The Primary Production system includes agriculture, plantation forestry, productive fisheries and the infrastructure, workforce and communities supporting these industries.

Climate change impacts are a significant challenge for Victoria’s primary industries. Victoria is likely to become hotter and drier and may experience more frequent and/or extreme events such as heatwaves, bushfires and drought and the availability of fresh water is likely to become a more critical issue.

The primary production system includes agriculture, plantation forestry, productive fisheries and the infrastructure, workplace and communities supporting these industries

As the climate changes, it threatens the productivity and sustainability of many primary industries. It will challenge the ways businesses and governments operate and make decisions, requiring innovative and targeted responses and new skills, tools, resources and information.

Climate change – and adapting to climate change - also create opportunities. These include bringing new products to market, utilising newly viable or available species, generating efficiencies, diversifying income, and supporting business continuity and growth.

In Victoria, action on climate change is underpinned by the Climate Change Act 2017 (the Act). Ministers for seven different systems, including Primary Production, are preparing five-yearly climate change Adaptation Action Plans (AAPs).

This draft Primary Production Climate Change Adaptation Action Plan 2022-2026 builds on the work that primary industries are already doing to adapt to climate change. It will enable partnerships to stimulate new research and innovation, boost capacity across the system, and build capabilities within government to respond to the changing climate.

To help shape the Primary Production AAP, the Government is calling for feedback on the draft from the general public and from stakeholders.

How to participate

Please read the draft Primary Production AAP and the Frequently Asked Questions, and then provide your input no later than 11:59 p.m. on 6 August 2021.

You can provide input by:

  • making a written submission and/or
  • answering the survey questions


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Consultation on the Primary Production Adaptation Action Plan 2022-2025 is being managed by the Department of Jobs, Precincts and Regions (DJPR).

DJPR is collecting personal information from you to inform the development of the Primary Production Adaptation Action Plan by the Victorian Government. For the purposes of data analysis, information may be shared across relevant departments including Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning (DELWP), 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).

Please do not include personally identifying information in the body of your submission. If you do not wish your submission to be published or to have content from your submission quoted in the response to consultation, please contact us at aap@djpr.vic.gov.au

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