Government and industry

As well as the specialised facilitation service offered by Sustainability Victoria, there are a wide range of other support services available for industry and investors to access across both the commonwealth and state governments.

Many of these bodies administer funding support programs for infrastructure investment. It is recommended that investors familiarise themselves with them to better understand their motivations and objectives in awarding these funds, as well as their roles within the investment process for waste and resource recovery infrastructure.

Victorian government departments and agencies

Department of Environment, Land, Water & Planning (DELWP)

Department of Environment, Land, Water and PlanningDELWP is responsible for creating livable, inclusive and sustainable communities in Victoria.

DELWP leads policy development within the government’s environment portfolio. This includes policy on the environment local government, planning and permitting, fire and emergencies, and energy.

Visit the DELWP website

Environment Protection Authority Victoria (EPA)

EPA logoThe EPA is Victoria’s environmental regulator and has independent authority to make regulatory decisions under the Environment Protection Act 1970.

They manage the works approval process, which may be applicable to proposed infrastructure investments.

Visit the EPA website

Sustainability Victoria (SV)

Sustainability Victoria Logo

Sustainability Victoria is the program delivery agency within the government’s environment portfolio. SV delivers targeted programs in three key areas: waste and resource recovery; resource and energy efficiency; and climate change.

SV works with industry, government and local communities to improve Victoria’s management of waste and increase the state’s rate of resource recovery.


Department of Economic Development, Jobs, Transport and Resources (DEDJTR)

Department of Economic Development, Jobs, Transport and Resources

DEDJTR develops policy and delivers programs to promote economic development in Victoria, influencing multiple factors affecting investment and economic activity in the state. They manage the state’s local and international network of investment attraction and export promotion offices

Funding opportunities with DEDJTR

Regional Development Victoria (RDV)

Department of Economic Development, Jobs, Transport and Resources

RDV is an agency within DEDJTR, responsible for developing rural and regional Victoria.

They have multiple funding programs to provide infrastructure, facilities and services. They strengthen the economic and social base of communities, create jobs and improve career opportunities for regional Victorians.

Funding opportunities with RDV

Invest Victoria

Department of Economic Development, Jobs, Transport and Resources

Invest Victoria is a specialised team within DEDJTR. They are Victoria’s lead investment attraction and facilitation agency, providing advice, introductions, funding opportunities and other support (e.g. skills development) to investors.

They operate 20 Victorian Government Business Offices (VGBOs) in North and South America, Europe, the Middle East and Asia, alongside VGBOs in metropolitan Melbourne.

Visit the Invest Victoria website

Invest Assist

Department of Economic Development, Jobs, Transport and Resources

Invest Assist are a specialised team within DEDJTR.

They offer a free and confidential service to help investors to identify potential sites for their plant and to understand and navigate Victoria’s planning framework for site approvals and operations.

Visit the Invest Assist website

Launch Vic

LaunchVic logoLaunch Vic are an independent company established by the State Government to accelerate startups, drive new ideas and innovation, and create jobs in Victoria.

A mandate to invest $60 million over four years (from 2016) to develop Victoria’s startup ecosystem.

Visit the Launch Vic website

Department of Premier and Cabinet (DPC)

DPC logoThe Department of Premier and Cabinet leads the Victorian public service. 

They advise the government on emerging policy issues and reviewing the impact of government decisions.

Visit the DPC website

An online resource published by the Victorian Government designed to help you start, run and grow your business.

Visit the website

Commonwealth (federal) government agencies

The Clean Energy Finance Corporation (CEFC)

Clean Energy Finance Corp logoThe CEFC invests commercially (equity) to increase the flow of funds into renewable energy, energy efficiency and low emissions technologies.

It supports projects across the Australian economy, benefitting a diverse range of businesses, large and small, including energy-from-waste projects.

They focus on projects and technologies at the later stages of development which have a positive expected rate of return and the capacity to service and repay capital. Also consider earlier stage projects which have significant support and a risk profile appropriate for CEFC.

The CEFC has partnered with Foresight Group as a strategic co-financing partner to develop and administer a $200 million bio-energy fund.

Funding opportunities with CEFC Visit the CEFC website

Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO)

CSIRO logoThe CSIRO is an Australia Government corporate entity. It undertakes research to assist Australian industry, further the interests of the Australian community and contribute to Australia’s national objectives and the performance of the Commonwealth.

The CSIRO operates under the provisions of the Science and Industry Research Act 1949 and provides funding and research partnering opportunities for industry.

Funding opportunities with CSIRO Visit the CSIRO website

Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA)

Australian Renewable Energy Agency logoARENA is a commercially oriented agency, governed by the Australian Renewable Energy Agency Act 2011.

They have two core objectives: improve the competitiveness of renewable energy technologies; and increase the supply of renewable energy in Australia. ARENA’s timeframe for delivering its objectives is 2022, with an intent to provide competitive energy solutions up to 2030–40.

ARENA shares knowledge to help the renewable energy industry and other stakeholders learn from each other’s experiences. More about knowledge sharing

ARENA and the CEFC will jointly manage the CEIF, allocating up to $100 million each year to commercialise innovative renewable energy projects using equity and debt instruments. Once established, ARENA will assess project proposals and make recommendations for funding to the CEFC for approval.

Funding opportunities with ARENA. Visit the ARENA website logoAn online Australian Government resource coordinated by the Department of Industry, Innovation and Science for the Australian business community.

It provides free and useful templates and tools to start your business.


Seeking tailored investment solutions? Get in touch with:

Investment facilitation

Sustainability Victoria

+61 3 8626 8746