VicReturn, the scheme co-ordinator of Victoria’s container deposit scheme, has appointed Jim Round as its first CEO.

Last month, the Victorian Government announced that VicReturn would be the scheme coordination of CDSVic, the Victorian container deposit scheme. The scheme will commence on 1 November. Leading beverage producers Lion, Coca-Cola Europacific Partners and Asahi Beverages are all members of the non-for-profit organisation.

Round brings his experience as the deputy secretary of the Victorian Department of Jobs, Skills, Industry and Regions, and as the chief of planning and governance at the Victoria 2026 Commonwealth Games organising committee. He was also an economic adviser for former Prime Minister Gillard and director in the office Premier Dan Andrews.

After a rigorous selection process with several high-quality candidates, Jim was the stand-out. We are delighted he has chosen to join VicReturn and look forward to benefitting from his extensive public sector and government experience,” said Paul Klymenko, chair of VicReturn.

In his new role as CEO, Round will oversee VicReturn’s close collaboration with the Victorian government and the three network operators prior to the scheme’s November start date. Additionally, Round will lead VicReturn in its roles of the marketing, financial operations, and functionality of CDSVic.

“This scheme will cut container waste and create jobs and opportunities for Victorians. It’s a pleasure to be appointed CEO and I am looking forward to getting cracking,” Round enthused.

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