22 December 2010 – The Federal Government on Tuesday scrapped the Green Start program and instead extended until the end of February the Green Loans Scheme it was intended to replace.
The program was to provide energy assessments to assist households to become sustainable through information and advice.
A joint announcement by Climate Change and Energy Efficiency Minister Greg Combet and Parliamentary Secretary for Climate Change and Energy Efficiency Mark Dreyfus said reports had identified a number of risks.
“One of the major risks associated with Round 1 of the Green Start program was a reliance on poor quality data on assessments collected under the Green Loans program,” Mr Combet said.
“The Department found that these risks could not be mitigated to a satisfactory extent. This advice has informed the Government’s decision not to proceed with the program.”
Mr Combet said that $30 million has been set aside from the Green Start program to provide assistance to uncontracted green loans assessors and to assist accredited assessors receive further training.
“This includes a $15 million professional development scheme to assist accredited assessors further develop their professional skills and credentials.
“The professional development scheme will assist in building the professionalism of the home sustainability industry and enable a smooth transition to future employment opportunities for accredited assessors.
“Under this scheme the Government will refund 50 per cent of the tuition fees (up to $2500) for accredited assessors that enrol in the new Certificate IV in Home Sustainability Assessment. “Payments will be available for those enrolling in courses commencing before 30 June 2012.
“In addition, a $15 million scheme will be delivered to assist uncontracted assessors who undertook the necessary measures to become accredited Green Loans assessors, but were not contracted to deliver services under the program.
“Under this scheme direct financial support of up to $3000 will be provided to cover a number of specific costs incurred during the accreditation process.”