Green grants for office tenants



Federal Government Grants

The Australian Grants and Assistance Finder is a useful resource for smaller enterprises seeking help from across national, State and local governments in all categories.
For manufacturers and larger industry the Australian Federal Government’s Clean Energy Future Package includes three major funding programs run by AusIndustry to support energy efficiency. They focus on technology investment, technology innovation, and the food and foundry sector.



State Government Grants

  • NSW Energy Saver program provides subsidised audits, action plans and implementation advice for small and large business in NSW (formerly the Energy Savings Scheme for Small Business).
  • The Victorian Energy Saver Incentive program provides discounts for approved energy saving products when installed by an accredited business. The program includes discounts for energy efficiency commercial lighting retrofits.
  • Sustainability Victoria offers various business programs.
  • Other funding opportunities in Victoria include City of Melbourne’s Sustainable Melbourne Fund (SMF) to facilitate, enable and invest in projects which deliver improved commercial and environmental outcomes in the built environment.


CitySwitch Grants and Rebates


CitySwitch offers financial grant assistance towards the cost of obtaining a NABERS Energy rating in most CitySwitch Partnering Council areas. In most cases this financial support will cover 50% of the cost of the initial rating.  Members can also request a rebate on the administration fee for their NABERS assessment which:
  • provides a performance benchmark to inform planning
  • helps new Signatories to understand the most effective projects to undertake
  • can be used in combination with other available support schemes.
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Financing your project

Undertaking energy efficient upgrades or installing renewable energy makes good business sense and helps offset rising electricity and gas prices. Choosing the right finance for projects can sometimes be challenging. This guide will help you understand the different financial options available as well as step-by-step guidance in selecting the best finance for your business.

Energy efficiency certification scheme

This certification scheme offered by the Energy Efficiency Council certifies professionals that can lead comprehensive energy retrofits of commercial buildings. Certification helps building owners and managers find professionals they can trust and provides a benchmark for energy efficiency professionals.

Claiming Energy Savings Certificates ('Eskis')'

NSW businesses can improve the rate of return on investment for projects by claiming Energy Savings Certificates (aka 'Eskis') which are redeemable for cash based using NABERS ratings as evidence of savings.

Data centre energy audit subsidies

The NSW Energy Saver program is offering eligible businesses a 50% subsidy for Data Centre Energy audits when combined with a NABERS Data Centre rating to help businesses identify opportunities for improvement and cost savings.

Energy Smart Finance

This equipment leasing program by Low Carbon Australian allows businesses to invest energy efficient technology to future-proof against rising energy costs while reducing carbon emissions. It is operated through accredited vendors.

Sustainable Melbourne Fund

A fund for improving Melbourne buildings established by Melbourne City Council. The Fund provides up to 100% loan finance for building retrofit projects or for innovative technologies that deliver wider environmental benefits.

Grants and Assistance Finder

Commonwealth and State/Territory government grant programs available to support the investigation and implementation of energy efficiency projects. Be sure to check eligibility requirements and funding guideslines, which can differ significantly across programs and jurisdictions.

NSW Energy Saver Program

The Energy Saver program, by NSW Office of Environment and Heritage provides a single point of energy efficiency support for NSW businesses, helping organisations reduce energy consumption and costs. There are subsidies available for action plans and implementation.

CitySwitch NABERS Energy Grant program

Join CitySwitch and get financial assistance to help combat rising energy bills by assessing and managing your office energy use. Funding is offer for a limited time to assist businesses most capital cities with documenting their energy baseline.

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