Note: this website provides detailed policy information on the Victorian Energy Upgrades program and the Victorian Energy Efficiency Target (VEET) legislation and regulations.

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Consultation now open on proposed changes to Schedule 34 Lighting Upgrade

The Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning would like your feedback about a proposed change to the number of certificates generated by certain types of lighting upgrades under Victorian Energy Upgrades.

On 1 August 2017, the department released a Commercial Lighting Issues Paper to discuss the preliminary findings of the commercial lighting review.

Responses to the issues paper acknowledged that the lighting market has transformed and changes to the certificates awarded for Schedule 34 lighting upgrades were expected or required.

The Hon. Lily D’Ambrosio, the Minister for Energy, Environment and Climate Change has published in the Government Gazette a notice of intention to declare a discount factor, as required under Section 19 of the Victorian Energy Efficiency Target Act 2007.

To accompany this notification, the department has released a consultation paper Word (DOCX, 338.4 KB) PDF (PDF, 500.6 KB) to facilitate discussion and seek feedback on the application of discount factors to certain types of lighting upgrades. Specifically:

  • T8 or T12 fluorescent lamps in any environment
  • high intensity discharge lamps (metal halide, mercury vapour and high pressure sodium lamps) in building-based environments.

Responses to the consultation must be in writing and be sent to the department by 5pm 1 November 2017.

There will be a consultation session for interested parties on 13 October 2017, at the Victorian Energy Upgrades forum hosted by the Essential Services Commission.

To register for the consultation session, please register by emailing

For further details please contact the department via email at

Victorian Energy Upgrades launched

On 1 August 2017, the Victorian Energy Upgrades program was announced as the new public-facing name of the program established under the Victorian Energy Efficiency Target (VEET) Act 2007. New marketing materials, including brochures, case studies, videos and web content, have been developed to raise the profile of the program.

Please refer to the Victorian Energy Upgrades website to view the new marketing materials or for more information.

The ‘Energy Saver Incentive’ name will no longer be used. ‘VEET’ will continue to be used for references to the Act and associated regulations.

You can download presentations from the launch event including the overview of recent changes (PDF, 6.0 MB) and the Project-based activities information session (PDF, 831.6 KB).

Commercial Lighting Issues Paper

The Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning released the discussion paper (PDF, 1.0 MB) to seek stakeholder feedback on:

  • the remaining opportunities for commercial lighting upgrades through Victorian Energy Upgrades
  • key issues associated with the earlier-than-anticipated achievement of the Victorian Energy Upgrades program target for 2017
  • how the rollout of energy efficiency activities, which historically has rapidly expanded and contracted, impacts participants.

Responses to this discussion paper are now closed and consultation is now open on proposed changes to commercial lighting upgrades. Please see above for further details.

Project-based activities

The Victorian Energy Efficiency Target (Project-Based Activities) Regulations 2017—which provide for project-based activities including the Measurement and Verification (M&V) method—came into effect on 19 June 2017. Find out more on the project-based activities page.

The Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning consulted on project-based activities in June 2016. Our response to submissions for the M&V method is now available on the consultation page, and includes all non-confidential submissions.

Large energy user opt in

From 1 August 2017, all large energy users that took part in EPA Victoria’s Environment and Resource Efficiency Plans (EREP) program, and were excluded from the Victorian Energy Upgrades program, will be able to create certificates and liabilities under the program if they choose to do so. Find out more on the large energy user opt in page.

Weather sealing

Changes to weather sealing (Schedule 15) have been introduced to the Regulations and came into effect on 1 July 2017. Please refer to the consultation page to access the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning’s response to the consultation conducted in 2016.

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