Overview

In Victoria, action on climate change is underpinned by the Climate Change Act 2017 (the Act). The Act requires nominated Ministers for seven different systems, including the Education and Training system, to prepare climate change adaptation action plans.

The Education and Training Climate Change Adaptation Action Plan 2022-2026 aims to build knowledge and capacity to respond to the current and expected impacts of climate change on the system.

The Education and Training system includes early childhood, education, and training and skills. It is one of seven systems creating Climate Change Adaptation Action Plans.

Victoria's Education and Training system is both vulnerable to the impacts of climate change and is fundamental in supporting the workforce and younger generations to build the necessary knowledge, skills and capability to adapt to climate change and build resilience.

The Department of Education and Training has conducted an assessment of the potential impacts and opportunities of climate change on the Education and Training system. It has assessed what the system is already doing to adapt and what additional action might further support climate change adaptation for the Education and Training system.

We are now looking for your thoughts and feedback on climate change adaptation for the Education and Training system.


How to participate

Step 1: Read the draft Education and Training Climate Change Adaptation Action Plan 2022-2026

Step 2: Complete the survey below.

Privacy collection notice

This notice outlines how personal information will be collected and used as part of the Climate Change Adaptation Action Plan for the Education and Training System (AAP) regulatory impact statement consultation (the Consultation).

Any personal, health and sensitive information submitted with your Engage Victoria submission as part of the Consultation, will be handled in accordance with the Privacy Data and Protection Act 2014 (Vic) (the PDP Act), the Health Records Act 2001 (Vic) (the HR Act) and the Public Records Act 1973 (Vic).

The development of the Climate Change Adaptation Action Plan for the Education and Training System (ETAAP) is a requirement under the Climate Change Act 2017 (the Act). The Minister for Education is the nominated lead Minister for the development of the ETAAP, supported by the Minister for Higher Education, Skills and Training, and the Minister for Police and Emergency Services.

The draft ETAAP identifies how the education and training system can support the Victorian Government’s priorities for climate change adaptation, as well as prepare the system for the current and expected impacts of climate change and build resilience.

The ETAAP is one of seven AAPs to be developed. The others are:

  1. Built environment
  2. Transport
  3. Water
  4. Primary production
  5. Natural environment
  6. Health and human services.

The Minister for Education is required to prepare the ETAAP by 31 October 2021. Under the Act, the lead agency of each AAP is required to release a draft for a 28-day public consultation period. The public comment for AAPs is scheduled for 9 July to 6 August 2021.

The AAPs must respond to an assessment of the extent to which the policies of the Victorian Government respond to the adaptation priorities of the climate change strategy. The draft ETAAP includes 22 adaptation actions. Given that this is the first education and training AAP to be developed in a series of five-year plans to 2050, many actions are exploratory and formative in nature.

Public consultation on the draft ETAAP will be completed through the Engage Victoria website. Consultation for all seven draft AAPs is planned to occur concurrently.

The information you provide, and your online submissions will be provided to the Department of Education and Training (the Department) staff involved in administering this Consultation. Your online submissions/recordings/notes from Consultation will be used to inform a summary report resulting from the Consultation and potential recommendations for refining and implementing the proposed regulations.

Your free text submissions may also be selected for inclusion in the summary report. Any personal information will not be included in the final report.

A summary report will be prepared by Department staff for the Department’s use.

You may choose to provide your email address by using the ‘Register for updates’ form. This information will not be associated with the survey submissions. By providing your email address, you authorise the Department to collect and use it for the purpose of updating you about the ETAAP.

All Information collected from a survey participant will be used for the purposes of the Consultation or where otherwise permitted by law. This information may also be used by the Department to inform decision making, including policy changes relating to the improvement of the implementation of the ETAAP.

The information gathered will be used to provide the Department with a full understanding of how to refine (if necessary) and best implement the ETAAP.

The information you provide, and your survey answers, will be given to the Reviewer and the supporting Project Team, comprised of Department staff, to inform the ETAAP of recommendations.

Where required to inform the development of the other six AAP’s, de identified information will also be provided to Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning Department of Jobs (DELWP), Precincts and Regions (DJPR), Department of Transport (DoT), 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).

The information will be stored in New South Wales and Victoria. The Consultant is bound in their use of data by a professional services contract, which provides for IP protection, treatment of confidential information, and adherence to privacy principles (under the PDP Act and the HR Act).

You can request access and correction of your information by contacting the Department.

For more information, please see the Department of Education and Training's Information Privacy Policy.