The Industry Partnership Program (IPP) is a grant program administered by Environment Protection Authority Victoria (EPA). It enables Victorian industry organisations to partner with us to provide training on the new environment protection laws to duty holders they work with.  Duty holders are those with responsibilities under the Environment Protection Act 2017. EPA collaborated with Victorian industry associations and other stakeholders on the IPP.

For eligible partners, EPA will provide learning and guidance materials on the new laws. This includes a set of e-learning modules as well as funding to deliver the training to duty holders.

Environment protection laws from 1 July 2021

The biggest change in 50 years to Victoria’s environment protection laws takes effect from 1 July. 

The Environment Protection Act 2017 (the Act) signals the start of a fairer, more balanced era of environmental regulation for Victorian businesses.

It is:

  • focused on prevention and justice
  • flexible and risk-based
  • transparent.

The training in the IPP will be about the Act and obligations for duty holders.

You can read about the Act.

Training materials for the IPP

The training materials will be in the form of e-learning modules.  They will provide general information on the duties and concepts found in the new laws.  participants will assess their own understanding. EPA won’t receive the outcomes of any self-assessments.

Partners can use the learning materials as part of their existing environmental certification programs for Victorian duty holders.

Partners may amend learning materials to fit audience needs.  Partners must clarify any parts of the learning materials that may be unclear before using them. Then, EPA must approve your changes before you use them.

Ownership of all EPA material, including intellectual property rights in that material, always remains with EPA. The Victorian Government’s Intellectual Property Policy has more information.

Funding to deliver the IPP

Funding may be available to potential industry partners. Examples of industry partners include industry associations, environmental training organisations and professional organisations.

To become an industry partner and deliver training, you must meet the eligibility criteria. EPA will prioritise funding for those who represent or work with duty holders for whom both the following are true:

  • They have had little exposure to environmental regulation.
  • Their activities may pose a risk to human health and the environment.

What you need to know before you apply

  • Applicants should seek independent advice before applying or entering into a funding agreement.
  • Costs to develop a proposal are at the cost of the applicant.
  • EPA does not guarantee to make a grant of funds to any applicant and reserves the right to make no funds available.
  • EPA will provide funding at the times and in the manner specified in that funding agreement. EPA may withhold or suspend any payment in whole or in part until obligations are met under that agreement.
  • EPA does not provide staff to conduct training.

Eligibility criteria and what to include in your proposal

  • Who can deliver training

    Applicants must:

    • be representative of industries, businesses or professional services located within Victoria
    • hold an Australian Business Number (ABN) and have held that ABN since 1 January 2019
    • demonstrate experience or confidence in delivering training
    • confidently and accurately reflect the intent and content of the new laws
    • agree to enter into a funding agreement with EPA.
  • Ineligible activities

    Funds provided through the program must not be used to sponsor or fund events, functions or conference forums.

  • Who can receive training

    When assessing applications, EPA will prioritise those which focus on delivering training to the following audiences.

    You’ll need to show how you plan to reach these audiences, and what types of activities they do.

    Highest priority audiences

    • Small business duty holders with fewer than 60 employees.
    • Duty holders who need training the most, for example, those who don’t have environment management systems, or may not have capability to hire consultants
    • Duty holders with a level of risk to the environment and human health from the activities they undertake and will benefit most from the training

    Preferred audiences

    • Your contacts in your industry. They can be members or non-members of industry associations. We appreciate you reaching out beyond your membership base to provide training.
    • EPA aims for at least 35% of trainees overall to be in regions outside metropolitan Melbourne. Please provide details and a breakdown of potential participants.
    • Preference will be given to Victorian duty holders, however, you can apply to train those outside of Victoria who have operations in Victoria. You’ll need to demonstrate how this will be beneficial.
  • What to include in your written proposal

    Include:

    • your ABN, key contact person and their details
    • confirmation that you can run a learning program between May and June 2021. If another time is more suitable, provide detail on when and why. Provide any details about how you would extend the program if demand continues
    • what experience your organisation has delivering learning
    • how you’d incorporate the learning materials into any certification or similar program you may already have
    • the training method and platform you’ll use. Some examples include webinars, learning management systems (LMS), websites, emails, cloud-based sites, phone calls and face-to-face delivery
    • what support you need, funded or otherwise. Include an itemised cost of each proposed stage of the learning program
    • the reach your organisation has with duty holders who undertake activities that may pose a risk of harm to human health or the environment from their operations. Provide the participant numbers you expect
    • details of any support you need to provide training in languages other than English. EPA can provide some support in this area. This will be at your cost. Provide details of any experience you have engaging with CALD audiences
    • your communications plan for promoting the training to duty holders
    • any further documents, refresher exercises or follow-up sessions you’ll provide to support duty holders after the training
    • your method for evaluating the training and reporting back to EPA. We require a final evaluation report. The report must include the feedback of participants through a final survey developed and provided by EPA.
  • How to evaluate training

    Potential questions you could use to seek feedback

    How did the program help your awareness of the new environment protection laws?

    How well do you understand the intent of the new environment protection laws following the training?

    How confident are you in complying with the new environment protection laws following the training?

    Will you be able to use what you have learned in the training to help your staff or others you work with understand the new environment protection laws and how they apply?

  • How EPA assesses applications

    An internal panel approved by EPA’s executive team will assess all proposals.

    The panel will assess proposals based on eligibility criteria.

    The panel may interview shortlisted applicants and may ask for more information to support your proposals. EPA will only provide funding agreements to partners who meet eligibility criteria and monetary value expectations.

  • How EPA supports applicants

    EPA will:

    • provide learning resources such as e-learning modules, industry guidance links and financial support as appropriate to successful partners
    • provide content for training to be provided in stages by May 2021
    • provide learning resources to those partners who are unsuccessful so that they can provide support duty holders under their own capacity
    • engage with and provide support to successful partners who can generate interest and participation in the training
    • consider options to continue the program until the end of September 2021 if applicants have provided reasons.
  • How to submit your application and deadlines

    Submit a proposal addressing the eligibility criteria to engagement@epa.vic.gov.au. Use the subject line ‘Industry Partnership Program proposal’.

    Submissions close on 9 April 2021.

    EPA will confirm funding agreements with partners by May 2021.

  • Key delivery dates

    Submissions close on 9 April 2021.

    EPA will confirm funding agreements with partners by May 2021.

    EPA will provide content for training in stages by May 2021.

    Successful applicant must:

    • start training April–May 2021 (or as agreed with EPA)
    • end training by Friday, 25 June 2021. EPA will consider options to continue the program until the end of September 2021 if applicants have provided reasons.

Reviewed 19 May 2021