Program Overview

Agriculture Victoria has rolled out free on-farm energy assessments and on-farm energy grants as part of implementing the $30 million Agriculture Energy Investment Plan.

The Agriculture Energy Investment Plan (AEIP) supports on-farm businesses to improve energy efficiency, manage energy costs, improve energy reliability and support own-generation capacity.

On-Farm Energy Assessments

On-Farm Energy Tier 1 Grants

On-Farm Energy Tier 2 Grants

Potential assistance

On-Farm Energy Assessments

On-farm energy assessments provide eligible farms and agricultural businesses with independent expert advice on how to reduce energy use, improve energy efficiency and manage energy costs.

Fast Track Rebate

Up to $20,000 ex GST with matched funding for farm businesses that have received a Type 1 or Type 2 On-Farm Energy Assessment through the Agriculture Energy Investment Plan.

On-Farm Energy Tier 1 Grants

Government funding between $20,000 and $50,000 (excluding GST) will be available for grant proposals under this program. All funding must be matched by a minimum cash co-contribution of $1 for every $1 funded.

On-Farm Energy Tier 2 Grants

Government funding of between $50,000 and up to $250,000 (excluding GST) will be available for grant proposals under this program.

Eligibility

To be eligible for an On-Farm Energy Tier 1 Grant, applicants must first be a recipient of a type 1 or type 2 on-farm energy assessment or an approved equivalent energy assessment.

For full  eligibility refer to:

Agriculture Energy Investment Plan Extension Guidelines (PDF 881.03 KB)PDF icon

Agriculture Energy Investment Plan Extension Guidelines - Accessible (DOCX 50.12 KB)DOCX icon

Agriculture Energy Investment Plan

Graphic outlining the five key actions of the Agriculture Energy Assessment Plan being: assessments, grants, demonstrations, skills and education, research

More information on the plan can be found on the Agriculture Victoria Website.

On-Farm Energy Assessments

On-farm energy assessments analyse on-farm energy use (electricity, gas and diesel) and identify opportunities to make energy savings, improve output volumes per energy unit, and convert to renewable energy sources. The assessments will make recommendations tailored to the type and size of farms.

An on-farm energy assessment is a prerequisite for on-farm energy grants.

On-Farm Energy Grants

On-farm energy grants are tailored to suit the investment needs and scale of differing farm operations. On-farm energy grants support projects that will improve energy efficiency which may reduce energy costs and boost energy productivity.

On-Farm Energy Tier 1 grants will support actions such as the purchase and installation of equipment that improves energy efficiency or enables own-generation capacity.

On-Farm Energy Tier 2 grants will support projects that combine improvements in a connected way across farm systems and include large scale investment in improvements.

How to apply

Visit the On-Farm Energy Assessment or On-Farm Energy Grant pages for full details on how to apply.