DELWP leads the Victorian Government's commitment to reinvigorate climate change action within the state, working across state government and with local governments, businesses and the community to develop effective strategies to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and help Victorian's adapt to the effects
of climate change.
DELWP will partner with Sustainability Victoria, whose new role in helping communities respond to climate change will be a critical contribution to addressing and minimising the effects of climate change on our environment, community and economy.
The independent review of the Climate Change Act 2010 is a significant step towards restoring Victoria's status as a leader and model for other governments in tackling climate change. Additionally, the latest climate change science will be used to identify issues for Victoria and strengthen the state
government's climate change response.
Climate Change and Victoria website
A refreshed version of the Climate Change and Victoria website, developed by the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning is now live.
The new Climate Change and Victoria website, www.climatechange.vic.gov.au, is a one-stop shop for information on climate change action happening across the State, science updates specific to Victorian regions and useful resources.
Further information about climate change science can be found on the Climate
2015 Review of the Climate Change Act 2010
The Victorian Government has committed to position our state as a leader in climate change action. An independent review of the
Climate Change Act 2010 (the Act) was one of the first steps toward achieving this goal.
The Independent Review Committee delivered their report to the Minister for Environment, Climate Change and Water on 30 December, 2015. The report was tabled in Parliament by the Minister on Thursday 11 February 2016. A government response to the independent review report will follow.
Summary of the Independent Review of the Climate Change
Act 2010 [PDF File -
Review of the Climate Change Act 2010 [PDF File -
(An accessible version will be
made available shortly)
Change Act 2010 (the
Act) was passed by the Victorian Parliament in September 2010 and came into effect on 1 July 2011. The Act is available on the Victorian Legislation
Parliamentary Documents website.
A public submissions process was conducted from Monday 6 July until Monday 10 August 2015.
During the 5 week submission period, 103 unique submissions were received from organisations and individuals. A further 1556 submissions were received from campaigns coordinated by two organisations. Submissions were considered by the Independent Review Committee as it developed its report to Government.
Thank you to everyone who took the time to make a submission.
here to view the submissions received.
Terms of Reference
The Terms of Reference for the review of the
Climate Change Act 2010 focussed on examining:
- the effectiveness of the current operation of the Act,
- whether it provides a strong foundation for both mitigation and adaptation action, and
- whether it is sufficiently robust to deal with changes over time.
The Terms of Reference allowed the Independent Review
Committee to directly seek the views of the community, business, and non-government sector representatives in developing its report to the Minister.
The full Terms of Reference is available here:
Independent Review Committee
The Minister for Environment, Climate Change and Water appointed a three-person Independent Review Committee to conduct the review. The members were:
- Mr Martijn Wilder AM (Chair),
- Ms Anna Skarbek, and
- Professor Rosemary Lyster.
All three members are highly regarded and possess extensive legislative and climate change expertise. The Committee was supported by a small secretariat from DELWP. The views and recommendations in the final report of the Review are those of the Committee.
Martijn Wilder AM - Martijn is head of Baker and McKenzie's Global Environmental Markets practice specialising in international carbon and broader environmental markets, finance and projects. He is also Adjunct Professor of Climate Change Law at the Australian National University and a Board member
of the Climate Council and the Clean Energy Finance Corporation.
Anna Skarbek - Anna is CEO of ClimateWorks Australia, leading the organisation's work in analysing emissions reduction opportunities and partnering with business and government on unblocking barriers to their implementation. Anna is also director of the Clean Energy Finance Corporation.
Rosemary Lyster - Rosemary is the Professor of Climate and Environmental Law at Sydney Law School, The University of Sydney. She is also the Director of the Faculty's Australian Centre for Climate and Environmental Law. In 2013, Rosemary was appointed a Herbert Smith Freehills Visiting Professor at
Cambridge Law School and was a Visiting Scholar at Trinity College, Cambridge in 2009 and in 2014. Rosemary is internationally recognised for her research in the area of climate law spanning almost two decades.
2011 Review of the Climate Change Act
The Climate Change Act
2010 was reviewed in late 2011, triggered by the introduction of national emissions reduction policy and legislation by the Commonwealth Government.
More information about this review, including the review recommendations and the government's response can be found in the final reports listed below.
Accessible Versions of the Reports