Government priorities

Transition to the future

Australians are more interested than ever in where our energy comes from, how it’s used and how to safeguard it.

Our energy systems are undergoing a transition as new technologies, such as renewable generation and storage technologies like batteries emerge, older generation exits the system, and supply and demand issues impact on system reliability and costs.

The Australian, state and territory governments have policy responsibility for ensuring Australians have access to secure, reliable and affordable energy.

The Department of the Environment and Energy works closely with the Council of Australian Governments (COAG) Energy Council, and energy market bodies such as the Australian Energy Market Commission; the Australian Energy Market Operator; and the Australian Energy Regulator. 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 energy.gov.au covers the policies and programs delivered by the Department of the Environment and Energy, links to work carried out elsewhere in the Australian Government and outlines work delivered cooperatively through the COAG Energy Council.

The sections for Householders and Businesses focus on practical advice and support available from Australian, 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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