Government of Western Australia
Department of Commerce
ROADMAP TO RENEWABLE
PROGRAMS AND CONTACTS
This roadmap provides a comprehensive but concise overview of funding programs and
government contacts for use by the low emissions technology industry. The information
is provided in three sections:
Federal Funding Initiatives
State Funding Initiatives
The Department of Commerce does not administer any of the funding programs below
and cannot provide information about the application process or future funding rounds.
Links are provided to external websites for further information.
Federal Funding Initiatives
Department of Innovation, Industry, Science and Research
A merit-based competitive assistance program for researchers and companies in the
pre-commercial phase, offering grants to build skills and knowledge, proof-of-concept
grants of up to $200 000 and early stage commercialisation repayable grants of up to $2
Currently open for applications.
Department of Innovation, Industry, Science and Research – AusIndustry
Enterprise Connect Clean Energy Innovation Centre
Delivers Enterprise Connect services, including business reviews, advisory services and
placement of researchers into businesses, to clean energy companies that have an ACN
and have turnover or expenditure of between $1.5 million and $100 million in the current
or previous financial year.
Ethanol Production Grants
Paid to ethanol producers at a rate of 38.143 cents per litre for ethanol produced entirely
in Australia from biomass feedstock. Available until 30 June 2011.
Green Building Fund
Provides grants from $50 000 up to $500 000 for 50% of project costs to owners of
commercial office buildings to reduce energy consumption. Also offers grants of up to
$200 000 for 50% of project costs to industry associations for the development of those
involved in the operation of commercial buildings, to reduce emissions. Current round
closes 27 April 2010.
Green Car Innovation Fund
Provides grants (from $5 million for Motor Vehicle Providers and from $100 000 for
companies that are not MVPs) for projects that enhance the research and development
and commercialisation of Australian technologies that significantly reduce fuel
consumption and/or greenhouse gas emissions of passenger motor vehicles.
LPG Vehicle Scheme
Provides grants of up to $2000 for LPG conversions or purchase of new LPG vehicles.
The current program expires on 30 June 2014 and customers are only eligible for one
grant every three years.
R & D Tax Credit
An incentive package available to companies undertaking eligible research and
development, comprising a 45 per cent refundable tax credit for companies with a
turnover of less than $20 million per annum and a 40 per cent standard tax credit.
Re-Tooling for Climate Change
Provides grants of between $10,000 and $500,000, up to a maximum of half of the cost of
each project, to help small and medium sized Australian manufacturers reduce their
environmental footprint, through projects that improve the energy and/or water
efficiency of their production processes.
Department of Resources, Energy and Tourism
Carbon Capture and Storage Flagships Program
A competitive program for the funding of two to four large scale carbon capture and
storage plants, providing one dollar to match every two dollars of State government or
private investment. Applications have been closed and are currently being assessed for
the funds that have currently been committed.
Solar Flagships Program
A competitive program for the funding of two to four large scale solar power plants,
providing one dollar to match every two dollars of State government or private
investment. Applications for Round One have been closed and are currently being
assessed for the funds that have currently been committed.
State Funding Initiatives
Department of Environment and Conservation
Low Emissions Energy Development Fund
A competitive grant program to support new technologies with the potential to reduce
energy sector greenhouse gas emissions in WA. Grants are for a minimum of $250 000
with an upper limit of the funds available in a given year (in 2009 this was $12.5 million),
and each dollar must be matched by three dollars of funding from other sources.
Office of Energy
Solar Water Heater Subsidy
Provides rebates of $500 for natural gas-boosted solar water heaters and $700 for
bottled LP gas-boosted solar water heaters used in areas without reticulated gas.
WA Solar Schools Program
Provides rebates of up to $12,500 (ex GST) for metropolitan schools and up to $13,000
(ex GST) for regional schools for solar power systems with an installed generating
capacity of at least 950W.
Regional Energy Efficiency Program
Provides incentives for people outside of Western Australia’s grid to reduce their energy
usage, including rebates for fridges, freezers, air-conditioners, and insulation.
