This project aims to provide a research platform to assist policy development designed to enhance government preparedness for climate change risk and build the adaptive capacity and climate resilience of Victorians. This report comprises an initial identification of relevant legal and regulatory frameworks in respect of selected climate risks and extreme events. It examines general legal, institutional and governance implications in terms of fostering effective adaptation to climate change impacts and for the management of natural disaster risk within Victoria.
Part A provides background to why climate change adaptation and responses to extreme weather events are a challenge for legal and regulatory frameworks specifically, and governance more generally.
Part B explores how relevant laws and governance arrangements provide for adaptation and the management of the risks associated with extreme weather events.
Part C uses an example of the governance arrangements for managing flood risk to highlight the complexity involved in climate risk management.