Climate Risk Ready

In partnership with The Office of Energy and Climate Change, NSW Treasury, Western is proud to deliver a training program in climate change risk assessment and management.



Duration: 
Course delivery online for 20 weeks with an additional 6 weeks allocated to complete assessments. Students must be prepared to commit up to 9-10 hours on training per week across 20 weeks.

Fees: $2,500 AUD (all inclusive) students may be eligible for subsidy.

Online Orientation: 13 October 2022

Start Date: 27 October 2022

End Date: 4 May 2023

Delivery: Online classes will require a commitment of two hours a fortnight. Students will be provided with the learning material before online classes commence, through an interactive online Learning Management System, Canvas. Online lectures are facilitated by teachers and will engage you in discussion with peers, problem solving activities, and time allocated to provide guidance on assessments.

The Office of Energy and Climate Change, NSW Treasury is recruiting prospective learners for WSU The College into this program.

The Course


The Climate Risk Ready training course has been developed to help government organisations embed climate change risk into decision making and to increase the preparedness of NSW Government to respond to the increasing impacts of climate change. Students who complete the training will receive a nationally-recognised statement of attainment.

As part of this course, you will complete three accredited units of competency including; AHCAGB518 Develop climate risk management strategies, PSPGEN133 Identify and treat risks and PSPGEN135 Manage risk. These units are embedded in training content covered below.

Students must be prepared to commit up to 9-10 hours on self-study per week across 20 weeks.

The course is delivered in 4 parts covering 10 topics (including accredited units of competency): To graduate this course, students will be need to satisfactorily complete four short answer assessments, along with one project assessment (spread across 11 project tasks). These assessments will be due at spaced intervals throughout the course.

This course is designed for public sector employees interested in understanding how climate change may impact their organisation, and those with responsibility to manage those impacts. This includes the assessment, treatment and monitoring of climate risks and learning how to embed these practices into existing management functions and enterprise risk management systems.

Program Structure

The program has been designed for online delivery and takes a ‘flipped’ approach to learning, where learners are introduced to the learning material before class through an interactive online Learning Management System Canvas. Online lectures facilitated by teachers are then used to deepen understanding through discussion with peers, problem-solving activities, as well as time spent on completing assessments.

Delivered in 4 parts covering 10 topics:

Topic 1: Climate risk and the public sector

Topic 2: Risk and public policy

Topic 3: Climate risk management

Topic 4: Establishing the context in your agency

Topic 5: Stakeholder consultation and communication

Topic 6: Agency capacity

Topic 7: The science and geography of climate change

Topic 8: Identify, analyse and evaluate the risks

Topic 9: Treating climate risk

Topic 10: Embedding climate risk management

Develop skills

After successful completion of the program, participants will be able to:

  1. Explain the approach of government to climate risk management
  2. Establish the climate risk management context of their agency
  3. Plan for climate risk management in their agency
  4. Review and interpret climate and enterprise data
  5. Identify, analyse and evaluate climate risks and opportunities
  6. Identify climate risk treatments
  7. Prepare climate risk management plan
  8. Monitor and evaluate climate risk management plan
  9. Communicate climate risk management

Register Now

This program is designed with you in mind. Take the next step to enquire and register.

Register your interest now at adapt.NSW@environment.nsw.gov.au

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*International students will be subject to a variable fee regime; i.e. enrolled students will be required to pay fees during their program based on the approved fee for each calendar year. Fee changes (if any) will occur at 1 January each calendar year. Students who extend their program past the normal finish date of the program will be required to pay additional fees based on the prevailing fee level. Western Sydney University is a multi-campus institution. The University reserves the right to alter the location of its programs between campuses and other locations as necessary. Students should be aware of the possibility of change of location for the whole or part of programs for which they enrol and should plan for the need to travel between Western Sydney campuses.

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