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Australia's energy strategies and frameworks

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We manage and deliver policies and programs to underpin the supply of reliable, secure and affordable energy.

We will provide long-term benefit to the Australian community through improved energy supply, efficiency, quality, performance and productivity.

Powering Australia

The Australian Government’s Powering Australia plan is focused on creating jobs, cutting power bills and reducing emissions by boosting renewable energy.

Powering Australia is a comprehensive plan with commitments on:

  • Australian leadership
  • backing industry, agriculture and carbon farming
  • transport
  • electricity.

It capitalises on Australia’s abundant natural resources to drive growth, new industries and become a renewable energy superpower.

Read more about Powering Australia.

National Energy Performance Strategy

The Australian Government has legislated emissions reductions targets of 43% by 2030 (on 2005 levels) and net zero by 2050. Energy efficiency and performance plays a key role in enabling Australia to achieve these targets.

The aim of the National Energy Performance Strategy is to provide a long-term framework for demand-side action to:

  • reduce pressure on energy bills
  • improve energy reliability
  • reduce emissions
  • deliver a high energy performance economy

The next step in developing the strategy is to undertake consultation. The first stage of the consultation is the release of a discussion paper for stakeholder input in November 2022.

Read more about the National Energy Performance Strategy.

Bilateral energy agreements

The Australian Government is developing bilateral energy and emissions reduction agreements with state and territory governments. The agreements will improve energy reliability and affordability. They will help energy markets adopt lower emissions technologies.

Read more about the current bilateral energy and emissions reduction agreements.

Energy security and emergency management

The department supports the security of domestic and international supply chains for electricity, gas and liquid fuel. This includes leading and participating in emergency management forums. These ensure effective communication and collaboration between governments and industry in energy supply emergencies.

Read more about Australia’s energy security and national energy emergency management.

Fuel security

To support long-term fuel supplies, the Australian Government is delivering a range of fuel security measures. These measures will make sure Australia has enough supply to meet our needs during an emergency and into the future.

Read more about Australia’s fuel security.

Future Fuels Strategy

The Future Fuels Strategy discussion paper outlines the government’s vision to create an environment that:

  • enables consumer choice
  • stimulates industry development
  • reduces emissions in road transport.

The paper considers the role of a mix of technologies. Read the discussion paper and provide feedback on our Consultation hub.

Australia's National Hydrogen Strategy

Australia’s National Hydrogen Strategy sets a vision for a clean, innovative, safe and competitive hydrogen industry that benefits all Australians. It aims to position our industry as a major global player by 2030.

Read Australia’s National Hydrogen Strategy.

Establishing offshore renewable energy infrastructure

The government regulates offshore renewable energy infrastructure in Australian Commonwealth waters. Australia has many areas that may be suitable for offshore renewable energy infrastructure.

Read Establishing offshore renewable energy infrastructure.

Trajectory for Low Energy Buildings

This is a national plan to achieve zero energy and carbon-ready commercial and residential buildings in Australia.

Read more about the Trajectory for Low Energy Buildings.

Energy Budget information

Budget 2021-22

See the former Department of Industry, Science, Energy and Resources 2021-22 Portfolio Budget Statements.

Previous years

Information on previous Portfolio Budget Statements is available from www.industry.gov.au

Information on past budgets is available from budget.gov.au or find earlier budget statements using the National Library of Australia's Australian Government Web Archive.

Consultations

For open consultations, please see the Consultation hub.