Policy status:Ended
Date Effective:2012
Policy Type:Economic Instruments>Fiscal/financial incentives>Grants and subsidies
Policy Target:Industry, Industry>Energy-intensive, Industry>Light Manufacturing, Small and Medium sized Enterprises (SMEs), Commercial services/Tertiary
Agency:Department of Innovation, Industry, Science, Research and Tertiary Education
Funding:AUD 800 million over 7 years

The AUD800 million Clean Technology Investment Program was a competitive, merit-based grant program aimed at assisting Australian manufacturers to maintain their competitiveness in a carbon-constrained economy.

The program provided grant funding for capital investment in energy efficient capital equipment and low emissions technologies, processes and products, and was open to manufacturers that meet a minimum energy or emissions threshold. Applicants had to be able to demonstrate:

(1) the extent of energy or carbon savings to be delivered by their proposed project;

(2) their ability to undertake the proposed project; and

(3) how the proposed project will maintain or increase the competitiveness of their manufacturing business.

Businesses applying for grants of AUD1.5 million or more, had to also show how their project will contribute to a competitive, low-carbon Australian manufacturing industry and how their project will benefit the broader Australian economy. Grants of minimum AUD25,000 were provided to competitive applications on a co-investment basis, and were tiered according to the size of grant requested and size of the applicant’s business.

Small to medium enterprises with annual turnovers of less than AUD100 million applying for grants under AUD500,000, received grants on a matching funds basis. For all other grants under AUD10 million, the Government provided funds covering up to a third of the project’s costs. Applicants for grants of AUD10 million or more were expected to make a co-contribution of at least AUD3 for each AUD1 of Government support. The program was a central element of the Australian Government's Clean Energy Future plan which supports the Government's long-term commitment to reduce Australia’s carbon emissions by 80 per cent from 2000 levels by 2050.

date effective: 2012 (16 February)

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