Government priorities


Community Energy Upgrade Fund Program

The Australian Government is partnering with local governments to deliver the $100 million Community Energy Upgrades Fund.

The fund will help improve energy efficiency, reduce operating costs and lower greenhouse emissions.

The Australian Government will support local governments through co-funding energy efficiency and electrification upgrades of local government facilities.

The fund will provide grants to local governments for improvements that may include:

  • replacing high energy use heating in council pools with energy saving heat pumps
  • installing energy efficient lighting at sporting fields, libraries and community centres
  • investing in other energy efficiency upgrades.

This $100 million fund adds to the $1.6 billion Energy Savings Package delivering upgrades for homes and businesses in the 2023-24 Budget.

The guidelines for the program will be designed in close consultation with key stakeholders. 

Stakeholder engagement

We held a roundtable with state and territory local government representatives on Monday 14 August 2023. Read the engagement report from this roundtable.

14 August 2023 Engagement Report (PDF 186 KB)

14 August 2023 Engagement Report (Word 51 KB)

Grant application timeframes

  • December 2023: Release of grant guidelines
  • January 2024: Applications open
  • April 2024: Applications close

We will update this page if the above timeframes change.


Interested stakeholders can contact the department about the program by emailing

Media enquiries about the program can be directed to the DCCEEW Media Team via