Energy

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.

Programmes

Managing energy use is a critical issue for Australia and the Australian Government has delivered a series of programmes that have supported industry, community and individuals to manage energy use and costs.

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.

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.

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 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.

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. 


Industry Portfolio Regulation Reform

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

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.

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.