Low Income Energy Efficiency Program

Up to $10M for organisations to demonstrate how low income households to become more energy efficient.

    Low Income Energy Efficiency Program


The $100 million Low Income Energy Efficiency Program will work with groups of local and state governments, community welfare organisations and energy companies to demonstrate and evaluate a number of different approaches to help low income households to become more energy efficient.  The Low Income Energy Efficiency Program will collect and analyse data and information to assist future energy efficiency policy and program approaches.



As well, the Low Income Energy Efficiency Program will:

  • help low income households to use sustainable energy efficiency practices to manage energy costs
  • build the knowledge and capacity of member organisations, encouraging long term energy efficiency among their customers or clients
  • build the capacity of the energy services sector and support competitive Australian energy efficiency manufacturers.



Round Two of the Low Income Energy Efficiency Program was open for the submission of expressions of interest (EOIs) between 30 October and 13 December 2012.

Of the 47 submitted EOIs, 15 applicants were invited to submit applications.

Some of the successful applicatants that have been announced so far are:

  • Environment Victoria ($1,983,520) – To deliver the ‘Future Powered Families’ project which will target low income first-time parents to trial and evaluate an approach to energy efficiency behaviour change.
  • South East Councils Climate Change Alliance – ($4,846,876) – To trial and evaluate an energy efficiency behaviour change and retrofit program for 240 elderly and disabled low income households in South-East Melbourne.
  • Nature Conservation Council of NSW ($3,298,890) – To address capital constraints and information failure as barriers that prevent renters and people from non-English speaking backgrounds in the Sydney, Hunter and Illawarra regions from improving their energy efficiency.
  • Indigenous Essential Services ($10,340,330) – To address information failure, split incentives and capital constraints as barriers that prevent East Arnhem Indigenous communities from improving their energy efficiency. The project’s approach is to adopt an iterative community engagement model to trial and evaluate two‑way energy education and engagement, a retrofit roll‑out and installation of interactive in‑home displays.


Low Income Households

The definition of ‘low income households’ for this program is a general term and applicants will be required to describe how they will identify and enlist low income households into their trial. Applicants will also need to indicate the particular type of low income household group being targeted as part of their trial.

As a guide, one or more of the following indicators should be used to define low income households for the purpose of the Low Income Energy Efficiency Program:

  • Household income is in the bottom two quintiles of the Australian population
  • Householder is in receipt of an Australian Government concession card
  • Household income is mainly derived from income support payments
  • Householder is a member of a particularly disadvantaged target group e.g. Indigenous, culturally and linguistically diverse, new arrivals, person with a disability
  • High energy needs due to either individual or locational factors e.g. disability or climate (high energy usage relative to household size and composition)



The Low Income Energy Efficiency Program is a competitive merit-based grant program with defined funding limits.

Funding commenced in 2012-13 and projects must be completed by June 2016. Applicants could apply for funding of up to $10 million (excluding GST) for eligible project costs. Applicants could seek full funding for eligible projects, although they were strongly encouraged to leverage contributions from sources other than the Commonwealth.



Expert Assistance

Writing a good quality grant application is a critical element in the application process. An application needs to be well thought through, written concisely, have clear objectives and purpose, and show clear links to the objectives of the grant guidelines.

The grant application must answer all questions, provide all required information and respond to the merit criteria. It should also reflect your organisation’s business strategy.

Writing a good application takes time and effort, and requires particular writing skills.

Bulletpoint are expert grant consultants and can assist with all aspects of grant preparation. We are an independent grants consultancy and not affiliated, associated, endorsed by any government agency.

Call us on (03) 9005 6789 or email to discuss further.


What does a good application look like?

Good applications that were successful typically contained the following characteristics:

  • innovative trial approaches which explore new or creative ways to overcome identified barriers to energy efficiency for specific groups of low income households
  • innovative approaches to deliver proven technologies to low income households
  • robust frameworks for data collection and analysis to ensure information about the householder, intervention and energy efficiency results is collected and analysed to better inform future policy development
  • high quality consortium, demonstrating experience in residential energy efficiency, experience working with low income households, and having access to data collection and analysis expertise
  • strong value for money, clearly indicating how the LIEEP funding will be used and how this expenditure will represent value for money in achieving LIEEP objectives. EOIs that indicated a feasible contribution from consortium members further contributed to a strong value for money rating.



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