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

Training support programs are outlined on the Energy efficiency training page.

For more information on government funding available, see the Grants and funding page.

National

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. 

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.

CitySwitch

CitySwitch is a free decarbonisation program for office-based businesses. It gives businesses a pathway to net zero so they can reduce their carbon emissions. Businesses can also connect with other businesses on the same path.

Businesses can access:

  • free online resources
  • regular education and networking events
  • discounts on NABERS tenancy energy ratings
  • one-to one support from an experienced program manager.

CitySwitch is possible thanks to the support of NABERS and council partners, including Cities of Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide, North Sydney, Waverley, Yarra and Ballarat.

Clean Energy Finance Corporation (CEFC)

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
  • waste.

It has published more than 100 case studies highlighting sustainability achievements around Australia.

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.

Net Zero in Government Operations 

The Net Zero in Government Operations strategy outlines the approach for implementing the Australian Government’s commitment to achieve net zero in government operations by 2030. 

The NZGO has superseded the Energy Efficiency in Government Operations (EEGO) policy.

Energy Innovation Toolkit

The Energy Innovation Toolkit is a service offered by the Australian Government to help you launch your energy business idea and reduce barriers to energy innovation.

The toolkit is an interactive website and online portal that can help you to:

  • understand energy regulation
  • explore options to launch under current energy frameworks
  • navigate energy sector stakeholders
  • get clear guidance on who to contact and why
  • access relief from regulatory barriers through proof-of-concept ‘sandbox’ trials.

Equipment Energy Efficiency (E3) Program

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.

National Australian Built Environment Rating System (NABERS)

NABERS is a voluntary rating system that measures a commercial building’s sustainability performance. NABERS is run by the NSW Government on behalf of the Australian Government and state and territory governments.

National Greenhouse and Energy Reporting (NGER) Scheme

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
  • other information specified under NGER legislation.

Research and Development Tax Incentive (R&DTI)

The R&DTI 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 meaning it is open to firms of all sizes in all sectors who are conducting eligible R&D.

Solar Consumer Guide

The Australian Government’s Solar Consumer Guide provides free and expert guidance on rooftop solar and batteries for homes and small businesses.

This step-by-step guide provides information to help you choose, use and maintain a rooftop solar system that suits your needs and maximises your savings. You can also find out more about assistance available to reduce costs. 

The guide was developed with support from government and industry experts, including the Australian PV Institute and the School of Photovoltaic and Renewable Energy Engineering at the University of New South Wales.

SunSPOT solar and battery calculator 

SunSPOT is a not-for-profit solar calculator developed by the University of New South Wales and the Australian PV Institute with support from the Australian Government. It is designed to help households and small businesses with reliable, free estimates of a suitable rooftop solar system to meet their needs.

SunSPOT will provide a guide to the installed system cost, estimated annual bill savings, emissions avoided and payback period. You can also add a battery and find out how it will impact the savings and the cost.  

ACT

Sustainable Business Program

The Sustainable Business Program provides support in the areas of energy, transport, waste and water. Businesses can register for the free program to access rebates, resources, advice and accreditation.

Through the program, your business can:

  • book a free onsite assessment from technical experts
  • receive independent advice and a tailored action plan
  • access resources, training and rebates
  • become accredited and recognised as a sustainable business.

Lighting Efficiency webtool

The Lighting Efficiency webtool has been designed by the ACT Government to help you assess your lighting efficiency plus suggestions on possible upgrades.

NSW

The NSW Government offers a range of programs, grants and schemes to help businesses become more energy efficient and lower their emissions.

They also provide a range of technology guides to help you improve the efficiency of your current equipment and systems.

Northern Territory

Smarter Business Solutions

The Smarter Business Solutions program provides advice and up to $20,000 in funding to Indigenous enterprises, businesses and not-for-profit organisations to help reduce energy, water, waste and material costs. 

Queensland

Business Queensland

Business Queensland provides information on a range of topics including:

  • energy pricing
  • energy saving ideas
  • solar for small to medium businesses
  • regional electricity support packages.

ecoBiz

ecoBiz is a free program to assist businesses to save money on their energy, water and waste bills through energy efficiency and sustainability initiatives.

South Australia

Business Sustainability Program

The Business Sustainability Program provides assistance and funding to identify, prioritise and implement improvements in resource efficiency and recovery, and waste management.

Energy efficiency information and programs

The SA Government provides a list of services and grants to help businesses become more sustainable.

Tasmania

The Tasmanian Government offers a range of grants and programs to support Tasmanian businesses to save on their energy costs and pursue a sustainable future.

Victoria

Sustainability Victoria

Sustainability Victoria has 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.

Energy upgrades tool

Sustainability Victoria's energy upgrades tool can help you to:

  • find common energy upgrade opportunities related to your business or building type
  • uncover potential savings and return on investment
  • view grants, incentives and finance to help fund the upgrade
  • build a business case to support future upgrade projects, or to obtain an audit in future.

Victorian Energy Compare

Victorian Energy Compare is a tool to compare your energy plans and renewable energy feed-in tariffs amongst the different Victorian energy retailers.

Victorian Energy Upgrades

Victorian Energy Upgrades provides businesses with access to discounted energy and water-efficient products and services through accredited service providers.

Rebates and assistance

See the rebates and assistance page for a range of programs from the Australian Government and state and territory governments. Use it to find rebates, concessions, funding, advice and support.