Australian Government, 2011‑12 Budget
Budget

Part 2: Expense Measures (Continued)

Climate Change and Energy Efficiency

Energy efficiency functions — additional funding

Expense ($m)
2010‑11 2011‑12 2012‑13 2013‑14 2014‑15
Department of Climate Change and Energy Efficiency 15.1 4.0 3.0 3.0 3.0

The Government will provide $28.1 million over five years to the Department of Climate Change and Energy Efficiency to assist in the delivery of its energy efficiency functions, which were transferred from the then Department of the Environment, Water, Heritage and the Arts as part of the machinery of government changes in March 2010. This funding includes delivery of the COAG National Strategy on Energy Efficiency and a range of energy efficiency programs.

Green Loans program — extension and assistance for assessors

Expense ($m)
2010‑11 2011‑12 2012‑13 2013‑14 2014‑15
Department of Climate Change and Energy Efficiency

The Government will provide $46.5 million over two years ($28.5 million in 2010‑11 and $18.0 million in 2011‑12) to manage the closure of the Green Loans program and provide assistance to home sustainability assessors. This measure includes:

  • $10.0 million in 2010‑11 to extend the Green Loans program to 28 February 2011, which enabled additional home sustainability assessments to be delivered under the program and provided a transitional period for the assessor workforce to identify opportunities to diversify or prepare to undertake training for new employment opportunities in the sector;
  • $18.5 million for a financial assistance scheme, including $15.0 million to assist uncontracted assessors who undertook the process to become accredited Green Loans assessors but were not offered contracts to deliver services under the program. Up to $3,000 will be provided to cover the costs of training fees, insurance premiums, accreditation fees and police checks incurred in preparing to become a Green Loans assessor; and
  • $18.0 million for a training assistance scheme, including $15.0 million to refund 50 per cent of the tuition fees (up to $2,500) for accredited home sustainability assessors who enrol in the new Certificate Level IV in Home Sustainability Assessment course to develop their professional skills and credentials. This component will assist assessors in their transition to future employment opportunities.

The cost of this measure will be met from a redirection of funding arising from the cessation of the Green Start program.

Further information can be found in the joint press release of 21 December 2010 issued by the Minister for Climate Change and Energy Efficiency and the Parliamentary Secretary for Climate Change and Energy Efficiency.

See also the related expense measure titled Green Start program — cessation.

Green Start program — cessation

Expense ($m)
2010‑11 2011‑12 2012‑13 2013‑14 2014‑15
Department of Climate Change and Energy Efficiency ‑121.2 ‑41.2 ‑0.6

The Government will not proceed with the planned commencement of the Green Start program. The program was to deliver home sustainability assessments for households and assist low income households to improve their energy efficiency.

This measure will provide savings of $209.5 million over three years, of which $46.5 million will be redirected to measures related to the extension and closure of the Green Loans program. Savings of $129.3 million from this measure will be used to meet the costs of supporting individuals, businesses and local communities affected by natural disasters in 2010‑11 to recover and rebuild. The remaining savings will be redirected to support other Government priorities.

Further information can be found in the joint press release of 21 December 2010 issued by the Minister for Climate Change and Energy Efficiency and the Parliamentary Secretary for Climate Change and Energy Efficiency.

See also the related expense measure titled Green Loans — extension and assistance for assessors.

Greenhouse and energy reporting — additional funding

Expense ($m)
2010‑11 2011‑12 2012‑13 2013‑14 2014‑15
Department of Climate Change and Energy Efficiency 5.0 5.0 5.1 5.1

The Government will provide $20.2 million over four years for the Department of Climate Change and Energy Efficiency's greenhouse and energy reporting function. The funding will support administration of the National Greenhouse and Energy Reporting Act 2007, and regulatory and compliance activities.

Reporting under the Act underpins Australia's ability to meet its international reporting obligations, including those under the Kyoto Protocol and the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change.

Home Insulation Safety Program — household initiated inspections

Expense ($m)
2010‑11 2011‑12 2012‑13 2013‑14 2014‑15
Department of Climate Change and Energy Efficiency

The Government will provide household initiated inspections until 30 June 2012 for homes with insulation installed under the Home Insulation Program. This measure builds on the Government's commitment to carry out safety inspections on at least 150,000 homes that had non‑foil insulation installed and approximately 50,000 homes that had foil insulation installed.

The cost of this measure will be met from within the existing resourcing for the Home Insulation Safety Program and the Foil Insulation Safety Program. Any residual funding will be returned to the Budget.

Further information can be found in the joint press release of 20 April 2011 issued by the Minister for Climate Change and Energy Efficiency and the Parliamentary Secretary for Climate Change and Energy Efficiency.

National Solar Schools Program — redesign

Expense ($m)
2010‑11 2011‑12 2012‑13 2013‑14 2014‑15
Department of Climate Change and Energy Efficiency ‑5.4 ‑3.6 ‑13.2 ‑19.1
Department of the Treasury ‑19.0 ‑13.7 ‑35.8 ‑46.6
Total ‑24.4 ‑17.4 ‑49.0 ‑65.7

The Government will redesign the National Solar Schools Program and reduce funding by $156.4 million over four years and bring forward the program's closure to 30 June 2013.

Funding of $49.8 million will remain available to eligible schools through two competitive funding rounds in 2011‑12 and 2012‑13, with an increased emphasis on funding schools in low socioeconomic and remote areas. Successful schools will receive up to $50,000 to install solar and other renewable power systems, solar hot water systems and rainwater tanks, and for other energy efficiency improvements.

Savings from this measure will be redirected to support other Government priorities.

Renewable Energy Target — implementation of legislative amendments

Expense ($m)
2010‑11 2011‑12 2012‑13 2013‑14 2014‑15
Office of the Renewable Energy Regulator 5.4 13.7 11.6 10.7 10.8
Related revenue ($m)
Office of the Renewable Energy Regulator 6.0 3.9 2.3 1.8
Related capital ($m)
Office of the Renewable Energy Regulator 0.3 4.1 0.8 0.8 0.8

The Government will provide $58.8 million over five years to implement a number of amendments to the Renewable Energy (Electricity) Act 2000, including the introduction of an inspection regime for solar panel installations and increased compliance powers for the Renewable Energy Regulator.

The cost of the inspection regime from 2011‑12 onwards will be partially recovered through an increase in the registration fee for Small‑scale Technology Certificates for small renewable generation units. The fee increase, from 8 cents to 47 cents, will commence from the date of effect of the enabling regulations and is estimated to increase revenue by $14.1 million over four years. The registration fee for certificates for solar and heat pump hot water systems will remain unchanged.

This measure includes capital funding of $6.6 million over five years for information technology upgrades. Any residual capital funding will be returned to the Budget.

Further cost recovery options will be considered as part of an agency‑wide cost recovery review of the Office of the Renewable Energy Regulator.

Solar Cities — additional funding

Expense ($m)
2010‑11 2011‑12 2012‑13 2013‑14 2014‑15
Department of Climate Change and Energy Efficiency 5.6 8.1

The Government will provide $13.7 million over two years to meet commitments under the Solar Cities program. The program trials sustainable models for electricity supply and use across seven cities. The additional funding will allow continued data collection and analysis to assist governments, industries and individuals to support wise energy usage.

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