The Victorian Government is committed to helping local councils and Road Management Authorities (RMAs) reduce their energy costs. We help you receive rebates or discounts through businesses accredited under the program (Accredited Providers) for replacing old lighting equipment or installing energy control systems.

LEDs have good light quality and instant start up-times and last longer so you won’t have to replace them so often. They’ll save you money upfront and in the long-run.

How much rebate can you expect?

Participation example

Indicative rebate*

A local council in a metropolitan area replaces 100 metal halide lamps (250 watts per lamp) with 100 LED high bays (100 watts per lamp).


A road management authority in a regional area replaces 500 metal halide lamps (150 watts per lamp) with 500 LED high-bays (70 watts per lamp).


*Discount or rebate will vary – these figures are based on a certificate price of $17. The final price could be higher or lower. Final price will depend on several factors including certificate price, type of equipment and efficiency, location and administrative costs by Accredited Provider.

How to get involved

All local councils or Road Management Authorities (RMA) are eligible to participate.

To participate, you must work with a business approved to deliver, or facilitate upgrades under the program. These businesses are known as Accredited Providers.

You can find an Accredited Provider and the type of service they offer on the Essential Services Commission's (ESC) website. On the ESC's website, search by VEEC Activity Types and select Public Lighting Upgrade.

Tips for participating

As with any market, it's worth shopping around and working out the right fit for your needs. Follow these tips when participating:

Check out Accredited Providers

There is a range of businesses accredited under the Victorian Energy Upgrades program offering different types of products, services, expertise and costs. 

Ensure the product's suitability

To participate, you must install a product listed on the Australian Energy Market Operator’s public lighting load table. AEMO approves products to ensure they meet minimum quality and safety benchmarks. However, be sure to do your own research before proceeding as there can be many approved products and not all products are of the same quality or suitability for all working environments.

Check the level of rebate

The amount of rebate an Accredited Provider gives to its customers for participating in Victorian Energy Upgrades can vary.

Page last updated: 18/02/20