VIC essential services commences stage two of waste review

The Victorian essential services commission has commenced stage two of its waste and recycling services review, and is now undertaking targeted stakeholder consultation.

Last year, the Victorian Government asked the commission to provide advice on how to address issues of competition, system-level resilience, service quality and greater transparency in the waste and resource recovery sector.

In October 2019, the commission provided initial confidential high-level options for the design of a regulatory regime for the sector.

“In response, the government has asked us to provide further advice on legislative options and explore potential governance arrangements,” a statement from the commission reads.

According to the statement, the commission’s advice will consider the full costs and benefits of options to make waste and resource recovery more transparent, and ensure councils provide these services to expected standards.

Additionally, the commission will assess how a new statutory framework could address identified inadequacies in the sector, and how the government should regulate it.

“We will undertake targeted consultation with stakeholders over the coming months before providing our final advice to the government in August 2020,” the statement reads.

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