Costs and obligations

This page outlines the costs and obligations involved in the Scheme that apply to Accredited Certificate Providers

Guide to Accredited Certificate Provider's Obligations159.79KB PDF FileDescribes the obligations of Accredited Certificate Providers under the ESS

It is important to ensure your company has adequate financial resources, a sound business model and proper procedures in place before applying to become an Accredited Certificate Provider. There are significant informational requirements and administrative costs to consider before your company begins the application process.

The following costs and obligations apply to Accredited Certificate Providers:

  • A $2,500 application fee applies to an application for accreditation.
  • An application fee for the registration of energy savings certificates currently set at $0.82 per certificate and increasing to $0.84 per certificate from 1 January 2018.
  • Costs of compliance audits for certificate creation:
    •   The costs vary depending on the nature of the energy saving activity, certificate volume, and compliance history.
    •    Appointment of the auditor is subject to approval by the Scheme Administrator.
  • Costs associated with establishing proper procedures, record‐keeping and training for staff or sub-contractors:
  • These costs vary considerably depending on the size of your company and nature of your energy savings activity. It is important to factor in staff time, capacity, information systems available and record keeping requirements.
  • It is a requirement to maintain records for a minimum of 6 years.
  • Costs can vary significantly based on whether procedures and systems are developed in‐house or externally.

All Accredited Certificate Providers are responsible for complying with the legislation and their conditions of their accreditation. Various penalties apply for contraventions of the requirements.