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Monday, 16 November 2009
Page: 11858


Mr Billson asked the Minister for the Environment, Heritage and the Arts, in writing, on 18 August 2009:

As at 18 August 2009:

(1)   How many applications for assistance under the Government’s Green Loans Program (GLP) have been received and provided for (a) Home Sustainability Assessments (HSA), and (b) Interest Free Green Loans.

(2)   What level of financial assistance has been provided for interest free Green Loans through the GLP.

(3)   How many of the successful applicants for interest free Green Loans received the maximum sum of $10,000.

(4)   What metrics are used to calculate HSA; what is the ‘sophisticated assessment software tool to allow environmental impact calculations’; and who undertakes the physical inspection of dwellings.

(5)   By electorate, what is the breakdown of applications for assistance received and provided under the GLP.


Mr Garrett (Minister for the Environment, Heritage and the Arts) —The answer to the honourable member’s question is as follows:

As at 18 August 2009:

(1)  

(a)   3,025 Home Sustainability Assessments have been completed.

(b)   No interest free Green Loans had been provided as of 18 August 2009. The Green Loans Program commenced on 1 July 2009 and participating households first had to have a Home Sustainability Assessment conducted before applying for a Green Loan. Now that households have begun receiving their assessment reports, partnering financial institutions will begin receiving applications for loans from householders.

(2)   The Green Loans funding of $175 million will support up to 360,000 Home Sustainability Assessments and up to 75,000 Green Loans.

(3)   No interest free Green Loans had been provided as of 18 August 2009.

(4)   The Home Sustainability Assessments are derived from an Assessment Calculator developed by the Centre for Design atthe Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology. The Home Sustainability Assessment report identifies estimated greenhouse gas emissions savings and estimated energy and water cost savings associated with the various energy and water efficiency measures recommended as a result of the assessment. Home Sustainability Assessments are undertaken by Assessors who have:

  • Completed specific training (the Professional Household Assessment Course) and a police check;
  • been accredited through the Association of Building Sustainability Assessors:
  • obtained the appropriate insurances: and
  • entered into a contract with the Department of the Environment, Water, Heritage and the Arts.

(5)   This information is not available.