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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.
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.
For further information on project definitions, refer to the Characteristics of project funding.
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.
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:
Other organisations that were eligible for HazWaste Fund support included:
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:
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.
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:
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.
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.
The HazWaste Fund framework (publication 1251) contains further information about the management and governance of the fund.
Page last updated on 10 Jul 2017