The City is offering grants to Perth’s businesses and building owners to improve the sustainability performance of the commercial building sector in the City.

The City of Perth (the City) is committed to sustainability. With the city’s continued growth, it is important to ensure the capital city’s role as a thriving centre of business, culture and entertainment, whilst enhancing and protecting the natural environment, giving due regard to its value not just locally but regionally, nationally and globally.

Through the City’s Environment Strategy, the City is currently working with the community to create an energy resilient city, a water sensitive city and a climate responsive city. It recognises that investment, as part of an integrated approach to sustainability, is central to these priorities.

The City’s Sustainability Grants Program offers an exciting and important opportunity for our community to act and create positive change.

NABERS Water and Energy Grants

The City is the heart of WA’s business community. To improve the sustainability performance of its commercial property sector, the City works with the occupants of office buildings under the Waterwise Office and CitySwitch Green Office programs.

Through the Sustainability Grants Program, the City is offering funding for commercial office tenants and building owners who are participating in the Waterwise Office or CitySwitch Green Office programs.

The City’s Sustainability Grants provide funding for these program participants to obtain a National Australian Built Environment Rating System (NABERS) rating. NABERS is a nationally adopted tool enabling property owners, managers and occupants in Australia to understand, improve and communicate the sustainability performance of their buildings.

The grants provide funding to cover 50% of the cost of obtaining a NABERS water or energy rating, up to a maximum contribution of $1,000. These grants are available from July 1, 2017 until funds have been exhausted.

The Waterwise Office and CitySwitch Green Office Programs are currently accepting new participants who wish to improve the sustainability performance of their premises.

Waterwise Office Program

The Waterwise Office Program is a national award winning program in WA for commercial office buildings. This is a no-cost program facilitated by Water Corporation, the City of Perth and Property Council Australia. It provides building owners and managers with events, resources and information to improve their building’s water use.

Buildings with a net lettable area greater than 5,000 m2 are eligible to join the program. Upon developing a water management plan and achieving minimum water use performance standards, the building can be endorsed as a Waterwise Office.

Depending on its performance, buildings can be awarded Bronze, Silver, Gold or Platinum certification and be recognised in annual awards. For Gold and Platinum certification, a NABERS water rating is required.

For more information on Waterwise Office, go to

CitySwitch Green Office Program

CitySwitch Green Office Program is a national sustainability program for commercial office tenants delivered by several of Australia’s capital cities. It has been awarded the world’s best energy efficiency program for buildings by the C40: a global coalition of cities acting on climate change.

This no cost, high value program assists office tenants to improve energy efficiency, manage office waste, procure renewable energy, and enhance occupant health, happiness and productivity.

Signatories to CitySwitch commit to achieving a minimum 4.5 star NABERS energy rating and are provided with events, resources and information to assist them to reach this target. High performing tenancies are recognised each year in both state and national awards.

For more information on CitySwitch, go to

Who Can Apply for a NABERS Grant

To be eligible for a City of Perth Sustainability Grant, you must be:

  • A participant or willing to become a participant in the Waterwise Office Program and/or CitySwitch Green Office Program
  • Located within the City of Perth local government area
  • Defined under the NABERS rules as ‘offices’
  • Eligible to be assessed for a NABERS rating by an accredited NABERS assessor
  • An Australian legal entity or individual with an ABN
  • Under the auspice of an Australian legally constituted association or company
  • Not a Commonwealth, State or any government agency
  • Not applying for a grant for a NABERS rating as a mandatory requirement of reporting under the Commercial Building Disclosure Program
  • Not holding any outstanding debt to the City of Perth

If you meet these criteria, download the Sustainability Grants Program Guidelines for details on how to apply. 

More information can be obtained by contacting the Sustainability Unit at the City of Perth on (08) 9461 3136 or at