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In 2020, the Council of Australian Governments (COAG) agreed Australia should establish a timetable to ban the export of waste plastic, paper, glass and tyres, while building Australia’s capacity to generate high value recycled commodities and associated demand.
The Australian Government has entered into a National Partnership Agreement (NPA) with States and Territories that commits up to $190 million over four years through the Recycling Modernisation Fund for recycling infrastructure projects across Australia.
$37.9 million is currently available to industry and local government for this round of the Recycling Victoria – Recycling Modernisation Fund (RV-RMF).
In addition, the Victorian government is releasing a separate funding stream providing $13.3 million funding for Round 2 of the Recycling Victoria Infrastructure fund (RVIF), to address paper, cardboard, plastics, glass, tyres, textiles and organics.
Victorian Government funding is released as part of its $380 million commitment under the Recycling Victoria policy, which will fundamentally boost jobs and establish a recycling system Victorians can rely on.
RV-RMF and RVIF funding for recycling infrastructure will build the capacity, capability and resilience of Victoria’s resource recovery sector, prepare businesses for the implementation of the national export ban on waste materials, increase the quality of materials for remanufacture and create jobs in the circular economy.
These funding guidelines describe how eligible proposals will be assessed against merit based criteria through a competitive process to apply for RV-RMF or RVIF funding.
The same application form is used to apply for either RV-RMF or RVIF funding. Sustainability Victoria will assess which fund your project is most aligned to. RV-RMF applications will be assessed in consultation with the Australian Government.
Thursday 25 March 2021
11.59 pm, Friday 7 May 2021
Successful projects will be announced as soon as possible after evaluation and assessment.
Note: these dates may change.
The Recycling Victoria - Recycling Modernisation Fund (RV-RMF) supports infrastructure projects that address specific waste materials impacted by the national waste export bans:
If your application is eligible for RV-RMF, it will be subject to consideration for Australian Government funding. See section 4.2 on RMF for more detail. If your application is not successful for funding through the Australian Government, SV will assess your application under the Recycling Victoria Infrastructure Fund – Materials stream (round 2).
The Recycling Victoria Infrastructure Fund (RVIF) – Materials stream (Round 2) supports infrastructure projects that increase capacity and improve the recovery of the materials listed below:
Funding is available to businesses (including international), not-for-profits and local governments that have existing reprocessing and remanufacturing facilities in Victoria, or are proposing a new facility in Victoria.
Applications must be submitted by 11:59 pm, Friday 7 May 2021. Late applications will not be accepted except under exceptional circumstances.
To ensure your project is investment ready, support and assistance available.
There is no funding cap per project.
The funds' objectives are to:
This will be achieved by funding projects that will:
Funding will be provided through a competitive application process. You will submit an application through the SmartyGrants website.
As part of the online application, you will complete an eligibility checklist. If you do not meet any of the eligibility requirements in the application form, you will not be able to proceed with your application.
In addition, you will complete a project-readiness assessment to self-assess the investment readiness of your project and ensure your application has the best chance of success.
The application form covers what detailed information Sustainability Victoria requires to assess your application. If Sustainability Victoria requires clarification, you are required to respond in a timely manner.
If you have developed a separate business case, you may submit this to Sustainability Victoria as an attachment for supporting evidence, however, each question in the application form must still be completed in its entirety and in accordance with the information requirements.
Once applications close, Sustainability Victoria will conduct a pre-assessment eligibility check on your application. If Sustainability Victoria finds your project is ineligible, you will be notified as soon as possible.
Your application will then be assessed by a panel with relevant technical and commercial expertise. The assessment panel will be supported by advisors to provide technical, regulatory, economic, financial and probity advice on applications.
The assessment panel will assess the application according to the following merit criteria.
Demonstrate the project meets one or more of the fund objectives:
Demonstrate the project is viable, including demonstration of:
The objectives of the project proposed align with the strategic priorities of the organisation.
Demonstrate the impact your project will have on capacity requirements resulting from the impacts of the waste export ban on materials. Projects that significantly increase capacity to recover export waste ban materials will be considered more favourably.
Demonstrate the participants’ capability and capacity to successfully deliver the project including:
Demonstrate viability to successfully deliver the project including:
Financial viability demonstrated through financial assessment and cost benefit analysis including:
Demonstrate why the project is needed including:
Projects should, wherever possible, address Australia’s regional and remove waste challenges.
Each assessment criteria has a different weighting which determines your final assessment score.
The assessment panel may overlay rankings to achieve a diverse mix of projects that can 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.
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 SV’s consideration of:
SV 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 SV’s request.
SV 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.
Applicants who were successful under the Recycling Victoria Infrastructure Fund (round 1) are eligible to apply. The project must have a clear difference (e.g. targeting a different material, at a different site or a clear expansion of processing capacity).
