Government priorities


Government priorities

The Australian Government is taking action across the economy to deliver a reliable, secure and affordable energy system with improved outcomes for energy consumers which meets Australia’s international commitments.

These are the 3 pillars of our Energy Policy Framework, which sets out clear objectives and detailed policies to ensure a better energy future for Australia.

The government is already implementing key aspects of this framework.

We are delivering reforms to put downward pressure on electricity and gas prices and ensure our markets are well-regulated and transparent. We are enhancing long-term fuel security, and encouraging new reliable supply and technology. We're investing in new ways to make our energy system cleaner and more efficient.

Looking forward, we'll continue to build on our comprehensive plan to ensure Australian households, businesses and industries get a fair deal on energy.

The Department of Industry, Science, Energy and Resources works closely with:

  • Commonwealth and state and territory Energy Ministers
  • the Australian Energy Market Commission (AEMC)
  • the Australian Energy Market Operator (AEMO)
  • the Australian Energy Regulator (AER)

Together they oversee and regulate 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.

Government activities

Content on covers the policies and programs delivered by the Department of Industry, Science, Energy and Resources and links to work carried out elsewhere in the Australian Government and outlines work delivered cooperatively through the Energy Ministers.

The sections for householders and businesses focus on practical advice and support available from the Australian Government and state and territory governments to take action to manage energy use and costs. Information on major reviews informing future directions is also covered.

Information on government priorities covers a wide range of activities:

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Information for households 

Information for businesses 

Delivering Affordable and Reliable Power  Prime Ministerial media release 26 March 2019

Energy Ministers