About climate change in South Australia

Want to know more about the issue? Watch this video about climate change action in South Australia, as narrated by Minister Ian Hunter.


Climate change is one of the greatest challenges globally and for South Australia. We know that South Australia will become hotter and drier, sea levels will rise and we will endure more frequent and extreme weather events. But the change also presents many opportunities.

Many developments have occurred since South Australia’s original Climate Change Strategy was released in 2007. Scientific data and observations continue to affirm scientific consensus of the changes to the climate that are occurring as a result of a warming planet. The need for action has become more urgent. Technology and innovation is also helping drive change. With a renewed focus on international and national action, it is timely for South Australia to position itself to harness the opportunities presented by transitioning to a low carbon, resilient economy.

The Department of Environment, Water and Natural Resources (DEWNR) plays a key role in helping South Australia prepare for climate change and is responsible for state-wide policy, the administration of climate change legislation and for the delivery of climate change programs. One of our priorities is to ensure that the impacts of climate change are considered in the development of public policy across all of government.

Consultation papers

There are several consultation papers under consideration as part of this engagement. You can read them by clicking below: