Certification fees

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A certification fee applies to projects pursuing a Green Star certified rating and covers the standard
Green Star certification process. The fees are based on the rating tool and Green Building Council of Australia (GBCA) membership status of the applicant.

The certification fees on this page are valid until 31 August 2022. 

What’s included in your Certification Fee?

The following items are included:

  • The standard certification services from GBCA
  • Access to a technical coordinator for your project
  • The certification certificate
  • License to use the certification trade mark once certified, to promote your project
  • A decal recognising the Green Star certification for use in your building, precinct or fit-out for ratings 4 star and over.

Please see Additional Fees’ below for a list of other fees that may arise, and Things you need to know’ before proceeding with registration.

Additional benefits for members:

Where the applicant is a GBCA member at the time of registering the project, the following inclusions apply.

  • For projects where the certification fee is over $10,000, we will provide two hours of technical support to be selected by the project team from the following options: 
    • a two hour ‘on-boarding’ workshop to introduce project teams to the process; or 
    • five free technical questions; or
    • two hours of coaching.
  • Potential eligibility for Volume Certification (for Green Star Buildings, Interiors and Communities ratings) and Portfolio Certification (for Performance ratings) approaches.
  • For projects where the project value is over $200M, or deemed highly complex/unusual, four hours of technical support will be provided.

To become a member you need to register your organisation (which includes a membership fee).

Green Star Buildings certification fees

For new buildings or major refurbishments 

The certification fee for Green Star Buildings are based on the project’s contract value. Fees excl. GST.

Contract value

($ million)

GBCA member 

discounted fee

full fee 

$0 - $1m$8,640$13,640
$1 - $3m$11,800$16,800
$3 - $5m$13,910$18,910
$5 - $10m$15,980$20,980
$10 - $20m$19,180$24,180
$20 - $30m$21,250$26,250
$30 - $50m$24,350$29,350
$50 - $75m$28,590$33,590
$75 - $100m$32,310$37,310
$100 - $150m$36,230$41,230
$150 - $200m$39,850$44,850
$200 - $250m$43,780$48,780

Additional certification options

Multiple project certification options are available for Green Star Buildings and must be agreed to with GBCA before registration. 

If you have a question about fees, registration or for more information, contact the Market Engagement team.

Green Star Homes certification fees 

For volume homes

The certifications fees for Green Star Homes are based on the number of product ranges (typically requiring one Designed assessment) and the Certification Assessments for each completed home.

A Product Range can also be referred to as a Standard Design. It is pre-set design that forms the basis for the home to be built for the customer. They may be allowed some design variations on this base design, but these are limited.

Fees exclude GST.

One to Four discrete product ranges$4,500 plus $1,500 per product rangeDesigned review of 1 product range 10 (total) ‘Certified’ assessments of completed homes 
Five or more discrete product rangesSpeak to the Market Engagement Team for a tailored fee structureSpeak to the Market Engagement Team for a tailored fee structure

Fees for certifying more than 10 homes

  • Certified Assessments must be used within 24 months from date of the Designed assessment relevant to the home.
  • Technical Questions are available at $200 plus GST each.

Green Star – Communities certification fee

For communities, precincts and neighbourhoods 

Fees excl. GST.

Please note GBCA member discounted fees apply for Green Star Communities projects in New Zealand, where the applicant is a member of the New Zealand Green Building Council.

Project type

GBCA member 

discounted fee


full fee

Single project certification$50,600$55,600
Government single project
University Campus$37,990$42,990

Additional certification options

Multiple project certification options are available for Green Star – Communities. 

Recertification fees

Green Star – Communities certifications expire 5 years from date of certification.

Projects must register for recertification in the Green Star Project Manager portal, agreeing to a new certification agreement and payment of the recertification fee.

Projects can use the version of the rating tool they were previously certified under, or they can upgrade to the current version (or upgrade some of the credits to the current version).

Recertification fees for Green Star – Communities: $15,980 (GBCA Member discounted fee); $20,980 (full fee). Fees excl. GST.

