This Fund is to ensure Victoria is safely managing hazardous wastes and reducing harm to human health and the environment.
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Industry must co-contribute at least $3 for every $1 funded.
Local government must co-contribute at least $2 for every $1 funded.
Sustainability Victoria is supporting businesses and local government through the Circular Economy Infrastructure Fund: Hazardous Waste – Round 2. The fund aims to assist businesses and local government to increase the capacity and capability of Victoria’s resource recovery sector and recover high quality products.
Applications must be submitted by 11:59 pm, Wednesday 15 December. Late applications will not be accepted except under exceptional circumstances.
This grant is part of the Recycling Victoria policy funding.
Round 2 of this grant closed on 15 December 2021. Fund recipients are yet to be announced.
Find out more in the Information bulletin.
The hazardous waste stream is available to fund infrastructure projects that target low-level contaminated soils and reportable priority waste.
Funding is available to businesses (domestic and international) and local government that have existing hazardous waste facilities in Victoria or are proposing a new facility to be located in Victoria.
Read the Environment Protection Authority’s classifications for prescribed industrial waste, including reuse, disposal, temporary storage and contaminated soil. Please note: only low-level contaminated soils and reportable priority waste projects are eligible for this fund. Reportable priority waste must be defined as a transaction and transport reportable priority waste to be eligible for this funding.
The Recycling Victoria Infrastructure Fund objectives are to:
The hazardous waste stream is seeking projects that will achieve one or more of the following outcomes:
a. Diversion of wastes from Category B landfill disposal.
b. Increased diversion of low-level contaminated soils from landfill disposal.
c. Increased recovery of hazardous wastes for reuse, recycling or energy recovery.
d. Improved management of hazardous wastes for reuse, recycling or energy recovery.
Projects to increase landfill airspace will not be considered but infrastructure that achieve fund outcomes in 2.3 What will be funded may be co-located at landfills.
There is no funding cap per project. The total funding available for this grant round is $9.7 million.
Applicants are required to meet the following minimum cash contribution:
Industry must co-contribute at least $3 for every $1 funded.
Funding from other government sources (including federal, state or local) cannot be included in your co-contribution.
Applicants and project participants must:
We encourage applications from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander businesses.
Sustainability Victoria manages several grants. Although you can apply for more than one grant for a project, you can only receive one grant. If you’ve already applied for a Sustainability Victoria grant and now find this grant is more relevant or suitable, you can withdraw your application by emailing us.
Funding will be provided for infrastructure projects focused on safe management and/or recovery of low-level contaminated soils and reportable priority waste.
Funding may be provided for:
*Refer to the Environment Protection Authority’s Waste classification assessment protocol to determine if your waste is a reportable priority waste.
Projects must meet one or more of the fund outcomes listed below:
a. Diversion of wastes from Category B landfill disposal
b. Increased diversion of low-level contaminated soils from landfill disposal
c. Increased recovery of hazardous wastes for reuse, recycling or energy recovery
Collection, short term storage, and recovery or treatment facilities. Funding can be for expansion, upgrade or new infrastructure to achieve one or more of the following:
d. Improved management of hazardous wastes for reuse, recycling or energy recovery
Short-term storage, collection, recovery or treatment facilities that can achieve one or more of the following:
You can submit multiple applications. Each application must be for a different project. An application must not be for multiple projects.
Projects must not:
The follow costs are ineligible for funding:
The assessment panel will assess the application based on merit according to the criteria below. Weightings are a guide.
The project meets one or more objectives of the fund:
The project is viable, including a demonstration of:
The objectives of the project proposed align with the strategic priorities of the organisation.
Demonstrate the participants’ capability and capacity to successfully deliver the project including:
Demonstrate viability to successfully deliver the project including:
Demonstrate why the project is needed including:
Sustainability Victoria may overlay rankings to achieve an overall mix of projects that represent:
A risk-based approach will be used to assess the Applicant’s social, economic and environmental risks in relation to the project. This assessment will include the Applicant’s Related Entities and may include Project Partners and/or Project Participants (see Section 9: Program definitions).
Applicants (and their Related Entities and, if applicable, their Project Partners and/or Project Participants) must:
Assessment of satisfactory level of risk will include but not be limited to Sustainability Victoria’s consideration of:
Sustainability Victoria may conduct due diligence checks on the Project Partners and/or Project Participants involved in the delivery of the project. The Applicant must ensure that any Project Partners and/or Project Participant(s) agree to cooperate with this requirement and will provide information at Sustainability Victoria’s request.
