Coming Ready or Not


Oct 29, 2012 - 1:00am

Australia's climate is highly variable and predisposed toward extreme weather events. Most of the country’s population lives in coastal cities exposed to rising sea levels and connected by infrastructure exposed to the full range of weather conditions. Climate change will have direct economic costs for Australia that need to be managed.

Coming Ready or Not synthesizes research on the physical impacts and flow-on consequences of climate change on major infrastructure, such as electricity networks, rail and road, property and water supply. It analyses preparations in Australia among owners and operators of major infrastructure assets and highlights contrasting approaches.

Here you can access the full report, videos of the report authors, a podcast, presentations and factsheets detailing the report findings, and other useful content. 

To access the media release click here.

Resilience Cover
Read Report
Resilience Extreme Weather Map
How vulnerable is Australia's infrastructure to climate change? Lead author Olivia Kember explains.
Download the Executive Summary, Key Findings + Action Plan for Coming Ready or Not
John Connor & Stella Whittaker discuss the action plan for decreasing climate risk.
Stella Whittaker + Adam Davis of Manidis Roberts discuss the risks to major infrastructure.
Review or download the key findings of the report Coming Ready or Not on SlideShare.
Creative Fellow Michael Hall gives us the story behind the imagery in the report Coming Ready or Not

 Sector Snapshots
+ Case Studies

Property Sector Snapshot + Mirvac Case Study (PDF, 200KB)

Australia’s buildings are worth approximately $5.7 trillion. Among these, an estimated $159 billion worth of buildings are vulnerable to sea level rise and storm surge. This includes more than 8,000 commercial, 6,000 industrial and 274,000 residential properties. 

Electricity Sector Snapshot + AGL Case Study (PDF, 130KB)

The electricity supply system is one of the most essential elements of Australia’s core infrastructure. It is also a critical component of other infrastructure systems such as water supply, waste water management and telecommunications. 

Rail and Road Sector Snapshot + Department of Transport Victoria/VicRoads Case Study (PDF, 200KB)

The dispersal of a relatively small population across a massive landmass means that Australia is deeply dependent on its land transport infrastructure. The main climate risk to road and rail is increased flooding owing to more intense rainfall. This results in landslides, road collapse, and washout of roads and rail tracks.

Finance Sector Snapshot + Westpac Case Study (PDF, 100KB)

Several significant initiatives within the finance industry aim to build awareness and skills in assessing and managing climate risk in lending and investment activities across various industries. The insurance sector's exposure to the costs of extreme weather events makes it a key player in climate risk management.

Case Study: Climate Change Resilience of Melbourne (PDF, 500KB)

Bond University has examined potential climate change risks for metropolitan Melbourne as well as some of the major local council climate change initiatives.


 Other Videos

Coming Ready or Not - Overview
The Climate Institute's CEO John Connor introduces the report and discusses key findings.



This project was conducted in partnership with Manidis Roberts, Mirvac and Westpac. We also acknowledge the support of Bond University.  

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