About this inquiry

An inquiry into the impacts of climate change on housing, buildings and infrastructure, now and into the future. The inquiry includes impacts on a range of matters including water supply, transportation, energy infrastructure, health, education and housing and the adequacy of current state and Commonwealth polices to address climate change impacts.
Track Inquiry

Inquiry Status

Submissions Closed

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Current and future impacts of climate change on housing, buildings and infrastructure

On 9 May 2017, the Senate referred the following matters to the Environment and Communications References Committee for inquiry and report by 23 November 2017:

The current and future impacts of climate change on housing, buildings and infrastructure, accounting for the full range of projected climate scenarios, having regard to matters, including:

  1. recent and projected changes in sea level rises, and storm surge intensity;
  2. recent and projected changes in temperature and precipitation;
  3. recent and projected changes in extreme weather, including heatwaves, bushfires, floods, and cyclones;
  4. recent and projected changes in natural coastal defence systems including coral reefs, kelp and mangrove forests;
  5. the impact of these changes on the vulnerability of infrastructure in coastal areas;
  6. the impact of these changes on water supply and sewage treatment systems;
  7. the impact of these changes on transportation, including railways, roads and airports;
  8. the impact of these changes on energy infrastructure, including generators and transmission and distribution lines;
  9. the impact of these changes on health, education and social services infrastructure, including hospitals, schools and aged care;
  10. the impact of these changes on private and public housing;
  11. the impact of these changes on public recreation and tourism facilities;
  12. the impact on financing and insurance arrangements for housing, buildings and infrastructure;
  13. the adequacy of current state and Commonwealth policies to assess, plan and implement adaptation plans and improved resilience of infrastructure; and
  14. any other related matters.

The closing date for submissions is 16 August 2017.

Committee Secretariat contact:

Committee Secretary
Senate Standing Committees on Environment and Communications
PO Box 6100
Parliament House
Canberra ACT 2600

Phone: +61 2 6277 3526
Fax: +61 2 6277 5818
ec.sen@aph.gov.au

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