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Commercial upgrade subsidies

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Calculating the amount of subsidy for any commercial project is a complex process in most cases because it depends, among other variables, on business activity conducted in each area being upgraded (Space Type).  

Each Space Type is assigned between 1000 and 8500 annual operating hours (AOH) which determines the number of certificates (VEECs) and thus the level of subsidy for that Space Type. Most businesses will have 2-3 Space Types and the level of subsidy could be different depending on each space AOH rating. The table below shows AOH rating of typical space types.


 Space types

 % subsidised 


 Fence, mast, antenna, retaining wall, swimming pool, or the like



 Assembly - church, public hall, club, cinema, theatre, bus/railway station, sports or stadium.



 Office, rooms and cabins in hotels/motels etc., lab or library, GP and dentist practice, vet, car service or repair shop (if not part of car dealer or service station), child care



 Retail and wholesale, manufacturing, packaging and storage, restaurant, café, bar etc., service station or car dealer (including car service



 Health care, aged care



 Undercover car park, common areas of flat/apartment block and hotels/motels etc.



 Maintained emergency lighting


The % subsidised value is indicative only, and it shows how much of the total cost of the upgrade will be subsidised for each space type. The value is estimated depending on AOH rating, product type and cost, and current certificate price.  

The above estimated subsidy levels are for lighting products only. There may be some additional expenses during upgrade that are not subsidised - scissor lift, switchboard safety switch, conversion rings, dimmer modules etc. In some cases these costs can be absorbed by the subsidy received from light replacement, in others the customer may have to pay them. In any case, we will advise you on quote/confirmation stage.

Every part of a building must be separately classified. However, where a part has a different purpose and is less than 10% of the floor area of the storey it is on, then it may be considered to be ancillary to the major use. For instance, if a single storey warehouse (AOH=5000) has an office (AOH=3000) which takes up only 8% of the floor area, the whole building can be classified as a AOH 5000. However, if the office takes up 12% of the floor area then the building has mixed uses and the warehouse (AOH 5000) and office (AOH 3000) must be classified separately

Please use the contact page to find out more, receive help with your project or to book an installation