Description: Overarching program graphic that shows the seven systems, what they include and how they interact. A circle shape includes a road leading from a city, past a house, an education facility, a farm, a forest and to the ocean.

The Victorian Government is preparing Adaptation Action Plans to build our climate resilience in areas either vulnerable to climate change impacts or essential to ensure Victoria is prepared.

These areas or ‘systems’ are Primary Production, Built Environment, Education and Training, Health and Human Services, Transport, Natural Environment, and the Water Cycle.

We’d like your input. This is your opportunity to comment on one or more individual plans or the whole package. Your feedback will be considered in the finalisation of the Adaptation Action Plans late in 2021.

Why do we need to build our climate resilience?

Victoria’s climate is changing, becoming hotter and drier. Victoria has warmed by 1.2 degrees Celsius since 1910, and these changes are expected to continue. For example, the latest climate projections for Victoria suggest that by the 2050s under a high emissions future scenario:

  • annual average temperature may increase by up to 2.4 degrees Celsius compared to the 1986 - 2005 average with around double the number of very hot days
  • the number of high fire danger days in Victoria is expected to increase
  • sea level is projected to rise by around 24 cm
  • annual rainfall is projected to decrease, but extreme rainfall events are likely to become more intense.

Acting globally now will avert the worst impacts of climate change. But, even if greenhouse gas emissions stopped tomorrow, the climate would continue to warm for the next few decades due to historical emissions.

That is why we need to build our climate resilience, increase our ability to recover and make the most of future opportunities. Every dollar spent on adapting now is estimated to save around six dollars in avoided future costs.

Why are there seven Adaptation Action Plans?

The Climate Change Act 2017, requires the preparation of Adaptation Action Plans for the seven systems every five years until 2050 to ensure Victoria is resilient as the climate continues to change. This first set of plans are guided by the adaptation priorities outlined in Victoria’s Climate Change Strategy.

Each Adaptation Action Plan is different because each of the seven systems has its own unique climate change risks and opportunities. The plans also address challenges common to all systems, such as sea-level rise, managing emergencies and ensuring energy resilience.

What about community priorities for adaptation?

Adapting to the impacts of climate change will look different for every community, business and household. This is why the Government is also working in partnership with communities to develop six Regional Adaptation Strategies, which complement Adaptation Action Plans. You can find more information on Regional Adaptation Strategies here.

How to provide feedback on the Adaptation Action Plans

Step 1: Click on the tiles below to learn more about each of the seven Adaptation Action Plans and to provide your feedback on any of them.

Step 2: If you have any general feedback on the whole package of work, you can provide this via the survey below. The survey is open until Friday 6 August 11:59pm.

Privacy collection notice

The Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning (DELWP) is committed to protecting personal information provided by you in accordance with the principles of the Victoria privacy laws.

The information you provide will be used to inform the development of climate change Adaptation Action Plans with regard to the seven adaptation focus areas of Health and Human Services, Natural Environment, Built Environment, Primary Production, Education and Training, the Water Cycle and Transport by the Victorian Government.

Your contact details may be used by DELWP or its contracted service providers under confidentiality agreements to survey you about your experience with DELWP. The information you provide may be shared across relevant departments including DELWP, Department of Jobs, Precincts and Regions (DJPR), Department of Transport (DoT), Department of Education and Training (DET), Department of Health (DoH), Department of Families, Fairness and Housing (DFFH), Department of Justice and Community Safety (DJCS), Department of Treasury and Finance (DTF) and Department of Premier and Cabinet (DPC).

Importantly, if you provide information relating to racial or ethnic origin, political opinions, membership of a political association or trade association/union, religious or philosophical beliefs or affiliations, sexual preference or criminal record, please note that we will consider that by providing this information you also consent to DELWP collecting it.

You may access the information you have provided to DELWP by contacting engage@delwp.vic.gov.au.


If you have any questions or require further information on this package of work, you can contact:

Name: Climate Change Policy, Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning

Email: climate.change@delwp.vic.gov.au

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