Adapting to a changing climate

A changing climate presents us with risks and opportunities. The risks include things such as hotter days and sea level rise. Our natural world, built environment, economy and public services may be affected by these changes in various ways. Managing risks and adapting to climate change is a responsibility everyone shares, including all levels of government and business, communities and individuals.

The Victorian Government is committed to maintaining a resilient, healthy environment for a strong and productive future. As set out in the Victorian Government response to the 2012 independent review of the Climate Change Act 2010, the Victorian Government is supporting national action to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and playing a primary role in climate change adaptation. To achieve this in a way that minimizes the economic impacts, we continue to address climate risks with practical action, effective policy and better services.

What is climate change adaptation?

Adaptation refers to actions we take as Victorians to respond to a changing climate and increase our resilience to climate risks. Actions can relate to plans, infrastructure, services, products and ecosystems. It is also about finding new opportunities that benefit Victorians.

The first Victorian Climate Change Adaptation Plan released in 2013 sets out how the Government is managing climate-related risks to our assets, essential infrastructure and services such as our waterways, transport systems, and our healthcare and emergency response systems.

The Adaptation Plan is a whole-of-government commitment that acknowledges the role that all tiers of government, business and communities have in managing climate risks.

The Victorian Government's critical roles and responsibilities are set out in the six strategic priorities in part three of the Adaptation Plan:

Victorian Climate Change Adaptation Plan

Read Victoria's first comprehensive Climate Change Adaptation Plan, released in 2013.