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Climate change

​Victorian councils face a range of challenges when managing climate-related risks. Councils are at different stages in their climate adaptation journey and require focused support to prepare and implement climate change adaptation planning and projects.

We’re working with councils to build their capacity and planning in the areas of emergency managementsocial and community services, planning and building, infrastructure and environment.

Our work in assisting councils to manage and reduce carbon emissions focuses on reporting, management, carbon price costs and energy-efficient public lighting.

Victorian councils are also supported through regional greenhouse alliances, which now cover much of Victoria. Membership of greenhouse alliances can include councils, business and community groups.

Review of the Climate Change Act 2010

The Minister for Environment, Climate Change and Water has appointed a three-person Independent Review Committee (IRC)  to conduct a review of the Climate Change Act 2010.

The Government has described the review as one of the first steps in positioning Victoria as a leader in climate change action.

The review is focused on examining the effectiveness of the current operation of the Act, whether the Act provides a strong foundation for both mitigation and adaptation action, and whether it is sufficiently robust to deal with changes over time.

Section 18 of the Act provides that the review must be completed before 31 December 2015.

In our submission to the IRC (Word – 308KB) the MAV notes that a number of changes need to be made to the Act in order for it to become a genuine driver of climate change action.

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