The inaugural State of Weather and Climate Extremes report released by the ARC Centre of Excellence for Climate Extremes in March 2022 was a vital summary of the science behind Australia’s extremes in the year prior.

Importantly, the report was a collaborative work between 12 of the Centre’s key researchers and experts, among them early career researchers who are leading many of the new discoveries vital to Australia’s scientific understanding of weather and climate extremes.

With a new federal government in mid 2022, there was a greater focus on climate change issues and strengthening the role of the Climate Change Authority. It was apparent that an annual progress report was required to provide advice to the Minister for Climate Change and Energy.

We provided an updated report, giving vital scientific backing to the Climate Change Authority report which was subsequently tabled to the Federal Parliament.

The synthesis of weather and climate extremes for the financial year 2021-2022 was timely and comprehensive. Having that synthesis to refer to in our Annual Progress Report to the Government helped ensure our advice on climate change was based on the most rigorous and up-to-date science available. The Centre was responsive and flexible in preparing the report. We hope we can continue to work together to shape evidence-based advice to Government on climate change.’
Brad Archer, CEO, Climate Change Authority

The Centre’s provision of information forms the basis of an ongoing relationship with the Climate Change Authority to provide annual advice on the physical impacts of climate change.