AusIndustry administers the various programs related to renewable energy and clean
technology, including Re-tooling for Climate Change, Green Building Fund, Green Car
Innovation Fund, LPG Vehicle Scheme and Ethanol Production Grants. AusIndustry also
offers general access programs, including R&D Tax Concession/Credits and
Commercialisation Australia, under which renewable energy and clean technology
companies may be eligible to receive funding.
Contact: Dianne May
Austrade is the Australian Government's trade and investment agency. Over the coming
three years Austrade is implementing a Clean Energy Trade and Investment Strategy.
The strategy is aimed at attracting productive foreign investment into Australia's clean
energy sector to fill capability gaps, to help commercialize technologies and to help
Australia meet its 20 per cent renewable energy target by 2020. The strategy will also
place emphasis on assisting Australian clean energy and environment companies to
access international markets through exports and outward investment. The strategy will
include: renewable energy; carbon, capture and storage; carbon market services and
Clean Development Mechanism projects; and other clean technologies and services
such as water, green buildings, environmental services and energy efficiency.
Contact: Eric Gordon
Enterprise Connect is an Australian Government initiative that provides comprehensive
support to eligible Australian small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs).Our core
services include business reviews at no cost to firms for eligible businesses and grant
assistance to implement recommendations flowing from the business reviews.
Enterprise Connect oversees a number of Innovation Centres nationally, including the
Clean Energy Innovation Centre.
Contact: Greg Redden
TradeStart is a national network of export assistance offices, partnerships between
Austrade and a range of local private and public sector organisations throughout
Australia. This TradeStart partnership is with the Western Australian Department of
Commerce. Its prime objective is to assist small and medium sized enterprises, in
industries that have high growth potential (resource equipment and services, clean
energy and clean technologies) to commence exporting and to convert irregular
exporters to sustainable export activity. TradeStart also provides assistance to
established exporters to expand their markets.
Contact: Christine Schulz
Western Australian Department of Commerce
The Department of Commerce's Science, Innovation and Business Division undertakes
industry development in the renewable energy and clean technology sector through a
range of facilitation services, including directing industry towards potential sources of
funding; managing relevant Centre of Excellence funding programs; and mapping
industry- and university-based R&D in the sector. The division also brokers contact
between industry and other organisations including Federal government agencies such
as AusIndustry and Enterprise Connect, the Innovation Centre WA and university
departments; and provides industry-focused input to policy.
Contact: Simon McGarvie
Western Australian Department of State Development
The Department of State Development’s Western Australia Global Network (WAGN)
works with industry, the peak industry association (WA SEA) and other relevant
stakeholders to assist companies with interests internationally.
WAGN has identified the ‘Clean Energy’ industry as a priority sector and is currently
collaborating with WASEA to pursue an international strategy that includes trade and
investment attraction, technology transfer, industry benchmarking, R & D partnerships
and attracting/staging international conferences and events.
The Department is dedicated to state interests with a focus on major projects that will
require innovative ‘power’ sources.
Contact: Narrell Lethorn
Western Australian Office of Energy
The Office of Energy leads and drives the development and delivery of policies and
programs to achieve reliable, sustainable and competitively priced energy services for
all Western Australians. The Office of Energy assists in achieving these
objectives through a particular focus on renewable energy and energy efficiency and
provides advice to the Government on the opportunities for and barriers facing the
renewable energy industry. It works with all stakeholders to ensure market, network
and regulatory arrangements support the efficient development of the State’s renewable
Contact: Julian Fairhall
Western Australian Sustainable Energy Association
The WA Sustainable Energy Association - WA SEA - is an enterprise level industry body
and supported by a growing membership of now more than 260 industry members that
includes the majority of the key energy players in Western Australia, (a full list of our
enterprise members can be found on-line). WA SEA is the only industry body advocating
substantive action on sustainable energy in WA, and is now Australia’s largest state
based body in the sector. WA SEA continues to grow its advocacy, as well as its depth of
business networks as we grow and frequency and diversity of business events to match
the diversity of members’ interests. WA SEA’s office has four professional full-time staff
working on advocacy and education on a broad range of energy efficiency and
sustainable energy issues.
Contact: Ray Wills