As part of the 2018-19 State Budget handed down on 1 May 2018, the Victorian Government has allocated more than $280 million to the Energy, Environment and Climate Change and Suburban Development portfolios. Further information on this year's and previous years' budgets can be found in the Victorian Budget Papers.
The Victorian Budget 2018/19 provides $5.8 million to build on the government’s commitments over the last 3 years and ensure Victoria continues as a leader on climate change.
$1 million over 2 years to maintain momentum on climate change action in Victoria. This funding will be used to ensure pledges are developed for all major sources of emissions across the economy, including energy, transport, industry and agriculture. This money will also go towards building partnerships for effective responses to climate change.
$4.8 million over 3 years to build Barwon South’s capacity to respond to climate change impacts by identifying vulnerable locations and assets to inform future investment and adaptation plans.
Over the past 3 years, the Victorian Government has worked to restore Victoria’s position as a leader on climate change action. We established the Climate Change Act 2017 to provide a world leading legislative foundation for addressing climate change. The Act sets a target for Victoria to reach net zero emissions by 2050, ensuring we will play our part in global action to limit global warming to well below 2 degrees celcius.
We’ve set a target to reduce Victoria’s greenhouse gas emissions by 15 to 20% below 2005 levels by 2020. We’ve invested funding into critical initiatives including the TAKE2 climate change pledge program which brings together the Government’s pledges along with those of local governments, businesses, community groups and individuals to reduce emissions.
We’re also funding work under Victoria’s Climate Change Adaptation Plan 2017-2020 to build resilience to climate change across the state through actions including vulnerability assessments, regional and coastal planning and modelling of climate change impacts.
|Financial Year||Key Initiative||Amount invested|
|2017 - 18||Understanding the impacts of climate change and helping Victoria to adapt, including protecting our coasts – including improved climate change projections, vulnerability assessments, addressing climate change risks in land use planning, supporting regions to adapt and developing a local coastal hazard assessment for Port Philip Bay||$17 million|
|Establishing Victoria’s state-wide emissions reduction targets for 2025 and 2030 and tracking the impact of policies to reduce emissions||$1.4 million|
|Action to reduce emissions from Government operations and support the Government to meet its 2020 operational emissions target to reduce emissions by 30% from 2015||$2 million|
|Harnessing world’s best practice for climate change mitigation through seed funding for productive partnerships||$0.8 million|
|Reducing greenhouse gas emissions from landfills through greater council recovery of household waste||$0.6 million|
|Leveraging local government action to reduce emissions||$3.4 million|
|2017 - 18 Total||$25.4 million|
|2016 - 17||Replace and upgrade critical coastal protection assets||$15 million|
|Protection of priority Victorian beaches and foreshores||$2.4 million|
|Monitor coastal flooding, erosion and land stability and undertake work to support State of the Bay reporting||$4 million|
|Virtual Centre for Climate Change Innovation, based on the successful European Union Climate Knowledge Innovation Community (Climate KIC) model||$5.6 million|
|Leverage private investment in Waste to Energy facilities to reduce greenhouse gas emissions||$2 million|
|Modelling, feasibility and assessment frameworks to support climate change work||$1.1 million|
|2016 - 17 Total||$30.1 million|
|2015 - 16||Package of initiatives to ensure Victoria is prepared for climate change and support industry, local government and community organisations to invest in actions to reduce emissions and adapt to climate change||$12.1 million|
|2015 - 16 Total||$12.1 million|
Find out more
Keep up to date on Government’s climate change action at climatechange.vic.gov.au
For Victoria to achieve its net zero emissions target by 2050, we all need to play our part. Individuals, businesses and community can pledge to ‘act now’ to keep the temperature rise to under 2 degrees by visiting take2.vic.gov.au/pledge-titles.
The Victorian Budget 2018/19 provides more than $54 million to help households bust their energy bills, to modernise our energy system and to maintain an affordable energy market for all Victorians.
An additional $21.7 million will increase utility relief grants for families experiencing unexpected hardship.
