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.

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Climate Change

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.

Download the Fact Sheet Climate Change - Budget 2018-19 (DOCX, 818 KB)

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Energy

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:

  • Renewable energy purchasing

    Smart systems, microgrids and renewable energy storage initiative

    Large scale energy storage


$38.6 million

$15.8 million

$25 million

  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

$24.2 million

  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:
victorianenergysaver.vic.gov.au/residential-efficiency-scorecard

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/

Download the Fact Sheet Energy - Budget 2018-19 (DOCX, 269 KB)

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Environment

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.

$20 million

  Community driven action to protect Victoria’s unique biodiversity

$29.4 million

  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

Download the Fact Sheet Environment - Budget 2018-19 (DOCX, 2.89 MB)

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Environment Protection

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

Find out more

Independent Inquiry into the EPA

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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

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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

$2 million
 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