Government Rebates

Government Rebates in Australia

Both the Federal and State Governments, and sometimes the local Councils, offer various rebates at various times.

Grants are normally available to Australian citizens and permanent residents aged 18 years or over

To provide up to date information on all these, on a page like this would be nearly impossible, but I will try to add any that I can when available.

Please help by letting me know of any other rebates that you are aware of.

Water Related Rebates
Washing Machines
  • QLD: The QLD Home and Garden Waterwise Rebate Schemes being offered by the Department of Natural Resources and Water closed on Wednesday 31 December 2008 –
  • NSW: $150 rebate available for a new washing machine with at least a 4 star rating. – Available between 1 August 2008 and 30 June 2010
  • SA: $200 rebate on a qualifying Washing New Machine, with at least a 4 star rating. –
Rainwater Storage Tanks

Federal Government Rebates

On 30 January 2009 the Minister for Climate Change and Water announced that the Australian Government is offering rebates of up to $500 to households for the purchase and installation of a new rainwater tank which is connected for internal reuse of the water for toilet and/or laundry use.
Rebate applications will be accepted from 1 March 2009. More details at:

State Government Rebates

Various rebates from $150 to $1500 are available in some Councils and in some States in Australia.


QLD has a $50 special home electrical check with up to 15 low energy light bulbs and a special remote gadget to check your electrical usage.

More details can be found at:

Solar Electricity

The New Solar Credits Scheme, which should take effect on July 1st 2009, replaces the now expired Federal Government $8,000 grant towards the installation of solar photovoltaic systems on homes.

This new scheme will not be means tested, but will not provide as much of a rebate as the old scheme did. More details, as they become available can be found at:

Details of the old scheme, which ended in the middle of June 2009, slightly earlier than originally stated:

Solar Hot Water

The Federal Government offers a rebate towards a New Hot Water system, either solar or heat pump.

More details at:

The Federal Government also has the RECS rebate scheme which can provide about another $1,000, as at March 2009, towards a Solar heating products such as Heat Pumps etc.

Note: The Solar Heating rebate cannot be taken if the Home Roof Ceiling Insulation rebate is claimed.

Home Roof Ceiling Insulation

The Federal Government announced the ‘Energy Efficient Homes Package’ which will install ceiling insulation in about 3 million homes throughout Australia.
The insulation programs will begin on 1st July 2009 and will run for 30 months until December 2011.

This scheme closed early, in 2010.

More details at:

Note: The Home Roof Ceiling Insulation rebate cannot be taken if the Solar Heating rebate is claimed.

Interest Free Loans

The Government has set aside funds to be made available as Interest Free Loans to suitable applicants for various energy saving installations.

The Green Loans Program started on 1st July 2009, and more details can be found at:

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