The Sustainability Fund receives money collected from Victorian landfill levies after funds are distributed by the Minister for Energy, Environment and Climate Change to key environmental agencies including the Environment Protection Authority, Sustainability Victoria and the seven Waste and Resource Recovery Groups.

Its 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.

Funding allocations are made by the Premier and the Minister, taking into account government policy and the Fund's Priority Statement.

Since its 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 secured $136 million from the Fund for initiatives that tackle climate change, support better waste management, increase recycling and protect Victoria's biodiversity.

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.

The Fund is managed by DELWP and overseen by the Sustainability Fund Committee comprising subject matter and governance experts.

The Priority Statement sets out the priorities of the Victorian Government within the legislated areas of waste management, resource recovery, and climate change mitigation and adaptation, and guides how funds in the Fund are invested.

The Priority Statement was reviewed in 2015 to position Victoria as a leader in resource recovery, waste management, and climate change mitigation and adaptation. The Priority Statement was also reviewed to clarify how eligible programs will be prioritised in order to ensure funds are applied in a way that maximises benefits for Victoria.

Sustainability Fund Priority Statement (PDF, 246.7 KB)
Sustainability Fund Priority Statement (DOCX, 311.3 KB)

A copy can also be obtained by writing to sustainability.fund@delwp.vic.gov.au

The guidelines outline how the Minister for Energy, Environment and Climate Change and the Premier of Victoria will exercise their powers in the application of monies from the Fund.

Sustainability Fund Guidelines (PDF, 353.8 KB)
Sustainability Fund Guidelines (DOCX, 669.8 KB)

A copy can also be obtained by writing to sustainability.fund@delwp.vic.gov.au