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Affordable, reliable power for Australians

Australia is transitioning to a new energy future. As our energy system transitions, the Australian Government’s priority is affordable electricity for all Australian households and businesses and ensuring there is enough electricity generation to reliably supply households and businesses.

A major package of measures was announced on 23 October 2018 to save Australian families hundreds of dollars a year off their power bills, though a new 'price safety net', action to stop customers being ripped off by energy retailers and by improving competition.

New support for reliable power will be achieved by requiring energy companies to sign contracts guaranteeing enough energy to meet demand. The Australian Government will work with state and territory governments through the Council of Australian Governments (COAG) Energy Council to ensure these contracts are in place.

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 (AEMC); the Australian Energy Market Operator (AEMO); and 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 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 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 What you can do

Information for businesses What you can do

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