Small business and household water rebates extended

On Friday Minister for Walsh announced the extention of the Living Victoria Water Rebate Program. Media release attached.

Home and garden rebates

1.        Rebates have been increased for rainwater tanks and tank to toilet connections:
·        Rainwater tank connected to toilet OR laundry (tank size 2,000 to 3,999 litres) –$850 (previously $500)
·        Rainwater tank connected to toilet OR laundry (tank size 4,000 litres or greater) –$1,300 (previously $900)
·        Rainwater tank connected to toilet AND laundry (tank size 4,000 litres or greater) –$1,500 (previously $1,000)
·        Tank to Toilet and/or Laundry Connection Rebate – now $500 (previously $200)
2.        Existing homes built (homes that received the building permit) prior to 1 May 2011 are now eligible to claim a rainwater tank rebate (previously only available to homes built prior to 30 June 2005).
3.        From 1 July 2012, all rainwater tanks must be designed, manufactured and certified to Australian Standards in order to receive a rebate.  This is not a change but comes into effect from 1 July 2012 as per the original terms and conditions.)
The table below is a list of the eligible products, amount of rebate and the basic conditions that must be met to claim a rebate.
Small Business rebates
  1. Eligibility for small business rebates have now been extended to include businesses that employ up to 50 full time equivalent (FTE) employees (previously up to 20 FTE employees).
  1. Small businesses can now make multiple claims over the life of the program to receive the maximum rebate of $2000 (still only one rebate but multiple claims to receive the full rebate).
  1. Minimum requirements of dishwashers have been classified into commercial/industrial and domestic models. This is to better clarify requirements for applicants and to acknowledge the many types of models in the market relevant to different businesses.
  1. Minimum requirements flow requirements for Commercial High Pressure Water Cleaners have been increased to a flow rate of 15 litres per minute (previously 9 litres per minute). Feedback from the industry and water corporations has shown that this standard better reflects the models currently available in the market for commercial and industrial purposes.

Media Release Minister Walsh – Small business and household water rebates extended.