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:
- recent and projected changes in sea level rises, and storm surge intensity;
- recent and projected changes in temperature and precipitation;
- recent and projected changes in extreme weather, including heatwaves, bushfires, floods, and cyclones;
- recent and projected changes in natural coastal defence systems including coral reefs, kelp and mangrove forests;
- the impact of these changes on the vulnerability of infrastructure in coastal areas;
- the impact of these changes on water supply and sewage treatment systems;
- the impact of these changes on transportation, including railways, roads and airports;
- the impact of these changes on energy infrastructure, including generators and transmission and distribution lines;
- the impact of these changes on health, education and social services infrastructure, including hospitals, schools and aged care;
- the impact of these changes on private and public housing;
- the impact of these changes on public recreation and tourism facilities;
- the impact on financing and insurance arrangements for housing, buildings and infrastructure;
- the adequacy of current state and Commonwealth policies to assess, plan and implement adaptation plans and improved resilience of infrastructure; and
- any other related matters.
The closing date for submissions is 16 August 2017.
On 16 October 2017 the Senate granted an extension of time to report until 27 March 2018.