The Circular Economy Household Education Fund provides financial support to all Victorian councils and Alpine Resort Management Boards.
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Sustainability Victoria is delivering the Circular Economy Household Education Program to help educate Victorians to better manage and reduce their household waste. This will involve statewide and local campaigns.
To support the delivery of local campaigns, the $6.03 million Circular Economy Household Education Fund (the Fund) provides financial support to all Victorian councils and Alpine Resort Management Boards (ARMB).
The Campaign Materials educate and help Victorians to use the new (or existing) services correctly, to achieve low levels of contamination. Initial campaign materials are available now from the asset library
and the full suite of new campaign materials will be available from March 2022.
This grant is funded through the government’s circular economy policy, Recycling Victoria: a new economy. This is Round 2 of 4 planned funding rounds, with timings subject to change.
Each council and ARMB is eligible to receive one grant under the Fund. Councils and ARMBs should apply for funding in Round 2 if they are introducing New Household Recycling Services before 30 September 2024 or have already delivered a 4-stream household recycling service.
The following are the guidelines for applying for this fund.
Round 2 of this grant closed on 15 March 2022. View the fund recipients.
On 22 February, the Round 2 Guidelines were updated. The eligibility for funding was extended and a clarification was made regarding the ineligibility criteria.
Find out more in the Information bulletin.
The objectives of the Fund are to:
The New Household Recycling Services under the Recycling Victoria policy are:
The Fund includes a base amount for both councils and ARMBs and an additional variable component for councils.
The Fund includes a base amount for all Applicants. It is:
In addition, there is a variable component for councils which will be determined by Sustainability Victoria. The maximum a council could receive is capped at $106,000 (including variable amount) based on consideration of the following factors:
Council A and Council B have a similar population, but Council B has a higher number of dwellings, a higher population density and a higher rate of languages other than English spoken at home.
Council B would receive more funding compared to Council A.
Council X and Council Y both have a high proportion of languages other than English spoken at home, but Council Y has a 30% higher population and a higher number of dwellings but is less densely populated, with 30% less persons per square kilometre. These variables affect the rankings of both councils relative to all councils.
They would each receive a similar amount of funding, with Council Y’s slightly higher.
*Please note: Sustainability Victoria has conducted extensive research to identify the segments of the population that are more likely to possess higher rates of incorrect recycling behaviour and knowledge. To learn more, visit Recycling knowledge, attitudes and behaviours of Victorians.
To be eligible for funding, Applicants must:
Applicants are encouraged to contact their respective regional waste and resource recovery group (WRRG) to discuss their application and seek feedback. WRRGs can support councils and ARMBs with their application and will not be involved in the assessment of applications.
Please see the WRRG contact details.
The activities involved with delivery of a campaign using the funding are referred to as the Project.
Funding will support Projects that:
A minimum of 60% of the grant amount must be used to advertise the New Household Recycling Services locally, however Sustainability Victoria recommends 80% of the grant be allocated to advertising to reach all segments of the local community.
This includes advertising across all channels, including but not limited to print, radio, digital, selected out-of-home channels (such as billboards at transport stops and shopping centres) and direct mail. Advertising channels must be targeted to reach the municipality.
A maximum of 40% of the grant amount can be used for other activities such as:
Sustainability Victoria has developed a Campaign Guide to support councils and ARMBs to identify these activities. Initial campaign materials are available now from the asset library
and the full suite of new campaign materials will be available from March 2022.
Projects are ineligible for funding if they:
The following costs are ineligible for funding:
Applicants will be assessed against the criteria outlined below.
Applicants must provide a summary of their current household recycling services and detail the New Household Recycling Service they are introducing. If the Applicant has already achieved a 4-stream household recycling service, they must detail the improvements they are planning to target in their existing services.
In addition, applicants must:
Applicants must detail how they will deliver their Project. This includes details of the:
Applicants must explain why they have chosen to deliver their Project as outlined in the application and how this approach will deliver a behaviour change in their community. Applicants should consider the connection between:
Outline why the approach will be successful in reaching householders and helping support the services and achieve low contamination rates.
