Ensuring efficiency and affordability

It’s important that energy efficiency is prioritised from generation through to consumption.

We need to ensure we make the most of the energy we generate. And that it remains affordable for all Victorians.

Energy efficiency reduces usage, lowers costs and drives important innovation. Businesses and households are being supported to make upgrades. These will help improve energy efficiency and bring energy costs down.

Victorian Government buildings are also being improved. To ensure government uses energy as efficiently as possible.

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The Victorian Government investment in greener government buildings will save up to $100 million in the longer term by cutting energy use.


Projects and reforms

The Victorian Infrastructure Plan includes 4 projects and reforms under this Energy priority. These are detailed in the Energy sector plan and full edition VIP, available for download together with:

  • Government response - outlines our position and addresses 137 recommendations made by Infrastructure Victoria in its 30-year Infrastructure Strategy
  • Technical report - indicates where projects and reforms meet the plan’s four objectives

Case study

Victorian Healthy Homes program

The Victorian Government has launched the Home Energy Assist package. The package includes free home energy upgrades for 1,000 vulnerable Victorians. These are households in Melbourne’s western suburbs and the Goulburn Valley where people:

  • live with complex healthcare needs
  • have low incomes

Healthy Homes will improve winter comfort and reduce the energy bills of vulnerable Victorians. The program focuses on measures such as:

  • efficient heating
  • ceiling insulation
  • draught proofing

It will also include Australia's first statistical evaluation of energy efficiency benefits to household health.

The project will also identify approaches to support greater adoption of energy efficiency in low income households. This includes:

  • identifying cost effective alternatives
  • providing better consumer advice
  • more affordable commercial services

Upgrades will begin in January 2018 and continue until mid-2020.


The Victorian Infrastructure Plan identifies 2 other priorities within the Energy sector. They are:

Protecting our energy security

Targeting net zero emissions