The government is taking action to deliver a reliable, secure and affordable energy system by:
delivering reforms to put downward pressure on electricity and gas prices
ensuring our markets are well-regulated and transparent
encouraging new reliable supply and technology
supporting the security of domestic and international supply chains for electricity, gas and liquid fuel
investing in new ways to make our energy system cleaner and more efficient
improving the energy efficiency of our products, homes and commercial buildings
compiling and publishing energy data to support sound policy and investment decisions
develops and coordinates energy and energy efficiency policy across government
administers energy and energy efficiency policies, programs and regulations
engages with stakeholder groups and the community on energy and energy efficiency issues
participates in international forums to support effective action on energy and energy efficiency
supports businesses and households to take action to reduce energy use and costs
Our energy policies, programs and tools
The Energy policy blueprint—a fair deal on energy sets out the objectives and policies to ensure a better energy future for Australia. The 3 pillars of this policy are: reliable, secure and affordable energy supply; putting consumers first, and meeting our international commitments.
Energy programs include the Business Energy Advice Program, Underwriting New Generation Investments Program, Energy Efficiency Communities Program and the Regional and Remote Communities Program
Energy data includes the annual Australian Energy Statistics and the monthly Australian Petroleum Statistics
Our portfolio includes these energy agencies and organisations:
The Australian Renewable Energy Agency aims to make renewable energy solutions more affordable and increase the supply of renewable energy in Australia through various programs and projects.
The Clean Energy Regulator administers schemes to reduce carbon emissions and increase clean energy use. These include the National Greenhouse and Energy Reporting scheme, the Carbon Farming Initiative, and the Renewable Energy Target.
The Clean Energy Finance Corporation finances cleaner power solutions, including large and small-scale solar, wind and bioenergy. It also invests in more energy efficient property, vehicles, infrastructure and industry.
Energy policy coordination
We work closely with these agencies and energy market bodies:
Department of Agriculture, Water and the Environment (DAWE)
Australian Energy Market Commission (AEMC)
Australian Energy Market Operator (AEMO)
Australian Energy Regulator (AER)
The energy market bodies oversee Australia’s National Energy Market (NEM), one of the largest interconnected power systems in the world. They also have responsibilities for the National (east, north and west) Gas Markets.