NSW Rebates

In addition to the Federal Government rebates, NSW Government also offers the following rebates via the Residential Rebate Program:

Rainwater Tank Rebate –  up to $1,500 for rainwater tanks connected to toilets and washing machines
Hot Water System Rebate
–  up to $1,200 to switch from electric to solar, heat pump or gas hot water systems
Hot Water Circulator
– $150 cash back for installation
Dual Flush Toilet Rebate – $200 for replacement of single flush toilet with a 4 star WELS rating or higher.
Fridge Buyback –  $35 to have a second fridge removed from your home

Hot water systems, insulation or rainwater tanks installed to comply with BASIX (Building Sustainability Index) for new homes and major renovations are not eligible for a rebate.

Did you know you can claim both the State and Federal Government rebates on the Rainwater tank and hot water system rebate.

Rainwater tank rebate – Review Federal Rebate & NSW State Rebate

Hot Water System rebate – Review Federal Rebate & NSW State Rebate PLUS RECs also applies

NSW Rainwater Tank Rebate

Eligibility

  • The tank(s) must have a minimum 2,000 litre capacity and be purchased in full and installed between 1 July 2007 and 30 June 2011 inclusive.
  • Households not connected to the mains supply are eligible for a rebate for the purchase of the tank only.
  • Rainwater tanks installed to comply with BASIX (the Building Sustainability Index) for new homes, major renovations or a pool installation are not eligible for a rebate.

There is a limit of one rainwater tank per property.

From 15 January 2010, the total NSW Home Saver Rebates a household can receive must not exceed $1500 per property.

How much is the rebate?

The rebate is based on the size of the tank and whether it is plumbed into your toilet or washing machine.

Tank(s) capacity Tank Rebate Connection to toilet(s) Connection to washing machine(s) Maximum total
2,000-3,999 litres $150 $500 $500 $1,150
4,000-6,999 litres $400 $500 $500 $1,400
7,000 litres and above $500 $500 $500 $1,500

The terms and conditions of the rebate are the same wherever you live in NSW. However, Sydney Water, Hunter Water and Gosford Wyong Councils’ Water Authority customers apply through their local water utilities at the links below.

Sydney, Central Coast and Hunter regions

Gosford/Wyong Water Authority customers

Hunter Water customers

Sydney Water customers

Customers of all other water utilities and people not connected to mains supply apply through the Department of Environment, Climate Change and Water NSW.

Local planning requirements

The rules covering installation of rainwater tanks vary in different areas. Many local councils have specific requirements for installing the tank, including size, colour and distance from neighbours’ boundaries.

Contact your local council to find out about the planning and building requirements in your area before you install a rainwater tank.

Tank installation and connection

Rainwater tank connections to the toilet or washing machine must be undertaken by a licensed plumber and meet requirements under the NSW Code of Practice for Plumbing and Drainage.

The licensed plumber will need to sign your rebate application form to confirm that the tank has been professionally connected and complies with the regulations.

Many local water utilities also require an inspection of rainwater tank plumbing. Your plumber is required to notify the local water utility on completion of rainwater tank plumbing work and will be able to advise you about local water utility requirements in your area.

Factsheets/Guidelines and Forms

Application form

Frequently Asked Questions

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NSW Hot Water System Rebate

Eligibility

The new hot water systems must:

  • Replace an existing electric hot water system
  • Be for residential properties in NSW only
  • Be purchased in full and installed between October 1, 2007 and June 30, 2011
  • Be installed by a licensed plumber

Hot water systems installed to comply with BASIX (the Building Sustainability Index) for new homes and major renovations are not eligible for a rebate.

How much are the rebates?

The following rebates are being offered:

  • $300 for a gas hot water system with an energy rating of 5 stars or greater.
  • $300 for a solar or heat pump hot water system eligible for at least 20 Renewable Energy Certificates (RECs)

Your supplier and/or installer will be able to tell you exactly how many RECs your system is eligible for.

You can elect to receive your rebate by direct deposit into your nominated bank account or posted to you by cheque.

What if I installed my system before 15 January 2010?

Hot water systems installed on or after 1 October 2007 and before 14 January 2010 are eligible for a rebate of up to $1200 according to the rebate terms and conditions at the time of installation. See table below.

