Changes for Lighting Activities under VEU

Update (25 March 2021): Victorian Energy Upgrades Specifications Version 7.0

The Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning have published the Victorian Energy Upgrades Specifications - Version 7.0.

The Specifications V7.0 give effect to the changes to lighting activities detailed on this page which occur from 31 March 2021 and 30 June 2021.

You can view and download these Specifications V7.0 from the following website:

Update (28 October 2020): Changes to Part 21 Lighting Incentives

The coronavirus (COVID-19) restrictions have significantly limited residential lighting upgrade activity in 2020 to date – and some impacts may continue to be felt as this sector restarts following the lifting of the suspension.

Taking account of this disruption to activities, DELWP has revised the date at which the phase down of residential lighting incentives will commence – this change revises the date published in the Victorian Energy Upgrades Lighting Activities – Response to Consultation on 30 September 2020, as follows:

The changes to Incandescent lighting upgrades (Part 21) scheduled for 31 March 2021, will now commence on 30 June 2021.

This change provides program participants with a clear notice period and a further three months of unrestricted activity with current incentives, to address concerns about supporting their ability to deliver significant further upgrades to Victorian households, meet forward contracts and plan for transition of their business models.

Changes for Lighting Activities under Victorian Energy Upgrades - September 2020

Following the Victorian Energy Upgrades lighting consultation, the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning has decided changes to phase out lighting in VEU and has published the lighting response to consultation.

The response to consultation outlines changes to Part 21 (incandescent lighting), Part 27 (public lighting), Part 34 (building based lighting) and Part 35 (non-building based lighting) activities.

Summary of Changes

A summary of the final decisions on changes to lighting activities is outlined below.


*31 Mar 2021

31 Jan 2022

31 Jan 2023

Part 21

*Incentives reduced
(30 June 2021)

Activity removed

Part 27

Mercury vapour lamps removed

Part 34 J6

Align with NCC 2019 IPD

Activity removed

Part 34 Non-J6

High Intensity
Discharge (HID)
Incentive reduced

High Intensity
Discharge (HID)
Incentive reduced

Activities removed
T5, T8, T12 and CFL remain
Efficacy requirement introduced
Lamp lifetime reduced

Part 35

Mercury vapour lamps removed

Victorian Energy Upgrades – Lighting Consultation

The Victorian Energy Upgrades program has been highly successful at providing Victorian households and businesses with high efficiency lighting solutions and encouraging transformation in the lighting industry. Victorian consumers have greatly benefited from the highly efficient LED lighting products that have been installed using incentives provided by the program.

With changes in Victoria’s lighting market – including decreasing unit costs, consumer demands, economies of scale and new standards from 2020 – there is a need to review the incentives provided through the program.

The Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning has released an Issues Paper seeking your views on proposed changes to lighting activities in the Victorian Energy Upgrades program. The scope of the paper covers Part 21 (incandescent lighting), Part 27 (public lighting), Part 34 (building based lighting) and Part 35 (non-building based lighting) activities.

The Issues Paper proposes to remove J6 lighting upgrade activities (used where a building upgrade requires a building permit) from Part 34, and mercury vapour lamps from the baseline calculations for Part 27, Part 34 and Part 35. This will ensure that the program incentives are aligned with new requirements being introduced from mid-2020 for the National Construction Code and to address the impact of the Minamata Convention on Mercury.

The Issues Paper also proposes changes to Part 21 and Part 34 and outlines two options for phasing down these activities:

  • Option 1 includes an initial reduction in incentives for certain lighting activities prior to the removal of some activities (at February 2021)
  • Option 2 maintains the level of incentives but with an earlier date for removal of some activities (at October 2020).

*Note: The release date for the Department’s response to consultation on the Lighting Issues Paper has been revised to April 2020. The Department is considering a significant amount of feedback on the timing of any changes to incentives for lighting. Any changes to the Specifications will not take place earlier than six months following the response to consultation.

Have your say

The Department invites you to comment on the proposed changes. Submissions can be made here and are open until 31 January 2020. Submissions can also be sent to or posted to:

Energy Demand, Programs and Safety

Victorian Energy Upgrades Consultation 2019

PO Box 500, East Melbourne, VIC, 3002

The following questions may be useful to consider as part of your submission:

  • Which of the proposed lighting changes are most relevant to you?
  • Does the Lighting Issues Paper accurately reflect your experience and address issues you have experienced?
  • What are your views on the relative merits of options 1 and 2 for phase out of Part 21 and Part 34 activities?
  • General comments on the proposed changes and discussion points contained in the Issues Paper.

The survey form is now closed. Thanks for your contributions.