This report outlines the scientific evidence available on the likely future climate of Australia's key agricultural production zones, and discusses the adequacy of existing drought assistance and exceptional circumstances programs to cope with long-term climatic changes.
The extension in the reporting date has enabled the committee to gather further evidence on the implications of climate change for Australia's key agricultural zones. In particular, the committee will use the extension to conduct further investigations into soil carbon sequestration. It will also give the committee the opportunity to give consideration to the final Garnaut report and consultations on the Federal Government's proposed emissions trading scheme, the Carbon Pollution Reduction Scheme. The committee will use this information in its final report to address the remaining terms of reference in relation to the implications of climate change on Australia's agricultural zones and the need for a national strategy to assist Australian agricultural industries to adapt to climate change.