The Australian Government is committed to the provision of adequate, reliable and affordable energy to meet future energy consumption needs and to underpin strong economic growth. To deliver on this commitment, the Energy Division supports the safe and sustainable operations of energy markets to provide reliable and lowest cost outcomes for customers. We also work in partnership with key stakeholders to deliver effective policies to drive improvements in energy efficiency performance and productivity to support Australia’s global competitiveness.

Information for energy consumers

The department has resources to help you make informed choices on your energy use. Our energy information page contains a series of factsheets on electricity costs and contracts, your usage and consumer protections. The Australian Government provides further information and assistance through the following:

Energy markets

Efficient energy markets are critical to industrial, economic and social activity in our country.  To ensure this, the Australian Government makes policies to promote the efficient investment, operation and use of energy in Australia.

Energy security

The Australian Government is committed to the energy security of Australia, ensuring we can meet the energy needs of the Australian community and industry, both in the short and in the long term.

Office of the Chief Economist

The Office of the Chief Economist’s primary goal is to produce objective, robust and high quality economic analysis to inform policy development across resources and energy, industry and innovation, skills and evaluation.


International engagement

The Australian Government works with industry and foreign governments to maximise export opportunities for Australia's energy commodities, products, technologies and services, to enhance domestic and regional energy security.

The Energy Division is involved in a number of key forums including:

View all international engagement information.

COAG Energy Council

The Council of Australian Governments (COAG) Energy Council is responsible for pursuing priority issues of national significance and key reforms in the energy and resources sectors. The Council was established by COAG in December 2013 as part of a decision to streamline the COAG council system and refocus it on COAG’s priorities.

The COAG Energy Council is one of eight councils and replaces the former Standing Council on Energy and Resources.

Energy White Paper

The Energy White Paper will set out a coherent and integrated approach to energy policy to reduce cost pressures on households and businesses, improve Australia's international competitiveness and grow our export base and economic prosperity.

The energy information page provides links to further information about energy programmes and strategies.

Energy efficiency

The Australian Government recognises that the more productive use of energy can improve business competitiveness and reduce costs for households and business.

The energy information page provides links to further information.