Costs of being an ACP

There are several fees charged to Accredited Certificate Providers (ACPs) to recover some of the costs incurred to run the ESS. Some fees are set by the Scheme Administrator, others fees are payable in accordance with legislation.

The following fees apply to ACPs:

Application for accreditation as an ACP   $2,500 per application
Application for registration of an energy savings certificate (ESC) for the period 1 January 2020 to 31 December 2020
 $0.88 per certificate   
Application to transfer an accreditation to a related body corporate   $500 per application   
Application to change conditions of accreditation 
 None currently charged   

*The ESC registration fee is adjusted every calendar year for movements in the Consumer Price Index

There are other costs you will incur operating as an ACP

As an ACP operating in ESS, you will incur costs to meet your requirements. These costs vary depending on the scale of your operations and individual business needs.

Completing audits

You may be required to complete an audit before or after applying to register ESCs.

The costs of audits vary depending on the scope of the audit, which is determined by the nature of the energy saving activity, certificate volume, record keeping arrangements and your compliance history.

The appointment of the auditor is subject to approval by the Scheme Administrator (see Auditing and reporting requirements).

Setting up your business processes and systems

Costs associated with establishing appropriate procedures, record‐keeping and training for staff, sub-contractors and third parties will also be incurred by ACPs. 

These costs vary considerably depending on the size of your business and nature of your energy savings activity. They can also vary considerably based on whether procedures and systems are developed in‐house or externally.