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10 June 2009
Environment Minister Peter Garrett today invited eligible businesses from around the country to register for the Australian Government's ceiling insulation program Installer Provider Register.
Mr Garrett said the program would boost jobs with millions of homes needing ceiling insulation.
The Minister encouraged eligible businesses to register online which would allow them to install ceiling insulation under the Government's Energy Efficient Homes Package, when the program kicks off on 1 July 2009.
From this date, eligible householders will need to select an installer from the Government's Installer Provider Register to install their insulation as part of the package. They are free to use any installer listed on the register.
“The register will make it very easy for householders to identify who their local installers are in one quick web hit or phone call,” Mr Garrett said.
Once the insulation is installed and the householder is satisfied, the Australian Government will pay the installer directly on behalf of the householder.
“We have streamlined the registration process for installers by creating an easy to use online process. And to speed payments to installers once they have installed insulation, we will have an online payment system,” Mr Garrett said.
“This is the largest home energy efficiency measure ever undertaken in Australia. It is a fantastic opportunity for businesses across the nation to work on such an historic project. It will have a positive impact on people's lives as well as the environment for many years to come.
“I encourage businesses to register now and not to miss out on helping the Government insulate up to 2.9 million homes. Even if businesses are already installing insulation they need to register now for the program,” Mr Garrett said.
It is anticipated that up to 2.9 million households across Australia will benefit from the assistance offered under the two ceiling insulation programs:
For more information about the Installer Provider Register, including registration requirements, visit www.environment.gov.au/insulation-installers or call 1800 808 571.
For more information about the programs, householders should visit www.environment.gov.au/energyefficiency or call 1800 808 571.