Climate change modelling indicates that as Victoria becomes drier and warmer, weather-related hazards are likely to occur more often and potentially be more severe.

Examples of such hazards include heatwaves, severe winds, storms, maximum temperature thresholds and concurrent and/or compounding events.

Victoria’s Climate Change Act 2017 sets a target of net-zero emissions by 2050 and provides a clear signal to all sectors of the Victorian economy regarding the need for significant and sustained action to reduce emissions.

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Publish year Assurance activity Summary Organisation
2024 Weathering the storm: adapting Victoria's infrastructure to climate change (External link) Victoria's infrastructure, like roads and powerlines, was not built for more frequent and extreme weather, so is exposed to greater damage from wild storms, bushfires and floods. This report makes 7 recommendations aimed to help the Victorian Government to better assess and prepare infrastructure for the impacts of climate change. Victorian Government
2024 Governance of climate change commitments (External link) An assurance audit on the effectiveness of DCCEEW’s governance arrangements supporting the implementation of the Australian Government’s climate change commitments, including its arrangements to assess and measure implementation, coordination, risk management, and performance. Australian National Audit Office
2024 Independent Review of the Australian Climate Service - Final Report (External link) A performance evaluation of the Australian Climate Service (ACS) and its suitability to meet Australia's current and future climate information needs found there is an urgent and rapidly growing demand for climate and disaster risk information. The final report makes 11 recommendations including transferring responsibility for emergency management support functions from the ACS to the National Emergency Management Agency. Australian Government
2024 A strong community sector for a safe climate (External link) An exploration of how community organisations are responding to climate change, and they need to ramp up that response to continue meeting the needs of their communities. Victorian Council of Social Service
2024 Giving Victorians a voice on climate change (External link) A report that provides lived experiences of those who don’t often get a say on decisions around climate change. Contributions include people across the state who have been impacted by disasters – or witnessed others seeking help after disasters. Victorian Council of Social Service
2024  Young people and extreme weather (External link)  One in 10 young people in Australia were impacted by an extreme weather event in 2023. Recommendations include engaging young people in the development of future disaster recovery strategies, planning and implementation; ensuring access to housing and financial supports; and increasing mental health support for impacted communities.  Independent
2023 Economic Impacts from Sea Level Rise and Storm Surge in Victoria, Australia over the 21st century (External link) A documentation of the economic challenges that Victoria’s coastal communities will face from sea level rise and related storm surges, its recommendations include establishment of an independent taskforce to develop and promote a vision and operational blueprint to guide Victoria’s response to rising sea levels and related storm surge Academia
2023 Community engagement review: report to the Minister for Climate Change and Energy (External link) A review of community engagement on renewable energy infrastructure developments, it identified opportunities to improve engagement with developments to ensure community support and participation in Australia’s renewable energy transition. Australian Government
2023 Reshaping Australian Food Systems (External link) Acknowledging that Australia’s food systems are embedded within an interconnected global system, this report identifies opportunities and R&D priorities based on research into work undertaken to-date internationally and locally, and into the perspectives of the cross-sectoral stakeholders consulted during the project. Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation
2023 Victorian State of the Environment 2023 Report (External link) Victoria’s five-yearly report card on the health of the state’s natural environment – land, water, air and ecosystems, the report is a considered analysis of the available science and the pressures and challenges ahead. The recommendations seek to support the Victorian Government to keep improving its environmental monitoring and management systems and capabilities during this decade and beyond. Independent