$48 million to help Victorians bust their energy bills and ensure every Victorian can access a reliable and affordable energy supply. Through the Power Saving Bonus, all Victorian households will be eligible to receive a $50 bonus if they seek out a better electricity deal on the government’s Victorian Energy Compare website. This budget also provides $21.7 million to increase the Utility Relief Grant cap from $500 to $650 – helping households and families suffering unexpected hardship like losing a job, to pay their water, gas or electricity bills.
$4.6 million over 4 years to support energy reform which will contribute to a national effort by the COAG Energy Council to reform energy market regulations. This will ensure that the energy regulatory framework remains fit for purpose by enabling state and national energy market reform that supports innovation, investment, emissions reduction and lower consumer energy bills.
$1.4 million over 4 years to assist in the delivery of Victoria’s renewable energy obligations. This funding will provide specialist technical and commercial advice to help deliver Victoria’s renewable energy projects.
By July this year the Victorian Government will be supporting around 850 megawatts (MW) of renewable energy projects through a range of complex contracts, which the government will administer to maximise their benefits, increasing the supply of clean energy, local investment and jobs. This is expected to bring forward up to $1.65 billion in new capital expenditure through the Victorian Renewable Energy Auction Scheme. This also builds on the success of the Renewable Certificate Purchasing Initiative (RCPI), where the government brought forward over $500 million of investment in 300 MW of renewable energy projects.
$0.3 million to develop a renewable energy strategy for the Hume region.
$214.6 million over the past 3 years which the Victorian Government has allocated to establish Victoria as Australia’s leader for energy efficiency and renewable energy.
The Victorian Government is delivering bold and innovative plans to modernise our energy system and empower Victorian consumers to play a larger role in its evolution. In doing so, we are ensuring long-term economic benefits, creating new energy sector jobs, placing downward pressure on prices and increasing reliability of supply while also protecting our climate.
|Financial Year||Initiative||Amount invested|
|2017 - 18|
Renewable Energy Action Plan, which includes:
|Energy Efficiency and Productivity Strategy including a Home Energy Assist package to upgrade the energy efficiency of homes of over 3,300 Victorians, broadening the Victorian Energy Efficiency Target scheme and upgrades to the Victorian Energy Compare website.||$29.4 million|
|Energy Affordability - Putting consumers first||$10.8 million|
|Securing our energy future - Solar trams||$9.5 million|
|National Energy Markets - Reform and advocacy||$12.9 million|
|2017 - 18 Total||$142 million|
|2016 - 17||Saving Energy, Growing Jobs|
|Driving Growth in Renewable Energy||$12.3 million|
|Latrobe Valley Energy Efficiency Initiatives||$7.5 million|
|Establishment of the Centre for New Energy Technologies (C4NET)||$5.4 million|
|Pilot Community Power Hubs||$0.9 million|
|2016 -17 Total||$50.4 million|
|2015 - 16||Energy Efficiency and Productivity programs to lower the pressure on household energy bills, support jobs and reduce greenhouse gas emissions||$1.9 million|
|Newstead/Woodend renewable energy grants||$0.3 million|
|New Energy Jobs Fund||$20 million|
|2015 - 16 Total||$22.2 million|
Find out more
The latest policies, consultations and openings for tender processes are outlined here: www.delwp.vic.gov.au/energy
Boosting Business Productivity delivers grants to industry to help them cut energy costs and reduce greenhouse emissions. The program is open for businesses throughout the year.
Visit: sustainability.vic.gov.au or phone 1300 363 744
Residential Efficiency Scorecard will enable you to obtain a star rating for your home. As more accredited assessors come on board, availability of assessments will increase. Register interest at:
Help for cutting power bills: For deals and incentives for energy efficient products and appliances for home and business visit: victorianenergysaver.vic.gov.au/more-ways-to-save/energy-saver-incentive
Compare energy deals independently at Victorian Energy Compare vic.gov.au/victorianenergycompare
Home Energy Assist: Affordable Upgrades was rolled out in 2017 and will continue to be rolled out progressively in 2018. Register for updates at delwp.vic.gov.au/energy/making-home-energy-more-affordable
Register your interest in the Latrobe Valley Home Energy Upgrades Program at lva.vic.gov.au/latrobe-valley-home-energy-upgrade/
The Victorian Government Budget 2018/19 provides more than $106 million to protect our natural environment for generations of Victorians and builds on the government's investments over the last 3 years.
