The Federal Government has announced $3.5 million in funding for 14 adaptation research projects to help governments, industry and communities further prepare for the impacts of climate change.


"These new projects will build the capacity of the Australian research community to gather information the community needs to minimise the risks of climate change," Minister for Climate Change and Energy Efficiency Greg Combet said.


The Australian Government has supported around 50 research projects to date under the $30 million Adaptation Research Grants Program. The $3.5 million invested in these latest projects will yield research valued at $6.7 million, taking into account the contributions of researchers and their institutions.


Griffith University has been allocated funding to develop tools which will help disaster management organisations improve their planning for weather events, such as the recent floods in southern Queensland and northern New South Wales, and the Victorian bushfires.


The University of Adelaide will work with the Eyre Peninsula and SA Murray Darling Basin Natural Resources Management Boards to generate new regional plans to integrate changes in climate with environmental management, production and community goals. The results of this research will also inform work under the Clean Energy Future plan to incorporate climate change into natural resource planning.


RMIT University will partner with the City of Port Phillip and other stakeholders to enable the emergency management sector to develop policies and governance structures that are effective in a changing climate.


Canberra and Monash Universities will study existing coastal settlements to improve planning for new settlements and infrastructure in the coastal zone.


The research will be managed by the National Climate Change Adaptation Research Facility (NCCARF), which leads the research community in setting Australia's adaptation research priorities.


The full list of Adaptation Research Projects being supported by the Australian Government is as follows:

  • Contributing to a sustainable future for Australia’s biodiversity under climate change: conservation goals for dynamic management of ecosystems. CSIRO.
  • The Right Tool for the Job: Achieving climate change adaptation outcomes through improved disaster management policies, planning and risk management strategies. Griffith University.
  • Enhancing the Adaptive Capacity of Small to Medium Enterprises (SMEs) to Climate Change and Variability. University of Technology, Sydney.
  • Exploring the adaptive capacity of emergency management using agent-based modelling. RMIT University.
  • Assessing the potential for, and limits to, insurance and market-based mechanisms for encouraging climate change adaptation. Macquarie University.
  • Understanding the Pacific's adaptive capacity to emergencies in the context of climate change. University of Technology, Sydney.
  • Adapted future landscapes - from aspiration to implementation. University of Adelaide.
  • What would a climate-adapted Australian settlement look like? Monash University.
  • Water trade, climate change and irrigator adaptability consequences in the Murray-Darling Basin. University of South Australia.
  • Rental Housing, climate change and adaptive capacity: a case study of Newcastle, NSW. University of Newcastle.
  • Coastal urban climate futures in SE Australia: from Wollongong to Lakes Entrance. University of Canberra.
  • Cognitive and affective barriers to climate change adaptation: Exploring the risk and adaptation appraisals of South Australians to different climate risks. University of Adelaide.
  • The role of refugia in ecosystem resilience and maintenance of terrestrial biodiversity in the face of global climate change. James Cook University.
  • Developing an Excel spread sheet tool for local governments to compare and prioritise investment in climate adaptation. Macquarie University.



For more information on the research projects visit the NCCARF website.