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Climate change will undoubtably impact Australian coastal regions; however, the extent of climate change’s influence on the coastline remains unknown. Through comparative case studies, differences in social-ecological vulnerabilities and governance responses in coastal regions can be explored.

Case sites were selected based on the rate of social change such as population growth in suburbs of local government areas over the past 10 years. The sites enable comparison between jurisdictions (ie states/territories).

Case study sites include:

A comparative review of the case study sites provides a snapshot of their biophysical and socio-economic characteristics.

Table 1: Comparative vulnerability to environmental hazards

  Darwin NT Sunshine Coast QLD Shellharbour NSW Surf Coast VIC Kingborough TAS Onkaparinga SA Rockingham WA
Coastal erosion Low-Med High Low-Med Low-Med Med-High Med Low
Sea level rise inundation  High High High Med Low

Low

Low
Flood Low Med Med Low Low Low Low
Bushfire Low Med Low High Med Low Low
Storm High Low Med Low Low Low Low
Earthquake Med High High High Low High Med
Tropical cyclone High High Low Low Low Low Low

Table 2: Socio-economic condition relative to national average

  Darwin NT Sunshine Coast QLD Shellharbour NSW Surf Coast VIC Kingborough TAS Onkaparinga SA Rockingham WA
Averaged socio-economic status High  Med-High Low  High High Med Med
Economic diversity Med High High Mod High High Med
Rental Stress Med High  Med Low Low Med Med
Unemployment  Low Med Med Low Low Med-High High
Proportion of single parent families

Low

Med High Low Med High Med
Proportion of lone person households  Med Med Low Low Med Med Low
Volunteering rates Med Med Low  High High Mod Low 
Health (Type II diabetes) Med Low Med-High Low Low-Med Med-High Med
Level of government social support Low Med High Low Low Med Med
Seasonal tourist visitation levels Low Med-High Low High Low Not Available Low