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Overview of the program

The Commercial Building Disclosure (CBD) Program requires most sellers and lessors of large office spaces to provide energy efficiency information to prospective buyers and tenants. We collect and publish this information to make available clear and credible energy efficiency and greenhouse emissions data. This is creating a more informed commercial property market, and encouraging more energy efficient buildings and reduced emissions.

What is CBD?

Overview of the CBD Program, which mandates the disclosure of energy efficiency information for commercial office spaces of 1000 square metres or more. Disclosure of this information before sale or lease assists prospective buyers and tenants to make informed decisions. The CBD Program is an initiative of the Council of Australian Governments (COAG) and is delivered by the Australian Government Department of Industry, Science, Energy and Resources.

Changes to the Commercial Building Disclosure Program

On 1 July 2017, the mandatory disclosure threshold on commercial office space was lowered from 2000 square metres to 1000 square metres. The effect of this change is that owners and lessors of smaller commercial office buildings may need to disclose the building’s energy efficiency when they sell or lease their property after this date.


Lists environmental and financial benefits of the CBD Program for building owners and lessors and for prospective tenants and buyers.

Legal framework

Links to relevant legislation, regulations and other instruments.

Resources and publications

Links to CBD Program guidance notes, application forms, templates and other publications.


Statistical summaries and overviews relating to the CBD Program.

Regulator Performance Framework

The Commercial Building Disclosure Regulator Performance Framework Self-Assessment Report is a summary of the key activities the CBD Program delivered to fulfil its obligations under the Building Energy Efficiency Disclosure Act 2010 (BEED Act) and meet the requirements of the Australian Government’s Regulator Performance Framework. The Regulator Performance Framework applies from 1 July 2015, with the first assessment period being the 2015-16 financial year.

CBD Review 2014-15

Outlines the independent review of the CBD Program being performed by ACIL Allen Consulting on behalf of the Department Innovation, Industry and Science.