reduce or remove these risks to councils.