The wellbeing of all Victorians is directly connected to the health of our environment, the quality of our infrastructure and services, and the strength of our economy. Changes in our climate may put each of these assets under pressure.
In 2013 the first comprehensive Victorian Climate Change Adaptation Plan was released. It sets out how the Government is managing climate risks to our natural assets, essential infrastructure and services such as our waterways, transport systems, and our healthcare and emergency response systems. It shows that to be most effective, climate change adaptation requires government, businesses and the community to work together.
To find out more about progress since the release of the plan, read Building a Climate Resilient Victoria – Victorian Climate Change Adaptation Progress Report.
A key commitment in the Adaptation Plan is the delivery of a Climate Change Adaptation Memorandum of Understanding with local government, which was signed on 24 September 2014. The MoU represents an important step forward in the evolution of the relationship between state and local government on climate change adaptation, establishing a strong, shared foundation to continue to work together to clarify responsibilities.
Further information about climate change science, data and the 2012 independent review of the Climate Change Act 2010 can be found at www.climatechange.vic.gov.au