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20 October 2021: Victorian Energy Upgrades – coronavirus (COVID-19) update

The Victorian Government has announced that a range of restrictions will ease across Victoria from 11:59pm, Thursday
21 October 2021. The Premier’s statement can be accessed here:
www.premier.vic.gov.au/victorians-hard-work-means-hitting-target-ahead-time

What this means for the Victorian Energy Upgrades (VEU) program is:

For all of Victoria

  • Employers must ensure all authorised workers who are required to leave their usual place of residence for work, must have had their first COVID-19 vaccine dose, and will need to be fully vaccinated by Friday, 26 November. This deadline does not apply to construction workers who must have received their first COVID-19 vaccine dose by Monday, 4 October and their second dose by Saturday, 13 November 2021.
  • From 11:59pm, Thursday, 21 October 2021, in home and indoor upgrades, construction, renovation and maintenance work can occur at occupied and unoccupied premises.
  • From 11:59pm, Thursday, 21 October 2021, doorknocking in metropolitan Melbourne and regional Victoria as a form of lead generation or sales in the VEU program is now permitted, provided workers do not travel between metropolitan Melbourne and regional Victoria to do that work.
  • For occupied premises, a maximum of five workers plus a supervisor are permitted, unless additional workers are required for safety reasons.
  • Construction workers travelling between metropolitan Melbourne and regional Victoria to work on construction sites must meet the vaccine and test requirements specified on the construction sector guidance page.

Before starting upgrade work, we recommend VEU providers confirm to the premises occupier that their VEU workers have complied with the mandatory vaccine requirements for authorised workers.

For further information on the latest restrictions and requirements please see the Victorian roadmap page, the construction sector guidance page and information for industry and workers required to be vaccinated.

Your COVIDSafe plan should be reviewed and updated in line with public health directions.

Face masks remain mandatory indoors and outdoors both in metropolitan Melbourne and regional Victoria. Please ensure your staff follow the directions and keep up to date by visiting www.coronavirus.vic.gov.au.

For more information about vaccines, visit www.coronavirus.vic.gov.au/vaccine

Business support

You can access information on support available for businesses impacted by the current restrictions by visiting: Business grants and support | Coronavirus Victoria

We will update you as further information becomes available. Please continue to raise issues to energy.upgrades@delwp.vic.gov.au.

We greatly appreciate your ongoing efforts to stay COVIDSafe.

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The Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning (DELWP), in conjunction with the Essential Services Commission (ESC), has commenced a public consultation on proposed changes to efficiency test requirements for gas-fired boiler and water heater activities:

  • Part 37 Activity: Replacement of a gas-fired steam boiler with a high efficiency gas-fired steam boiler
  • Part 38 Activity: Replacement of a gas-fired water boiler or water heater

DELWP and the ESC seek stakeholder feedback on an issues paper which sets out options to streamline testing requirements and reduce barriers for gas-fired boiler and water heater activities under the VEU program.

Some questions we are seeking feedback on include three critical changes:

  1. Development of a BS845-1 abridged testing procedure to support a streamlined approach to efficiency testing of gas-fired boilers and water heaters.
  2. Reviewing the requirement to complete product testing in a National Association of Testing Authorities (NATA) accredited laboratory or equivalent.
  3. Consideration of utilising alternative and equivalent testing standards in lieu of BS845 to meet the testing requirement.

Stakeholders can submit feedback through the Engage Victoria website.

Feedback from submissions will be used to guide the creation and implementation of the new activity.

This consultation will close on 8 November 2021.

The Victorian Government has announced vaccination requirements and timelines for authorised workers and providers. The Premier’s statement can be accessed here:
www.premier.vic.gov.au/vaccination-required-protect-workers-and-victoria

The Premier also announced restrictions on the Victorian construction industry would ease from 11.59pm on Monday, 4 October. You can find the announcement and the Construction Sector Roadmap here:
www.premier.vic.gov.au/covidsafe-reopening-victorian-construction

A number of changes have been made to the restriction levels for specific Local Government Areas (LGAs). Currently restrictions are in place in metropolitan Melbourne, Mitchell Shire, City of Greater Shepparton, Moorabool Shire and City of Latrobe. Please ensure your staff follow the directions and keep up to date on LGA restrictions by visiting www.coronavirus.vic.gov.au.

What this means for the Victorian Energy Upgrades (VEU) program is:

For all of Victoria

  • From 11.59pm Thursday 14 October, all authorised workers will require their first COVID-19 vaccine dose. These workers will need to be fully vaccinated by Friday, 26 November. This deadline does not apply to workers who already have existing requirements under Chief Health Officer directions (e.g. construction workers must have received their first COVID-19 vaccine dose from 11.59pm Monday, 4 October).
  • Construction workers travelling between metropolitan Melbourne and regional Victoria to work on construction sites must meet the vaccine and test requirements specified in the Construction Restart Plan.
  • Workplace and travel restrictions for construction sites continue to apply as specified in the construction sector guidance and the Construction Restart Plan.