$70.6 million to Parks Victoria which will secure the benefits of parks for all Victorians.
$13 million for the Shrine to Sea concept, which links the Domain Gardens and Port Phillip Bay, featuring a ‘boulevard’ amenity through enhanced tree planting and walking and cycling reconfiguration through the precinct.
$8.3 million over 4 years to protect Port Phillip Bay and its beaches including beach renourishment.
$3 million over 2 years for Victoria’s faunal emblems which will see better protection for Helmeted Honeyeater and Leadbeater's Possum habitats, safeguarding populations of these threatened species.
$3 million for the National Sports Centre and Melbourne Cable Park infrastructure upgrades.
$2.1 million for Improving the Olinda Precinct which will transform the former Olinda Golf Course into 34 hectares of community parklands including; a nature-based play space, sports oval, walking trails, picnic facilities upgraded entry and car park.
$2 million for new trails for suburban Melbourne. This will include the construction of priority trails from the Northern Regional Trails Strategy and implementation of projects from the soon-to-be-released Eastern Regional Trails Strategy.
$1.6 million to improve Parks Victoria’s booking system and increase discounts to shoulder and off peak camping to seniors, students and concession card holders.
$1.3 million to tackle weeds and pests through the Good Neighbour Program and the Alpine Horse Strategy.
$1 million to develop a business case for a Werribee Open Range Zoo expansion.
$0.4 million for a master plan for the Barmah National Park.
$0.3 million to develop a Metropolitan Open Space Strategy
Over the past 3 years we have allocated close to $380 million to the environment in initiatives, including
- $92.3 million to protect Victoria’s biodiversity
- $17.8 million for creating environmental educational opportunities
- $54.6 million to improve our parks and reserves
- $7.2 million towards a healthy and resilient marine and coastal future
- $54 million for initiatives that deliver on ground environmental action
- $20 million for Parks Victoria.
Key projects have now been delivered include the $9 million Predator Prey precinct at Melbourne Zoo and the $1 million La Larr Ba Gauwa (Harcourt) Mountain Bike Park in Loddon Mallee.
|Financial Year||Initiative||Amount invested|
|2017 - 18||Protecting Victoria’s biodiversity, including targeted on ground biodiversity actions, native vegetation regulations reform and marine environment targeted actions.||$86.3 million|
|Continuation of the "Kids Free" policy for Victorian zoos||$5.8 million|
|Expansion of the Resource Smart Schools program.||$4.4 million|
|Improving parks and reserves so they sustain and grow Victoria’s regional visitor economies, improve the health of our ecosystems and conserve Aboriginal and historic cultural heritage.||$54.6 million|
|Towards a healthy and resilient marine and coastal future: funding a range of programs to improve the management of Victoria’s marine and coastal environments.||$7.2 million|
|Remediation of gun club sites||$3 million|
|Irrigation water for Cranbourne and Melbourne Gardens||$7 million|
|2017-18 Total||$168.3 million|
|2016 - 17||Capital funding for Parks Victoria to undertake works to renew critical infrastructure and meet visitor needs in Victoria’s parks.|
|Community driven action to protect Victoria’s unique biodiversity|
|Partnering with local government to address weeds and pests||$4 million|
|Port Phillip Bay fund||$10 million|
|Increasing support for landcare and trust for nature||$21.1 million|
|Funding to continue the ResourceSmart Schools program.||$1.8 million|
|Action to implement the Shipwreck Coast Masterplan||$9.8 million|
|Upgrade to Phillip Island Penguin Parade||$48.2 million|
|2016 - 17 Total||$144.2 million|
|2015 - 16||Grampians Peak Trail project||$19 million|
|Portarlington Safe Harbour project||$13.5 million|
|Zoos Victoria’s Predator Prey precinct||$9 million|
|Critical infrastructure and new facilities for parks and reserves||$11.1 million|
|Threatened Species||$6 million|
|Canadian State Park - Ballarat project||$2 million|
|Harcourt Mountain Bike Park||$1 million|
|Free zoo entry for kids||$5.8 million|
|2015 - 16 Total||$67.4 million|
Find out more
Keep up to date on key environment initiatives at www.environment.vic.gov.au
As grants programs open, information will be available at www.delwp.vic.gov.au/grants
The Victorian Budget 2018/19 provides $29 million to deliver landmark reforms in environment protection that will protect Victoria’s environment, liveability and the health of Victorians.
