New Victorian Waste Act and Waste Authority – a proposed model

Victoria’s waste and recycling system has experienced significant market shocks in recent years, highlighting the vulnerability of this essential service relied on by all Victorians.

To address these issues and to move towards a more circular economy, the Victorian Government released Recycling Victoria: A new economy in February this year. The policy and action plan set out a sweeping set of reforms which will establish a resilient recycling system and transform how our economy uses materials, driving greater waste minimisation and resource recovery, while protecting the environment and abating greenhouse gas emissions. The policy can be found by clicking here

As part of the policy, the Victorian Government committed to developing a new waste and recycling Act and establishing a waste authority by 2021. A new Act and authority will provide the Victorian Government with a system-wide view that will allow it to more effectively oversee the waste and recycling sector, including predicting and responding to future market shocks. This will also ensure that waste and recycling services are reliable and meet community expectations, and contribute to Victoria’s waste and recycling goals.

An options paper has been prepared and proposes a model for the waste Act and authority and is available to view here. The Victorian Government wants to hear from you on whether the waste authority’s proposed functions and powers will improve outcomes in the sector and within the broader community. The options paper includes specific questions to help guide your input.

Your views will ensure the final legislation represents the needs, priorities and ideas of key stakeholders and the broader community.

Stakeholder consultation

Two Q&A sessions will be held during the consultation period and are open to all interested stakeholders. These sessions will be an opportunity for the Victorian Government to present an overview of the preferred waste Act and waste authority model and provide guidance on the consultation process.

These sessions will also offer a Q&A forum to address any questions or concerns on the options paper, the proposed model or the consultation process.

Forums will be held on:

  • Wednesday 23 September 1:00 – 2:00 pm
  • Monday 28 September 1:00 – 2:00 pm

The forums will be held via video conferencing on Microsoft Teams. An invitation with the meeting link will be sent out once registration has been received.

Should you wish to register for one of these sessions, please visit the Engage Victoria website.

Registration will close the day before the event.

 Have your say

Formal written submissions are being accepted and can be lodged via the Engage Victoria website. Specific online surveys have also been developed for the three different stakeholder groups outlined below and can be found here.

  • Local government and alpine resorts
  • Waste and resource recovery industry
  • Community and other stakeholders

Before submitting a formalised submission or completing the relevant survey, please read the options paper to get an overview of why Victoria is changing how it governs and regulates waste and recycling services.