Green Confusion Between State and Federal Initiatives

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Australia. Confusion between commonwealth and state government programs for home sustainability declaration assessments is causing more issues for home sellers in Queensland. Tim Fields from Sustainability Reports finds sellers are being targeted for long term green loans. Sustainability Reports specialise in Queensland’s sustainability declaration and can be found at http://www.sustainabilityreports.com.au.

Home sellers are facing more confusion over Queensland’s new Sustainability Declaration.

In the lead up to the 1st of January deadline requiring all homes for sale in Queensland to have a Sustainability Declaration, it has emerged home sellers are being approached by Home Sustainability Assessors through the Australian Government’s Commonwealth funded Home Sustainability Assessment program. This is a different program to the Queensland governments Sustainability Declaration.

The Commonwealth Government initiative offers interest free loans of up to $10,000 to improve a home’s sustainability features, while the State Government’s program is designed to promote awareness among buyers and sellers of a home’s social and environmental sustainability while the property is marketed for sale.

If home sellers in Queensland are seeking assistance to complete the new Sustainability Declaration they need to ensure they are not being targeted for a $10,000 loan.

Tim Fields from Sustainability Reports said “both State and Commonwealth schemes are a boost for the environment and should be applauded, however I am meeting with agents and sellers everyday at the moment who are confused by the similar sounding programs.”

“The Queensland Government’s Sustainability Declaration is for home Sellers, while the Commonwealth’s Sustainability Assessments are for owners who are looking to improve their property over the longer term and are prepared to enter into an interest free loan for up to 4 years.”

Tim’s firm, Sustainability Reports, are specialists in the Queensland Government’s Sustainability Declaration.

Real estate agents in particular need to be sure they are referring home sellers to organizations that handle the Sustainability Declaration and not the longer term loans.

“While we have contacts we can refer people to for the federal Government initiative, Sustainability Reports is a specialist organization focusing on the Queensland Sustainability Declaration.”

“It is a real shame that both these programs are being confused by home owners. It shows the lack of planning and co-ordination between governments in the rush to be seen to be green.”

More information on the Queensland Sustainability Declaration can be found at http://www.sustainabilityreports.com.au and on the Commonwealth Home Sustainability Declaration and the Green Loans program visit http://www.environment.gov.au/greenloans/

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