For metropolitan Melbourne and areas currently in lockdown

  • Upgrade activities are permitted where required for safety, emergency repairs, maintenance or continued operation of essential services.
  • Upgrade activities are permitted for solo outdoor services (including at occupied premises) where physical distancing can be maintained at all times – businesses with an ABN can conduct outdoor maintenance, repairs, cleaning and other building work, home renovations and installations. Additional workers are only permitted where required for safety reasons. Limits on movements between sites do not apply for solo outdoor services.
  • Doorknocking as a form of lead generation or sales in the VEU program is not permitted in metropolitan Melbourne and LGAs currently in lockdown.
  • All authorised workers are required to obtain and carry a permit when working and travelling for work. Permits need to be certified by an employer and are available on the coronavirus website: Authorised provider and authorised worker permit | Coronavirus Victoria.

For the rest of regional Victoria

  • Upgrade, renovation and maintenance work can occur at occupied and unoccupied premises (noting that workers from metropolitan Melbourne or other LGAs currently in lockdown are not authorised to undertake that work).
  • Authorised workers who are travelling for authorised work to metropolitan Melbourne or other LGAs currently in lockdown must obtain a permit and must follow those restrictions once there.
  • Doorknocking as a form of lead generation or sales in the VEU program is permitted in regional Victoria, although workers from metropolitan Melbourne or other LGAs currently in lockdown are not permitted to undertake this work.

For further information on the latest restrictions and requirements please see the authorised provider and authorised worker list, the construction sector guidance page and the construction restart plan.

Your COVIDSafe plan should be reviewed and updated in line with public health directions.

Face masks remain mandatory indoors and outdoors both in metropolitan Melbourne and regional Victoria. Please ensure your staff follow the directions and keep up to date by visiting www.coronavirus.vic.gov.au.

For more information about vaccines, visit www.coronavirus.vic.gov.au/vaccine

Business support

A jointly-funded package of grants from the Commonwealth and Victorian Governments will support thousands of small and medium-sized businesses through the next six weeks, at which point Victoria is expected to reach 80 per cent vaccination. The Victorian Government is also supporting construction businesses most affected by lockdown restrictions with a $196.6 million package of cash grants for thousands of operators as the industry prepares to reopen.

Support is available through the Business Costs Assistance Program, the Small Business COVID Hardship Fund and the COVID-19 disaster payment.

You can access further information on support available for businesses impacted by the current restrictions by visiting: Business grants and support | Coronavirus Victoria

We will update you as further information becomes available. Please continue to raise issues to energy.upgrades@delwp.vic.gov.au.

We greatly appreciate your ongoing efforts to stay COVIDSafe.

Following the Victorian Energy Upgrades (VEU) Commercial and Industrial Heat Pump Water Heating (C&I HPWH) Consultation, the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning (the department), has published the C&I HPWH - Response to Consultation outlining the department’s response to stakeholder feedback.

A total of 24 stakeholder submissions were received through the consultation. Stakeholders provided valuable feedback on the proposed activity and the department thanks those who provided input.

The department has considered stakeholder feedback and has made decisions on the proposed C&I HPWH activity. The response to consultation outlines these decisions, which include:

  • the department will progress the development and implementation of a VEU C&I HPWH activity.
  • the department will adopt TRNSYS as the simulation tool for the purposes of the activity.
  • the department will deploy measures to address barriers and potential undesired outcomes.
  • the department will adopt the ‘accurate electricity emissions factors’ for the activity, reflecting a faster reduction in electricity emissions factors to 2025.

Next steps

The department will finalise the Regulations and Specifications for C&I HPWH upgrades. This will be an eligible activity under the VEU program and accredited providers will be able to create certificates from the commencement date of the new activity, which will be set out in the revised Specifications before the end of 2021. The department will also continue to work with stakeholders to ensure fit-for-purpose uptake of this new activity through industry support and capacity building.

Following the Victorian Energy Upgrades (VEU) Refrigerated Display Cabinets (RDC) Consultation, the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning (the department), has published the Refrigerated Display Cabinets - Response to Consultation outlining the department’s response to stakeholder feedback.

A total of 7 stakeholder submissions were received through the consultation. Stakeholders provided valuable feedback on proposed updates and the department thanks those who provided input.

The department has considered stakeholder feedback and has made several decisions on the approach to updating the RDC activity. The response to consultation outlines these decisions, which include:

  • updating the current Part 32 - Refrigerated Display Cabinet activity so that all product classes in the Greenhouse and Energy Minimum Standards Refrigerated Cabinets Determination 2020 (GEMS 2020 Determination) can receive incentives under the VEU program, providing they meet technical Specifications.
  • providing a transition time so that high efficiency RDCs registered to the GEMS 2012 determination will be eligible for VEU program incentives until 30 June 2022.
  • aligning VEU energy efficiency levels with those proposed for the NSW, Energy Savings Scheme (ESS) and European Commission regulations (EU MEPS 2023).

The department will revise the Specifications for the Part 32 - Refrigerated Display Cabinet activity based on this consultation. The department proposes to publish final Specifications by October 2021.

