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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 management, social and community services, planning and building, infrastructure and environment.

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.

Victorian Climate Change Grants

The Victorian Minister for Environment, Climate Change and Water announced a $1.15 million grants program to support councils respond to the challenges of climate change.

The Victorian Climate Change Grants 2015 program is designed to support the most vulnerable to respond to climate change and  promote innovation and opportunities in climate change adaptation and mitigation.

There is a competitive round of grants of $20,000 to $80,000 open to all councils and a non-competitive round of grants of up to $10,000 aimed at councils with significant constraints on resources.

Applications must be submitted online by 5pm, 29 December 2015.

Successful projects will be announced in February 2016.

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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