Core purpose of Waste Industry Alliance
The Australian Industry Group has established the Waste Industry Alliance (WIA) which represents major waste industry service providers in Victoria.
The members of the WIA are:
The WIA is co-ordinated by the Australian Industry Group's Victorian Head, Tim Piper.
The formation of the WIA in Victoria in 2013 emanated from concerns that successive State Governments have not been made fully aware of the importance of the waste industry to the Victorian economy, Victorian consumers and Victorian industry.
The waste industry is worth more than $2 billion in Victoria and has made significant investments towards ensuring a safe, sophisticated waste industry, together with one that wishes to reduce waste going to landfill and comply with the many requirements made of it by State and Federal Governments.
The industry has been concerned that legislation may be imposed on it without due consideration of the impact and downstream ramifications that could potentially occur. Similarly, the industry has many positive messages and ideas it wishes the State Government to consider, and needs a strong voice in order to ensure those views are heard both within Government and by the public.
The WIA has a positive relationship with the Environment Minister, the Hon Lisa Neville MP, and the Parliamentary Secretary, Mr Anthony Carbines MP, who focus on the waste industry. We are pleased the Government has recognised the importance of the industry, how it can develop as a vital part of the economy and provide positive benefits for Victoria.
There are a number of matters which the WIA will wish to raise with government over the next period.
- The public and Government perception and understanding of the waste industry - we believe there is a need to ensure the industry is recognised as the provider of an essential service and its value to the Victorian economy is appreciated.
- The Victorian landfill levy - ensure that money from the levy is wisely and transparently used and can promote a more efficient and sustainable landfill industry.
- Planning - is one of the more crucial issues to ensure currency of both existing assets and future investment. Landfill sites are vulnerable to urban encroachment, and proactive and positive planning is required to ensure businesses can make viable and long term investments in the industry.
- Procurement - Governments around Victoria are procurers of waste services and equitable arrangements in relation to procurement must be ensured and maintained.
- Best Practice Environmental Management (BPEM) Guidelines - commencing as a series of non-statutory guidelines, the BPEM is now enforceable through regulation. We are keen to ensure that regulation is equitably applied.