Victorian Climate Change Act 2010
The Climate Change Act 2010 is available at the Victorian Legislation and Parliamentary Documents website.
The Climate Change Act 2010 (the Act) was amended in 2012 following an independent review of the Act necessitated by the introduction of a national carbon price.
The Act contains measures that support the management of and adaptation to climate risks and increase the ability of individuals, businesses and communities to capitalise on opportunities and includes:
- Requiring the Victorian Government to develop a Climate Change Adaptation Plan every four years to outline the potential impacts and risks associated with a changing climate.
- Requiring decision makers to take climate change into account when making specified decisions under the Catchment and Land Protection Act 1994, Coastal Management Act 1995, Environment Protection Act 1970, Flora and Fauna Guarantee Act 1988, Public Health and Wellbeing Act 2008 and Water Act 1989.
- Creating new arrangements for the ownership, registration and transfer of forestry and carbon sequestration rights to help Victorian landholders take part in carbon sequestration projects under the Commonwealth Government's Carbon Farming Initiative.
The first Victorian Climate Change Adaptation Plan was released in March 2013. It provides guidance on roles and responsibilities and sets out strategic priorities for outlining how the Government is strengthening the management of climate risks to Victoria's assets and services. The plan will help position Victoria to prepare for future climate challenges, ensuring that we manage risks, can adapt to change and maximise future opportunities that may arise from changes to our climate.