$19.9 million to bring the Environment Protection Authority (EPA) into the modern era through maintaining its core functions while embarking on once in a generation legislative change. This commitment continues the record $162.5m funding provided in last year’s State Budget to provide Victoria with a strong, modern and mature environmental regulator. For businesses, it will deliver efficient, consistent and risk-based regulation that is vital to ensure Victoria is an attractive place for investment.
For the community, it will deliver an EPA that proactively and effectively protects environmental values and their health and wellbeing.
$1.2 million for the development of an Air Quality Strategy. This strategy will provide a consistent and coordinated approach to ensuring good quality air in Victoria into the future, as our population and economy continue to grow and we face a warming and drying climate.
$7.9 million over 4 years for the clean-up of contaminated public land. This will be used to help clean up 3 high risk contaminated public land sites and assess 7 other high priority sites. The Victorian Government is committed to ensuring public health and the environment are protected from the contamination of public land.
$172.1 million over the past 3 years committed by the Victorian Government to provide Victoria with a strong, modern and mature environmental regulator.
In the environment protection space, there has been investment across a range of initiatives designed to make Victoria safer for Victorians and protect the health of our environment. Key to this is the implementation of the Victorian Government’s Response to the Independent Inquiry into the Environment Protection Authority (EPA) - the first comprehensive examination of the agency since 1971. Along with this critical reform project, investment has been directed to programs such as improved air monitoring and environmental remediation, to protect the health of Victoria’s environment and the health and wellbeing of Victorians.
|Financial Year||Initiative||Amount Invested|
|2017-18||EPA’s expanded functions and expertise including in environmental public health, scientific leadership, land use planning, mining and emergency management||$65.6 million|
|Implement new legislation, regulations and standards and also provide guidance and support for the community and industry||$49.5 million|
|Data and information provision to improve public access to information||$19.3 million|
|Reforms to EPA governance and coordination to ensure its independence and accountability||$3.6 million|
|Provide more financial certainty for the regulator to meet its obligations in 2016-17 and 2017-18.||$24.4 million|
|2017 -18 Total||$162.5 million|
|Smoke detection infrastructure as part of the Hazelwood reform package||$0.7 million|
|Latrobe Valley Community Air Monitoring and Citizen Science program||$3.8 million|
|2016-17 Total||$4.5 million|
|2015-16||Rapid response air monitoring programs that enable the EPA to undertake comprehensive monitoring of air quality following natural disasters and other major events with a potential air quality impact||$5.1 million|
|2015-16 Total||$5.1 million|
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Forest and Fire Management
The Victorian Government has committed $38.2 million to forest and fire management in the 2018/19 Victorian Budget. This funding will also be spent to enhance regional Victorian communities and deliver new jobs for Aboriginal people and increased connection to Country.
$35.9 million to deliver greater community value from our forests. Funding will be allocated to modernise the state’s Regional Forest Agreements, to improve the long-term management of Victoria’s forests while ensuring the agreements reflect modern science and consider community needs.
This includes $18.3 million to undertake pre-harvest surveys in timber harvesting coupes, to provide greater operational certainty for the timber industry and to improve the management and protection of threatened species in timber harvesting coupes.
$0.2 million to increase jobs and business opportunities for Aboriginal people in the field of natural resource management.
$2.1 million for the Walking Together initiative - a partnership to improve community connection and access to Country.
