Ratings and assessment

Ratings and assessment

Environmental performance

Ratings and assessment funding supports organisations to undertake energy ratings and audits for the first time. The cost of first-year energy assessments can be a significant barrier to organisations, and this funding seeks to mitigate this cost.

Support is provided for credible industry accepted environmental performance ratings such as the National Australian Built Environment Rating System (NABERS) and energy audits that conform to the AS3598 standard. Successful applicants must commit to implement all cost-effective opportunities identified.

Funding available

Funding is provided for credible industry accepted environmental performance ratings and is currently focusing on NABERS energy ratings and energy audits. Funding is currently available for:

  • NABERS energy ratings - provides funds over two years for accredited ratings undertaken by an accredited NABERS assessor. In year 1, the City will provide 50% funding up to a maximum of $10,000. In year 2, the city will provide funds up to 50% to a maximum of $5,000 for a second NABERS energy rating provided that the grantee provides evidence that they have implemented some energy efficiency measures in the preceding year. Year 1 and year 2 are applied for and assessed separately.

  • Energy audits - provides 50% funding up to a maximum of $10,000 to fund a Level 2 standard (AS 3598) Energy Audit, provided that the grantee commits to implement all measures identified as having a simple payback of 2 years or less. The grant will be paid 50% upfront upon review of the quote and proposal from a suitably qualified professional. The remaining 50% will be paid upon receipt of the audit report and a commitment that these measures will be implemented.

If you have previously undertaken a NABERS rating assessment or energy audit, you cannot submit an application for the same type of rating or energy audit. You may submit an application for another type of NABERS rating. Applications received for the same type of NABERS rating or energy audit will be deemed ineligible and will not be considered.

Also, applications where a NABERS rating is required under mandatory disclosure will be deemed ineligible and will not be considered.

Please see grants and sponsorship guidelines for expected program outcomes, assessment criteria, and eligibility.

Key dates

This grant program is open all year for applications until funds are exhausted.


For more information about this program or how to apply, please contact: 

Grants Team02 9265 9333

Last updated: Thursday, 26 February 2015