Sustainability Victoria is offering grants to eligible businesses to cover 50% of the cost to engage a consultant to conduct a resource assessment of their operations. Grants are capped at $5000 for an energy assessment and $10 000 for a materials or combined materials/energy assessment.

A further $3000 implementation support bonus is available for businesses that can show evidence of implementing one or more recommendations from their assessment.

Since 2012 more than 100 Victorian business resource assessments have shown average potential savings of 20% for energy, and up to 30% for material.

Average payback periods are under two years for materials efficiency recommendations and three to four years for energy-efficiency recommendations.

See Sustainability Victoria for more information on the grants.

Closing dates for grant applications

For energy assessments: 4 pm Thursday 31 March 2016

For materials assessments and combined material/energy assessments: 4 pm Friday 13 May 2016