CitySwitch Green Office is a growing partnership between businesses along with local, state and federal governments working together to make a positive impact on climate change. The program fosters collaboration and leadership among the network of businesses across the country that have committed to environmental excellence.
CitySwitch was originally established by the City of Sydney, North Sydney Council, Parramatta City Council and the NSW Office of Environment and Heritage in 2005. Reflecting increasing demand within the tenant sector, most capital cities had joined in delivering the program within local government areas across Australia by 2008.
Temporary funding from the Department of Industry & Sciences until May 2015, as part of the Energy Efficiency Information Grants program, enabled CitySwitch to deliver program services to cities and regional areas outside of the contributing partner council areas. At the end of this funding period, CitySwitch continues to provide direct support to businesses in metro areas surrounding participating councils (Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide and Perth). Businesses outside of these metro areas can still participate in the program if they have another office signed to the program within the metro area.
Businesses who are unable to officially join the program are still welcome to access the full suite of CitySwitch resources available on the website
The delivery of the national CitySwitch program is led through the Council of Capital City Lord Mayors and governed by a national steering committee. Local services are delivered through a network of local program managers servicing participating capital cities across the country.