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Consultation on proposed legislative changes to incorporate an emissions reduction objective into the national energy objectives

Publication date

On 12 August 2022, Energy Ministers agreed to fast track the introduction of an emissions reduction objective into the national energy objectives, as a first action under the National Energy Transformation Partnership.

This will integrate emissions reduction and energy policy in the national energy laws, and provide greater clarity to Australia’s three energy market bodies — the Australian Energy Market Commission (AEMC), the Australian Energy Market Operator (AEMO) and the Australian Energy Regulator (AER) — to consider emissions reduction in how they undertake their respective powers and functions.

The amendment will also send a clear signal to wider industry, market participants, investors and the public, of the governments’ commitment to achieve a decarbonised, modern and reliable grid.  

The national energy objectives are contained in the National Electricity Law, the National Energy Retail Law and the National Gas Law — the laws that govern the national electricity, gas and related retail markets.

Process and timeframes

Officials are seeking views on the Draft Bill and the issues outlined in the consultation paper, and encourage stakeholders to make a submission through the submission template linked below by COB 7 February 2023 to the email inbox: netp@industry.gov.au.

Should you have any questions on issues outlined in the Draft Bill or consultation paper, or would like to discuss with officials, please email netp@industry.gov.au.     

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National energy objectives AEMC website

Privacy and submissions

Your submission may contain personal information which is protected by law, including the Privacy Act 1988 (Cth). Please read this privacy notice before submitting your response.

Personal information being collected

Personal information means information or an opinion about an identified individual, or an individual who is reasonably identifiable, whether or not it is true or recorded in a material form.

By submitting a response to the Draft Bill and the consultation paper Incorporating an emissions reduction objective into the national energy objectives, you consent to the department collecting any personal information provided in your submission. This may include your name, address, email and telephone number. You also consent to the department collecting information or your opinions about the National Energy Laws Amendment (Emissions Reduction Objectives) Bill 2022 (Draft Bill) and how the proposed emissions reduction objective reform may impact your business.

Purposes for which we collect and use your personal information

The department collects your personal information so we can:

  • identify relevant stakeholders and their industry
  • contact you about your submission, including for further information or feedback
  • inform you about the outcomes of this consultation process and/or other matters that we consider may be relevant to you as an industry stakeholder.

The department may use your submission (including any personal information) for the purpose of:

  • briefing ministers and making decisions on proposed reform to incorporate an emissions reduction objective into the national energy objectives and the Draft Bill, and progressing these through the administrative and legislative process
  • undertaking further consultation on national energy objectives reforms
  • preparing for the proposed reforms, including by providing information to energy market bodies and other key stakeholders to inform operationalisation of the proposed reforms, and for related purposes.

Publication and disclosure of submissions

We will publish your full submission on the department’s website unless you expressly ask us not to. This includes any personal or business information contained in it. Published submissions will be accessible online and by overseas recipients. You can also claim confidentiality over part of your submission by expressly indicating this/marking up in the relevant part of the submission.

The department reserves its right to edit and/or not consider or publish submissions that contain potentially offensive, defamatory or irrelevant material.

Submissions marked as confidential will be disclosed on a confidential basis for the above purposes:

  • to Commonwealth, state and territory government entities, ministers and their delegates
  • to energy market bodies, including the Australian Energy Market Commission (AEMC), the Australian Energy Market Operator (AEMO) and the Australian Energy Regulator (AER) - unless you ask us not to in your cover email or in the submission itself
  • as required or authorised by law.

Anonymous submissions

You can provide an anonymous submission. However, this means we cannot contact you about your submission, the consultation process, or other matters relevant to you as an industry stakeholder.

Personal information of other individuals

If you are making a submission on behalf of another person, or your submission contains someone else’s personal information, you must have their consent. If you do not have consent, please de-identify or remove the personal information before lodging your submission.

Privacy policy and contact us

For more information on how we handle personal information, how to access or correct your personal information, and how to make a complaint, see our privacy policy.

If you have a question about this privacy notice, please contact us on the department's website.

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