We support and complement the work of our portfolio partners by providing advice to inform policy, and delivering programs that encourage organisations to go beyond the minimum environmental compliance requirements.
The environment portfolio (Sustainability Victoria, the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning and EPA Victoria as well as the Waste and Resource Recovery Groups) provides the Victorian Government with policy advice, environmental regulation, programs to implement policies and reporting on the state of Victoria's environment.
Sustainability Victoria delivers programs to achieve the Victorian Government's policy objectives. We support and complement the work of our portfolio partners by providing advice to inform policy, and delivering programs that encourage organisations to go beyond the minimum environmental compliance requirements.
We also support and complement other departments and agencies beyond the environment portfolio including the Department of Jobs, Precincts and Regions in its role to promote economic development and Victoria's clean tech sector.
As part of the Recycling Victoria: A new economy policy, the Victorian Government committed to developing a new waste and recycling Act and establishing a waste authority by 2021.
A new Act and authority will provide the Victorian Government with a system-wide view that will allow it to more effectively oversee the waste and recycling sector, including predicting and responding to future market shocks. This will also ensure that waste and recycling services are reliable and meet community expectations, and contribute to Victoria’s waste and recycling goals.
The Victorian Government released an Options Paper for public consultation titled Waste and Recycling legislation and governance. The public consultation opened on 12 September and closes on 16 October 2020.
Learn more about the consultation on the Engage Victoria website.
There are seven Waste and Resource Recovery Groups (WRRGs) in Victoria. WRRGs are Victorian State Government statutory authorities established on 1 August 2014 by s49C(1) of the Environment Protection Act 1970. The WRRGS succeeded the former Regional Waste Management Groups (RWMGs).
The Environment Protection Act 1970 is available online at the Victorian Law Today Library.
The objectives of a Waste and Resource Recovery Group are:
In seeking to achieve their objectives the Groups are required to collaborate with councils, Sustainability Victoria, the Environment Protection Authority (EPA), industry, business and the community.
The Groups have a legislative responsibility to each develop their Regional Waste Resource Recovery Plans (RWRRIPs) to set out how the waste and resource recovery needs of their region will be met over a 10 year period.
The RWRRIPs will align with and be integrated into the Statewide Waste and Resource Recovery Infrastructure Plan (SWRRIP). The SWRRIP identifies long term strategic directions to inform and guide planning for waste and resource infrastructure. It will also provide guidance on the recovery and reuse of different materials, and options for Victoria to become a flagship state for progress in resource recovery technology and improved recycling and resource efficiency.
Contact details and links to further information for the seven waste and resource recovery groups are provided below.
Postal address: PO Box 82, Belmont, VIC 3216
Ph: (03) 5223 2622
Baw Baw Technology Centre,
107 Princes Highway, Trafalgar, VIC 3824
Postal address: PO Box 444, Trafalgar, VIC 3824
Ph:(03) 5633 2744
Fax: (03) 5633 1945
Postal address: PO Box 6919, Shepparton, VIC 3630
Office: 30 Benalla Road, Shepparton, VIC 3630
Ph: (03) 5822 1300
Postal address: PO Box 1067, Bakery Hill, VIC 3354
Office: Rear 7–17 Learmonth Road, Wendouree, VIC 3355
Postal address: PO Box 12, Bendigo, VIC 3552
Office: Level 1, 43 Williamson Street, Bendigo, VIC 3550
Ph: 0488 911 700
Level 4, Tower 4, World Trade Centre18–38 Siddeley Street, Melbourne, VIC 3005
Postal address: PO Box 1326, South Melbourne, VIC 3205
Ph: 0416 114 602
Falls Creek, Mount Buller, Mount Stirling, and Mount Hotham Ski Resorts
Address: Wangaratta Government Centre, Level 3, 62–68 Ovens St, Wangaratta, VIC 3677
Ph: 0438 003 038
Fax: (03) 5722 9655