VIC: Agriculture Energy Investment Plan

Agriculture Victoria
Closing Date: 31/3/20

The Agriculture Energy Investment Plan outlines the Victorian Government’s commitment to partnering with industry to build a more resilient, energy efficient and internationally competitive agriculture sector.

The investment plan provides $30 million to support enhancements to energy efficiency and energy productivity, helping to boost competitiveness and protect local jobs.

The plan is tailored to the needs of primary producers. It is open to farmers and businesses whose primary operation is in the agriculture sector.

Agriculture Victoria has rolled out the first and second actions in the Victorian Government’s $30 million Agriculture Energy Investment Plan: free on-farm energy assessments and on-farm energy grants.

Energy Assessment

The on-farm assessments are available to eligible primary producers until March 2020 or until available funding is exhausted (whichever comes first). Apply early so you don’t miss out.

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.

You will need to provide supporting documentation with your application.

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 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.

Grants

The on-farm energy tier 1 grants are available to eligible primary producers until March 2020 or until available funding is exhausted (whichever comes first). Apply early so you don’t miss out.

You will need an on-farm energy assessment, or an equivalent certified on-farm energy assessment conducted in the past two years, to access one of the grants in the Agriculture Investment Energy Plan.

 

Key Criteria:

To be eligible for an on-farm energy assessment, farmers must meet all of the following criteria:

  1. You are a primary producer with a site in Victoria that is:
    1. Cultivating or propagating plants, fungi or their products or parts (including seeds, spores, bulbs and similar things), in any physical environment
    2. Maintaining animals for the purpose of selling them or their bodily produce (including natural increase)
    3. Manufacturing dairy produce from raw material that they produce; or
    4. Operations on-land aquaculture facilities.
  2. You have spent more than $8,000 on energy costs (including diesel) in the 12 months prior to applying for an energy assessment
  3. You are a business registered with an Australian Business Number (ABN)
  4. You meet your industrial relations obligations as an employer, in accordance with the National Employment Standards, and
  5. You agree to participate in program evaluation activities.

You are not eligible to apply if you are:

  1. A primary producer engaged in forestry, on-sea aquaculture or fisheries; or
  2. An agriculture transport operator.

To be eligible for an on-farm tier 1 grant, farmers must meet all the following criteria:

  1. Be in receipt of a type 1 or type 2 on-farm energy assessment undertaken as part of the AEIP energy assessment program, or an approved equivalent energy assessment;
  2. Be a business with an Australian Business Number (ABN);
  3. Have an eligible farm business located in Victoria;
  4. Spend more than $8,000 per annum (including GST) on energy inclusive of electricity, gas, LPG and diesel (but excludes energy for transport);
  5. Be a legal entity;
  6. Be able to meet the required cash co-contribution (a minimum of $1 for every $1 provided by the Government);
  7. Attest to having obtained all relevant regulatory approvals for the project to commence (where applicable);
  8. Meet all industrial relations obligations as an employer in accordance with the National Employment Standards; and
  9. Agree to participate in future program evaluation activity.
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