State and Territory government

Council House 2 (CH2), VIC. City of Melbourne. 6 Star Green Star - Office As Built v1.

We have built deep relationships across state and territory governments and we work in partnership with these stakeholders and members to help transform the built environment. Government leadership through policy helps to foster resilience, reduce our emissions, and sustainably build productivity over the long term.

Case studies

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.

South Australia 

The Prince’s Terrace Adelaide, Bowen
The Prince's Terrace Adelaide in Bowden was the first residential development to achieve a 6 Star Green Star rating in Australia, with the project boasting 50% less energy use than a typical urban dwelling. The development was overseen by Defence Housing Australia, the Prince’s Trust Australia, and Renewal SA. Read more here

Royal Adelaide Hospital
Royal Adelaide Hospital became the first large-scale hospital complex in Australia to achieve a 4 Star Green Star – Healthcare As Built rating and is part of a steadily expanding group of public projects that deliver shared value through sustainable building practice. The use of natural light and greenery is a key design focus. The hospital’s orientation is also optimised to increase natural light and minimise solar thermal load. Read more here. 

South Australian Department of Environment, Water and Natural Resources
The SA Department of Environment, Water and Natural Resources was awarded a 6 Star Green Star – Interiors certified rating for their Adelaide offices. This was an exemplary demonstration of how Green Star can transform a 35-year old building into a futuristic green building. Read more here

Western Australia

As part of METRONET's 2019-2022 Sustainability Strategy Green Star ratings will be implemented for  new stations in precincts designated as ‘city centre’, ‘specialised/strategic centre’ (5 Star) or ‘town centre’ (4 Star). Read more here


Sunshine Coast University Hospital
The Queensland Government’s $1.8 billion Sunshine Coast University Hospital (SCUH) became the largest public healthcare facility in Australia to achieve a 6 Star Green Star - Healthcare v1 Design and As-Built rating. It was designed with a ‘green spine’ made up of large outdoor rooms and courtyards that run down the middle of the hospital creating a healing space for employees and patients. Read more here

New South Wales

NSW Department of Education
Along the banks of the Parramatta River stands 105 Phillip St, an architectural marvel with a special story. The city’s first 6 Star Green Star rated building and home to 1,800 employees at the NSW Department of Education, the office building was recently heralded Australia’s 2000th Green Star certified project. Read more here

Sydney Modern Project, Art Gallery of NSW
The Sydney Modern Project will expand the Art Gallery of NSW’s exhibition space and transform the way visitors engage with art. The Green Building Council of Australia has awarded the project a 6 Star Green Star - design rating, making it the first public art museum in Australia to achieve the highest environmental standard for design. Read more here


Fishermans Bend
In 2018, the Victorian Government released the final Framework and planning controls for Australia’s largest urban renewal project at Fishermans Bend in Melbourne. The controls express for the first time the Government’s commitment to a 6 star Green Star – Communities rating, and notably, scales up the ambition in the draft Framework to require all buildings over 5,000 square meters to be built to a 5 Star Green Star Design & As Built standard. Read more here

Sustainability Policies

The following state government department sustainability policies may assist you in the preparation of similar sustainability policies. If your department has a policy which you would like included below, please contact us at:

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