What is the
Sustainability Fund (the Fund) receives money collected from Victorian landfill
levies after funds are distributed by the Minister for Energy, Environment and Climate
Change (the Minister) to key environmental agencies including; Environment Protection
Authority, Sustainability Victoria and the seven Waste and Resource Recovery
purpose, as defined by Section 70 of the Environmental
Protection Act 1970, is to:
- foster environmentally sustainable uses
of resources and best practices in waste management to advance the social
and economic development of Victoria; and/or
- foster community action or innovation in
relation to the reduction of greenhouse gas substance emissions or
adaptation or adjustment to climate change in Victoria.
allocations are made by the Premier and the Minister, taking into account
government policy and the Fund's Priority Statement.
creation in 2005, the Fund has supported businesses, local governments and
communities through a range of waste management, recycling, resource efficiency
and climate change programs.
On 1 July
2015, responsibility for managing the Fund transferred from Sustainability
Victoria and the Environment Protection Authority to the Department of
Environment, Land, Water and Planning. The key reasons for the legislative
change are to improve transparency and improve clarity around governance.
Making the most of
the Sustainability Fund
The Victorian Government is committed to reinvesting funds from the
landfill levy back into the community.
The 2016-17 State Budget has
secured $136 million from the Fund for initiatives that tackle climate change,
support better waste management, increase recycling and protect Victoria's
This investment includes:
- $32 million towards Climate Change Adaptation and Mitigation;
- $54 million to Protect Victoria's Biodiversity;
- $16 million for Jobs and Innovation in Resource Recovery;
- $10 million towards Driving Growth in Renewable Energy;
- $24 million for Saving Energy Growing Jobs.
How are projects
for funding selected?
Victorian Government uses the Fund to directly fund environmental initiatives
that best meet the priorities described in the Priority Statement.
examples of grant programs and strategic initiatives that have received
investment through the Fund, managed by:
Metropolitan Waste Resource Recovery Group
programs can also be found by searching 'sustainability', 'environment' or
'waste' on the Victorian Government Grants Portal
have any queries, please contact the Sustainability Fund team at firstname.lastname@example.org
2016 Sustainability Fund Guidelines [PDF File - 353.8 KB]
2016 Sustainability Fund Guidelines (Accessible) [MS Word Document - 669.8 KB]
2016 Sustainability Fund Priority Statement [PDF File - 246.7 KB]
2016 Sustainability Fund Priority Statement (Accessible) [MS Word Document - 311.3 KB]
Sustainability Fund FAQ [PDF File - 295.1 KB]
Sustainability Fund FAQ (Accessible) [MS Word Document - 55.6 KB]