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.
The Australian Government’s Powering Australia plan is focused on creating jobs, reducing pressure on energy bills and reducing emissions by boosting renewable energy.
Powering Australia is a comprehensive plan with commitments on:
- National climate leadership
- Industry, agriculture and carbon farming
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 was the release of a discussion paper for stakeholder input in November 2022.
Read more about the National Energy Performance Strategy.
Energy security and emergency management
We support 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.
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 and Vehicles Strategy
The Future Fuels and Vehicles Strategy discussion paper outlines the government’s vision to create an environment that:
- enables consumer choice
- stimulates industry development
- reduces emissions in road transport.
Read more about the Future Fuels and Vehicles Strategy.
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 the industry as a major global player by 2030.
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.
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
See the department's 2023-24 Portfolio Budget Statements.
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.
Energy and emissions reduction agenda
The Australian Government is advancing its energy and emissions reduction agenda through:
- the Energy and Climate Ministerial Council
- the National Energy Transformation Partnership.
The National Energy Transformation Partnership is a framework for the Australian Government and state and territory governments to collaborate on reforms to help transform Australia’s energy system to achieve net zero by 2050.
Through the partnership, governments work together to maximise the economic opportunities offered by the clean energy transformation, ensure reliable and affordable electricity and deliver the greatest benefits for Australian households, businesses and communities.
The Australian Government will negotiate new bilateral Renewable Energy Transformation Agreements (RETAs) with state and territory governments under the partnership to help achieve shared objectives in the renewable energy transition.
The previous Australian Government entered non-binding bilateral energy and emissions reduction agreements with:
The Australian Government reviewed all financial commitments in the 2022-23 October Budget.
For open consultations, please see the Have your Say portal.