Climate change is already well underway and is considered by many to be the greatest risk currently
facing humanity. Every year we are confronted globally with extreme weather events, that become
natural disasters. Our communities in Australia are exposed to just about every hazard this world can
throw at them, from earthquakes to storms and cyclones, to bushfires and devastating floods.
We cannot prevent these events happening, but we know more can be done to better prepare
communities and make them more resilient and stronger.
Protecting communities requires greater investment in resilience and mitigation planning – be it from
governments, businesses, community organisations or individuals – which will reduce the physical,
economic and social recovery costs that follow a disaster.
This report reviews and interprets the latest climate science to understand how climate change is
impacting the severity and frequency of weather events like tropical cyclones, hailstorms and rainfall,
and what is likely to happen in the future. The report also examines the changing physical risks from
severe weather patterns, considering past, present and future climates.
Climate change will require broadscale collaboration and co-ordination across all sectors of the
community. Climate change is too big for one organisation to solve and it is our hope this report will
provide a foundation to drive more conversation, so the necessary change can happen.