National Product Stewardship Investment Fund

What is the National Product Stewardship Investment Fund?

The National Product Stewardship Investment Fund is a grant opportunity to accelerate work on new product stewardship schemes and/or improve rates of recycling across new and existing schemes.



The National Product Stewardship Investment Fund is a $20 million election commitment that will run over four years from 2019-20 to 2022-23. The program forms part of the Australian Government’s $167 million Australian Recycling Investment Plan and National Waste Policy Action Plan to increase Australia’s recycling rates, tackle plastic waste and litter, and halve food waste by 2030.

The objectives of the program are to:

  • accelerate work on new industry-led product stewardship schemes, and
  • improve the rates of recycling across new and existing schemes.

The intended outcomes of the program are:

  • increased number of new, and an expansion of, existing industry-led product stewardship schemes
  • increased availability of, access to, and use of product recycling schemes
  • increased rates of recycled materials and reduced waste to landfill, and
  • contribute to the national target of 80 per cent resource recovery by 2030 under the National Waste Policy Action Plan.



The grant amount will be up to 100 per cent of eligible project expenditure (grant percentage).

  • The minimum grant amount is $300,000
  • The maximum grant amount is $1 million.


Eligible Projects

To be eligible your project must:

  • have a national reach or support a product stewardship scheme that has or is developing a national reach
  • deliver against one or both National Product Stewardship Investment Fund objectives:
    • development of a new product stewardship scheme, or
    • improve recycling rates of an existing or new product stewardship scheme, including through seeking and implementing efficiencies within the scheme or across multiple schemes.

Eligible activities may include:

  • business case development:
    • development of product design or end-of-life management options through research, including conducting material flow analysis, product impact analysis, stakeholder mapping, and analysis of industry capacity and capability
    • detailed assessments including cost benefit analysis, technical feasibility studies, and market analysis
  • scheme design, including:
    • identifying governance models for scheme administrators
    • identifying existing standards or developing new standards, quality assurance or supply chain assurance models
    • identifying domestic and international legal requirements to operate the proposed scheme
    • considering options and consulting with industry to identify the best scheme model
  • scheme implementation, including:
    • establishing a governance structure to administer the scheme
    • establishing management and reporting systems including quality and supply chain assurance
    • Australian Competition and Consumer Commission authorisation process or other statutory approvals, including Environmental Protection Agency approvals
    • stakeholder engagement and industry recruitment
    • scheme trials
    • awareness raising


Eligible Applicants

To be eligible you must have an Australian Business Number (ABN) and be one of the following incorporated entities:

  • an incorporated not for profit organisation
  • an incorporated trustee on behalf of a trust
  • an incorporated association
  • a company
  • a company limited by guarantee

Scheme administrators of regulated federal or state government product stewardship schemes can be eligible if the proposed project is not related to a regulated scheme. For example, a co-regulatory scheme administrator under the National Television and Computer Recycling Scheme (NTCRS) could apply for funding to develop a scheme for a product that is not regulated under the NTCRS.

If applying as a not for profit organisation you must demonstrate your ‘not for profit’ status through one of the following:

  • State or Territory incorporated association registration number or certificate of incorporation, e.g. clubs and other associations
  • current Australian Charities and Not for profits Commission’s (ACNC) registration, e.g. for organisations registered as a charity
  • constitutional documents that demonstrate the not for profit character of the organisation
  • legislation that demonstrates the not for profit nature of the organisation, e.g. religious organisations incorporated under legislation.

Joint applications are acceptable, provided you have a lead organisation who is the main driver of the project and is eligible to apply.



Applications close 21 August 2020.


OrganisationTitleProject descriptionGrant amount (excl GST)Completion date
Dairy Australia LimitedA Circular Economy for Silage WrapThis project will assess the requirements for a successful and resilient product stewardship scheme and then, if feasible, run regional pilots before moving to national implementation.$965,40030/03/2023
Equilibrium OMG Pty LtdSeatCareThis project will finalise a design and implement a product stewardship scheme for old, unwanted or obsolete child car safety seats.$930,00031/03/2023
Australian Bedding Stewardship Council LimitedLaunch a national product stewardship scheme for mattresses and beddingThis project will design and implement a product stewardship scheme for used mattresses and used bedding.$937,70030/10/2022
Australasian Circular Textile Association LtdCircular ThreadsThis project will develop a business case and design a product stewardship scheme to collect, reuse and recycle uniforms and workwear.$360,51026/01/2023
RM Consulting Group Pty LtdNational Non-Packaging Agricultural Plastics Stewardship SchemeThis project will develop a business case and complete a scheme design, then run two 6-month pilots in South-East Queensland and Victoria for non-packaging agricultural plastics.$893,86631/03/2023
Close The Loop Ltd.Developing a National Cosmetics Circular EconomyThis project will develop a cosmetic waste stewardship scheme, including a centralised network to collect, process and recirculate used cosmetic packaging.$999,01930/06/2022
Australian Packaging Covenant Organisation LimitedA comprehensive product stewardship framework for plastic oil containersThis project will develop a business case, then design and implement a product stewardship scheme for used plastic oil containers.$632,00031/03/2023
Australian Food and Grocery Council LimitedNational Plastics Recycling SchemeThis project will bring the food and grocery supply chain together to deliver a national scheme to enhance the collection and processing of plastic packaging and increase the use of recycled content. The scheme aims to increase the recovery of plastics by an estimated 189,700 tonnes per year.$985,86631/03/2023
Closed Loop Environmental Solutions Pty LtdSimply Cups expansion and enhancement projectThis project will expand the Simply Cups product stewardship scheme to all states and territories; while undertaking research to ensure products manufactured from the recycled cups meet industry specifications.$697,20031/12/2022
Asaleo Personal Care Pty LtdProject DivertThis project will establish a new industry-led product stewardship scheme for commercial facilities to recycle used absorbent hygiene product; a considered problematic waste that typically ends up in landfill.$561,03130/12/2022
Planet Ark Environmental FoundationNational coffee capsule product stewardship recycling schemeThis project will establish a national product stewardship scheme to collect and recycle all brands and types of coffee capsules (pods).$940,00030/09/2022
Vinyl Council Of AustraliaTexBack: PVC-Polyester Textiles Stewardship SchemeThis project will develop the business case and design a national product stewardship scheme for PVC coated polyester textiles.$349,85030/06/2022
Australian Mobile Telecommunications Association LimitedBusiness Case to expand MobileMusterThis project will develop a business case to expand the scope of MobileMuster’s e-waste collection to include electronic products that are currently not covered by other product stewardship programs.$373,20031/01/2022
Australian Packaging Covenant Organisation Ltd – supported by Greenlife Industry AustraliaPolypropylene Plant Packaging Recycling ProgramThis project will design and implement a national, industry-led, plant packaging product stewardship scheme.$549,00030/01/2023
BioPak Pty LtdThe Compost NetworkThis project will enhance and expand the Compost Network, an organic recycling initiative and online platform providing businesses with access to a product stewardship scheme for organic waste and compostable packaging.$398,00031/12/2022


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