Regulations and standards

Main content area

We regulate and standardise a number of sectors to meet Australian industry and consumer needs.

Emissions reduction

Climate Active

Climate Active is a partnership between the Australian Government and Australian businesses to encourage voluntary climate action. Businesses can gain certification when they meet the requirements of the Climate Active Carbon Neutral Standard.

Industrial and commercial emissions reduction method

The industrial and commercial emissions reduction method provides the rules for projects registered to use this method under the Emissions Reduction Fund.

Kyoto Protocol flexibility mechanisms

The Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) and Joint Implementation (JI) are two project-based flexibility mechanisms under the Kyoto Protocol.

Methods for the Emissions Reduction Fund

To register your project with the Emissions Reduction Fund you must follow one of the methodology determinations.

National Greenhouse and Energy Reporting Scheme

The National Greenhouse and Energy Reporting scheme is a single national framework for reporting greenhouse gas emissions, and energy production and consumption.

Offshore greenhouse gas storage acreage release process

The government releases areas in Australian waters for greenhouse gas exploration. Companies can nominate and bid for exploration areas.

Regulating Australian fuel quality

We regulate fuel quality to reduce damaging impacts to the environment, vehicles, and our health.

Regulating offshore greenhouse gas storage in Australian Commonwealth waters

We regulate offshore greenhouse gas storage in Australian waters under the Offshore Petroleum and Greenhouse Gas Storage Act 2006.

Energy

Securing Australian domestic gas supply

The Australian Domestic Gas Security Mechanism is in place to ensure there is a sufficient supply of natural gas to meet the forecast needs of energy users within Australia.

Resources

Applying to export rough diamonds

Find out which rough diamonds require a Kimberley Process Certificate (KPC), which countries can receive them and how to apply.

Applying to export uranium and controlled ores

Resources Stewardship & Environment SectionFind out how to apply for permission to export uranium oxide concentrate or uranium ore concentrate, controlled ores, and other nuclear materials.

Decommissioning the Northern Endeavour

The Australian Government has committed to decommission the Northern Endeavour floating production storage and offtake (FPSO) facility.

Offshore mineral exploration and mining

We regulate mineral activity in Australian waters under the Offshore Minerals Act 1994. 

Offshore oil and gas decommissioning

The Australian Government regulates offshore oil and gas decommissioning under the Offshore Petroleum and Greenhouse Gas Storage Act 2006.

Offshore oil and gas exploration and development

Under the Offshore Petroleum and Greenhouse Gas Storage Act 2006 oil and gas companies must meet a number of requirements.

Offshore petroleum exploration acreage release process

The government releases areas in Australian Commonwealth waters for oil and gas exploration each year. Companies can nominate and bid for exploration areas.

Regulating offshore oil and gas in Australian Commonwealth waters

We regulate oil and gas activities in Australian Commonwealth waters under the Offshore Petroleum and Greenhouse Gas Storage Act 2006.

Regulating the Ranger Uranium Mine

Ranger is a uranium mine in the Northern Territory. The Australian and Northern Territory governments regulate the mine. Mining has ceased and the mine is being rehabilitated.

Taxes and royalties on minerals and petroleum

Companies that extract mineral and petroleum resources pay taxes and royalties. This ensures Australia receives a return on our non-renewable resources.

Measurement

Australia’s measurement system

The National Measurement Institute, Australia’s peak measurement body, ensures that our measurement system enhances the productivity and growth of Australian industries.

Buying and selling goods and services by weight and other measurements

Trade measurement laws apply to all retail and wholesale transactions where measurement determines price.

Measurement standards

The National Measurement Institute is the peak Australian measurement body responsible for biological, chemical, legal, physical and trade measurement.

Pattern approval

Pattern approval is where an impartial body examines the design of an instrument pattern against our national or international requirements.

Register of permits issued

Register of permits issued by the National Measurement Institute for products under certain conditions.

Servicing licensees

Servicing licensees test and verify measuring instruments used for trade.

Trade measurement inspectors

Trade measurement inspectors support Australia’s trade measurement laws.

Trade

Anti-dumping and countervailing system

The Anti-Dumping Commission investigates claims that dumped and subsidised imports have injured Australian industry.

Anti-Dumping Review Panel review process

Learn what the review process is once the Anti-Dumping Review Panel has received an application for a review.

Applying for an Anti-Dumping Review Panel review

You can apply for review of a decision of the Minister or the Commissioner of the Anti-Dumping Commission.

Australia’s standards and conformance infrastructure

Australia’s standards and conformance infrastructure helps to facilitate trade and ensure the reliability of products, services and systems.

Reducing technical barriers to trade

We facilitate trade through a robust standards and conformance infrastructure and mutual recognition agreements.

Space industry

Conducting Australian space activities

Read about conducting Australian space activities under the regulatory framework. 

Regulating Australian space activities

We’re responsible for regulating Australian space activities.

Building Industry

Building and construction

We work with state and territory governments to ensure a more efficient, safe, and internationally competitive building, plumbing and construction industry. We support efforts to restore confidence in building and construction standards.

Premises Standards and reviews

We review the Disability (Access to Premises – Buildings) Standards 2010 (Premises Standards) every 5 years.

Business support

Australian industry participation

Australian Industry Participation (AIP) requirements ensure full, fair and reasonable opportunity for Australian industry to compete for work.

Country of origin food labels

Australian food labels must easily convey where food is grown, produced, made or packed.