Applications for on-farm energy assessments are closing soon
Applications for on-farm energy assessments available to eligible primary producers close on 31 March 2020 or until available funding is exhausted (whichever comes first).
You will need an on-farm energy assessment, or an equivalent certified assessment conducted in the past two years, to access one of the grants in the Agriculture Investment Energy Plan.
Applications for grants are open until 30 June 2020.
You will need to provide supporting documentation with your on-farm energy assessment application.
Learn more about preparing your documentation.
If your application is successful, an energy assessor will conduct an audit and provide you with a report about your on-farm energy status. Assessors may also identify if there is any energy-saving value in obtaining a joint assessment in conjunction with your neighbours.
You can learn more about the assessments application process with these documents:
- On-farm energy assessments – Farmer guidelines (PDF - 357.4 KB)
- On-farm energy assessments – Farmer guidelines (WORD - 46.5 KB)
Talk to your neighbours
You may already be thinking there are benefits in having a group farm energy assessment which could identify shared investment opportunities. You may wish to find out if other farmers in your area are planning to take part in the Agriculture Energy Investment Plan and submit a joint application.
To be eligible for an on-farm energy assessment, farmers must meet all of the following criteria:
- You are a primary producer with a site in Victoria that is:
- Cultivating or propagating plants, fungi or their products or parts (including seeds, spores, bulbs and similar things), in any physical environment
- Maintaining animals for the purpose of selling them or their bodily produce (including natural increase)
- Manufacturing dairy produce from raw material that they produce; or
- Operations on-land aquaculture facilities.
- You have spent more than $8,000 on energy costs (including diesel) in the 12 months prior to applying for an energy assessment
- You are a business registered with an Australian Business Number (ABN)
- You meet your industrial relations obligations as an employer, in accordance with the National Employment Standards, and
- You agree to participate in program evaluation activities.
You are not eligible to apply if you are:
- A primary producer engaged in forestry, on-sea aquaculture or fisheries; or
- An agriculture transport operator.
For further information on the eligibility criteria, see:
Preparing your documentation
The documents that you will need to support your application are:
- Copies of energy bills for at least one quarter that best represents the average energy consumption and expenses on-farm in the 12 months prior to lodging an application
- Information about energy use, costs and contracts and details of energy meters
- This can include diesel expenses related only to fixed diesel-powered equipment used on-farm. Farmers may be contacted by Agriculture Victoria to provide further records that demonstrate their diesel usage and expenses when their application is being considered.
- Your ABN and Certificate of Incorporation. Documents will need to be in digital format so they can be uploaded with your application form online.
You will need access to the internet as applications will be online.
Frequently asked questions
When can I apply to get an energy assessment?
Applications are now open.
What are the benefits of an energy assessment?
Energy assessments will identify how you can improve your on-farm energy efficiency, manage energy costs or build own-generation capacity on your farm. Energy assessments will provide you with a road map for investing in energy improvements over time.
An assessment is required to apply for a grant through the Agriculture Energy Investment Plan.
How will assessments work?
You will need to complete an application form online. Your application will then be assessed and if you are eligible, an independent assessor will contact you to organise an assessment.
The assessor will undertake the assessment on your farm and provide you with advice and a report outlining the options available to you to increase energy efficiency and productivity. These may include measures that reduce use, improve efficiency, or increase on-farm generation capacity, within current
Do I need to have had an on-farm energy assessment completed before I apply for an Agriculture Energy Investment Plan grant?
Yes – assessments will identify what improvements could be made on-farm and this will inform the grants process.
What if I've already had an energy assessment carried out on my farm?
If you have had an energy assessment in the past two years, completed to the Australian Standard AS/NZS 3598.2:2014, which provides substantiating proof in your application, then you may not need to have another one.
Read more about eligibility requirements regarding previous assessments.
What will these assessments tell me about my business that I don't already know?
The assessors have specialist knowledge on the latest technologies, programs and processes to improve energy efficiency and reduce costs.
They can provide you with information not just about where improvements can be made, but insights into what the best solution for your energy situation may be and where you can find support to implement changes to processes or fund new investments.