Updates on VEU new and revised activity work

The department is working on several new and revised activities for the VEU program, to ensure Victorians have access to the latest energy efficiency technologies, and to increase the pool of opportunity to deliver the programs emissions reductions targets.

Cold Rooms - On 18 August 2021, the department introduced a new cold room activity into the VEU program to help industry upgrade their cold rooms. Organisations can now apply to become accredited for this activity. The department is also seeking feedback from stakeholders to assist in the uptake of this activity.

Commercial and Industrial Heat Pump Water Heating – The department will publish a response to stakeholder feedback by October 2021 and will be looking to introduce the activity into the VEU program by the end of 2021.

Water heating and Space heating – The department has started a review of all VEU water and space heating activities. Stakeholders will be consulted on proposed changes for these activities following normal processes.

Smart Thermostats and Hot Pipe Lagging – The department will be holding further consultations to inform the development of these new activities later this year.

The Victorian Government announced that from 11.59pm Monday 20 September, all construction projects will shut down for two weeks in metropolitan Melbourne and other Local Government Areas currently in lockdown.

The Premier’s statement can be accessed here:
www.premier.vic.gov.au/construction-industry-shut-down-two-weeks

The Premier has also announced a lockdown commencing at 11:59pm Sunday 19 September for the City of Greater Geelong, the Surf Coast and Mitchell Shire, with restrictions the same as those in the City of Ballarat and metropolitan Melbourne, excluding the curfew.
www.premier.vic.gov.au/seven-day-lockdown-geelong-surf-coast-mitchell-shire

What this means for the Victorian Energy Upgrades (VEU) program is:

  • All construction projects in metropolitan Melbourne, City of Ballarat, City of Greater Geelong, Surf Coast Shire and Mitchell Shire will be closed until 11.59pm Monday 4 October, with a strictly limited exemption for workers to attend the sites to respond to an emergency or perform urgent and essential work to protect health and safety.
  • From 11.59pm Thursday 23 September, all construction workers require at least their first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine. Construction workers state-wide will need to show evidence to their employer that they have had this first dose of the vaccine before they return to site on Tuesday 5 October.
  • Construction workers cannot travel between areas currently in lockdown and those areas that are not in lockdown.

For metropolitan Melbourne, the City of Ballarat, the City of Greater Geelong, the Surf Coast and Mitchell Shire:

  • Upgrade activities are permitted where required for safety, emergency repairs, maintenance or continued operation of essential services.
  • Upgrade activities are permitted for solo outdoor services (including at occupied premises) where physical distancing can be maintained at all times – businesses with an ABN can conduct outdoor maintenance, repairs, cleaning and other building work, home renovations and installations. Additional workers are only permitted where required for safety reasons. Limits on movements between sites do not apply for solo outdoor services.
  • Doorknocking as a form of lead generation or sales in the VEU program is not permitted in metropolitan Melbourne or the City of Ballarat, the City of Greater Geelong, the Surf Coast and Mitchell Shire.
  • All authorised workers will be required to obtain and carry a permit when working and travelling for work. Permits need to be certified by an employer and are available on the coronavirus website: Authorised provider and authorised worker permit | Coronavirus Victoria.

For the rest of regional Victoria

  • Upgrade, renovation and maintenance work can occur at occupied and unoccupied premises (noting that workers from metropolitan Melbourne or other Local Government Areas currently in lockdown are not authorised to undertake that work).
  • Authorised workers other than construction workers from regional Victoria who are travelling for authorised work to metropolitan Melbourne or other Local Government Areas currently in lockdown must obtain a permit and must follow those restrictions once there.
  • Workplace restrictions for construction sites continue to apply as specified in the construction sector guidance.
  • Doorknocking as a form of lead generation or sales in the VEU program is permitted in regional Victoria, although workers from metropolitan Melbourne or other Local Government Areas currently in lockdown are not permitted to undertake this work.

For further information on the latest restrictions and requirements please see the authorised provider and authorised worker list and the construction sector guidance page.

Your COVIDSafe plan should be reviewed and updated in line with public health directions.

Face masks remain mandatory indoors and outdoors both in metropolitan Melbourne and regional Victoria. Please ensure your staff follow the directions and keep up to date by visiting www.coronavirus.vic.gov.au.

Priority COVID-19 vaccine appointments have been made available until Sunday 26 September to help construction workers get their COVID-19 vaccination. For more information about priority vaccine access, visit www.coronavirus.vic.gov.au/vaccine

Business support

Support is available to those most impacted by current public health restrictions through the Business Costs Assistance Program, the Small Business COVID Hardship Fund and the COVID-19 disaster payment.

You can access further information on support available for businesses impacted by the current restrictions by visiting: Business grants and support | Coronavirus Victoria

We will update you as further information becomes available. Please continue to raise issues to energy.upgrades@delwp.vic.gov.au.

We greatly appreciate your ongoing efforts to stay COVIDSafe.

The Victorian Government announced that from 11.59pm Wednesday 15 September, the City of Ballarat will have the same restrictions – except for the nightly curfew – in place as metropolitan Melbourne. The Chief Health Officer has also declared that from 11.59pm on Wednesday 15 September, Greater Shepparton will have their restriction settings downgraded to match the rest of regional Victoria.

