Energy

​On 18 July 2016, the Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull announced his ministry and the transfer of Energy responsibilities to the new Department of Environment and Energy.

Content on this site will be updated to reflect Machinery of Government changes in due course.

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.

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 efficiency

The Australian Government recognises that increasing energy efficiency can improve business competitiveness and reduce costs for households and business.

The energy information page provides links to further information.

Energy information for 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.

Energy productivity

Energy productivity is about how much value we get from our investment in energy (in the form of electricity, gas or transport fuel), whether it’s investment in generation and networks, or equipment, buildings and vehicles. Improving energy productivity will boost Australia’s competitiveness, help consumers manage their energy costs and reduce Australia’s greenhouse gas emissions.

The Australian Government is strongly committed to a target of improving Australia’s energy productivity by 40 per cent between 2015 and 2030. To meet this commitment, the Australian Government, along with states and territories, has developed a National Energy Productivity Plan.

The Energy Information page provides links to further information about energy strategies and initiatives.

Energy White Paper

The Energy White Paper sets 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.

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.

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.

Tasmanian Energy Taskforce

The department has established a taskforce to support the Hon Warwick Smith AM in his report to the Australian and Tasmanian governments on the feasibility of a second electricity interconnector from Tasmania and whether it would contribute to Tasmania’s energy security and investment in renewables.

View the Terms of Reference and further information on the Taskforce.