Over the past 3 years the Victorian Government has invested $440.4 million to reduce bushfire risk, maintain and upgrade forest-based assets, and better protect our forests and wildlife through compliance and enforcement.
|Financial Year||Initiative||Amount invested|
|2017 - 18||Continue an expanded program of bushfire mitigation on public land, improve forest access, egress and firefighter safety, build fire capacity and diversity||$205.7 million|
|Roads, bridges and fire towers||$44 million|
|Implement Safer Together - Victorian Government's bushfire prevention approach||$23.4 million|
|Boost Victoria's forestry and wildlife compliance operations including strengthened protection of forests and wildlife through additional frontline regulation and compliance officers||$30.3 million|
|Build and refurbish forest-based assets: local contracts to build or refurbish facilities such as carparks, toilets and BBQs, improve and join up degraded paths and bike trails, remove dumped waste and install signs.||$6 million|
|2017 - 18 Total||$309.6 million|
|2016 - 17||Bushfire preparedness and response||$74 million|
|2016 - 17 Total||$74 million|
|2015 - 16||Planned burning and fuel management||$50 million|
|Managing safety risks posed by fire damaged trees||$7 million|
|2015 - 16 Total||$57 million|
Find out more
Information about Safer Together can be found at: www.safertogether.vic.gov.au and more details about DELWP’s forest and fire management work, including information about planned burns and firewood collection, can be found here: ffm.vic.gov.au
To get involved in the process to modernise the Regional Forest Agreements, register your interest: forestsandreserves.vic.gov.au/forest-management/regional-forest-agreements
To find out more about how DELWP manages Victoria’s forests and reserves estate, visit the link: forestsandreserves.vic.gov.au
Waste and Resource Recovery
The Victorian Budget 2018/19 will provide $25.9 million to protect Victorians from waste and pollution.
$14.5 million to support councils and the recycling industry and develop a strategic plan for the transition of the recycling industry. Once the plan has been finalised we will make further announcements.
$9.1 million over 4 years to continue the Illegal Dumping Strikeforce. The Environment Protection Authority’s Strikeforce reduces risks to the environment and costs to landholders from illegal waste dumping. It focuses on preventing illegal dumping from happening in the first place and driving behaviour change.
$2.2 million to protect people and the environment from hazardous wastes, such as contaminated soils, heavy metals and pesticides. With Victoria’s predicted population growth, it’s essential that we have a clear plan for managing this type of waste in our state. This funding will help to develop a long-term plan and policy for Victoria.
$55.4 million over the past 3 years committed by the Victorian Government for waste reduction and resource recovery which has been the highest amount spent by any Victorian Government on waste.
There has been a huge investment into resource recovery, including jobs creation, infrastructure improvements and support to transition the recycling industry to a more sustainable footing. We are working hard to find solutions for Victoria’s waste.
Earlier this year, China introduced new trade measures that impose strict quality standards on the import of low quality mixed recyclables, including paper and plastic.
This change in policy has created a shift in the market which has had a significant impact on the recycling industry. The Victorian Government is working closely with industry to address the impacts of China’s Blue-Sky Policy, and further announcements will be made as this work progresses.
|Financial Year||Initiative||Amount Invested|
|2017 - 18||Ban e-waste from landfill, assisting councils with collection infrastructure and processes||$15 million|
|Resource recovery infrastructure fund and boost of associated grants program||$7.6 million|
|Data collection, policy development and downstream resource market development||$3.3 million|
|Education and litter programs||$4.5 million|
|2017 - 18 Total||$30.4 million|
|2016 - 17||Jobs and innovation in resource recovery||$21 million|
Leverage private investment in developing Waste to Energy facilities to reduce greenhouse gas emissions
|2016 - 17 Total||$23 million|
|2015 - 16||Waste reduction package to support industry, local government and local communities to better manage waste and increase recycling to support a growing Victoria||$2 million|
|2015 - 16 Total||$2 million|
Find out more
For more information on the Sustainability Fund, visit environment.vic.gov.au.
Litter programs and the resource recovery infrastructure fund process were rolled out in 2017 and will continue to be rolled out progressively in 2018. Visit sustainability.vic.gov.au
Page last updated: 09/05/19