ECCV welcomes the opportunity to provide comment on the Victorian Government’s draft Climate Change Adaption Action Plan 2022-26 in the area of Health and Human Services. Addressing climate change through supporting our communities and our members to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, address risks, and manage the consequences of climate change is a strategic priority for ECCV.

    ECCV is pleased that the Health and Human Services Adaptation Action Plan (HHS AAP) sets out to “address the disproportionate impact of climate change on vulnerable and disadvantaged groups, and the associated risks of increasing social and economic inequalities”. Although culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) communities are identified as a community for whom the effects of climate change may be especially pronounced, there is no clear indication of how the Health and Human Services system will assist them in their adaptation.

    Victorians from migrant and refugee backgrounds will require support to adapt to the effects of climate change along with all Victorians. They are however in some ways particularly susceptible to these effects, and have higher needs requiring targeted strategies to ensure that their communities are suitably supported in their adaptations. Our submission outlines eight recommendations to ensure the HHS AAP is capable of supporting the complex needs of the state’s migrant and refugee communities.