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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.

HazWaste Fund case studies

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HazWaste Fund recipients

FAQs about HazWaste Fund + Expand all Collapse all

  • What were 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 were 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 was available?

    Funding assessments were based on the financial needs of the project in light of the environmental benefits that would be achieved, and the level of support available from other funding sources.

  • Who was 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 undertook 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.
  • What was the fund application process?

    The fund featured 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 were successful at stage 1 could submit a stage 2 application. 

    Stage 2 of the application process involved preparing a more detailed submission to the fund. This could, 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.

    All applications were treated as confidential.

  • How were funding applications assessed?

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

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

    The process for funding decisions was as follows:

    • EPA collated all applications for fund support.
    • Applications were submitted to the panel for review.
    • The panel reviewed applications and provided advice to the CEO of EPA.
    • The CEO of EPA recommended funding decisions to the then-Minister for Environment and Climate Change, who made the final funding decision.

    Panel members were 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.

  • Who did funding recipients sign a contract with?

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

  • 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 Jul 2017