In February of this year the NSW Government published a draft policy statement on sea level rise acknowledging that increased sea levels will have significant medium to long-term social, economic and environmental impacts. As an integral part of the state’s response to climate change, the Government is committed to supporting coastal communities in adapting to sea level rise. While sea level rise is a global problem, it will have local impacts on the NSW coastline that will require action by communities, the Government and local councils. However the states differ on sea level benchmarks.

This policy statement outlines the Government’s objectives and commitments to sea level rise. It outlines the support that the Government will provide to coastal communities and local councils to prepare and adapt to rising sea levels.

Developers and investors can expect more onerous requirements for development plans as climate change enters the approval process.