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, consistent with the principles of environmental responsibility and sustainable development.


Our programs and initiatives represent an important part of the Australian Government's energy strategy.

  • Ethanol Production Grants program
    The Ethanol Production Grants (EPG) program seeks to support production and deployment of ethanol as a sustainable alternative transport fuel in Australia.
  • Smart Grid, Smart City
    The Smart Grid, Smart City project is part of the Australian Government's National Energy Efficiency Initiative and will deliver Australia's first commercial-scale smart grid.

Energy efficiency

We improve energy efficiency and provide Australian households and businesses with economical solutions to live and work more sustainably.


The department helps Australia's industrial energy users realise the benefits of improved energy efficiency by assisting them to make informed investment decisions relating to energy efficiency.

Energy facts, statistics and publications

The department develops facts, statistics and publications that focus on Australia's energy sector.

  • 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.
  • Energy in Australia publication
    The Energy in Australia 2012 publication is a key reference for anyone with an interest in Australian energy issues, developed by the RET economic research unit, the Bureau of Resources and Energy Economics (BREE).

Renewable energy

Renewable energy is energy which can be obtained from natural resources that are constantly being replenished. Also known as clean or green energy, energy produced from renewable sources results in less pollution and emissions when compared to other sources.

Energy markets

Australia's energy markets have undergone significant reforms since the early 1990's. The department drives Commonwealth policy in the energy market reform program being implemented by the Standing Council on Energy and Resources.

Energy security

Energy security is about Australia’s ability to meet the energy needs of the Australian community and industry, both in the short and in the long term.

International engagement

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

Australia's energy and minerals policy priorities are advanced through many key forums including:


The department has contributed to the development and implementation of Australia's sustainable energy and climate change policies.

Ministerial Council

Industry Portfolio Regulation Reform

The portfolio is committed to a regulation reform agenda as a means of unlocking productivity and competitiveness gains for industry.

Industry Innovation and Competitiveness Agenda

The Industry Innovation and Competitiveness Agenda was announced on 14 October 2014. It focuses on providing the right economic incentives to enable businesses, big and small, to grow. It contains immediate reforms which will boost competitiveness and a range of proposals for public consultation.