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Other Australian Government activities

The Australian Government is undertaking a range of actions to complement the 5 priority initiatives and the activities of states, territories and industry. Some of these actions are described in Table 1 below.

Table 1: Australian Government activities, categorised by lead organisation

Lead organisation

Action

Department of Education Skills and Employment

Under current arrangements for industry engagement in vocational education and training (VET), the Australian Industry and Skills Committee (AISC) is responsible for national training package product development. The AISC oversees work by a network of Industry Reference Committees to develop and update nationally-recognised qualifications and skill sets that meet industry skills needs, including in the automotive sector.

Skills ministers have agreed to introduce new industry engagement arrangements from January 2023. Industry Clusters will be established to provide industry with a stronger, more strategic voice and a broader role in ensuring the national VET system addresses skills and workforce challenges across the economy, including for new and emerging industries such as the low emission vehicles sector.

Department of Industry, Science, Energy and Resources

To support our long-term fuel supplies, the Australian Government has developed a comprehensive fuel security package. The government’s long-term fuel security goal is to increase our domestic storage and to hold a sovereign refining capability that meets our needs during an emergency, as well as into the future.

Under the package, we are:

  • bringing forward improvements to fuel quality (sulfur) from 2027 to 2024
  • maintaining a sovereign refining capability through a variable Fuel Security Services Payment for refiners and support for major refinery infrastructure upgrades
  • keeping domestic fuel stocks above a set level through a minimum stockholding obligation and a $260 million co-investment infrastructure program to boost diesel storage capacity by 40%.

Department of Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development and Communications

Leading work to consider adopting international standards on acoustic vehicle alerting systems for hybrid, battery electric and hydrogen fuel cell electric vehicles. This is due to the low noise these vehicles create when in operation.

Evaluating whether the government should mandate the Euro 6 and Euro VI noxious emissions standards for light and heavy vehicles in Australia. Evaluation will include considering comments on the draft regulation impact statements.

Infrastructure and Transport Minister’s Meeting

Collaborating across jurisdictions to consider the road-related revenue implications of new technology vehicles.

Evaluating international standards and overseas experiences of installing public charging infrastructure, including:

  • streamlining payment options for charging battery electric vehicles
  • integrating electric vehicles into registration data
  • developing guidelines to support the installation of battery charging and hydrogen refuelling infrastructure
  • developing national signage standards to help identify battery charging and hydrogen refuelling infrastructure.

The National Measurement Institute (NMI)

The NMI is participating in an international technical committee to develop a standard for measuring energy in battery electric vehicle charging stations. As part of this, NMI is engaging with industry and consumers to ensure the standard serves Australia’s needs. In parallel, NMI is working with Australian industry and consumers to establish an interim plan to support confidence in the accurate measurement of energy in battery electric vehicle charging stations.

NMI is working with industry partners to implement international standards that will support the use of hydrogen dispensers for vehicles. The frameworks being developed by NMI will provide confidence in the measurement of hydrogen purity required to ensure vehicle performance, as well as the accurate measurement of the quantities of hydrogen purchased by consumers.