Internal review of decisions

Why have internal review of decisions?

Internal decision review is a process of reviewing a decision on its merits. It is a review of an agency’s primary decision, undertaken within the agency by an officer of the agency. This process aims to test the merits of the decision and either affirm or vary the primary decision.

The law provides that a decision recipient can seek an internal review of certain statutory decisions under the Australian National Registry of Emissions Units Act 2011, the Carbon Credits (Carbon Farming Initiative) Act 2011, the Clean Energy Act 2011, the Renewable Energy (Electricity) Act 2000, and their associated regulations before going to the Administrative Appeals Tribunal (AAT).

Under the National Greenhouse and Energy Reporting Act 2007 and associated regulations, there is no statutory requirement to seek an internal review of a decision. The Clean Energy Regulator is committed to transparent decision making processes and to providing access to a fair and objective procedure for the internal review of decisions.

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How to request an internal review of a decision

The Clean Energy Regulator will notify you when making a decision what your review rights are. If you do not know if you have a right of internal review, you should contact us at:

To apply for an internal review of a decision, please complete the Application for Internal Decision Review form (PDF 115 kB). This includes specifying the decision you would like reviewed and why you disagree with the original decision.

A guide for applicants is available to assist you in completing this form. Note: Amendments to the Privacy Act 1988 commence on 12 March 2014. The Clean Energy Regulator is in the process of updating this form to take account of those amendments and a revised form will be available shortly.

Submit your completed form to the Clean Energy Regulator together with detailed information in support of your request for review.

Post to:
Internal Decision Review
Clean Energy Regulator
GPO Box 621
Canberra ACT 2601

Or e-mail to:

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Further information

Contact us about our internal decision review process at

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