There are training and support programs, grants and resources that can help businesses reduce their energy use, increase productivity and save money on bills.

Navigating a Dynamic Energy Landscape has been developed by the Energy Efficiency Council with the support of the Victorian Government. The 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.

Victorian Energy Upgrades helps businesses with their energy costs by providing discounts on energy-saving products.

Victorian Energy Compare is an independent price comparison tool for the range of energy retail offers available. Businesses consuming under 40-megawatt hours annually and who have access to 12 months of their smart meter consumption data can use Victorian Energy Compare to seek a better deal.

Food and Fibre Information Hub helps farms and food processing businesses to understand how to better manage their energy consumption and help reduce their energy costs.

The program includes grants for businesses, a sustainable finance service, and various training, events, and information resources. Grants are available for businesses seeking advice on energy efficiency improvements (Energy Assessment Grants), capital support to reduce gas costs (Gas Efficiency Grants), and for manufacturers to reduce waste (Materials Efficiency Grants).

Sustainable Finance Service is a free financial facilitation service through Boosting Business Productivity. It is available to all businesses, property owners, councils and community seeking to invest in energy efficiency and renewable energy.

Better Commercial Buildings grants program supports owners of commercial buildings and tenancies (including offices, hotels, retail and data centres), to identify and implement energy efficiency upgrades that lead to improved building performance. The program is now fully subscribed. For questions about the program please contact buildings@sustainability.vic.gov.au or phone 1300 363 744.

The Agriculture Energy Investment Plan supports agricultural businesses to reduce on-farm energy costs, improve energy efficiency and explore alternative energy options. This may include on-farm energy assessments, grants to support on-farm energy investments, skills and education, and research facilitation.

If your business:

  • Is a major energy user
  • Has experienced a large increase in the price of your energy contract/s
  • Employs a significant number of workers

Call 13 22 15 to connect with a local industry investment facilitation specialist to discuss your situation. Visit the Business Victoria website for more information.

Other business support programs

For information on other business support programs, visit the Business Victoria website.