Risk Prioritisation and Engagement to Inform the Victorian Climate Change Adaptation Plan

Department of Sustainability and Environment (VIC)

Climate change poses many risks for government service provision. RMCG were engaged by the Department inform the development of Victoria’s first Climate Change Adaptation Plan. This project:

  • Prioritised climate risks to the Victorian Government, drawing on data in eleven existing sector papers using agreed prioritisation criteria
  • Provided a report that summarised prioritised statewide climate risks and risks to each of Victoria’s six regions. The six regions aligned with the five rural Victorian Government regions and an amalgamated metropolitan Melbourne region. Sector papers and workshop/s with key policy staff informed this report
  • Undertook a targeted external stakeholder engagement process to obtain feedback on the development of the Adaptation Plan and prepared a summary of this feedback.

The outcome of project was a robust and representative whole-of-government report on how to best minimise the impact of climate change on Victoria’s regions and government service delivery.


Carl Larsen

Carl Larsen


B.Env.Sci., B.Soc.Sci. (Env.), PG.Cert.CCPI.

Carl is a socio-environmental scientist with 15 years’ experience in planning, delivery and evaluation of agriculture and natural resource management programs, integrated water management, climate change and stakeholder engagement. He understands the practical implications of policy and science on communities and agriculture. Carl has worked with a range of government departments, resource management agencies, research and development corporations, private organisations and communities around Australia on catchment management, sustainable water use, resource management in agriculture/horticulture, land use, climate change, strategic planning, industry development, extension and practice change.

Shayne Annett

Shayne Annett


B.Ag.Sci., M.Res.Admin. (NRM)

Shayne has over 25 years working in land, water and biodiversity management, and during that time has developed the ability to see things from many perspectives, to anticipate issues that might arise and to draw on his experience to develop pragmatic and progressive solutions. He understands on-ground work, private and public land management, planning and managing programs and projects, and policy at local, state and national levels.