The Premier’s statement and updated table of restrictions can be accessed here:
www.premier.vic.gov.au/ballarat-lock-down-week-slow-virus-spread

The Premier has also announced some changes will be made to limit further spread in the construction industry.
www.premier.vic.gov.au/new-freedoms-when-70-cent-first-dose-target-reached

What this means for the Victorian Energy Upgrades (VEU) program is:

  • Construction workers state-wide will need to show evidence to their employer that they have had a first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine by 11:59pm Thursday, 23 September.
  • Construction workers cannot cross the metropolitan-regional boundary for work.

For metropolitan Melbourne and the City of Ballarat

  • All authorised workers will be required to obtain and carry a permit when working and travelling for work. Permits need to be certified by an employer and are available on the coronavirus website: Authorised provider and authorised worker permit | Coronavirus Victoria.
  • Upgrade activities are permitted where required for safety, emergency repairs, maintenance or continued operation of essential services.
  • Upgrade activities are permitted where they form part of a construction project and the property is unoccupied, however, workplace limits and limits on movement between multiple sites apply to all construction sites as specified in the construction sector guidance.
  • Upgrade activities are permitted for solo outdoor services (including at occupied premises) where physical distancing can be maintained at all times – businesses with an ABN can conduct outdoor maintenance, repairs, cleaning and other building work, home renovations and installations. Additional workers are only permitted where required for safety reasons. Limits on movements between sites do not apply for solo outdoor services.
  • Doorknocking as a form of lead generation or sales in the VEU program is not permitted in metropolitan Melbourne or the City of Ballarat.

For regional Victoria

  • Upgrade, renovation and maintenance work can occur at occupied and unoccupied premises (noting that workers from metropolitan Melbourne or the City of Ballarat are not authorised to undertake that work).
  • Authorised workers other than construction workers from regional Victoria travelling to metropolitan Melbourne or the City of Ballarat for authorised work must obtain a permit and must follow those restrictions once there.
  • Workplace restrictions for construction sites continue to apply as specified in the construction sector guidance.
  • Doorknocking as a form of lead generation or sales in the VEU program is permitted in regional Victoria, although workers from metropolitan Melbourne or the City of Ballarat are not permitted to undertake this work.

For further information on the latest restrictions and requirements please see the authorised provider and authorised worker list and the construction sector guidance page.

Your COVIDSafe plan should be reviewed and updated in line with public health directions.

Face masks remain mandatory indoors and outdoors both in metropolitan Melbourne and regional Victoria. Please ensure your staff follow the directions and keep up to date by visiting www.coronavirus.vic.gov.au.

Business support

The Commonwealth and Victorian Governments have announced a jointly-funded support package to provide a critical four-week boost to small and medium-sized Victorian businesses most impacted by current public health restrictions.

This includes additional payments for the Business Costs Assistance Program and a boost to the Small Business COVID Hardship Fund.

You can access further information on support available for businesses impacted by the current restrictions by visiting: Business grants and support | Coronavirus Victoria

We will update you as further information becomes available. Please continue to raise issues to energy.upgrades@delwp.vic.gov.au.

We greatly appreciate your ongoing efforts to stay COVIDSafe.

The Victorian Government announced on Monday, 16 August that restrictions for metropolitan Melbourne will remain in place until at least 11:59 pm, Thursday, 2 September, with some additional requirements.

The Premier’s statement and updated table of restrictions can be accessed here: Extended Melbourne Lockdown to Keep Victorians Safe | Premier of Victoria

What this means for the Victorian Energy Upgrades (VEU) program is:

For metropolitan Melbourne:

  • From 11.59pm Tuesday, 17 August, all authorised workers will be required to obtain and carry a permit when working, and when travelling for work. Permits need to be certified by an employer and are available on the coronavirus website: Authorised provider and authorised worker permit | Coronavirus Victoria
  • A nightly curfew is now in place from 9pm to 5am while these restrictions are in place.
  • Upgrade activities are permitted where required for safety, emergency repairs, maintenance or continued operation of essential services.
  • Upgrade activities are permitted where they form part of a construction project and the property is unoccupied. However, workplace limits and limits on movement between multiple sites as specified in the Workplace (Additional Industry Obligations) Directions apply to all construction sites.
  • Upgrade activities are permitted for solo outdoor services (including at occupied premises) where physical distancing can be maintained at all times – businesses with an ABN can conduct outdoor maintenance, repairs, cleaning and other building work, home renovations and installations. Additional workers are only permitted where required for safety reasons.
  • Doorknocking as a form of lead generation or sales in the VEU program is not permitted for any activity in metropolitan Melbourne.

For further information on the latest restrictions and requirements please see the authorised provider and authorised worker list and the construction sector guidance page.

For regional Victoria:

  • Upgrade, construction, renovation and maintenance work can occur at occupied and unoccupied premises (noting metropolitan Melbourne workers are not authorised to undertake that work).
  • Authorised workers from regional Victoria travelling to metropolitan Melbourne for authorised work must obtain a permit.

Your COVIDSafe plan should be reviewed and updated in line with public health directions.

