The effects of climate change are already being experienced across Victoria, including higher average temperatures and reduced rainfall. Reducing our emissions will help lessen the impact of climate change, but it will not prevent it - some degree of climate change is already locked in.

The Government provides information about the impacts of climate change, based on the latest science, to help communities make decisions and manage risks effectively. Read more about the impacts of climate change on Victoria’s regions in the Climate-Ready Victoria fact sheets.

Developing a robust approach to adaptation is critical to building resilience in our communities, and securing a healthy and prosperous future for all Victorians.

Victoria's Climate Change Adaptation Plan 2017 - 2020

Victoria's Climate Change Adaptation Plan 2017-2020 lays out the government's plan of action for the next four years, to help Victorians meet the challenges and act on the opportunities of climate change.

The Adaptation Plan will:

  • build a detailed understanding of Victoria's exposure to climate change risks and impacts
  • catalyse partnerships for integrated and effective responses to climate change
  • tackle immediate priorities to reduce climate change risks

It will help us all play our part and work together to achieve our vision for Victoria: a thriving natural environment and a healthy, prosperous, safe and vibrant place to work and live for all Victorians, and for the thousands of visitors we welcome each year.

Read Victoria’s Climate Change Adaptation Plan 2017-2020 (PDF, 5.1 MB)

The Adaptation Plan includes a commitment to monitor its implementation and effectiveness. Read the Monitoring, Evaluation, Reporting and Improvement Framework for Climate Change Adaptation in Victoria (PDF, 1.6 MB).

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