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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
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.