Minister Penny Wong has announced an overhaul for the troubled Green Loans program. A new grants-based Greens Start program will be rolled out in response to flaws detected.
“The new program will be conducted in two stages. Stage one will see accredited individual assessors and/or assessment organisations being awarded grants to conduct energy efficiency assessments on households.
Stage two will call for proposals from community and welfare sector Non Government Organisations and other organisations to provide details about how low-income and disadvantaged Australians can improve their energy efficiency.”www.ecogeneration.com.au.
Clearly the thousands of assessors who have paid for their training, accreditation and tools under Green Loans want to know how much work will be available and whether it will pay compensation to those left with no work.
Association of Building Sustainability Assessors chairman Wayne Floyd says he supports the new scheme, which would fund household energy assessments in a more rigorous way than the previous program, but environmental assessors have been badly affected.
It is possible there will be ‘follow-up action’ over alleged staff corruption.
“This [Green Start] scheme will be of particular benefit to low-income households, who spend a greater proportion of their incomes on energy consumption than high-income households” says Penny Wong.
For more info – the media release from Penny Wong.