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The Small Business Energy Saver program (SBESP) provides a bonus incentive to small businesses to upgrade operating equipment to increase energy efficiency.
The program launched in March 2021 and runs until June 2022. After a 6-month application period, there are 25 Accredited Providers who are registered in the program. See Registered Accredited Providers for the list of providers who are participating in the program.
The information and resources on this page will help Registered Accredited Providers to deliver energy-efficient equipment upgrades to small businesses across Victoria.
The program provides a bonus to a small business when a Registered Accredited Provider upgrades equipment on their premises.
The Program Activity Schedule (docx, 41kB) (pdf, 205kB)
includes the current activities that are part of the program and the bonuses available.
The Customer Declaration form (docx, 109kB) is completed by a business for Accredited Providers to claim the bonus on their behalf.
Registered Accredited Providers are reminded of their obligations under the program as outlined in the Guidelines and Terms and Conditions of Participation (pdf, 162kB).
For our responses to questions not addressed on this page or in the guidelines, view the Information bulletin.
Intermediary organisations are in place to actively engage small business participation and promote the benefits of the program in their geographic area or industry sector. Visit SBESP for Small Businesses for more information.
For details on how to reach out to small businesses in your area, view our information toolkit and online resources.
You must take steps to ensure that the Bonus has been or will be passed on as a discount to the small business customer.
This ensures that the Bonus is treated as consideration for a taxable supply by you.
Reference to point-of-sale removed.
Reduced public and products liability insurance requirement from $10 million to $5 million.
The insurance limit was reduced to make it consistent with Victorian Energy Upgrades program requirements.
In relation to professional indemnity insurance, add the words, “where applicable”. Change the minimum requirement to $2 million, if it is applicable.
The Victorian Energy Upgrades program does not mandate professional indemnity insurance and some providers’ business might not require professional indemnity insurance coverage.
Accredited Persons are required to have all relevant insurances that are appropriate for the nature of their activities and this may or may not include professional indemnity insurance, depending on their particular business.
The Bonus paid by Sustainability Victoria is consideration for a taxable supply by you to Sustainability Victoria.
This change, together with clause 3.7, ensures that the Bonus is consideration for a taxable supply. Sustainability Victoria is required to pay you a GST amount on top of the Bonus.
The party making the supply must issue a tax invoice.
This change clarifies that a tax invoice is required so that Sustainability Victoria can claim an input tax credit.
The Victorian Energy Upgrades program provides households and businesses with a range of discounted energy efficient products and services. Visit Victorian Energy Upgrades.