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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.

A fair deal on energy

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

We are delivering reforms to reduce on electricity and gas prices. Our reforms will ensure markets are well-regulated and transparent. We are encouraging new reliable supply and technology. We are investing in new ways to make our energy system cleaner and more efficient.

Reliable, secure and affordable energy supply

  • Maintaining and increasing supply of reliable electricity 
  • Increasing domestic gas supplies
  • Promoting efficient investment in energy infrastructure
  • Ensuring Australia’s fuel security

Read more about reliable, secure and affordable energy supply.

Putting consumers first

  • Improving market transparency and accountability
  • Helping consumers reduce bills and navigate the energy market
  • Expanding powers to deal with misconduct

Read more about putting consumers first.

Meeting our international commitments

  • Encouraging emissions reduction across the economy
  • Accelerating technological solutions

Read more about meeting our international commitments.

To find out more about these 3 pillars, see A fair deal on energy (overview and booklet).

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 has developed a comprehensive fuel security package. It will increase domestic fuel storage. It will make sure Australia has enough supply to meet our needs during an emergency and into the future.

Read more about Australia’s fuel storage program and supporting Australia’s refinery capability.

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.

National Energy Productivity Plan

The National Energy Productivity Plan (NEPP) aims to improve Australia’s energy productivity by 40% between 2015 and 2030. It covers electricity, gas and transport fuels and seeks to promote consumer choice, increase competition and innovation in the energy market, and support better energy use. The NEPP is delivered in partnership between the Australian, state and territory governments.

Read more about the NEPP.

National Hydrogen Strategy

The National Hydrogen Strategy outlines a vision for a clean, innovative, safe and competitive hydrogen industry. This will benefit the Australian economy and help other countries transition.

Read Australia’s National Hydrogen Strategy.

Offshore renewable energy

The government is developing a regulatory framework for offshore renewable energy. It will cover exploration, construction, operation and decommissioning of offshore renewable energy projects, in a fair and transparent way.

Read Australia’s offshore renewable energy strategy.

Technology Investment Roadmap

Australia’s Technology Investment Roadmap will accelerate development and commercialisation of new and emerging low emissions technologies. The First Low Emissions Technology Statement is a key milestone of the Roadmap. It supports the development of new and emerging technologies in 5 priority areas.

Read the Technology Investment Roadmap discussion paper on our Consultation hub.

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 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 Department of Industry, Science, Energy and Resources Consultation Hub.