Green Star – Performance certification fees 

For building operations  

The certification fee for Green Star – Performance is based on the project’s Gross Floor Area (GFA).

Single building certification

Standard fee option

Paid every three years. Fees excl. GST.

Building size
(Total GFA)
GBCA member

discounted fee


full fee

0 - 9,999m²$7,390$8,790
10,000 - 29,999m²$8,170$9,720
30,000m² +

Green Star – Performance ratings are valid for three years. In order to maintain your rating during this period, your project team must meet complete mandatory performance check-ups at 12 and 24 months. Prior to the end of your certification period, you can begin a new performance period and register for re-assessment. This will allow you to maintain or improve your Green Star – Performance rating. The check-ups at 12 and 24 months are included within the certification fee above.

Annual fee option

Paid yearly. Fees excl. GST.

GBCA member

discounted fee


full fee

Single certification$3,160$3,720

Green Star - Interiors certification fees

For new fitouts

The certification fee for Green Star – Interiors is based on the project’s contract value. Fees excl. GST.

Contract value
($ million)

GBCA member 

discounted fee


full fee

$0 - $1m
$1 - $3m 
$3 - $5m $13,910$18,910
$5 - $10m $15,980$20,980
$10 - $20m $19,180$24,180
$20 - $30m $21,250$26,250
$30 - $50m $24,350$29,350
$50 - $75m $28,590$33,590
$75 - $100m $32,310$37,310
$100 - $150m $36,230$41,230
$150 - $200m $39,850$44,850
$200 - $250m $43,780$48,780

Additional certification options

Multiple project certification options are available for Green Star – Interiors. 

Portfolio of buildings certification 

Portfolio certification (using Green Star – Performance) is available to members only.

Required fees

The fees below include assessment of all portfolio level credits (e.g. policy based credits) as well as ‘Greenhouse Gas Emissions’ and ‘Potable Water’ and provide you with a portfolio rating, and a basic rating for each building. Fees excl. GST.

Standard fee*Annual fee† 
Flat fee per portfolio$16,750$5,800
Buildings with NABERS Energy rating$350 / building$140 / building
Buildings without NABERS Energy rating$550 / building$220 / building

* Paid every three years.
† Paid yearly

Optional fees

The additional fees below allow you to submit all other credits unique to the building rather than the portfolio (e.g. ‘Daylight’) and provide that building with a full rating.

Standard fee*Annual fee† 
Additional fee to assess individual building credits
$2,020 / building$695 / building

* Paid every three years.
†  Paid yearly.

Large portfolios

Additional discounts are provided for portfolios with over 80 buildings. 

Portfolio Performance Fee Calculator

To help applicants model fees, including discounts, a fee calculator has been made available on our website.

Additional fees

These fees are for services in addition to the standard certification process with the certification fee addresses.

ItemFee (excl. GST)
Technical question (formerly known as CIR and Technical Clarification)$200 per query
Credit-by-Credit AssessmentRanging from $1,000 to $3,000 per credit, depending on credit being reviewed.
Licensing Agreement$800 per agreement
Novation Agreement$400 per agreement

Things you need to know

  • Prices shown are excluding GST. Be sure to add GST.
  • Fees are subject to change without notice and are reviewed at least once every financial year.
  • Once a project is registered there is a no-refund policy.
  • Assessments will not be scheduled until payments for all project invoices have been received.
  • Items you receive as part of your certification fee are not transferable, exchangeable or refundable. All items are valid while the project is registered. Once a project is certified any unused items are forfeited.

Project contract value

The project contract value is defined as the dollar value required to complete the works for the entire project, including site works. The following may be excluded when determining total contract value:

  • demolition works.
  • consultants, design fees, project management fees.
  • works outside the site area.
  • buildings or areas within the site that are not being assessed for purposes of Green Star.

Where a number of amenities or services are shared between stages in a larger development, GBCA expects that the cost apportioned to the rated stage is equivalent to the use that the stage will have of these facilities.

If you have a question about fees, registration or for more information, contact the Market Engagement team.

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