Sustainability Victoria reserves the right not to award funding to Applicants where the due diligence risk (including that of Project Participants and Project Partners) is unsatisfactory or not able to be managed.
Successful applicants approved for funding must do the following.
Dates may change.
There is no date for the announcement of application outcomes. We will provide applicants with updates as much as possible and when necessary.
The grant program involves a competitive, merit-based application process.
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We recommend Australian applicants to engage with investment support services before submitting their application to ensure their project is investment ready and set up for success.
Victorian Government Business Offices (VGBOs) can connect your business to the appropriate service for you.
Read about the Victorian Government Business Offices in metro Melbourne
Read about the Victorian Government Business Offices in regional Victoria
Sustainability Victoria offers an investment facilitation service for projects that increase Victoria’s resource recovery sector.
Read about our investment facilitation service.
Or email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
We recommend international applicants to notify their nearest Victorian Government Trade and Investment Office (VGTI) of their intention to apply.
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There will be one online information session. A recording will be available after the session.
The Information session will include an overview of the hazardous waste stream and application criteria, including:
Date: Thursday 11 November, 2021Time: 2:00 pm – 3:15 pm
This funding is offered as part of the Victorian Government’s $515 million investment to deliver the biggest transformation and reform of Victoria’s waste and recycling industry. This includes $380 million to deliver Recycling Victoria.
Recycling Victoria will fundamentally:
The Recycling Victoria Infrastructure Fund will address urgent challenges that have caused disruption to Victoria’s recycling services. Investing in priority infrastructure will:
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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.
The Applicant’s required cash or In-kind Contribution to the total project income.
Actual new full-time positions created by your business. This can include training or upskilling of employees who would otherwise be made redundant through the implementation of your project.
The receipt of source-separated recyclable material for utilisation of the material as a finished product or as a raw material for a manufacturing process.
Environmental, Safety or Workplace Breach
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 international equivalents) 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 1970 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.
Full-Time Equivalent Employees (FTE)
The hours worked by one employee on a full-time basis.
The calculation is used to convert the hours worked by several part-time employees into the hours worked by full-time employees. For example, you have three employees working the following - 40, 40 and 20 hours per week, giving you 100 hours per week in total.
Assuming full-time hours are 40 hours per week, your full-time equivalent calculation is 100 hours divided by 40 hours which equals 2.5 FTE.
Jobs created by other businesses that come into existence due to the economic growth of your business.
An in-kind contribution is a contribution of a good or a service other than money.
In-kind contributions may include, but are not limited to:
Businesses that are not located in Australia and do not have an ABN. International applicants must either have a joint venture partner with an ABN or must establish an Australian company prior to entering into a funding agreement with SV and a Victorian office prior to receiving funding.
Process Derived Fuel (PDF)
A fuel product produced as alternative to conventional fuels from a variety of wastes including waste solvents, oils, organic materials (including timber) and plastics.
An organisation engaged by the Applicant to assist in the delivery of the Applicants’ project; included but not limited to product suppliers, consultants, contractors and major sub-contractors.
An organisation/s in an agreed partnership with the Applicant that have a critical role in the project and a formal commitment to delivering the support required to ensure the project’s success. The partnership needs to be demonstrated by a formal agreement between the partners that outlines the governance, financial and intellectual property arrangements and roles and responsibilities of each party. A formal agreement must either be in place or be finalised before commencement of the project.
Public value includes a projects ability to
Entities related to the Applicant including:
Related Person means a director, officer, employee, agent, board member or contractor of the Applicant or a Related Entity.
Reportable Priority Waste
Wastes generated from commercial or industrial sources that are generally hazardous by nature which poses the greatest level of risk to human health and the environment. These wastes are regulated under the Environment Protection (Industrial Waste Resource) Regulations 2009.
Wastes produced as a result of the recycling of solvents wastes, including packaging and distillate by-product.
Waste to Energy
The terms ‘waste to energy’ describes a number of treatment processes and technologies used to generate a usable form of energy from waste materials. Examples of usable forms of energy include electricity, heat and process derived fuels (transport fuels). For the purpose of this document the term ‘waste to energy’ or ‘WtE’ is used.
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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In the subject line, use the grant name ‘Recycling Victoria Infrastructure Fund Hazardous Waste’.