Place-based climate change adaptation resources

Guidance materials for place-based adaptation

This suite of guidance material is designed to support government, business and community in planning and delivering effective place-based adaptation to address the impacts of climate change.  It is a useful resource for any group or organisation that may be leading, facilitating or supporting the development of place-based climate change adaptation strategies, responses and actions.

The six regional adaptation guidance notes produced in partnership with the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology (RMIT) outline a range of best practice tools, methods and approaches that support climate change adaptation planning at place, including visioning, working effectively with a range of stakeholders and identifying key adaptation actions.

Place-based Climate Change Adaptation Guidance Notes: Overview  (PDF, 918.0 KB)

Guidance Note 1: Place-based Adaptation Concepts & Approaches  (PDF, 684.1 KB)

Guidance Note 2: Establishing a Learning Framework (PDF, 341.4 KB)

Guidance Note 3: Developing the Regional Adaptation Strategy (RAS) vision, goals and change narrative (PDF, 987.5 KB)

Guidance Note 4: Understanding the Region (PDF, 1.1 MB)

Guidance Note 5: Exploring Multiple Futures (PDF, 1.8 MB)

Guidance Note 6: Identifying & Prioritising Actions (PDF, 2.6 MB)

The three policy research briefs produced by Griffith University explore best practice approaches to manage and overcome the barriers to implementing adaptation actions; outline the determinants of adaptive capacity and critical policy elements for regional adaptation; and the social and cultural barriers to transformative adaptation success.

Policy Brief 1 - Barriers to the implementation of climate change adaptation plans and action  (PDF, 257.3 KB)

Policy Brief 2 - Determinants of adaptive capacity for climate change adaptation  (PDF, 205.2 KB)

Policy Brief 3 - Social And cultural barriers to the implementation of climate change adaptation plans and action (PDF, 244.9 KB)

Regional climate change adaptation snapshot reports

Barwon South West climate change adaptation snapshot report (PDF, 2.5 MB)

Gippsland climate change adaptation snapshot report (PDF, 2.2 MB)

Grampians climate change adaptation snapshot report (PDF, 2.1 MB)

Greater Melbourne climate change adaptation snapshot report (PDF, 2.3 MB)

Hume climate change adaptation snapshot report (PDF, 1.9 MB)

Loddon Mallee climate change adaptation snapshot report (PDF, 2.2 MB)

Resources for Local Government

Local government roles and responsibilities for adaptation under Victorian legislation: guidance brief

The Local Government Roles and Responsibilities for Adaptation under Victorian Legislation: Guidance Brief (PDF, 1.3 MB) supports senior council decision-makers to understand and deliver on their responsibilities for climate change adaptation. This Guidance Brief provides succinct summaries of key legislative obligations and includes various tools and resources to guide decision-makers through their duty of care, and a library of resources to support informed adaptation decision making.

Local Government Roles and Responsibilities for Adaptation under Victorian Legislation: Guidance Brief (PDF, 1.3 MB)

Climate change data and information for local government factsheet

The Climate Change Data and Information for Local Government Factsheet (PDF, 801.4 KB) provides a snapshot of the suite of climate science and data resources available for Victorian councils to use, and a decision-tree to help determine which resource might be best suited for a particular decision or action in council.

Climate Change Data and Information for Local Government Factsheet (PDF, 801.4 KB)

Climate Change Data and Information for Local Government Factsheet: accessible (DOCX, 4.8 MB)

Communicating about climate change

Holmes, D and Hall, S (2019). A Literature Review of best practice communication of climate science and impacts: Guide for Policy Makers (PDF, 970.9 KB). Monash Climate Change Communication Research Hub, Melbourne

Dr David Holmes presenting on what is best practice communication of climate science and impacts for Victorian policy makers

Climate impacts research

Natural Capital Economics (2018). Heatwaves in Victoria: A Vulnerability Assessment (PDF, 2.6 MB). Prepared for the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning.

The economic impact of heatwaves in Victoria (PDF, 441.7 KB) is a fact sheet that explains the influence of heatwave events on Victoria’s sectors and regions.

Climate-ready Victoria (2016)

Fact sheets about climate change impacts by region

Climate Ready Victoria (PDF, 2.6 MB)

Climate Ready Barwon South West (PDF, 2.5 MB)

Climate Ready Gippsland (PDF, 2.1 MB)

Climate Ready Grampians (PDF, 1.9 MB)

Climate Ready Greater Melbourne (PDF, 1.7 MB)

Climate Ready Hume (PDF, 1.9 MB)

Climate Ready Loddon Mallee (PDF, 1.9 MB)

Regional Data Sheets

Climate Projections Barwon South West (PDF, 295.6 KB)

Climate Projections Gippsland (PDF, 296.7 KB)

Climate Projections Grampians (PDF, 283.5 KB)

Climate Projections Greater Melbourne (PDF, 293.8 KB)

Climate Projections Hume (PDF, 318.6 KB)

Climate Projections Loddon Mallee (PDF, 295.7 KB)

Other resources

Climate Change and Victoria YouTube channel

Page last updated: 02/10/20