Face masks remain mandatory indoors and outdoors both in metropolitan Melbourne and regional Victoria. Please ensure your staff follow the directions and keep up to date by visiting www.coronavirus.vic.gov.au.

Business support

Last week the Victorian Government also announced additional support for businesses most affected by the public health restrictions in Melbourne. This includes a boost to the Small Business COVID Hardship Fund to support small businesses who have not been eligible under existing business support funds.

You can access further information on support available for businesses impacted by the current restrictions by visiting: Business grants and support | Coronavirus Victoria

We will update you as further information becomes available. Please continue to raise issues to energy.upgrades@delwp.vic.gov.au.

We greatly appreciate your ongoing efforts to stay COVIDSafe.

The Victorian Government announced on Saturday, 21 August that regional Victoria would enter lockdown from
1pm Saturday, 21 August. All metropolitan Melbourne restrictions – excluding the curfew – have been implemented across regional Victoria until 11.59pm Thursday, 2 September.

The Premier’s statement and updated table of restrictions can be accessed here: https://www.premier.vic.gov.au/lockdown-across-regional-victoria-keep-us-safe

What this means for the Victorian Energy Upgrades (VEU) program is:

  • All authorised workers will be required to obtain and carry a permit when working and travelling for work. From 11.59pm Monday 23 August this now includes all authorised workers operating in regional Victoria. Permits need to be certified by an employer and are available on the coronavirus website: Authorised provider and authorised worker permit | Coronavirus Victoria.
  • Upgrade activities are permitted where required for safety, emergency repairs, maintenance or continued operation of essential services.
  • Upgrade activities are permitted where they form part of a construction project and the property is unoccupied, however, workplace limits and limits on movement between multiple sites apply to all construction sites as specified in the construction sector guidance.
  • Upgrade activities are permitted for solo outdoor services (including at occupied premises) where physical distancing can be maintained at all times – businesses with an ABN can conduct outdoor maintenance, repairs, cleaning and other building work, home renovations and installations. Additional workers are only permitted where required for safety reasons.
  • Doorknocking as a form of lead generation or sales in the VEU program is not permitted for any activity anywhere in Victoria.

For further information on the latest restrictions and requirements please see the authorised provider and authorised worker list and the construction sector guidance page.

Your COVIDSafe plan should be reviewed and updated in line with public health directions.

Face masks remain mandatory indoors and outdoors. Please ensure your staff follow the directions and keep up to date by visiting www.coronavirus.vic.gov.au.

Business support

The Victorian Government also announced additional support for businesses most affected by the public health restrictions in Melbourne and regional Victoria. This includes the Small Business COVID Hardship Fund to support small businesses who have not been eligible under existing business support funds.

You can access further information on support available for businesses impacted by the current restrictions by visiting: Business grants and support | Coronavirus Victoria

We will update you as further information becomes available. Please continue to raise issues to energy.upgrades@delwp.vic.gov.au.

We greatly appreciate your ongoing efforts to stay COVIDSafe.

The Victorian Government announced on Monday, 16 August that restrictions for metropolitan Melbourne will remain in place until at least 11:59 pm, Thursday, 2 September, with some additional requirements.

The Premier’s statement and updated table of restrictions can be accessed here: Extended Melbourne Lockdown to Keep Victorians Safe | Premier of Victoria

What this means for the Victorian Energy Upgrades (VEU) program is:

For metropolitan Melbourne:

  • From 11.59pm Tuesday, 17 August, all authorised workers will be required to obtain and carry a permit when working, and when travelling for work. Permits need to be certified by an employer and are available on the coronavirus website: Authorised provider and authorised worker permit | Coronavirus Victoria
  • A nightly curfew is now in place from 9pm to 5am while these restrictions are in place.
  • Upgrade activities are permitted where required for safety, emergency repairs, maintenance or continued operation of essential services.
  • Upgrade activities are permitted where they form part of a construction project and the property is unoccupied. However, workplace limits and limits on movement between multiple sites as specified in the Workplace (Additional Industry Obligations) Directions apply to all construction sites.
  • Upgrade activities are permitted for solo outdoor services (including at occupied premises) where physical distancing can be maintained at all times – businesses with an ABN can conduct outdoor maintenance, repairs, cleaning and other building work, home renovations and installations. Additional workers are only permitted where required for safety reasons.
  • Doorknocking as a form of lead generation or sales in the VEU program is not permitted for any activity in metropolitan Melbourne.

For further information on the latest restrictions and requirements please see the authorised provider and authorised worker list and the construction sector guidance page.

For regional Victoria:

  • Upgrade, construction, renovation and maintenance work can occur at occupied and unoccupied premises (noting metropolitan Melbourne workers are not authorised to undertake that work).
  • Authorised workers from regional Victoria travelling to metropolitan Melbourne for authorised work must obtain a permit.

Your COVIDSafe plan should be reviewed and updated in line with public health directions.

Face masks remain mandatory indoors and outdoors both in metropolitan Melbourne and regional Victoria. Please ensure your staff follow the directions and keep up to date by visiting www.coronavirus.vic.gov.au.

