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Your opinion counts: shape future government household energy programs

Governments want to hear from our partner network about current and future government household energy programs.

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Governments across Australia are expanding programs to make homes more energy efficient, from successful programs in specific states to proposals for a national scheme. These schemes provide a great opportunity for businesses involved in green home upgrades, but also raise questions about whether Australia's job market can keep up with the demand for workers.

In some jurisdictions, programs have been launched to encourage households to make their homes more sustainable. For example, the Sustainable Household Scheme in the ACT offers zero interest loans for solar and battery installations, energy efficiency upgrades, and electric vehicle adoption. Similarly, the Energy Saver Loan Scheme in Tasmania provides zero interest loans for electrical generation and storage, electrical appliances, and efficiency upgrades.

The Federal Government also announced plans in December 2022 for a home electrification scheme to help households across the country transition from gas to electricity. Although the details are still being worked out, the nationwide demand created by this program is likely to put more strain on an already limited labour market. The scheme may require not just electricians and gas fitters, but also other tradespeople for sustainability upgrades, such as installing heat pumps, replacing kitchen appliances, and renovating homes for greater efficiency.

As experts in their trade, we’ve reached out to our partner network to hear from them about any potential skill shortages or support needed to make this program as successful as possible.

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