Climate leadership on the ground

The best outcomes for our climate and the greatest opportunities for the people of Victoria come from working together on climate action. Many local councils, businesses, households and communities across Victoria are already playing an important role in our collective response to climate change.

We are committed to supporting this ambition and building our climate change actions together. This includes:

  • supporting local adaptation
  • helping businesses to adapt and thrive in a low-emissions future
  • supporting households to increase their energy efficiency
  • assisting communities to switch to renewables and adapt to the impacts of climate change.

Regional Climate Change Adaptation Strategies

Regional Climate Change Adaptation Strategies (RASs) are five-year practical strategies developed by the community to address the unique challenges and opportunities that climate change brings to Victoria’s regions and guide locally relevant practical action.

Themes in the strategies include:

  • preparing for and recovering from emergencies
  • caring for the natural environment
  • improving health and wellbeing
  • strengthening the economy and workforce
  • improving resilience of our built environment
  • embracing renewable energy.

Check out your RAS for more information:

beach from atop the stairs

Gippsland Regional Climate Change Adaptation Strategy accessible version
view of the hills in barwon South west

Barwon South West Regional Climate Adaptation Strategy 2020-25 accessible version
painting of a mountain and some green terrain

Hume Regional Climate Adaptation Strategy accessible version
Tractor ploughing dry crop in Grampians region

Grampians Region Adaptation Strategy 2020-25 accessible version
Melbournes climate jourmey

Greater Melbourne Regional Climate Change Adaptation Strategy accessible version

Aboriginal art of the Loddon Mallee Climate Ready Plan

Loddon Mallee Climate Ready Plan accessible version

Interactive Loddon Mallee Climate Ready Plan

The RASs were developed over 4 years through a place-based, community-owned and led process supported by the Victorian Government. More than 8,000 Victorians were involved. The strategies are the centre-piece of the $9.32 million Supporting Our Regions to Adapt program funded by the Sustainability Fund.

The program supports collaboration within regional communities to strengthen resilience to climate change by building adaptive capacity and delivering place-based, locally relevant adaptation action.

Funding for 2021-22 priority projects

In addition to funding the RASs, the Supporting Our Regions to Adapt program also provides $1.5million for initial implementation of priority projects.

For a list of projects by region, please refer to the Regional Adaptation Projects selected by Regional Stakeholder Working Groups (PDF, 977.1 KB).

Regional adaptation resources

In 2018, the Victorian Government spoke with community members, businesses, researchers and government agencies across the state. These snapshots will soon be replaced by local-led regional climate change adaptation strategies.

Read about the climate impacts, actions, gaps and priorities for your area, based on those conversations.

Local Government

Local governments play a critical role helping their communities to reduce emissions and adapt to climate change. Local governments are often the first to respond to localised climate change impacts and their strong connections to the community and local knowledge mean they are often best placed to recognise the need for adaptation at a local scale.

Many of Victoria’s local governments have shown leadership by setting their own emissions reduction pledges and adaptation plans. To acknowledge these actions and as a platform for local governments and the state government to work together towards a net-zero future, councils are submitting voluntary council pledges under the Climate Change Act 2017.

Across April to June 2021, DELWP delivered 9 live, online, and interactive training sessions for Victorian local government councillors and executives on climate change risk and adaptation entitled Your Council and Climate Change: Understanding the risks and learning to adapt.

The training slides, resources and a recorded training session are included here for your reference. Note that in training, the material presented was the slide pack and notes with the resources and brochures provided as hand-outs.

Slide pack and notes from councillor and executive climate change training session (PDF, 3.5 MB)

Video of councillor and executive climate change local government training session

Training resources and brochures from council and executive climate change training session

Business risks and responses to climate change (PDF, 46.7 KB)

Local government roles and responsibilities summary (PDF, 32.8 KB)

Checklist local government roles and responsibilities (PDF, 49.4 KB)

Climate change duty of care and due diligence (PDF, 2.3 MB)

Climate change impacts on councils (PDF, 149.5 KB)

Embedding climate change across council - editable (PDF, 45.9 KB)

Local government case studies (PDF, 2.0 MB)

Understanding climate change risks - postcards (PDF, 2.2 MB)

Detailed climate change themes (slides and notes) were used to develop the councillor and executive climate change local government training sessions

We also have 7 detailed slide packs on individual climate themes, from which the training session was created. These materials provide more information than live training. These materials are important resources for those who wish to build their climate change understanding and assist colleagues in doing the same.

  1. Introduction - your council and climate change - understanding the risks and learning to adapt (PDF, 5.6 MB)
  2. Climate Change - science and impacts (PDF, 6.5 MB)
  3. Climate Change impacts on council (PDF, 3.8 MB)
  4. Understanding climate risk (PDF, 2.2 MB)
  5. Local government roles and responsibilities (PDF, 3.0 MB)
  6. Business and community responses (PDF, 4.7 MB)
  7. Climate Change action in local government (PDF, 6.4 MB)

Victorian Government Response to the Inquiry into Tackling Climate Change in Victorian Communities

The Victorian Government has released its response to the Inquiry into Tackling Climate Change in Victorian Communities. The response can be accessed here:

Victorian Government response to the Inquiry into Tackling Climate Change in Victorian Communities  (PDF, 8.7 MB)

Victorian Government response to the Inquiry into Tackling Climate Change in Victorian Communities (Accessible) (DOCX, 147.6 KB)

The Government response demonstrates strong action on climate change, including support being provided to communities, businesses, regional Victorians and local government.

The Inquiry conducted by the Legislative Assembly’s Environment and Planning Committee reflects the need for united action on climate change. The Inquiry was informed by 162 submissions from individuals, councils, community groups, government departments and agencies and greenhouse alliances. The Committee held 15 days of public hearings across regional and metropolitan Victoria between September 2019 and March 2020.

You can find out more about the Inquiry into Tackling Climate Change in Victorian Communities inquiry and access.

Communities, businesses and households

Across the state, many Victorians are taking action to reduce emissions within their households and local communities, through schools and sporting clubs, and in small and medium businesses and major industries of every type. The Government is committed to working with Victorian businesses, households and communities to support their ambitions and build our actions on climate change together. There are many resources available to help businesses, households and communities get involved in our collective response to climate change.

Contact us

To contact us email climate.change@delwp.vic.gov.au

Page last updated: 23/12/21