Business support

Last week the Victorian Government also announced additional support for businesses most affected by the public health restrictions in Melbourne. This includes a boost to the Small Business COVID Hardship Fund to support small businesses who have not been eligible under existing business support funds.

You can access further information on support available for businesses impacted by the current restrictions by visiting: Business grants and support | Coronavirus Victoria

We will update you as further information becomes available. Please continue to raise issues to energy.upgrades@delwp.vic.gov.au.

We greatly appreciate your ongoing efforts to stay COVIDSafe.

The Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning (DELWP) has published the Victorian Energy Efficiency Target Amendment (Cold room) Regulations 2021 and the Victorian Energy Upgrades (VEU) Specifications 2018 Version 10.0.

These Regulations and Specifications implement a new cold room activity which can be undertaken by accredited providers to create Victorian Energy Efficiency Certificates (VEECs) from 17 August 2021.

The Regulations can be downloaded here:
https://www.legislation.vic.gov.au/in-force/statutory-rules/victorian-energy-efficiency-target-regulations-2018/005

The VEU Specifications Version 10.0 can be downloaded here:
https://www.energy.vic.gov.au/energy-efficiency/victorian-energy-upgrades/specifications

For more information on becoming accredited to deliver this new cold rooms activity, please visit the Essential Services Commission website.
https://www.esc.vic.gov.au/victorian-energy-upgrades/participating-veu-program

We would like to thank everyone who participated in the cold rooms consultation process.

Refrigerated Display Cabinets Consultation Closes 19 August 2021

A reminder that the closing date for consultation submissions on the proposed changes to Refrigerated Display Cabinets is 19 August 2021.

The refrigerated display cabinets issues paper details the proposed updates as well as draft Specifications for stakeholder feedback. Feedback from submissions will be used to guide activity updates.

For more information on the consultation and to have your say on proposed updates, please visit Engage Victoria:
https://engage.vic.gov.au/victorian-energy-upgrades-updates-refrigerated-display-cabinets

The Victorian Government has announced that the current restrictions for metropolitan Melbourne will remain in place until at least 11:59 pm, Thursday 19 August. This follows the announced easing of restrictions for regional Victoria from 11:59 pm, Monday 9 August.

What this means for the Victorian Energy Upgrades (VEU) program is:

Across the State, upgrade activities are permitted:

  • where required for safety, emergency repairs, maintenance or continued operation of essential services
  • for unoccupied premises and new builds
  • for solo outdoor services (including at occupied premises) where physical distancing can be maintained at all times – businesses with an ABN can conduct outdoor maintenance, repairs, cleaning and other building work, home renovations and installations.

For regional Victoria only, in-home and indoor upgrade, construction, renovation and maintenance work can occur at occupied and unoccupied premises (noting metropolitan Melbourne workers are not authorised to undertake that work).

For regional Victoria only, the use of doorknocking as a form of lead generation or sales in the VEU program is permitted (noting metropolitan Melbourne workers are not authorised to undertake that work). Doorknocking as a form of lead generation or sales in the VEU program is not permitted for any activity in metropolitan Melbourne.

The five reasons to leave the home have been removed in regional Victoria and there is no limit on the distance regional Victorians can travel from home. However, people will only be able to travel to metropolitan Melbourne for a permitted reason and you must follow the metropolitan Melbourne restrictions once there. VEU program participants should not travel from metropolitan Melbourne to regional Victoria to complete upgrade activities.

Your COVIDSafe plan should be reviewed and updated in line with public health directions.

Face masks remain mandatory indoors and outdoors both in metropolitan Melbourne and regional Victoria. Please ensure your staff follow the directions and keep up to date by visiting www.coronavirus.vic.gov.au.

We will update you as further information becomes available. Please continue to raise issues to energy.upgrades@delwp.vic.gov.au.

We greatly appreciate your ongoing efforts to stay COVIDSafe.

The Victorian Government announced a state-wide lockdown for seven days from 8:00pm, Thursday 5 August.

The Construction FAQs on the www.coronavirus.vic.gov.au website have now been updated.

What this means for the Victorian Energy Upgrades (VEU) program is:

  • Upgrade activities required for safety, emergency repairs, maintenance or continued operation of essential services are permitted.
  • Upgrade activities are permitted for unoccupied premises and new builds. Further information can be found on Construction FAQs.
  • The use of doorknocking as a form of lead generation or sales in the VEU program is not permitted for any activity anywhere in Victoria.

Your COVIDSafe plan should be reviewed and updated in line with public health directions.

Face masks remain mandatory indoors and outdoors. Please ensure your staff follow the directions and keep up to date by visiting www.coronavirus.vic.gov.au.

We will update you as further information becomes available. Please continue to raise issues to energy.upgrades@delwp.vic.gov.au.

We greatly appreciate your ongoing efforts to stay COVIDSafe.

The Victorian Government has announced that Victoria will enter a state-wide lockdown for seven days from 8:00pm, Thursday 5 August.

