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Agriculture Energy Investment Plan Tier 1 Streamlined Dairy Grant

Supports dairy farms to replace energy inefficient equipment, install more energy efficient systems and enable own-generation capacity.

Program overview

Agriculture Energy Investment Plan (AEIP) Tier 1 Streamlined Dairy Grants are now available.

Tier 1 Streamlined Dairy Grants support projects on dairy farms that will improve energy efficiency which may reduce energy costs and boost energy productivity. The grants will do this through actions such as the purchase and installation of equipment that improves the energy efficiency or enables own-generation capacity.

Grants under the Tier 1 Streamlined Dairy Grants are only available for the following items:

  • Solar Photovoltaic systems up to 20kW;
  • Variable speed drives on pumps and/or compressors;
  • Thermal heat recovery systems;
  • LED Lighting upgrades;
  • Improving pre-chilling of milk, i.e. ice bank/plate coolers, heat exchangers and evaporative coolers;
  • Electronic control valves;
  • Heat pumps;
  • Pump replacement (not irrigation related);
  • Cooling fan replacement;
  • Milk vat replacement; and 
  • Reasonable installation costs.
The Tier 1 Streamlined Data Request Spreadsheet must be completed when applying for these items. Applications for items not on the list above will need to be made through the normal Tier 1 grants process and will require an On-Farm Energy Assessment.


Agriculture Energy Investment Program Tier 1 Grants Streamlined Dairy Guidelines (PDF 797.67 KB)PDF icon

Agriculture Energy Investment Program Tier 1 Grants Streamlined Dairy Guidelines (DOCX 994 KB)DOCX icon

Agriculture Energy Investment Program Tier 1 Dairy Sample Grant Agreement (DOC 197.5 KB)DOC icon

Tier 1 Streamlined Data Request Spreadsheet (XLSX 122.25 KB)XLSX icon

Trustee Declaration (RTF 38.09 KB)RTF icon

AEIP - Tax invoice requirements (PDF 75.32 KB)PDF icon

At a glance

What is an AEIP Tier 1 Streamlined Dairy Grant?

AEIP Tier 1 Streamlined Dairy Grants are available to eligible primary dairy producers without the need for an On-farm Energy Assessment, where the items are on the list above. The Tier 1 Streamlined Dairy Grants will support dairy farmers to replace energy inefficient equipment, install more energy efficient systems and enable own-generation capacity.

AEIP Tier 1 Streamlined Dairy Grants form part of the Victorian Government's Agriculture Energy Investment Plan (AEIP).

Potential value of support 

The Government will provide a maximum grant of $50,000 (excluding GST). Grants will be provided on a $1 for $1 cash co-contribution basis. Recipients are required to contribute at least 50 per cent of the total cash costs of the project.

Eligibility

Tier 1 grants are available to all dairy farms that have an annual expenditure greater than $8000 (GST inclusive).

For full details and how to apply, please visit the On-Farm Energy Assessment application page.

Further grant eligibility criteria

Eligibility criteria

To be eligible for an AEIP Tier 1 Streamlined Dairy Grants farms must:

  • Be a dairy farmer seeking support for items on the list above for the Tier 1 streamlined dairy grants
  • Be a business with an ABN 
  • Have an eligible dairy farm business located in Victoria
  • Spend more than $8,000 per annum (including GST) on energy inclusive of electricity, gas, LPG and diesel (excluding energy for transport)
  • Be a legal entity
  • Be able to meet the required cash co-contribution (at least $1 for every $1 provided)
  • Attest to having obtained all relevant regulatory approvals for the project to commence (where applicable)
  • Meet all industrial relations obligations as an employer in accordance with the National Employment Standards
  • Agree to participate in future program evaluation activity. 

Who is not eligible for an AEIP Tier 1 Streamlined Dairy Grant?

  • Primary producers engaged in forestry, on-sea aquaculture and agriculture transport operators or non-dairy farming activities
  • Off farm food processors not majority owned by a primary producer
  • Primary producers that have energy expenses below $8,000 (including GST)
  • Commonwealth, State and Local Government agency or body
  • Publicly funded research institutions
  • Industry associations
  • Not-for-profit organisations
  • Community-based organisations. 

If you are unsure about your eligibility or have a question about the application process please call the Customer Contact Centre on 136 186.

What documentation will be required for the application?

Farmers will need to provide the following documentation when applying for an AEIP Tier 1 Streamlined Dairy Grant: 

  • Your ABN
  • Two itemised quotes for each equipment item and/or fit-out cost identified in the energy assessment report 
  • Copies of energy bills for at least one quarter that most represents the average  energy consumption and expenses on-farm in the 12 months prior to lodging your application

Applicants may be contacted by the Department of Jobs, Precincts and Regions (DJPR) to provide additional supporting documentation. 

DJPR reserves the right to request additional information from applicants on quoted prices to ensure competitive market rates.

Applications can only be submitted online.

Supporting documents like your quotes, will need to be uploaded electronically with the application form online. 

How many AEIP Tier 1 Streamlined Dairy Grants are available?

Tier 1 grants are available to eligible primary producers until March 2020 or until available funding is exhausted (whichever occurs first).

How do I apply?

Please ensure you read the Program Guidelines below for a full explanation of the application and program evaluation process.

If you're unsure about your eligibility or have a question about the application process please call the Customer Service Centre on 136 186.

You can apply via the Apply Now button on this page.

Agriculture Energy Investment Program Tier 1 Grants Streamlined Dairy Guidelines (PDF 797.67 KB)PDF icon

Agriculture Energy Investment Program Tier 1 Grants Streamlined Dairy Guidelines (DOCX 994 KB)DOCX icon

Agriculture Energy Investment Program Tier 1 Dairy Sample Grant Agreement (DOC 197.5 KB)DOC icon

Tier 1 Streamlined Data Request Spreadsheet (XLSX 122.25 KB)XLSX icon

Trustee Declaration (RTF 38.09 KB)RTF icon

AEIP - Tax invoice requirements (PDF 75.32 KB)PDF icon

PLEASE NOTE: If your application in successful, you will receive a letter of offer and a standard agreement that will been to be signed and returned.

To get the best results, get in touch with the Business Victoria hotline on 13 22 15 or email us.
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