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The $6.03 million Recycling Victoria Household Education and Behaviour Change Fund (the Fund) provides financial assistance to Victorian councils and alpine resort management boards (ARMBs) to use the campaign materials developed by Sustainability Victoria (SV) for the Recycling Victoria Household Education and Behaviour Change Program (Campaign Materials).
The objectives of the Fund are to:
Each council and ARMB is eligible to receive one grant.
These grants are part of the Recycling Victoria policy and this is Round 1 of 4 planned funding rounds, with timings subject to change. Councils and ARMBs should apply in Round 1 if they are introducing New Household Recycling Services before June 2023 or have already delivered a 4-stream household recycling service.
The Campaign Materials will be delivered in 2 phases. In Phase 1, there will be initial Campaign Materials available which will support Councils and ARMBs introducing New Household Recycling Services in the next 12 months. In Phase 2 from mid-2022, a full suite of new Campaign Materials will be available with further materials provided to support 4-stream household recycling services and waste minimisation.
Round 1 applications must be submitted by 11:59 pm on Friday 18 June 2021. Late applications will not be accepted unless exceptional circumstances apply.
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 the Recycling Victoria policy (RV policy), which will fundamentally reduce waste, boost jobs and establish a recycling system Victorians can rely on.
The Fund sits under Goal 2 of the Recycling Victoria policy: Use products for more value. It also sits under Sustainability Victoria’s strategy to transition Victoria to a circular, climate-resilient economy and the following focus areas:
The Fund provides financial assistance to support councils and ARMBs who are planning to introduce new services before June 2023, or who have already delivered a 4-stream household recycling service.
The New Household Recycling Services under the Recycling Victoria policy are:
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:
(*SV 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. This research is available on SV’s website.)
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 about a third higher population and a higher number of dwellings but is less densely populated, with about a third of the 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.
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 term ‘Project’ refers to the delivery of the communications and engagement activities using the Campaign Materials developed by Sustainability Victoria.
Applicants must provide details of the proposed communications and engagement activities in the application form. Sustainability Victoria has developed a Campaign Guide to support councils and ARMBs to identify these activities (found in the SmartyGrants application form). A more comprehensive Campaign Guide will be available later in 2021.
You must use the grant to fund activities that involve the campaign materials developed by Sustainability Victoria.
Your activities must:
Only communication and engagement activities using the Campaign Materials developed by Sustainability Victoria for the New Household Recycling Services will be funded.
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:
Funding will not be provided for:
Funding will not be provided for the following Project costs:
Every Victorian council and ARMB that meets the eligibility requirements will receive one grant to use the Campaign Materials when introducing New Household Recycling Services, or if they have already introduced a four-bin kerbside system.
Applicants will be assessed against the criteria outlined below.
Applicants must provide a summary of the specific New Household Recycling Service changes to be introduced, or recently delivered, in your council or ARMB area and information and any evidence on the type of audiences that need to be engaged within the community.
This includes details of:
Applicants must provide an outline of the communications and engagement activities to be delivered to support the New Household Recycling Services. This includes, but is not limited to:
A detailed budget is not required for the application.
Applicants must outline a clear rationale for their chosen communication and engagement activities and draw the link between the New Household Recycling Services, the audiences and community to be engaged, and the activities planned. Outline why those channels and activities 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 with details of their:
Applicants are asked to identify if they will be working collaboratively with neighbouring councils or ARMBs who have the same or very similar Projects.
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 SV’s consideration of:
SV 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:
Applications open: Monday 10 May 2021
Information session: Thursday 20 May 2021
Applications close: 11:59 pm, Friday 18 June 2021
Notification of outcome: August 2021
Funding agreements established: Within 30 days of notification of outcome
Projects commenced: After signing Sustainability Victoria funding agreement
Project completed: 30 June 2024
Note: these timelines are indicative only and may change.
Applicants should review and follow these steps:
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Once your application has been submitted, you cannot make any changes.
Review and check before you submit your application.
If you experience difficulties submitting your online application
Please contact Sustainability Victoria on 1300 363 744 and ask to speak to a grant support representative or email email@example.com.
At our information session, we will go through the Fund and provide an opportunity for potential applicants to ask questions.
Date: Thursday 20 May 2021
Time: 10:00 am to 11:30 am
If you are unable to attend, a recording will be available upon request after the session.
Read our responses to questions not addressed on this page or in the guidelines on our Information bulletin page (when available).
Email firstname.lastname@example.org with Recycling Victoria Household Education and Behaviour Change Fund in the subject line.
Materials and resources developed by Sustainability Victoria for the Recycling Victoria Household Education and Behaviour Change Program.
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 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.
Sustainability Victoria has developed the Campaign Guide to support councils and ARMBs to use the Campaign Materials to deliver the campaign in their local areas. The Campaign Guide is within the SmartyGrants application form. A more comprehensive Campaign Guide will be available later in 2021.
New Household Recycling Services
Recycling Victoria policy requires new household recycling services across the state. These are 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 the communications and engagement activities using the Campaign Materials when introducing New Household Recycling Services or transitioning to using the Campaign Materials if a 4-stream household recycling service has been delivered.
Related Person means a director, officer, employee, agent, board member or contractor of the applicant or a Related Entity.
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.