State and Territory government

Leadership through our state and territory governments helps deliver the policies that will build resilience, reduce our emissions, and sustainably build productivity over the long term. The GBCA has built deep relationships across state and territory governments and works in partnership with our state and territory government members to help transform our built environment.

Case studies

The GBCA works together with local, state and federal governments across Australia to accelerate the transformation of our built environment into one that is healthy, liveable, productive, resilient & sustainable. The following case studies show how state and territory governments are improving social, environmental & economic outcomes in their local government areas through Green Star certification.


Renewal SA's Bowden Development, situated on the western edge of the Adelaide City Parklands, is redefining sustainable living in South Australia. Each and every building delivered on the 16.3 hectare site must achieve a 5 Star Green Star rating - or above. Renewal SA has raised the bar even higher, by also committing to achieve a Green Star - Communities rating for the entire precinct.

Bay View State School achieved a 4 Star Green Star - Education Design and As Built rating. Co2 emissions have been reduced by 2513 kilograms over a 12 month reporting period.

The Flinders Medical Centre - New South Wing was the first health facility in Australia to achieve certification under Green Star - Healthcare v1 rating tool. Compared to an equivalent benchmark building, energy consumption is 42 per cent less, energy costs are $400,000 less.

The Hopkins Street Affordable Housing project was the first project in Tasmania to achieve a 5 Star Green Star - Multi Unit Residential Design rating. All 30 units achieved a minimum 7.3 FirstRate energy rating (NatHERS)

The Lilyfield Housing Redevelopment project achieved a 5 Star Green Star - Multi Unit Residential PILOT rating and was the first social housing scheme in Australia to do so.

The Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre achieved a 6 Star Green Star - Convention PILOT. The Convention Centre identified the growing demand for sustainable meetings, conferences and exhibitions being driven by companies who recognise that green is good for brand.

Monash University, Briggs Hall & Jackomos Hall achieved a 5 Star Green Star - Multi Unit Residential v1 rating  and was the first project to achieve a 5 Star Green Star - Multi Unit Residential v1 in Australia

The Olivia Newton - John Cancer and Wellness Centrewas the first certified Green Star - Healthcare Design project in Victoria.

The Power and Water Corporation achieved a 4 Star Green Star - Office Design v2 in 2009. The project maximised occupant comfort through provision of windows providing external views and natural light.

The Regional Rail Link in Victoria achieved a 4 Star Green Star - Custom Design rating for a number of train stations across Victoria. Extensive natural light at the stations reduces reliance on electric lighting.

The Redfern Housing Redevelopment Project achieved a 5 Star Green Star - Multi Unit Residential PILOT in 2009. All 106 apartments are naturally ventilated and there is no air conditioning in the development.

Sydney Water head office in Parramatta, achieved a 5 Star Green Star - Design and As Built rating as well as 5 Star Green Star - Interiors rating. The parking provided for the building is 50 per cent below the maximum allowance.

The University of Melbourne, Peter Doherty Institute for Infection and Immunity, achieved a 5 Star Green Star - Education Design v1 rating.

University of Melbourne, The Spot  achieved a 5 Star Green Star - Education PILOT in 2008. The building uses 46 per cent less energy than the average of comparable university building.

Wangaratta High School achieved a 4 Star Green Star Education PILOT in 2009. The school now provides a number of bicycle facilities for both teachers and students.

Williamstown High School achieved a 5 Star Green Star - Education PILOT. Research has shown that green schools can improve student performance across all academic fields.

Further case studies

See examples of state government department sustainability policies which may assist you and your department in the preparation of similar sustainability policies. If your department has a policy which you would like included below, please contact the GBCA Advocacy team.

Australian Capital Territory Government, Carbon Neutral ACT Government Framework

The purpose of the Carbon Neutral ACT Government Framework is to enable & coordinate a whole-of-government approach to achieving carbon neutrality in a cost effective manner by 2020.

Australian Capital Territory Government, Lease Variation Charges

The ACT Government offers a discount on Lease Variation Charges to projects that commit to achieving a 5 or 6 Star Green Star rating as part of their development application.

New South Wales Government Energy Savings Scheme

The Energy Savings Scheme (ESS) reduces electricity consumption in NSW by creating financial incentives for organisations to invest in energy savings projects. Energy Savings are achieved by installing, improving or replacing energy savings equipment. The ESS is governed by NSW legislation. It places a mandatory obligation on Liable Entities to obtain and surrender energy savings certificates, which represent energy savings.

New South Wales Government Resource Efficiency Policy

The NSW Government Resource Efficiency Policy (GREP) aims to reduce the operating costs of NSW Government agencies and ensure that they provide leadership in resource-productivity.

New South Wales Government Environmental Upgrade Agreements

Environmental Upgrade Agreements (EUAs) are a tripartite agreement between a building owner, a local council and a finance provider. A number of states, cities and organisations are offering financial solutions for EUAs.

Queensland Government Sustainable Planning Act 2009

The purpose of the Sustainable Planning Act 2009 is to seek to achieve ecological sustainability, by managing the process by which development takes place, managing the effects of development & continuing the coordination and integration of planning at the local, regional and state levels. 

Government of South Australia, Renewal SA Urban Design Guidelines for Bowden Village

The purpose of the SA Government's Urban Design Guidelines for Bowden Village is to work together with the Bowden Master Plan to set out the key priorities and principles to guide and stimulate great urban design, movement, architecture and sustainable development.

Government of South Australia Building Upgrade Finance

Building Upgrade Agreements (BUP) is a mechanism which helps building owners to access loans to improve the energy, water & environmental efficiency of existing commercial buildings.

Victorian Government, Victorian Energy Efficiency Target.

The Victorian Energy Efficiency Target (VEET) is designed to make energy efficiency improvements more affordable, contribute to the reduction of greenhouse gases, and encourage investment, employment and innovation in industries that supply energy efficiency goods and services.

Government of Western Australia Government Accommodation Standards

The purpose of the WA Government Accommodation Standards is to set requirements, benchmarks and parameters to assist agencies with planning and establishing office accommodation, acquiring and fitting out suitable office space, and utilising and maintaining the space effectively