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VEET activities

Activities that generate certificates in the Victorian Energy Efficiency Target scheme are known as prescribed activities. This section of the website explains how these prescribed activities must be undertaken. Properly understanding this aspect of the scheme is of critical importance to any accredited business (accredited persons under the Victorian Energy Efficiency Target Act 2007 (the Act)).

Prescribed activities

Prescribed activities are energy saving activities specified in the Victorian Energy Efficiency Regulations 2008 (the Principal Regulations) and the Victorian Energy Efficiency (Project-Based Activities) Regulations 2017 (the PBA Regulations). By undertaking prescribed activities, accredited persons (APs) are able to create Victorian energy efficiency certificates (VEECs). There are 35 broad categories of prescribed activities. Note: Some activities are confined to either the business or residential sectors. For full details of which activities are eligible in each sector, visit the VEET activities by sector page by clicking here.

  1. Water heating - decommissioning low efficiency water heating products and installing high efficiency water heating products. This category also includes the installation of solar pre-heaters or solar retrofit kits.
  2. Space heating and cooling - decommissioning low efficiency ducted heating products or central electric resistance heaters and installing high efficiency ducted heating products; installing high efficiency ducted heating products in premises where no other central heating or cooling product is installed; installing high efficiency space heating products, decommissioning refrigerative air conditioners and installing evaporative coolers, and decommissioning existing gas ductwork and installing new gas ductwork.
  3. Space conditioning - installing insulation, thermally efficient windows and weather sealing products. (Note that it is not presently possible to create VEECs from installing ceiling insulation)
  4. Lighting replacement - decommissioning high energy lamps, including incandescent lamps, and installing low energy lamps.
  5. Shower roses - decommissioning non-low flow shower roses and installing low flow shower roses.
  6. Refrigerators/freezers - purchasing high efficiency refrigerators or freezers (refrigerator purchase) and, destruction of pre-1996 refrigerators or freezers (refrigerator destruction).
  7. Televisions - purchasing high efficiency televisions.
  8. Clothes dryers - purchasing high efficiency electric clothes dryers or installing high efficiency gas clothes dryers.
  9. Pool pumps - purchasing high efficiency pool pumps.
  10. Standby power controllers - installing standby power controllers.
  11. In-home displays - installing an in-home display.
  12. Motors - installing high efficiency motor. 
  13. Refrigerated Display Cabinets - installing high efficiency refrigerated display cabinet. 
  14. Refrigeration Fan Motor - installing high efficiency refrigeration fan motor. 
  15. Lighting upgrades - installing lighting equipment.
  16. Low flow trigger nozzles - decommissioning an inefficient trigger nozzle and installing an efficient low flow trigger nozzle.
  17. Prerinse spray values - decommissioning an inefficient prerinse spray valve and installing a water efficient prerinse spray valve; installing a water efficient prerinse spray valve on an existing fitting where no prerinse spray valve was previously installed.
  18. Project-based activities - technology neutral.

Undertaking Prescribed Activities 

Prescribed activities must be undertaken in accordance with the Act, the Principal Regulations and the PBA Regulations. APs who fail to comply with the Act, the Principal Regulations and the PBA Regulations when undertaking prescribed activities cannot legally create VEECs from those activities and doing so can incur significant penalties.

APs should ensure that any premises in which they wish to undertake prescribed activities is eligible for that particular activity. Check the VEET activities by sector page to be sure.   

For a detailed account of the requirements for undertaking prescribed activities, refer to the Explanatory note - creating VEECs from prescribed activities at the end of this page.

Register of BCA classification determinations 

The Register of BCA classification determinations provides clarification on some classifications for specific space types that are not explicitly listed in Schedule 34 (building based) lighting upgrade of the Principal Regulations. Building Code of Australia (BCA) classifications are used in Schedule 34 building based lighting upgrade of the Principal Regulations to determine the 'annual operating hours' to be used in the abatement calculations for an activity undertaken under this schedule.  

'Assigning' the right to create VEECs

An important component of each prescribed activity may be the assigning of certain rights to the accredited person. Under the Act, the right to create VEECs from a prescribed activity technically lies with the energy consumer for whom the activity is undertaken (although they cannot personally create the certificates unless they themselves become accredited). It is only when the energy consumer 'assigns' those rights to the accredited person (or is accredited themselves) that the AP then has the ability to create VEECs as a result of a given installation.

This assignment of rights is done using what is known as a VEEC assignment form, which contains details about the energy consumer, the installer, the incentive that is being offered, and details of the activity, including any products that may have been installed and (if relevant) decommissioned. Following the activity, the energy consumer is expected to sign the VEEC assignment form, thereby assigning their rights to those VEECs to the AP, while also verifying that the activity has taken place and confirming that the particulars on the form are correct.

As a condition of accreditation, all APs must develop a VEEC assignment form (this may not happen where the energy consumer is also the AP.  In this case a different form may be used) in accordance with the mandatory criteria set by the commission, which vary depending on which activity is being undertaken. Beyond the mandatory criteria, APs may customise their own VEEC assignment forms to:

  • incorporate the different information requirements of various prescribed activities into the one form; and,
  • incorporate additional explanatory text, company logos and other features.

Any subsequent changes to VEEC assignment forms must be approved by the commission before the forms are put into use. As with any VEET-related documentation, APs must retain their completed assignment forms for 6 years and provide them to the commission as required.

One partial exception to the VEEC assignment form requirement is the activity of refrigerator/freezer destruction, in which case oral assignment may be obtained only if (i) written assignment cannot be reasonably obtained and (ii) the activity is conducted in respect of a residential premise.

To view the mandatory VEEC assignment form criteria, navigate to the Forms section using the menu on the left and download the relevant pro forma VEEC assignment form. More details regarding VEEC assignment form requirements, as well as detailed information about the entire process of undertaking prescribed activities, can be found in the Explanatory note - creating VEECs from prescribed activities (available at the bottom of this page).

Calculating the VEEC value of prescribed activities

For an indication of how many VEECs may be created from the various prescribed activities contained in the Principal Regulations, please refer to the Calculators page. Alternatively, the Explanatory note - creating VEECs from prescribed activities contains a detailed breakdown of the calculations used to attribute VEEC values to these different prescribed activities.

Declaration of discount factors

Under the Act, the responsible Minister may make a declaration specifying what is known as a discount factor. Discount factors alter the number of VEECs that can be created as a result of a prescribed activity or specified class of prescribed activities. The Minister must publish a notice of intention to declare a discount factor in the Victorian Government Gazette which specifies the:

  • proposed discount factor;
  • prescribed activity or class of prescribed activities in respect of which the discount factor is proposed; and,
  • reasons for the discount factor.

Selecting products to use

An important component of each prescribed activity under the Principal Regulations is ensuring that the energy saving product installed is listed in the Register of products. The VEET products page provides general information about the Register of products and an overview of the process to have a product listed on the register. Note that project-based activities are exempt from this requirement except in the case of lighting technologies which must be compliant with the existing product registration and decommissioning requirements that apply to Schedules 21 and 34 of the Principal Regulations.

Inclusion of new Prescribed Activities

The process of adding new activities to the list of prescribed activities is currently managed by the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning. Persons seeking to propose new prescribed activities should contact the department at for further details regarding the application process.


 Relevant documents and forms


Victorian Energy Efficiency Target Act 2007
Victorian Energy Efficiency Target Regulations 2008
Victorian Energy Efficiency (Project-Based Activities) Regulations 2017 
Victorian Energy Efficiency Target Guidelines

Explanatory notes

Explanatory note - creating Victorian energy efficiency certificates from prescribed activities