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The South Australian Government has declared a climate emergency, but a new report by the state’s Auditor-General says it still has a long way to go in effectively managing climate change risks.

Auditor-General Andrew Richardson reviewed climate change management across six agencies and looked at the central coordination of climate change risk management in the State Government.

He found that the Administration recognizes the importance of managing climate risk, and that initiatives have been taken or are planned across agencies and at the government-wide level. However, most agencies are still in the early stages of adopting climate change risk management, and key elements of good practice are either still being developed or have not yet been implemented.

Mr. Richardson concluded that the South Australian Government has a lot of work to do before it can demonstrate effective climate change risk management.

SA lagging behind in climate change risk management, auditor warns

In his report, he said both the government and individual agencies needed to make progress and implement a range of issues, including

Establishing a central coordination and oversight function with government
Conducting regular climate risk assessments
Improving staff capacity
The report also noted that the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet (DPC) and the Department of Finance and Treasury (DTF) are in a position of authority and can play a leading and key role in securing a range of whole-of-government strategies and ensuring that they are progressing. Satisfaction.

Emergency services on the frontline

South Australian Fire and Emergency Services Commission (SAFECOM) CEO Julia Waddington-Powell says the state’s emergency services are seeing first-hand the impact of climate change on the frequency and severity of natural disasters.

In a response to the Auditor General’s report, she said SAFECOM has begun to incorporate climate change risks into strategic and operational areas.

“A great deal of work is being done at all levels of SAFECOM and the emergency services organization to increase the visibility of climate change risk management,” she said.

“SAFECOM is taking a leading role in working with the sector to develop a consistent, mature and more sophisticated approach to climate risk management,” she said.

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