Business support and advice

Industry and government programs are available to support businesses to better understand their energy use and implement energy efficient practices, systems and technologies.

For more in-depth information on grant-based programs, refer to Grants and funding. Training support programs are outlined in the Training resources and support section.


Australian Centre for Advanced Photovoltaics (ACAP)

ACAP, comprising the Australian partners of the Australia-US Institute for Advanced Photovoltaics, is developing the next generations of photovoltaic technology, providing a pipeline of opportunities for performance increase and cost reduction. Supported by the Australian Government through the Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA). 

Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA)

ARENA is an independent Commonwealth authority, supporting innovations that improve the competitiveness of renewable energy technologies and increase the supply of renewable energy in Australia. ARENA invests in research, development, demonstration, deployment and commercialisation of renewable energy and related technologies; and the storage and sharing of knowledge and information about renewable energy technologies.

Business Energy Advice Program (BEAP)

The BEAP Program helps small businesses understand their energy savings opportunities, choose the best energy plan for their business, and receive tailored advice on energy efficiency opportunities best suited to their industry. It includes an energy advisory service delivering a personalised energy consultation, as well as a benchmarking tool that allows small businesses to compare their energy spend to that of similar businesses in their industry and region,


CitySwitch is a sustainability program supporting office-based businesses to significantly improve day-to-day energy and waste efficiency. The program provides network members with one-to-one support from an experienced program manager. It also includes free online resources, practical toolkits and regular education and networking events. Discounts on NABERS tenancy energy ratings are also available to members.

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Commercial Building Disclosure (CBD)

CBD is a national program designed to improve the energy efficiency of Australia’s large office buildings. Most sellers or lessors of office space of 1000 square metres or more are required to obtain and disclose a current Building Energy Efficiency Certificate (BEEC) under the Building Energy Efficiency Disclosure Act 2010.

Equipment Energy Efficiency Program (E3)

The E3 Program is a cross-jurisdictional collaboration through which the Australian Government, the state and territory governments and the New Zealand Government,collaborate to deliver a single, integrated program on energy efficiency standards and energy labelling for equipment and appliances.

Energy Efficiency in Government Operations (EEGO)

EEGO policy aims to reduce the energy consumption of Australian Government operations with particular emphasis on energy efficiency in buildings.

Entrepreneurs’ Programme

The Entrepreneurs’ Programme uses experienced advisers and facilitators, drawn from industry, to ensure businesses get the advice and support needed to improve their competiveness, productivity and to seek growth opportunities.

Practical support for businesses, researchers and entrepreneurs includes:

  • advice from people with relevant private sector experience
  • co-funded grants to commercialise novel intellectual property in the form of new products
  • processes and services, funding to take advantage of growth opportunities
  • connection and collaboration opportunities

National Australian Built Environment Rating System (NABERS)

NABERS is a national program managed by the NSW Office of Environment and Heritage. NABERS is a performance-based rating system for buildings and uses a star system to rate a building on the basis of its measured operational impacts on the environment. The NABERS system now extends to 6 stars and is a simple indication of how well a commercial building manages the environmental impact of the resources used, compared with similar buildings.

National Greenhouse and Energy Reporting scheme (NGER)

The NGER scheme established by the National Greenhouse and Energy Reporting Act 2007 (NGER Act), is a single national framework for reporting and disseminating company information about greenhouse gas emissions, energy production, energy consumption and other information specified under NGER legislation.

Research & Development Tax Incentive (R&D)

The R&D is a targeted, generous and easy to access entitlement program that helps businesses offset some of the costs of doing R&D. The program aims to help more businesses do R&D and innovate. It is a broad-based entitlement program. This means that it is open to firms of all sizes in all sectors who are conducting eligible R&D.

Clean Energy Finance Corporation case studies

Explore more than 100 case studies highlighting sustainability achievements around the country.

Rebates and assistance

The rebates sorter has a wide range of programs from the Australian Government and state and territory governments. Use it to find rebates, assistance, funding, grants, loans, support and assistance.