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There is a lot of paperwork involved in the construction of a building.

Starting with the plans that need to be drawn up for the property, through to applying for building permit it can be easy to become confused with just how many pieces of paperwork need to be filed. After you have finished with all of the legally required paperwork, don’t forget to file for the things that are beneficial to you, such as government grants.

There are a few areas in which you can look into to see if you are eligible to have your building subsidised. These are:

  • The actual construction work on the building.
  • Ongoing rebates on bills.
  • Further education for those wanting to go into the building industry.

These days, the main area of interest for the government to subsidise anything to do with construction or building work is related to the environment. This includes renewable energy sources such as solar panels and rainwater tanks.

If any of these areas apply to you, then make sure you check with your local council or government to see what steps to take in order to get your building subsidised.

Bear in mind that all parts of Australia have different rules and regulations when it comes to building, especially when it comes to government grants or subsidies. So this is a guide of what areas should be subsidised, but you will have to check with your local council to confirm for the area you are in.

Buildings and Construction

There are different rebates available for buildings that are being built to specific ‘green’ standards. Constructing sustainable buildings is very important so people undertaking this kind of work will need to prove they have solutions for energy use, water wastage etc.

For any company that can show what steps they are taking to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and reduce their environmental footprint are likely eligible for rebates at various stages of the building process. It does not need to be a building that is being created from scratch, companies can also choose to ‘retro fit’ their buildings in order to make them more environmentally friendly. Look into these rebates before applying for your building permit so you can include all details in the application process.

Rebates on Bills

Homes and businesses that have installed solar power to their homes are entitled to a rebate on their electricity bill. The amount of the rebate depends on variables such as how big the solar panels are, where they are installed and of course which State you live in. If you don’t qualify for a rebate on your energy bills, there is a high chance you will at least qualify for a rebate on the once off cost of installing the solar power panels.

Along with solar panels, most states will offer a cashback rebate on the purchase of your rainwater tank, and also a oneoff rebate if you purchase a solar hot water system.

Education

In Western Australia there is a training fund for people interested in a career in construction. This includes builders, painters, draftsmen etc. The purpose of the fund is to train people into highly skilled workers that will then carry the building industry. To get the funds in order to subsidise the training, all people undertaking and paying for construction work in Western Australia pay a small training levy which then goes towards educating the future workers. This also benefits building and construction companies, as they are then able to gain access to a skilled workforce.