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
2022 The Cost of Extreme Weather 2022 (External link) A research report that estimates direct costs from extreme weather events are to grow by 5.13 per cent each year and reach $35.24 billion by 2050, directly costing Australian households an average of $2,509.16 every year. The report concludes that if we are to mitigate the rising costs of extreme weather, the federal government should focus more on resilience and future-proofing Independent
2022 Australia State of the Environment 2021 (External link) An assessment of the changing condition of our natural environment across 12 themes: air quality, Antarctica, biodiversity, climate, coasts, extreme events, heritage, Indigenous, inland water, land, marine and urban. A committee of independent scientists and environmental experts authored the thematic chapters and contributed to the Overview report and were supported an Australian Government taskforce. Independent
2021 Feeling the Heat (External link) A report exploring the impact of extreme heat and outlines the risk factors that exacerbate heat vulnerability. It reflects current research, consultation with the Victorian community sector, a survey of community organisations about their experiences of heatwaves, and interviews with clients across the state. The report proposes recommendations to reduce the harm caused by extreme heat and strengthen the services provided to people experiencing disadvantage. Victorian Council of Social Service
2021 Preparing for the era of disasters (External link) An Era of Disasters will increasingly stretch emergency services, diminish community resilience and escalate economic costs and losses of life and have profound implications for food security in our immediate region, with cascading impacts that will undermine Australia’s national security. This report recommends the Australian government and the state and local governments need to begin preparing now for the unprecedented scale of these emerging challenges. Australian Strategic Policy Institute
2021 Inquiry into ecosystem decline in Victoria (External link) This report covers a very broad range of issues facing the serious decline of Victoria’s ecosystems including population growth and spread, and climate change. The report makes 74 recommendations to address the range of problems associated with Victoria’s declining ecosystem including Traditional Owner land and fire management practices, and flora and fauna recovery after major bushfires. Parliament of Victoria
2021 Victoria’s water in a changing climate (External link) A report that allows for a better understanding of how Victoria’s climate and hydrology are changing through a mix of historic observations and future projections, and, most importantly, how this will impact the state’s water resources in the short and long term. Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning
2020 Climate and Disaster Resilience (External link) A report to the Prime Minister on practical options for Australian governments to support and improve Australia’s climate and disaster resilience. The report includes recommendations on building Australia's climate and disaster resilience for consideration by governments and is underpinned by a more detailed technical report. Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation
2020 Victorian Greenhouse Gas Emissions Report 2019 (External link) The Victorian Government's annual report on the state's greenhouse gas emissions in accordance with the requirements of Victoria's Climate Change Act 2017. Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning
2020 Inquiry into Tackling Climate Change in Victorian Communities (External link) An inquiry into what Victoria's urban, rural and regional communities are doing to tackle climate change and how the Victorian Government could support these communities. Parliament of Victoria
2020 Climate Science Report 2019 (External link) A report on the latest climate change science knowledge gained from the Victorian Government’s ongoing investment in climate science. The report provides valuable insights into both how the climate is changing and what it means for Victoria’s future. Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning