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HazWaste Fund

The HazWaste Fund was designed to support industry to accelerate reductions in the volume and hazard of hazardous waste (or prescribed industrial waste) generated in Victoria, and to increase remediation of contaminated soils.

An estimated $30 million was made available over 4 years.

The HazWaste Fund closed to new applications on 29 June 2012.

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FAQs about HazWaste Fund + Expand all Collapse all

  • What are the objectives of the fund?
    • reduce hazardous waste to landfill
    • reduce the hazard category of hazardous waste disposed to landfill
    • increase remediation of contaminated soil.
  • What sorts of projects are eligible for support?

    Support was available for projects targeted at reducing the volume or hazard of hazardous waste disposed to landfill, and increasing the remediation of contaminated soil. Eligible wastes included hazardous wastes from manufacturing processes and contaminated soil.

    • infrastructure and implementation projects
    • research, development and demonstration (RD&D) projects
    • knowledge and capacity-building projects.

    For further information on project definitions, refer to the Characteristics of project funding.

  • What level of funding is available?

    Funding assessments are based on the financial needs of the project in light of the environmental benefits that will be achieved, and the level of support available from other funding sources. Projects that have part funding from the applicant and/or partners are viewed favourably.

  • Who is eligible to apply?

    The fund was open to a wide range of incorporated, or otherwise legally constituted applicants. Primary targets for the fund included organisations that undertake the following operations:

    • generate and dispose solid hazardous waste to landfill
    • generate and dispose solid or liquid hazardous waste to a treatment company
    • treat, recycle, remediate or reuse hazardous wastes
    • own or develop land that is partially or fully contaminated.

    Other organisations that were eligible for HazWaste Fund support included:

    • consultants
    • research organisations
    • other funding agencies
    • hazardous waste landfill owners and operators.
  • How do I apply to the fund?

    The fund features a two-part application process.

    The fund closed to stage 1 applications on 29 June 2012.

    Applicants who submitted a stage 1 application prior to the closing date, and who are successful at stage 1 can submit a stage 2 application. 

    Stage 2 of the application process involves preparing a more detailed submission to the fund. This may, depending on the type of application, require a detailed business case such as:

    • market research and analysis
    • a marketing plan
    • operational and financial plans
    • an action plan with targets
    • a monitoring framework including KPIs.

    Stage 2 applications – please refer to the guidance document for further details and lodgment of applications in hardcopy to EPA.

    We encourage you to contact us for discussion and feedback on your application prior to submission.

    All applications are treated as confidential.

  • How are funding applications assessed?

    Once applications are submitted they are reviewed by the HazWaste Fund panel. The panel provides advice to EPA on the proposal’s ability to meet the fund objectives. Specifically, advice regards the commercial, innovation, technical, and risk identification and mitigation aspects of applications.

    In addition, EPA will assess the compliance performance of the applicant and any beneficial companies.

    The process for funding decisions is as follows:

    • EPA collates all applications for fund support.
    • Applications are submitted to the panel for review.
    • The panel reviews applications and provides advice to the CEO of EPA.
    • The CEO of EPA recommends funding decisions to the Minister for Environment and Climate Change, who makes the final funding decision.

    Panel members are comprised from a cross-section of industry and government sectors. Competencies of the panel ensure relevant knowledge and experience in areas pertaining to hazardous waste.

    A list of panel members and their relevant biographies

    Mr Tim Piper


    Tim Piper is the Victorian Director of the Australian Industry Group (Ai Group). Ai Group represents manufacturing, IT, telecommunications, construction and utility companies across the country, with almost 4000 members in Victoria.

    Mr Piper has also practised as a barrister and solicitor in Australia and the UK and worked as a journalist in television, radio and newspapers.

    Current positions

    • Victorian Director – Australia Industry Group
    • Director – Microsurgery Foundation
    • Advisory Committee Member – Victorian WorkCover Advisory Committee
    • Chair – Industry Capability Network
    • Member – Mt Hotham Resort Board of Management

    Mr Ian Rae


    Ian Rae is an experienced chemist who has been involved in the formulation of policy relating to hazardous wastes, air pollution, Australia's National Pollutant Inventory, and control of ozone depleting substances. His advisory role has extended to state and federal government, Australia's national council of environment ministers, Australia's Industrial Chemical Scheme (NICNAS) and the United Nations Environment Programme.

    Professor Rae has extensive university experience, as dean of science at Monash and deputy vice-chancellor at Victoria University. His research experience has led to approximately 200 refereed publications in chemistry and history of science.

    Current positions

    • Honorary Professorial Fellow – Faculty of Arts, University of Melbourne

    Ms Tina McMeckan


    Tina McMeckan has over 20 years experience as a company director with specific industry skills in the energy sector and commercialisation of science and technology, Her key competencies include enterprise development, risk capital and industry reform. During Ms McMeckan’s career, she has held a number of senior investment management positions focusing on capital raisings for innovation-based ventures.

    Current positions

    • Chairman – Centre for Eye Research Australia Ltd
    • Director – Circadian Technologies Limited, CRC for Spatial Information, SP Ausnet Group, Global Carbon Capture and Storage Institute

    Mr Warren Hodgson


    Warren Hodgson has been involved in policy development at the highest level of the Victorian public sector as Deputy Secretary in the Department of Treasury and Finance and Secretary for the Department of Innovation Industry and Regional Development. He has a background in the manufacturing industry in New Zealand and in the provision of contract services to public and private sectors throughout the Asia–Pacific region. He has extensive experience managing a variety of businesses and projects. He holds qualifications in science and engineering.

    Current positions

    • Chairman – VicForests
    • Board member – Melbourne Water
    • Director – Cube Management Solutions
    • Chairman – CenITex
    • Director – AssetCo SSSR Pty Ltd

    Mr Frank Tait


    Frank Tait's career spans government, rail transport and defence industry experience. Mr Tait was most recently the Director, Infrastructure Projects within the Department of Transport. Mr Tait currently runs a consultancy business advising boards, executive management and entrepreneurs on business strategy, organisational development and recruitment strategies.

    Current positions

    • Director – Management Growth Systems

    The HazWaste Fund is one of a number of initiatives being driven by EPA to assist companies to both reduce their prescribed industrial waste to landfill whilst simultaneously reducing business costs. The HazWaste Fund offers financial assistance for companies to implement hazardous waste avoidance and reduction opportunities.

  • Who do funding recipients sign a contract with?

    If a project application is successful, a funding agreement will be prepared between the applicant and EPA. This will cover details such as project milestones and payment, intellectual property management and reporting requirements.

  • How can I keep updated about the fund? EPA regularly updates interested parties about the latest HazWaste Fund developments. This includes information about projects supported by the Fund, announcements about the awarding of new funding, events and publications. Email to be added to the distribution list.
  • How can I find more information?

    The HazWaste Fund framework (publication 1251) contains further information about the management and governance of the fund.

Page last updated on 10 Aug 2016