The Strategy is backed by an additional  $55 million – investment that will capture immediate benefits, build engagement and drive enduring change in key sectors.

Summary of key actions

Strengthen and expand the Victorian Energy Upgrades program

$8.1 million to ensure that the program expands to support cutting-edge technology, adds new activities to mitigate against rising energy prices, and provides easier access to energy efficiency.

Find out more about the Victorian Energy Upgrades program.

Boosting Business Productivity

$6.1 million over three years  to help Victorian businesses achieve energy productivity and materials efficiency benefits.

Find out more about Boosting Business Productivity

Better Commercial Buildings

$1.8 million over four years  to support poorly performing commercial buildings to implement energy efficiency improvements, saving$18 million over 10 years, and reducing emissions by 55 ktCO2-e.

Find out more about Better Commercial Buildings

Unlocking innovative financing

$1.7 million to leverage innovative financing for energy efficiency and renewable energy projects.

Energy productivity and skills pathways

$2 million over four years  to deliver industry sector plans to accelerate Victoria’s energy productivity and strengthen skills development in our energy efficiency workforce.

Supporting home upgrades for Victorians most in need

$17 million over four years  to support over 3,300 Victorian households who are most in need, saving households $12.6 million over 15 years, 59,000 tCO2-e abatement and 9.6 million in health benefits.  

Find out more about the Home Energy Assist program

Energy efficiency in rental homes

Establish the foundations for cost effective approaches to lift the energy performance and improve the comfort of Victoria’s least efficient residential properties.

Victorian Residential Efficiency Scorecard

$5.7 million over four years  to address a major gap for Victorians with practical information on how to improve the energy and hot weather performance of our homes.

Find out more about the Residential Efficiency Scorecard

Beyond six-star homes

$8.9m over four years  to improve the energy efficiency regulations for new homes and promote leading edge sustainable design through volume home builders.

Working with industry to lift compliance

Build industry capability and consumer confidence as well as understanding of the benefits of energy efficient features in new homes.

Energy efficiency ratings for residential properties

Working with the community and industry to test consumer interest in, and market responses to, energy ratings information for residential properties. 

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Making it happen

This is an investment in the future – supporting the transition to an energy efficient and productive economy and jobs growth in new energy sectors. It also provides immediate help for Victorian businesses and households dealing with energy cost pressures.

We will work with leaders in the energy efficiency sector to identify opportunities to scale up these actions, including through access to a greater pool of skills and finance to support energy efficiency.

The Strategy is expected to support over 2,500 jobs per year on average, save participating households and businesses around $6.7 billion and reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 34 million tonnes of carbon dioxide equivalent between now and 2030.Long-term savings are expected to be much larger, as the Strategy will provide the foundation to scale up Victoria’s energy efficiency and energy productivity agenda over time, as part of meeting Victoria’s net zero emissions target for 2050.

Download the Energy Efficiency and Productivity Strategy (PDF, 3.2 MB)

Download the Energy Efficiency and Productivity Statement (PDF, 482.6 KB).

Download the Fact sheet for Business (PDF, 297.9 KB)

Download the Fact sheet for Households (PDF, 406.7 KB)

Increasing our Energy Efficiency and Productivity Skills

The below activities support the delivery of the Strategy’s Energy Productivity and Skills Pathways projects (Action 1.5).

Energy Efficiency Residential Housing Capabilities

In 2017, the Victoria Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning (DELWP), in partnership with NSW’s Office of Environment and Heritage (OEH), engaged ACIL Allen Consulting to prepare an Energy Efficiency Residential Housing Capabilities report. For the Victorian Government, this work supports the delivery of the Strategy’s Energy Productivity and Skills Pathways project (Action 1.5). This report is based on ACIL Allen Consultancy’s experience in the industry and information provided by stakeholders. The views and the recommendations expressed in this report are those of the authors and are not endorsed by OEH or DELWP.  The report is provided for your information only and should not be relied upon as indicating any future action by either government on the recommendations made.

Download the Residential Housing Capabilities Report (PDF, 1.7 MB)

Download the Residential Housing Capabilities Report (DOCX, 1.9 MB)

For questions or to share your thoughts on energy efficiency and productivity, email

Navigating a Dynamic Energy Landscape

With the support of the Department of Water Land and Planning (DELWP), in August 2018, the Energy Efficiency Council launched Navigating a Dynamic Energy Landscape, a briefing for Australian businesses. This briefing provides advice to directors and senior executives on how to access expert support and take control of their energy position by:

  • Accessing and using energy data
  • Investment in energy efficiency, renewable energy and demand management
  • Innovative energy contracting.

Navigating a Dynamic Energy Landscape (PDF, 2.37 MB)

Navigating a Dynamic Energy Landscape (DOCX, 15.1 MB)

Page last updated: 27/05/19