Applicants and Project Participants must:
We encourage applications from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander organisations.
Projects should maximise public value and private sector co-investment. Requested funding must be directly related to the project.
If your project does not specifically address the national waste export bans, see if it is eligible under the RVIF materials stream (round 2).
The RV-RMF will provide funding for reprocessing, remanufacturing and end-market capacity projects for the materials below. Projects for more than one material stream will be considered.
Projects may include:
Projects that significantly contribute to increased capacity to recover export waste ban materials will be considered more favourably.
If your application is eligible for RV-RMF, it will be subject to consideration for Australian Government funding. Special conditions apply to Commonwealth-funded projects where the funding is for construction or building work and the Commonwealth funding is at least $10 million. You and your subcontractors will need to comply with the Code for the Tendering and Performance of Building Work 2016.
If your application is not successfully funded through the Australian Government, SV will assess your application under the Recycling Victoria Infrastructure Fund – Materials stream (round 2), which may change your required co-contribution ratio. In this case you will be given the opportunity to adjust your co-contribution and consider any impact on the project viability.
Mixed and unsorted paper and cardboard that will provide high quality materials for reuse.
Examples of project feedstocks not eligible:
Mixed plastics that are not of a single resin or polymer and/or further sorting, cleaning and processing is required before use in remanufacturing.
Single resin or polymer plastics that have not been reprocessed.
Export ban start date: 2 July 2022
Examples of project feedstocks not eligible:
Unprocessed glass in a whole or broken state. Both formed packaging and flat sheet glass.
Whole used tyres (including baled tyres).
Examples of project feedstocks that are not eligible:
If your project specifically addresses the national waste export bans, see if it is eligible under the RV-RMF.
The RVIF Materials stream (round 2) will provide funding for infrastructure projects focused on the materials and priorities below. Projects for more than one material stream will be considered.
Projects may include:
Reprocessing and manufacturing recovered fibre in Victoria. This includes:
Reprocessing and remanufacturing capacity of all types of plastics.
Reprocessing and remanufacturing of glass from kerbside and the container deposit scheme.
Primary and secondary processing of organic waste.
Build capacity to increase the reprocessing and remanufacturing of textiles in Victoria.
Shredding and further processing into crumb rubber, granules or powder for whole tyres.
Recycling Victoria – Recycling Modernisation Fund
Applicants are required to meet the following minimum cash co-contribution:
Funding from other government sources (including federal, state or local) cannot be included in your co-contribution.
Recycling Victoria Infrastructure fund
Applicants are required to meet the following minimum cash co-contribution:
Investment leverage will be a key consideration as part of application assessments. Higher investment from the applicant will be looked upon more favourably.
Projects that were successful under the Recycling Victoria Infrastructure Fund (round 1) are not eligible.
Projects must not:
The following is ineligible for funding:
Successful Applicants must do the following.
The grant program involves a competitive, merit-based application process.
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.
International Applicants must notify their nearest Victorian Government Trade and Investment Office (VGTI) of their intention to apply.
Visit the Victorian Trade and Investment Office website.
There will be 2 information sessions.
The first session will discuss general information, such as:
Sessions are online. A recording and transcript will be available after the session.
Date: 1 April 2021
Time: 10:00 am
Date: 21 April 2021
Time: 2:00 pm
Registration opening soon
If you do not have the internal capacity to answer all the application questions (e.g. finance analysis) we encourage you engage an external expert to assist you with your application.
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Phone: + 61 3 8656 6757 Monday to Friday, 10:00 am to 4:00 pm.
In the subject line, use the grant name Materials recycling infrastructure funding.
Australian Business Number
Australian Company Number
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. Co-contribution
The Applicant’s required cash 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:
National Waste Export Ban
On 9 August 2019, the Council of Australian Governments (COAG) agreed Australia should establish a timetable to ban the export of waste plastic, paper, glass and tyres, while building Australia’s capacity to generate high value recycled commodities and associated demand. On 8 November 2019, Commonwealth, state and territory Environment Ministers agreed that waste plastic, paper, glass and tyres that have not been processed into value-added materials should be banned from export from Australia.
For more information, read about the waste export ban.
Non-Government Organisations (NGOs)
NGOs are non-profit organisations that are set up and operated independently from local, state or international governments. They usually address social, political or environmental issues. In Australia a non-government organisation:
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.
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 which are related to the Applicant and includes:
Related Person means a director, officer, employee, agent, board member or contractor of the Applicant or a Related Entity.
The transformation of materials into a demonstrated finished product that has a demand and use.
An industrial process that used material is put through so that it can be used again.
Workplace laws are the Fair Work Act 2009 (or international equivalent), 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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