Applicants must demonstrate their ability to deliver the Project and outline who will be responsible. Applicants must detail their:
A risk-based approach will be used to assess the Applicant’s social, economic and environmental risks in relation to the Project.
Assessment of satisfactory level of risk will include but not be limited to Sustainability Victoria‘s consideration of:
Sustainability Victoria reserves the right not to award funding to Applicants where the due diligence risk is unsatisfactory or not able to be managed.
Successful Applicants approved for funding must do the following.
Applications open: Tuesday 1 February 2022
Applications close: Tuesday 15 March 2022
Information session: Tuesday 8 February 2022
Notification of outcome: May 2022
Funding agreements established: Within 30 days of notification of outcome
Projects commenced: After funding agreement established and before 30 June 2024
Project completed by: 30 June 2025
Please note: These dates are indicative only and are subject change.
Applicants should review and follow these steps:
There will be one online information session. A recording will be available after the session.
Date: Tuesday, 8 February 2022Time: 10:00am
The Victorian Government has invested over $515 million to deliver the biggest transformation and reform of Victoria’s waste and recycling industry. This includes $380 million to deliver Victorian Government’s circular economy policy, Recycling Victoria: a new economy, which will fundamentally reduce waste, boost jobs and establish a recycling system Victorians can rely on.
Action 2.3 under the policy, is the Recycling Victoria Household Education and Behaviour Change Program. Sustainability Victoria is leading this $26.632 million program, which aims to educate all Victorian households on how to recycle correctly, reduce contamination and minimise waste in response to the New Household Recycling Services (linked with action 5.1 of the policy led by Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning).
The Recycling Victoria Household Education and Behaviour Change Program has two components, a statewide campaign and the $6.03 million Recycling Victoria Household Education and Behaviour Change Fund (the Fund). Together, the program and the Fund support the policy targets:
The program and the Fund also sit under Sustainability Victoria’s strategy to transition Victoria to a circular, climate-resilient economy and the following focus areas:
The applicant who applies for the funding and is responsible for all details in the submission of an application and the contractual obligations under the funding agreement with Sustainability Victoria if successful for grant funding.
Sustainability Victoria has developed the Campaign Guide to support councils and ARMBs to use the Campaign Materials and deliver the campaign in their local areas. The Campaign Guide can be found on the asset library, along with the Campaign Materials and other resources.
Materials and resources developed by Sustainability Victoria for the Recycling Victoria Household Education and Behaviour Change Program. These can be found on the asset library.
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An environmental or safety breach is any past or current prosecution, reportable incident, investigation, notice, penalty, warning, regulatory intervention or enforcement action from the Environment Protection Authority (EPA), Victorian WorkCover Authority (WorkSafe) or Fair Work or failure to comply with any environmental, safety and workplace laws.
Environmental and Safety Laws
Environmental and safety laws are the Occupational Health and Safety Act 2004, Environment Protection Act 2017 or any other legislation, regulation, order, statute, by-law, ordinance or any other legislative or regulatory measure, code, standard or requirement relating to the protection and safety of persons or property or which regulate the environment including laws relating to land use planning, pollution of air or water, soil or groundwater contamination, chemicals, waste, the use, handling, storage or transport of dangerous goods or substances, greenhouse gas emissions, carbon trading, or any other aspect of protection of the environment.
New Household Recycling Services
Victorian Government’s circular economy policy, Recycling Victoria: a new economy, requires consistent household recycling services across the state. These include a separate glass recycling service available to all households by 2027, a food and garden organics service by 2030, and consistent bin lid colours.
Delivery of all activities using, or involved with, the funding provided by Sustainability Victoria. For example, communication and engagement activities, or monitoring and evaluation activities.
Workplace laws are the Fair Work Act 2009, or any other legislation, regulation order, statute, by-law, ordinance or any other legislative or regulatory measure, code, standard or requirement relating to the provision of fair, relevant and enforceable minimum terms and conditions for all persons and to prevent discrimination against employees.
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