Utilities (Reference 34)

Utilities funding is provided as a cash allocation as part of a school's Student Resource Package (SRP) under the School Infrastructure items. Funding is distributed through the quarterly cash grant.

Utilities Funding is provided for the following items.

  • Electricity
  • Natural and LPG Gas
  • Water/rates
  • Refuse and Garbage

Telephones and sanitation costs are not included under the utilities budget.

The utilities budget is based on historical spending plus indexation. It is not formula driven and therefore is not automatically adjusted to reflect changes in a school's profile.

Schools that have undergone building configuration changes or had major works that have materially impacted on utility costs may be eligible for an ongoing utilities budget adjustment to help support those additional costs.

Energy Supplement

In 2020, $15m will be distributed to schools experiencing a significant utilities funding shortfall and this investment ensures all schools are funded at a level that places them in a more sustainable position to manage their overall financial position.

Funding will be distributed based on school type and size, and has considered each schools 2018 end of year utilities funding position as well as their projected 2019 end of year position.

This additional utilities funding will be included as part of your schools overall Student Resource Package (SRP) utilities budget for 2020.

Whole of Victorian Government energy contracts

The Department is currently a participant in Whole of Victorian Government contracts that cover the supply of electricity and natural gas to all school sites (meters).

Electricity

1.    Red Energy is our retailer for schools (meters) that consume >40MWh pa.

Contacts for billing enquiries

Laura Wilkin/Taimur Khan – email: business@redenergy.com.au  ph 1300 322 067

2.    AGL is our retailer for schools (meters) that consume <40 MWh pa

Contacts for billing enquiries 

Email: vicgov@agl.com.au ph 1300 793 477

For further tariff and contract information, see:  SRP.

Natural gas  

AGL is the current provider of Natural Gas under a Whole of Victorian Government contract arrangement.

The natural gas contract will expire on 31 December 2019.  Schools will be advised of the new contract details as soon as they are known.

Contacts for billing enquiries 

Email: vicgov@agl.com.au ph 1300 793 477

For further tariff and contract information, see: SRP.

Any school not supplied under the relevant Whole of Victorian Government contract should contact Mr Brett Duff on email: duff.brett.a@edumail.vic.gov.au, to arrange transition to the appropriate Whole of Victorian Government  retailer.  All other queries can be directed to the retailer.

In lieu of schools joining a Whole of Government contract, Executive Memo 2005/19 Update on the Supply of Electricity and Natural Gas remains current in that schools should not sign or negotiate individual or group contracts for the supply of electricity and natural gas irrespective of usage levels.

Water

All schools are supplied water by their designated water authority. No government contract is in place for water.

To assist schools with managing water costs, we encourage you to join the Schools Water Efficiency Program (SWEP). SWEP is a state government initiative jointly developed and funded by the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning (DELWP) and the Department of Education and Training (DET).

SWEP provides you with a program to monitor your schools’ water usage to save water, money and educate students about water efficiency concepts. You can register online for SWEP or learn more by visiting www.myswep.com.au.

Separately, schools in Victoria are eligible for a rebate on their fixed charges for water and sewer. (self supply schools are ineligible) This initiative developed by the State Revenue Office provides a rebate of up to a maximum of $260 yearly. The application form that needs to be submitted to your local water authority can be accessed via the following link: http://www.sro.vic.gov.au/node/218 or by contacting the State Revenue Office on ph 9628 0301.

New schools, refurbishment or major building works

Projects of this nature will involve new connections, or upgrades in infrastructure used to supply electricity or natural gas.  Where this is the case, schools should make early contact with the appropriate Whole of Victorian Government electricity or natural gas supplier in order to understand both the nature and cost of this aspect of the project.