Industry and government programs are available to support businesses to better understand their energy use and implement energy efficient practices, systems and technologies.
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).
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.
BEAP helps small businesses understand their energy savings opportunities, choose the best energy plan, and receive tailored advice on energy efficiency opportunities best suited to their industry. It includes an energy advisory service delivering a free 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, free online resources, and regular education and networking events. Discounts on NABERS tenancy energy ratings are also available to members.
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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.
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.
EEGO policy aims to reduce the energy consumption of Australian Government operations with particular emphasis on energy efficiency in buildings.
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 includes advice from people with relevant private sector experience, co-funded grants to commercialise novel intellectual property, funding to take advantage of growth opportunities, and connection and collaboration opportunities.
NABERS is a national program managed by the NSW Office of Environment and Heritage. It is a performance-based rating system for buildings, using a star system to rate buidings 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.
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.
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.
The CEFC is a statutory authority established by the Australian Government to invest-in Australia’s transition to lower emissions in agriculture, energy generation and storage, infrastructure, property, transport and waste. It has published more than 100 case studies highlighting sustainability achievements around Australia.
Australian Capital Territory
ACT Smart Business Energy and Water Program Rebates are available to eligible businesses wanting to upgrade to more water-efficient and energy-efficient technologies, including with lighting, appliances, heating or cooling, refrigeration, insulation, toilets and tapware.
Lighting Efficiency webtool Designed by the ACT Government to help you assess your lighting efficiency plus suggestions on possible upgrades.
Next Generation Energy Storage Program Businesses can access a discount to install a battery storage unit connected to a new or existing rooftop solar PV system.
New South Wales
Energy Saver courses and coaching Free training, online courses and webinars for small businesses seeking business energy advice.
Energy Saver discounts and incentives Discounts and incentives for businesses to reduce energy use including several schemes which provide subsidies for new appliances and equipment.
NSW Business Chamber Energy comparison service Free compare and switch service. The service will compare the market for the best deal for your business, and if there's a better plan for you, they will handle all the paper work.
Smarter Business Solutions Funding and advice to Indigenous enterprises, businesses and not-for-profit organisations to help reduce energy, water, waste and material costs.
Business Queensland Information on a range of topics including energy pricing, energy saving ideas, solar for small to medium businesses and regional electricity support packages.
ecoBiz A free program to assist businesses to save money on their energy, water and waste bills through energy efficiency and sustainability initiatives.
Energex Positive Payback Program South East Queensland businesses can access financial support to upgrade certain appliances, equipment and processes to improve energy efficiency.
PeakSmart air conditioning Provides eligible businesses with financial incentives of up to $400 for purchasing and installing a PeakSmart air conditioner or converting an existing air conditioner to PeakSmart.
Circular Economy Business Support Program Assistance and funding to identify, prioritise and implement improvements in resource efficiency, waste management, and resource recovery.
Energy efficiency information and programs Several services and grants are available to help businesses become more sustainable.
Boosting Business Productivity Assistance for businesses to reduce costs and boost productivity by improving their energy efficiency and reducing waste. The program also includes grants for businesses, a sustainable finance service, training, events, and information resources.
Sustainability Victoria A range of options to assist businesses to cut costs and boost productivity by saving energy and materials, as well as specialist staff to help identify funding sources.
Victorian Energy Compare A tool to compare your energy plans and renewable energy feed-in tariffs amongst the different Victorian energy retailers.
Victorian Energy Saver Advice, information and a listing of grants and support programs to help businesses reduce energy use.
Victorian Energy Upgrades Provides businesses with access to discounted energy and water-efficient products and services through accredited service providers.
Rebates and assistance
The energy.gov.au rebates sorter has a wide range of programs from the Australian Government and state and territory governments. Use it to find rebates, funding, grants, loans, support and assistance.