Green Loans and Green Start programs


The Green Loans Program has closed.

All processing of Green Loans assessor invoices will be completed by mid September 2011.

As announced by the Government on 21 December 2010, the Green Loans program closed on 28 February 2011.

The Green Loans program was an Australian Government initiative rolled out nationally on 1 July 2009 to promote and assist energy efficiency initiatives in Australian homes by providing free home sustainability assessments.  The assessments were voluntary and provided householders with valuable information and advice on the actions they could take around their home to save energy and water.

The key objectives of the Green Loans program were to:

  • encourage wide-scale improvement of energy and water efficiency in existing homes
  • provide sound advice to households on the most appropriate actions to reduce the environmental impact of operating their home, and
  • reduce annual greenhouse gas emissions.

Over 600,000 home assessments were conducted during the course of the Green Loans program.

In July 2010, the Government announced that the Green Loans program would cease and that it would transition to the new Green Start program.  The Green Start program was to provide energy assessments to assist households to become sustainable through information and advice.  The Government made this decision following consideration of a number of reports and Departmental assessments.

On 21 December 2010, the Minister for Climate Change and Energy Efficiency, the Hon Greg Combet AM MP and the Hon Mark Dreyfus QC MP, Parliamentary Secretary for Climate Change and Energy Efficiency, announced that the Green Start program, which was to succeed the Green Loans program, would not proceed and that the Green Loans program would continue until 28 February 2011.

The Australian Government made this decision following the receipt of a number of reports on the program and departmental advice.  The Department identified a number of issues which indicated that the risks associated with proceeding with the Green Start program were too great.