Adapting to climate change
The Queensland Climate Adaptation Strategy (PDF, 1.95MB) (Q-CAS) provides a framework for ensuring an innovative and resilient Queensland that manages the risks and harnesses the opportunities of a changing climate.
The Q-CAS is centred around a partnership approach that recognises that climate change is everyone’s responsibility, and that a collaborative approach is needed to ensure resilience is embedded in Queensland’s diverse economies, landscapes and communities.
The Q-CAS includes four pathways to action:
People and knowledge
Empower best-practice climate science, education and engagement to support climate risk management within Queensland’s communities.
Embed the consideration of climate adaptation into policies, regulations and procedures, and address risks to assets and services.
Local governments and regions
Partner with local governments and other regional organisations to develop regional adaptation solutions, including embedding climate risk in planning and development decisions.
The Queensland Government is partnering with the Local Government Association of Queensland to support Queensland local councils manage their climate risk through the Queensland Climate Resilient Councils (Q-CRC) and QCoast2100 programs.
Sectors and systems
Assist sector leaders to collaborate with government agencies, local governments and other stakeholders to identify adaptation needs and to prioritise adaptation activities.
Find out more about how the government is supporting the development of industry-led Sector Adaptation Plans that describe risks, opportunities and priority adaptation activities.
The Queensland Climate Adaptation Directions Statement (PDF, 7.11MB), released in 2016, invited Queenslanders to contribute their ideas and feedback to developing Queensland’s Climate Adaptation Strategy.
Major themes in the public feedback, received at regional forums and via written submissions, included a greater focus on the people of Queensland, and strong government leadership.
This feedback is reflected in the final Q-CAS, and will continue to be reflected in the delivery of adaptation actions and plans to 2030 and beyond.
Q-CAS Partners Group
The Q-CAS Partners Group, which includes representatives from industry, community and research sectors, were also instrumental in the development of the strategy and will continue to provide a leading role in its implementation.
- Chamber of Commerce and Industry Queensland
- Green Cross Australia
- Insurance Council of Australia
- Local Government Association of Queensland
- National Climate Change Adaptation Research Facility
- Office of the Queensland Chief Scientist
- Planning Institute of Australia
- Property Council of Australia
- Queensland Conservation Council
- Queensland Council of Social Services
- Queensland Council of Unions
- Queensland Farmers’ Federation
- Queensland Resources Council
- Queensland Tourism Industry Council
- Queensland Youth Climate Coalition
- Red Cross
- Regional Groups Collective
- Torres Strait Regional Authority
- Volunteering Queensland
- World Wildlife Fund.