This consultation has now closed. Thank you for your contributions. A consultation summary will be published on this page in early 2021. Should you have any queries about the consultation please email


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 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.

The Options Paper below proposes a model for the waste Act and authority. We want 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 our key stakeholders and the broader community.

Read the options paper

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.
Waste and recycling legislation and governance options paper (accessible word doc)
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Waste and recycling legislation and governance options paper
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Upload a submission

If you would like to upload a submission instead of completing the survey below, please read the options paper to familiarise yourself with the proposed model and upload your submission below.

Complete the relevant survey

Collection notice

The Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning is committed to protecting your privacy in accordance with Victorian privacy laws.

The information you provide in the surveys and Q and A forums will be provided to the department and the supporting Project Team to inform the development of a preferred model.

Your responses will be used to inform a summary report. Multiple choice and stakeholder/respondent type from the survey may be published as de-identified and aggregated data and de-identified free text responses may also be selected for inclusion. Alternatively, subject to your consent, written responses may be quoted and attributed to you in the final summary report.

For people completing the 'Community and other stakeholder' survey, all questions are optional, and you may elect to leave any question unanswered. This gives you the option to make your submission anonymously.

For the other surveys and/or presence at a Q and A forum, a name, organisation and email will be requested to assist in following-up any matters raised. We will not disclose your personal information without your consent, except where required to do so by law.

You can request access and correction of your information by contacting the Project Team at