Become a council partner

Become a council partner

CitySwitch is funded by local government and is delivered locally with the benefit of a national reach and advocacy platform.

Participating Councils, particularly those with a significant portion of their carbon footprint from office-based business and the built environment will see value in joining CitySwitch to support their local business in managing climate risk and the transforming energy market.

The new direction of CitySwitch builds on the success of 17 years of local and national business engagement.

In 2021 CitySwitch:

  • Engaged 607 business signatories across capital cities, metro and regional areas
  • saved 762,342 tonnes of carbon through energy efficiency actions and carbon offsetting, equating to $62.6 million dollars of cost saving.

The next three years are crucial to climate action and the new program seeks to scale up the impact and deliver an accelerated approach to business decarbonisation.

The new net zero pathway model was developed in response to extensive stakeholder consultation. The approach is practical in nature, flexible to all sizes and sectors of office-based business and celebrates progress and achievements, rather than a strict accreditation model. The program will deliver robust tools and resources to guide decarbonisation for business.

An information session with more detail on fees, benefits and expectations will be held in October 2022. Date to be confirmed.

Please get in touch to register your interest.

By partnering with us, you can:

  • Understand the emissions profiles of businesses within your local government area
  • Help people working in local businesses to achieve net zero
  • ​Access a team of experienced program managers
  • ​Educate and upskill local businesses in a practical and learning-based approach to net zero, centred around three campaigns a year involving toolkits, case studies and engagement tools.
  • Engage national business locally
  • ​Demonstrate your support to local businesses as they move towards net zero

Latest news

CitySwitch Reporting

CitySwitch is updating the reporting framework to align with the evolved program and net zero pathway.

We won’t be expecting signatories to report in September 2022. Please note the login portal is also unavailable during this time.

We’re taking time to develop a robust new framework that considers your feedback and comments.

Look out for further information in November.



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CitySwitch Signatory of the Year and New Signatory Awards - category judging criteria

  • Delivering outcomes as demonstrated by an improved or maintained current NABERS Energy rating and achieved energy savings* (up to 28 points)
  • Implementing one or more energy saving initiatives (up to 10 points)
  • Demonstrating leadership by undertaking innovative, creative or progressive office energy efficiency activities (up to 10 points)
  • Engagement of staff/ customers/suppliers and/or stakeholders to educate and create market transformation (up to 10 points)
  • Participation in CitySwitch local program activities (up to 10 points).
Note, new Signatories submitting for New Signatory of the Year Award need only complete an indicative rating – all other submissions must be accredited.

CitySwitch Partnership of the Year Award - category judging criteria

Eligibility Criteria

Submitted projects should:

  • Involve more than one registered company 
  • Demonstrate that they are  innovative and over and above “business as usual”
  • Demonstrate that they catalyse “market transformation” and or “address a market barrier”
  • Deliver a reduction in energy consumption and carbon emissions within the built environment 

Judging Criteria

  • Delivering outcomes as demonstrated by an improved or maintained current NABERS Energy rating and achieved energy savings* (up to 14 points)
  • Implementing one or more energy saving initiatives (up to 10 points)
  • Demonstrating leadership by undertaking innovative, creative or progressive office energy efficiency activities (up to 17 points)
  • Engagement of staff/ customers/suppliers and/or stakeholders to educate and create market transformation (up to 17 points)
  • Participation in CitySwitch local program activities (up to 10 points)
  • The submitting entity MUST be a CitySwitch Signatory
Note, Signatories submitting for the Partnership of the Year Award may submit an accredited NABERS tenancy, whole building or base building rating.

It’s easy and free to join the program. Your good-will commitment to the program is an acknowledgement of the business sector’s role in
contributing to environmental sustainability and your intention to reduce your own energy consumption and associated carbon emissions.

As part of this, Signatories to the program commit to achieve an accredited NABERS Energy tenancy rating (between 4 and 6 stars) and
work with CitySwitch to improve their tenancy’s environmental performance.

Find out more about how obtaining a NABERS Energy rating ensures you can benchmark your performance, better manage your progress
over time and promote your star rating achievement.