Number of RECs Rebate amount for installations prior to 15 Jan 2010
8-19 $0
20-27 $600
28-35 $800
36-43 $1000
44+ $1200

Application forms for hot water systems installed between 1 October 2007 and 14 January 2010 (inclusive) must be received by DECCW no later than 5pm 30 April 2010.

The rebate for solar and heat pump hot water systems is based on the amount of greenhouse gas emissions saved, determined by the eligibility of your system for Renewable Energy Certificates (RECs). The more RECs you receive for your specific system, the greater the value of the rebate. But note that RECs are an electronic form of currency established to promote renewable energy generation. Like any currency, it’s value is determined by the market. See the graph below for some historical pricing. Learn more about RECs.

Source: Local Power

YES you can apply for both NSW Solar Hot Water Rebate and Federal Solar Hot Water Rebate for an eligible hot water system as well as RECs based on the conditions below.

Conditions:

The total sum of payments from Renewable Energy Certificates (RECs), the NSW and Australian Government rebates, plus any local government and/or energy retailer incentives CANNOT exceed the total cost of your new hot water system (includes the purchase, delivery and installation costs).

Factsheets/Guidelines and Forms

Application form

Frequently Asked Questions

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NSW Hot Water Circulator Rebate

Instantaneous gas hot water systems can waste up to 17,000 litres of water in the average home each year. A hot water circulator is a unit installed with your instantaneous gas hot water system. It recovers wasted water and sends it back into the system to be reheated or used later. The NSW hot water circulator rebate provides $150 cash back for installing a hot water circulator with your new or existing instantaneous gas hot water heater.

Eligibility

To be eligible for the rebate your hot water circulator must be:

  • installed with a new or existing instantaneous gas hot water system (also referred to as a continuous gas hot water system)
  • installed by a licensed plumber between 15 January 2010 and 30 June 2011 inclusive
  • installed in a residential property in NSW
  • a regulated or demand controlled system and not a continuous circulation system.

There is one hot water circulator rebate per property. From 15 January 2010, the total amount of NSW Home Saver Rebates household can receive must not exceed $1500 per property.

How much is the rebate?

$150 rebate for installing a hot water circulator with your new or existing instantaneous gas hot water heater. You can elect to receive your rebate by direct deposit into your nominated bank account or posted to you by cheque.

Factsheets/Guidelines and Forms

Application form

Frequently Asked Questions

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NSW Dual Flush Toilet Rebate

Single flush toilets are one of the biggest water wasters in homes, using 12 litres of drinking water with every flush, even when a full flush isn’t needed. A dual flush can reduce this to four and a half and three litre flushes and save households around 25,000 litres of water a year. The NSW dual flush toilet rebate provides $200 for the replacement of a single flush toilet suite with a dual flush toilet suite that has a WELS* rating of 4 stars or more.

Eligibility

To be eligible for the rebate you must:

  • purchase a new dual flush toilet suite with a water rating of 4 star WELS* rating or higher for both the cistern and the pan between 15 January 2010 and 30 June 2011 inclusive
  • replace a single flush toilet suite
  • install the dual flush toilet in a residential property in NSW.

Sydney Water customers are also eligible for the Sydney Water Toilet replacement service. Contact Sydney Water on 132 092 for more information.

There is a limit of one dual flush toilet rebate per property.

From 15 January 2010, the total amount of NSW Home Saver Rebates a household can receive must not exceed $1500 per property.

How much is the rebate?

$200 for replacing a single flush toilet with a new dual flush toilet with a minimum 4 star WELS* rating.

Factsheets/Guidelines and Forms

Application form

Frequently Asked Questions

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NSW Fridge Buy Back

If you live in metropolitan Sydney or Wollongong and have a working second fridge that is in regular use, is at least 10 years old and larger than 250 litres (8.83 cubic feet) you can participate in Fridge Buyback. Experienced removalists will collect your fridge free of charge from your home if removal involves 20 stairs or less. You will also receive a $35 rebate* if removal involves six stairs or less. If removal involves 21 or more stairs, a fee will apply. The refrigerant gas in your fridge will be properly removed and safely disposed of and the metals recycled.

* Conditions apply, for more information refer to the Fridge Buyback website.

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