The Climate Change Act 2017 supports Victoria to better manage climate change and transition to a low-carbon economy. Under the Act, a Climate Change Strategy will be developed every five years.

The Strategy will set out how Victoria will:

  • meet its targets towards net zero emissions by 2050, and
  • adapt to the impacts of climate change.

The first Climate Change Strategy is due to be released shortly.

The Act also requires Adaptation Action Plans to be developed for seven key systems that are either vulnerable to the impacts of climate change or essential to ensure Victoria is prepared. These systems are water, transportation, built environment, natural environment, health and human services, education and training, and primary production. Each system must prepare a legislated plan by October 2021 and focus on state-wide adaptation.

These will also be released every five years and will be guided by the priorities set by the Climate Change Strategy. Although each of the seven systems will deliver a separate Adaptation Action Plan, each system will explore linkages with the others and develop joint actions to address shared adaptation risks.

In addition to state-wide plans for each system, a series of regional adaptation strategies are being prepared. The regional plans focus on the place-based needs of each region across the seven sectors. Altogether, these documents will set a clear approach to climate adaptation across Victoria.

Water for Victoria set a long-term plan to prepare for and respond to climate change. In doing so, it helped the water sector lead in state climate change adaptation policies. In 2018, the Victorian Government released a Pilot Water Sector Adaptation Action Plan. Completed three years ahead of schedule, the pilot developed a strong foundation to build resilience in the water sector. The pilot will guide the development of the legislated Adaptation Action Plan due at the end of 2021. The Guidelines for Assessing the Impact of Climate Change on Water Availability in Victoria have also been updated in November 2020, which will allow for us to continue to lead climate change adaptation across Victoria’s water systems.

Page last updated: 10/12/20