What this means for the Victorian Energy Upgrades (VEU) program is:

  • Only upgrade activities required for safety, emergency repairs, maintenance or continued operation of essential services are permitted.
  • The use of doorknocking as a form of lead generation or sales in the VEU program is not permitted for any activity anywhere in Victoria.

Your COVIDSafe plan should be reviewed and updated in line with public health directions.

Face masks will remain mandatory indoors and outdoors. Please ensure your staff follow the directions and keep up to date by visiting www.coronavirus.vic.gov.au.

The Premier’s media release can be accessed here: https://www.premier.vic.gov.au/seven-day-lockdown-keep-victorians-safe.

We will update you as further information becomes available. Please continue to raise issues to energy.upgrades@delwp.vic.gov.au.

We greatly appreciate your ongoing efforts to stay COVIDSafe.

The Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning (DELWP) has published two sets of Victorian Energy Upgrades (VEU) Specifications:

  • Victorian Energy Upgrades Specifications 2018 – Version 9.0.
  • Measurement & Verification in Victorian Energy Upgrades Specifications Version 6.0

These Specifications implement changes to the Electricity Emissions Factor (EEF) previously announced on
8 December 2020 to reflect a decline in the emissions intensity of electricity due to increased renewable energy generation. The first of these changes is effective from end of day on 31 July 2021 and reduces the EEF from 1.0950 to 0.9546 (t CO2-e/MWh). Deemed VEU activities will see a reduction in incentive between 5 to 20 per cent, depending on:

  • the fuel source used in the baseline and upgrade activity (e.g. electric to electric, electric to gas)
  • technical assumptions which underpin the activity
  • the rounding of Victorian Energy Efficiency Certificates (VEECs).

The Specifications can be downloaded here:

https://www.energy.vic.gov.au/energy-efficiency/victorian-energy-upgrades/specifications

Victorian Energy Upgrades Specifications 2018 Version 9.0

The VEU Specifications V9.0 implement two important changes to the VEU program:

  • implement the announced changes to EEF for 2021-2025 by separating the EEF from other input factors used in the greenhouse gas reduction calculation equations, allowing for it to automatically change each year
  • remove expired sections containing historic incentive calculations for Part 34 and Part 21 which expired on
    31 March 2021 and 31 July 2021 respectively
  • extend the end date of Part 21 from 31 January 2022 to 28 February 2022.

M&V in Victorian Energy Upgrades Specifications Version 6.0

The revised M&V in VEU Specifications V6.0:

  • incorporate the announced changes to EEF for 2021-2025
  • assign the EEF to M&V projects at the implementation start time (the date, and optionally time, following an upgrade on which normal operations can resume) for projects forward-creating Victorian Energy Efficiency Certificates.

Lighting timeline and coronavirus (COVID-19) impacts

DELWP has received feedback regarding the timeline for emissions factor changes and phasing down and removing Part 21 lighting activities in the VEU program as a result of the recent coronavirus (COVID-19) restrictions.

These Specifications implement the emissions factor changes and phasing down of Part 21 lighting activities as planned.

DELWP has worked to find a balance between transitioning away from these lighting activities while also supporting businesses whose transition plans may be impacted by COVID-19 restrictions. A decision has been made to extend the end date for Part 21 lighting activities from 31 January 2022 to 28 February 2022.

The Victorian Government announced that a range of restrictions will ease across Victoria from 11:59pm,
Tuesday, 27 July.

The five reasons to leave home and 5-kilometre travel limit no longer apply.

What this means for the Victorian Energy Upgrades (VEU) program:

  • In home and indoor upgrades, construction, renovation and maintenance work can occur at occupied and unoccupied premises.
  • Doorknocking as a form of lead generation or sales in the VEU program is now permitted and unsolicited installations may occur.

Your COVIDSafe plan should be reviewed and updated in line with public health directions.

Masks are required indoors and outdoors. Please ensure your staff follow the directions and keep up to date by visiting www.coronavirus.vic.gov.au.

We will update you as further information becomes available. Please continue to raise issues to energy.upgrades@delwp.vic.gov.au.

We greatly appreciate your ongoing efforts to stay COVIDSafe.

The Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning (the department) has commenced consultation on updates to the current refrigerated display cabinet (Part 32) activity, to align the activity with recent regulatory changes. Updates will enable refrigerated display cabinets registered to the Greenhouse and Energy Minimum Standards (Refrigerated Cabinets) Determination 2020 that meet the Specifications set by the department to receive VEU incentives.

Updates include:

  • updating the activity name from ‘Refrigerated display cabinets’ to ‘Refrigerated cabinets’
  • expanding the range of products that can be installed under the VEU activity
  • introducing new formulae for calculating energy savings for refrigerated cabinet products
  • allowing a transition time so that high-efficiency products can use their Greenhouse and Energy Minimum Standards (Refrigerated display cabinets) Determination 2012 registrations to continue to receive current VEU incentives.

The refrigerated display cabinets issues paper details the proposed updates as well as draft Specifications for stakeholder feedback.

For more information on the consultation and to have your say on proposed updates, please visit Engage Victoria:

https://engage.vic.gov.au/victorian-energy-upgrades-updates-refrigerated-display-cabinets

The closing date for consultation submissions is 19 August 2021.

