Business Resource Efficiency Program


Doing more with less

Program Objectives

  • Help Tasmanian SMEs reduce their consumption of resources and minimise waste streams;
  • Reduce operating costs and drive productivity gains for SMEs; and
  • Provide SMEs with practical and tailored information regarding ways to improve their resource efficiency.


Our 2019 program has concluded – contact BALT to express your interest in future programs.

The Business Resource Efficiency Program is a partnership between the Tasmanian Government and Business Action Learning Tasmania and is funded by the Tasmanian Government. It is a key action of Climate Action 21: Tasmania’s Climate Change Action Plan 2017-2021.

Free introductory seminars were presented during May and June 2018 and offered an opportunity to learn more about the program and about various approaches to achieving greater resource efficiency.

The Program

Waste Audits

Up to 18 small to medium businesses receive a comprehensive waste audit and one-on-one consultation to scope a suitable project for the facilitated action learning program. A Project Scoping Forum is held for participants to meet and present their project ideas.

Workshop series

The action learning kicks off with a Program Launch, followed by a series of four workshops, where participants explore their problem and develop their action plans.

Facilitated implementation

Across the following 7 months, the action learning sets meet regularly to share the learning from their attempts to implement their plans, challenge each other and offer support. Between sessions, the facilitator provides one-on-one mentoring in the workplace.

The program is delivered locally, however businesses outside nominated regions are encouraged to apply.

Participants are required to make a co-contribution of $750.

What is business resource efficiency?

In business terms, focusing on resource efficiency means optimising processes to limit consumption of materials, and reduce the output of waste products. Benefits can be measured in cost savings and reduced impact on the environment. Businesses can build resilience and increase competitiveness, in preparation for potential future changes in resource availability and customer requirements.

Target group

The program seeks to target small to medium Tasmanian businesses, with up to 200 full time equivalent employees. Participants are sought across all industry sectors however the action learning sets formed may focus on specialised groups or supply chains, where such specialisations emerge during consultation.

Expected outcomes

Each participating company develops a set of recommendations and an implementation plan for improving resource efficiency.

Measurable targets are established for individual projects (eg. dollar savings, material inputs/outputs, etc.) and results of implementation are evaluated against these targets at a combined project review forum.

Participants have an option to measure their learning against nationally recognised qualifications in Competitive Systems and Practices or Sustainable Operations (costs not included).


Do the audits cover energy use?

No, the audits are for resources other than energy. Energy audits are available through the TCCO’s Business Energy Efficiency Program for SMEs. Registration for that program will be available from mid-2018.

How much money is available/how many businesses can participate?

The program has total funding of $200,000, to be spent by June 2020. It is anticipated that up to 18 SMEs will be active participants in BREP.

How much money can I expect to save for my business as a result of this project?

This really depends on the project you choose to undertake. During your waste audit, the facilitator will assist you to identify a number of opportunities to make cost savings and to quantify the outcomes of your project.

What is the level of required commitment for program participants?

You will need to attend a series of four workshops at the beginning of 2019, followed by monthly action learning set meetings (approx. 4 hours) during the implementation of your project. Between meetings, you will be visited by the facilitator for one-on-one sessions and will be expected to undertake the tasks you commit to do between meetings. The workshops and set meetings will be delivered at a time that suits the majority of set members and, in some cases, maybe after hours or on weekends, if preferred.

What is an example of a resource efficiency improvement measure?

A food processor is generating large amounts of organic waste due to large inventories of perishable product maintained to provide fast response times for customers. By analysing the production process and removing wasted movement, addressing sources of rework and long changeover times, the processor could have confidence that an order could be filled in the time required, without holding excessive stock.

How do I apply?

Attend one of the four upcoming Introductory Resource Efficiency Seminars – see above – or complete our brief survey.