Mandatory Disclosure

UPDATE – Mandatory Disclosure for Residential Buildings

The Department of Climate Change and Energy Efficiency (DCCEE) has advised that the work on mandatory disclosure is still in development. Extensive consultation based on a draft consultation Regulatory Impact Statement (RIS) took place over July-September 2011 with industry stakeholder groups and the public. This resulted in a significant number of submission and feedback that is now being considered. It is anticipated that further industry consultation will be undertaken prior to presenting the scheme options in a Decision Regulation Impact Statement. The timing of this consultation is yet to be confirmed.

This is a NEW Australian Government initiativ for Assisting Australian homes to become more aware of energy efficient and water saving products.

Australia’s eight million homes are responsible for approximately 13 per cent of Australia’s energy use and 10 per cent of its greenhouse gas emissions.

The number of homes in Australia, the size of those homes and the energy they use is expected to grow. In fact, trends point to an increase in energy used by homes of more than 55 per cent between 1990 and 2020.

Australian governments are working to help Australian homes use less energy and save on energy bills through a mixture of regulation, incentives, financial support, information and support to industry.

These measures aim to affect the way a home is built and renovated, how the building’s performance is rated, how Australians use energy and even how efficient the appliances and equipment.

Australians are encouraged to save energy through Clean Energy Future and some households will receive assistance through payment increases and/or tax cuts. The Australian Government has introduced a carbon price for major polluting corporations, and over half the money raised will be used to assist households.

What is the Australian Government doing to improve the sustainability of homes?

The Australian Government has a mixture of financial incentives, regulation, strategies and information resources all geared towards improving the sustainability of homes.

Through Clean Energy Future , the Australian Government:

  • Is helping most householders improve their energy efficiency, through a combination of tax cuts and payments to assist with the costs of the carbon price which has been imposed on major polluting industries.
  • Has produced a household assistance estimator, which is a guide to help households understand the impact that a carbon price is expected to have on the price of goods and services and the cash assistance that will be provided. The first assistance payments will commence from May–June 2012.

As part of the National Strategy on Energy Efficiency, the Australian Government is:

  • developing a National Building Framework to deliver consistency in how building energy efficiency is assessed and rated throughout Australia
  • working with state and territory governments who have agreed to introduce stricter energy efficiency requirements in the National Construction Code
  • administering the Nationwide Home Energy Rating Scheme (NatHERS), which sets national standards for software used to rate the thermal performance capabilities of Australian homes
  • working with state and territory governments on developing the proposed Residential Building Disclosure, which would require owners of existing houses, flats and apartments to provide energy, water and greenhouse performance information when selling or leasing their properties
  • working with state and territory governments to introduce tougher energy efficiency standards and energy labelling for a range of household appliances and equipment
  • supporting the update of resources like Living Greener and Your Homethat provide home builders and the public with up-to-date information on how to improve their homes