The Victorian Government announced on Tuesday, 20 July that the current restrictions will remain in place in Victoria for a further 7 days, until 11:59 pm on Tuesday, 27 July.

What this means for the Victorian Energy Upgrades (VEU) program is:

  • The use of doorknocking as a form of lead generation or sales in the VEU program is not permitted for any activity anywhere in Victoria.
  • Upgrade activities are permitted where required for safety, emergency repairs, maintenance or continued operation of essential services.
  • Outdoor upgrade activities that do not involve any indoor work or engagement with households and businesses are permitted – noting that this does not permit unsolicited installations.
  • Indoor upgrade activities are permitted where they form part of a construction project and the property is unoccupied and under construction.

Face masks are required to be worn inside and outdoors – everywhere except your own home.

Your COVIDSafe Plan should be reviewed and updated in line with public health directions.

For further information on the latest restrictions and requirements please see the construction FAQ page available at https://www.coronavirus.vic.gov.au/how-we-work-current-restrictions#construction-faqs.

Please ensure your staff follow the directions and make themselves aware of the current exposure sites. Information on authorised work and workers, exposure sites, testing and restrictions is available at www.coronavirus.vic.gov.au.

The Premier’s statement can be accessed here:
https://www.premier.vic.gov.au/extended-lockdown-and-stronger-borders-keep-us-safe

Information on support available for individuals and businesses impacted by the current restrictions is available on the Business Victoria and Service Australia websites.

We will keep you updated as further information becomes available. Please continue to raise issues to energy.upgrades@delwp.vic.gov.au.

We greatly appreciate your ongoing efforts to stay COVIDSafe.

The Victorian Government has announced public health restrictions that will be in place from 11.59pm Thursday
15 July 2021 and are expected to remain in place until 11:59pm on Tuesday 20 July.

What this means for the Victorian Energy Upgrades (VEU) program is:

  • The use of doorknocking as a form of lead generation or sales in the VEU program is not permitted for any activity anywhere in Victoria.
  • Only upgrade activities required for safety, emergency repairs, maintenance or continued operation of essential services are permitted.

Face masks will also need to be worn inside and outdoors – everywhere except your own home.

Your COVIDSafe Plan should be reviewed and updated in line with public health directions.

Please ensure your staff follow the directions and make themselves aware of the current exposure sites. A list of authorised work and workers is available online here.

Information on exposure sites, testing and restrictions is available at www.coronavirus.vic.gov.au.

The Premier’s media release can be accessed here: https://www.premier.vic.gov.au/statement-premier-92.

We will update you as further information becomes available. Please continue to raise issues to energy.upgrades@delwp.vic.gov.au.

The Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning (DELWP) has published new versions of two sets of Victorian Energy Upgrades Specifications:

Phase down of residential lighting incentives extended to 31 July 2021

As a result of the recent impacts of coronavirus (COVID-19) restrictions on residential lighting upgrade activities, DELWP announced an extension to the date of the phase down of residential lighting incentives. Changes to incandescent lighting upgrades (Part 21) scheduled for 30 June 2021 will now start on 31 July 2021.

DELWP has now published the Victorian Energy Upgrade Specifications Version 8.0, giving effect to these residential lighting changes. The Specifications can be downloaded here:

https://www.energy.vic.gov.au/energy-efficiency/victorian-energy-upgrades/specifications

VEU program M&V method provisions

Provisions have been developed which are to be applied when calculating emissions abatement for VEU program M&V projects affected by COVID-19 or any other declared state of emergency or state of disaster. These have been created in collaboration with the Essential Services Commission and the industry expert Bruce Rowse from 8020Green.

These provisions allow projects which have been affected by a state of emergency or state of disaster to:

  • extend the timeframe from which eligible baseline, operating, and reporting periods can be chosen
  • use shorter measurement periods
  • adjust energy models to account for changes in site constants.

Version 5.0 of the M&V Specifications and a guide to help stakeholders understand and apply the provisions can be downloaded here: https://www.energy.vic.gov.au/energy-efficiency/victorian-energy-upgrades/specifications

The VEU team would like to thank you for your patience in waiting for these provisions.

On 16 June the Victorian Government announced changes to restrictions for metropolitan Melbourne and regional Victoria to commence from 11:59pm Thursday 17 June.

The 25 kilometre travel limit will be removed and travel between metropolitan Melbourne and regional Victoria will resume. Masks will continue to be required indoors and are recommended outdoors when you are unable to maintain physical distancing.

These changes in restrictions do not affect whether activities undertaken in the Victorian Energy Upgrades (VEU) program can be undertaken – all activities can occur, including doorknocking, in line with relevant restrictions.

Your COVIDSafe plan should be reviewed and updated regularly in line with public health directions. Please ensure your staff follow the directions and keep up to date by visiting www.coronavirus.vic.gov.au.

The free Victorian Government QR Code Service is available through the Service Victoria app.

We will update you as further information becomes available. Please continue to raise issues to energy.upgrades@delwp.vic.gov.au.

We greatly appreciate your ongoing efforts to stay COVIDSafe.

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